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Blood of Requiem (Song of Dragons #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,754 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
A new epic fantasy series begins. Song of Dragons, by Daniel Arenson, tells a story of blood, steel, and dragonfire.


Long ago stood the kingdom of Requiem, a land of men who could grow wings and scales, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons. Requiem ruled the sky.

But Dies Irae, a tyrant leading an army of griffins, hunted Requiem's people, burne
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Published May 4th 2011 by Moonclipse (first published May 1st 2011)
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Keryl Raist
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Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

Read a trilogy (part 1 of 3)

3 stars.

This novel started out strong but began to fizzle a bit toward the middle. Despite that fact, however, I own the rest of the series and will be continuing on soon. I'd definitely like to see how the series ends and am invested enough that I am excited about it. There are a lot of unique, interesting, and good things to say about this novel, but there are also a lot of things I didn't care for so much. In terms of high fantasy, this book has been recommended fo
Feb 27, 2012 Z S rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very tedious read with no real character development and very poor dialogue. The main characters are magically fine hours after intense battles and although the plot moves quickly, the characters are one-note. I don't understand the character names either - as a theologian I get what the names actually mean, but they are oddly used as character names and make the book feel forced in any message the author is trying to convey.
May 08, 2012 Stephanie rated it did not like it
I wasn't going to write a review because I dont really like leaving bad ones... but the reviews here on GoodReads totally led me astray this time and I want to help prevent somebody else from doing the same as me! The product description on Amazon invites comparison to GRR Martin's A Game of Thrones, so I will a little too.

The only similarities I could see: both fantasy novels, both have dragons, and both have multiple perspectives on the story. The similarities, for me, end there.

What delight
Ken Badertscher
May 28, 2011 Ken Badertscher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Lyrical but tedious

The first thing that struck me about Blood of Requiem was the majestic prose. It catches you right from the start and grabs your attention. There’s some powerful wordcraft at work here. Unfortunately the characters and story don’t fulfill the promise made by the strong prologue. The flow of Daniel Arenson’s writing is wonderful, and his descriptions are solid, but most of the characters in Blood of Requiem cling to a single defining idea and don’t show the range of emotion o
Nov 09, 2014 Julius rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book looked promising, really. The whole idea of shape-shifting were-dragons was, I admit, quite tantalizing to me. Alas, poor execution drove it into the ground.

Two of the biggest problems with this book is that the plot often seems to lack direction, and is very repetitive. I mean our main characters (without giving too much away for anybody who hasn't read it) simply spend most of their time doing nothing other than running away from their enemies in an aimless manner. There's no goal or
Jun 04, 2011 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The vivid image on the cover drew me to this novel, and I am happy I have read it.

Blood of Requiem is a well-crafted novel, with strong, flowing prose, well-developed characters and a fast moving plot that keeps the reader engaged. The story follows the struggles of a few survivors of the Vis Requis to evade the evil King Dies Irae, who hunts these dragon people he calls weredragons mercilessly, aided by a host of griffins.

The plot is quite straightforward, with a few minor subplots. It allows
Requiem. What was once a kingdom filled of Vir Requis, men with both human and dragon forms, is now ash and desolation. An entire species has been wiped out by a man bent on revenge. Only Kyrie, a young Vir Requis and Benedictus’ family can hope to save the realm from this tyrant... although it seems impossible. There are few places to hide and only one source of hope: the true dragons of Salvandos.

Arenson’s prose, for the most part, is pretty on the eyes. There are some repetitive stylistic tou
Blodeuedd Finland
May 24, 2011 Blodeuedd Finland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
My thoughts:
I do not read e-books that often since I only have my borrowed reader from the library. But when I got an email from Arenson I knew I had to read this book. Because I got a taste of his writing in the anthology Kiss Me, Kill Me and it was good.

This is the first book in a planned trilogy and I like the world building. The Reqiem were humans who could transform into dragons, but then they were killed and hunted to extinction. It was bloody and it was horrible. The man who did it was a
Apr 30, 2014 Saluxstrosi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I felt like I was reading New Moon all over again. I'm easy to please. As long as I get a few laughs and don't leave my reading chair (by my own choice), I will normally give 4 stars minimum. The fact that I baked a cake, cleaned the bathroom, and watched Buck Rodgers (...think that's what it was called...fell asleep watching it with my mom)just proves how absolutely rapt I was in this book. It was a lot of running and moping just like Bella Swan times four and only this time "weredrag ...more
Oct 13, 2012 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bought the ebook trilogy because of good reviews, but was barely able to make it through the first book. I will not read the final two. This is one of those poorly written fantasies where everything comes easy to the hero. Poorly developed and barely edited. Only bother with these books if you get them for free - I really wish that I could get my money back.
Apr 08, 2012 Regan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I hate to say anything bad about a book because everyone's tastes vary a little, but this was bad. Very poorly written ( I could have written this) with a mundane story line and very flat characters. Do not pick up if you like good writing.
Nov 22, 2012 Heidi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible book. Dialogue was messy, anachronistic, and cliched, fight scenes were tedious, and the author's use of Latin for people amd place names was extremely distracting. I will not be reading any of his other works
TLDR a well written book with issues in terms of plot building and character development.

While the book summary is exciting and the dragons are cool there really isn't much character development. Opportunities to make characters more nuanced or deep are generally passed over or steered aside.

Dies Irae is unequivocally evil. You find that out quickly. But while he may ooze the essence of pure wickedness there isn't a whole lot of depth to this other then the reminder of how mic of an outcast he w
Apr 10, 2014 Sabriel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One star for two reasons: Firsty for the bribing people to write good reviews by promising them the second volume for free at the end of the Kindle version of the book.

Secondly only one star due to content: The author has managed to employ all classic cliches and Mary Sues available. Flat characters in predictable roles, adorned with imposing Latin names plucked from the order of service for mass. Fight scenes on repeat - how many times can a weredragon be chased by a griffin? No physical conseq
Robert Duperre
May 26, 2011 Robert Duperre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

When I like an author, I read books by that author. Sound like a simple statement? Well, it’s not as easy as it sounds, especially when you have a review blog to run. There are many books out there, by many different talented (and some not-so talented) writers, and you want to believe that, as a reader, they each deserve equal time under your eyes.

Well, the truth is, I have my favorite authors, but sometimes I feel the need to push aside the books these fine scribes send me i
Kyra Dune
Dec 23, 2013 Kyra Dune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood Of Requiem is a dazzling tale of shape-shifting dragons, evil kings, and vicious griffins. This novel is an action-packed, thrill a minute ride full of danger, despair, hope, and love.

Dies Irae is a truly vile villain and yet he's no cardboard caricature, but a real person with qualities which, while not necessarily redeemable, make him a truly three dimensional character. The reasons for why he is the person he is do not justify his evil deeds but they do explain them. He is not evil sim
Jan 08, 2012 Mirjam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragons
Blood of Requiem is the devastating tale of a proud race of weredragons hunted down to near extinction by a man with an unquenchable thirst for revenge. The Vir Requis lived in their glorious kingdom called Requiem, a country ruled by a king. A country that was shattered when the old king is murdered and a tyrant called Dies Irae rises with an army of griffins bent on the destruction of the Vir Requis. Many years later only a few weredragons remain, forever hunted down. Their fate is told in Blo ...more
Mary Myers-Huff Barger
I was drawn to thjs book by the cover art at first, what an amazing looking dragon!
What I didn't expect was a world where a human could turn into a dragon! And griffins fly in the sky as well.
What Daniel Arenson has done is recreate a genre of books for me to read. The way he tells the story is amazing, not long winded paragraphs about the land and such. Butwhathe does describe, he describes in a way that makes you feel as if you are in the story with the dragons.
As a very new twist in boomsfor
Nov 09, 2012 Emmanuelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me hooked right from the prologue. The Vir Requis immediately get you to vouch for their side to win. Dies Irea is the perfect villain; you don't feel any desire for him to win. I get upset that Benedictus just won't kill him but when they talk about Dies' past, you do wonder "would he have behaved/thought differently if he'd been treated with more respect as a child?"

The action is non-stop, nor do you want it to stop. The battles are always intense and keep you spell-bound. This
Robin Hepp
Very tedious! Love the plot idea. The development and writing not so much.
Dora Okeyo
Apr 18, 2015 Dora Okeyo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little tedious, but magical.

I have read about dragons, but weredragons? How could I have missed out on that?

This is the first book by Daniel that I have read, and I liked the story. Two brothers, the younger one can shift and the older cannot. Their father leaves his throne to the younger igniting a thirst for vengeance that sees the weredragons hunted and slayed for years.
And, just when you think it's all easy, you realize that there is more to vengeance and that there might be hope for the w
Tanner Crenshaw
Jun 17, 2014 Tanner Crenshaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I had a chance to read the next book, I would. The author gives a good description of the settings as they go along through their journey and it really gives the feeling of being there. The dialogue between characters can be really exciting and adds a lot to the story. The way that the author describes the deaths can be a bit gruesome "Benedictus blew more fire. The blaze hit the griffin, pushing it back. It tumbled a few feet, then again flew Benedictus. It looked more like some roasted ani ...more
Terry Reid
The story is a bloody tale about the last weredragons - people who can shape shift into the mythical beasts. The book starts ten years after the last resistance was wiped out. Kyrie, who was a child at the time and escaped suddenly finds himself on the run after the person who has been hiding him for the last decade is murdered.

While on the run, Kyrie meets the weredragons lost king, Benedictus, who he implores to help him fight back, but the king refuses. Things change when their hunters - lea
Dec 15, 2015 Kaila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is hard to explain, for me it was like 2.5 or 3. Blood of Requiem was a book I read in my free time when I was looking for something to else to read. I was in a dry spell and had not manged time to go to my library. It was not horrible. The way it sets itself up in the first chapters is really unique. It was a fast pace fantasy book and I was not actually bothered by that. There were a lot of interesting elements to the book that did interest me and kept me reading it. However, the pac ...more
Terry Simpson
Jun 08, 2011 Terry Simpson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. Threat of genocide, attempting to survive at the edge of extinction and what one would do when faced with such dilemmas. Characters that you could feel their pain and struggles. A rich world that I look forward to learning more about in Book 2. One of the things that stuck out for me was Arenson's style. The prose was delivered in a rich way that made you easily see the world and what drove each character.
Dominique Skinner-chapman
while it really has the makings of a great book, I felt that the overall storyline is quite naive and the characters never really develop despite the author's obvious attempt. I enjoyed this book as a way to pass time, but not as a story that drew me in. I love the overall concept, but its just lacking so much oomf that it kinda becomes a chore to read.
James Skelton
I was reading The Lies Of Locke Lamora but I got bored. So I started looking for free books on my Kobo and I found this. While Blood Of Requiem isn't exactly high literature it entertained me for a good few hours. The action scenes were exciting and well described. The characters were run of the mill fantasy archetypes(There was the tortured hero, the young hero in training, the tomboy and the sadistic villain). The story was about weredragons, who are nearly extinct because of a battle in the p ...more
Aug 21, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this and am sad the next in the series isn't out yet. Great story, had me totally hooked from the get-go. This was a VERY cleanly written Indie book... I think the word I'm looking for is "polished"; not rough around the edges and easy to read.

Great book!
Feb 16, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first of a three book series, the story line was interesting. Set in a medieval age were there once was a kingdom of people that were capable of transforming into dragons (described as magic, but they did not possess any other magical attributes). The king of these people had two children, one who had the ability and one who did not (who also was the eldest). The son that did not have the ability was (or at least was described) to be shunned because of this. He eventually killed his father a ...more
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Daniel Arenson fantasy author interview 1 17 Apr 01, 2013 07:41PM  
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  • The Sword and the Dragon (The Wardstone Trilogy, #1)
  • A Dragon's Awakening (The Chronicles of Kale, #1)
  • Sword Bearer (Return of the Dragons, #1)
  • Legends Reborn
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  • Emerald (World of Samar, #1)
  • The Deliverer (The Marenon Chronicles, #1)
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  • The Riddler's Gift (Tales of the Lifesong, #1)
  • Bitterwood (Dragon Age, #1)
  • Regent (The Balance of Power, #1; World of Godsland, #4)
  • The Weight of Blood (The Half-Orcs, #1)
  • The Circle of Sorcerers (Mages of Bloodmyr, #1)
  • The Hero, The Sword and The Dragons (Chronicles of Dragon, #1)
  • A Touch of Magic
  • The Young Magician (Legacy, #1)
Daniel Arenson is a bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction. He writes in three "worlds:"

REQUIEM -- Welcome to Requiem, an ancient kingdom whose people can grow wings and scales, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons. Requiem is explored in five trilogies, which can be read in any order: Dawn of Dragons, Song of Dragons, Dragonlore, The Dragon War, and Requiem for Dragons. If you're n
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Song of Dragons (3 books)
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  • Light of Requiem (Song of Dragons, #3)

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