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Mistress of Dragons (The Dragonvarld Trilogy #1)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  1,430 ratings  ·  73 reviews
As Anne McCaffrey is to science fiction, Margaret Weis is to fantasy . . . for she is the genre's

Mistress of Dragons

Mistress of Dragons is the first volume in an epic fantasy trilogy entitled The Dragonvald. Here is a world where men and dragons coexist amid political intrigue and dark magic, where the uneasy balance of power between the two is on the verge of becoming und
ebook, 384 pages
Published May 16th 2004 by Tor Books (first published 2003)
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I didn't like this book. It's not because of the lesbianism and it's not because of the non-unique plot. I was actually really enjoying myself for the first half of the book. I couldn't wait to find out who the traitor dragon was, and what was going to happen in the monastery, and how long it would take the king to find out about the dragon man. Unfortunately, it turned into a story about a whiny irritating woman and a fawning unfaithful king traveling across the country to fulfill a strange sol ...more
I picked it up on a whim, having enjoyed some of Weis' collaborations with Tracy Hickman. It seems that alone, her talent simply evaporates, and Tor is perfectly willing to publish bad lemony fanfiction. At best, it's good for making fun of with friends.

Maybe this kind of plot was enough when Dragonlance began in 1984, but the ensuing decades have seen the market flooded with real brilliance, along with these generic fantasy trilogies with dragons on the cover cranked out every month. Good writi
This is the first installment in the Dragonvald Trilogy, before I read this series; I read the reviews and wanted to draw my own conclusion off the book. First let me say this about the author, the writing is far better than some of the books, newspapers and other main stream media out today. I mean the plot is overall predictable, but the quality of the writing makes the book a worthy read. To make a long story as short the whole book is about the dragons interfering with the human world. Even ...more
Something is going on in the kingdom of Seth and the Parliament of Dragons want to know exactly what it is. So Walker (Dragon in human skin) Draconis is sent to investigate and what he finds is horrifying. Strong interesting characters and corruption. A Matriarchial society based on lies. A very fun story
Reading this book was very disappointing, as someone who grew up with a fair amount of Weis and Hickman novels. I own a lot of Dragonlance novels, I constantly reread The Death Gate cycle and would put that series as one of my favorites, and enjoyed the Sovereign Stone trilogy. So I came into this book fully expecting to love it.

Instead, I was met with a book that I feel could've been decent if the main leads weren't so unlikeable and the plot didn't suddenly swerve into a weird, weird territory
Igor Trushevsky
Man, this was weird. I mean no offense to anyone who is into this genre of books but I read this book purely because of a challenge I set up with my friend and I. We each had to choose the most embarrassing looking book we could find, and the other had to read it, preferably in public. While I abandoned the latter clause fairly quickly, I did manage to read the entire book, and fairly quickly at that. So the weird thing is, for all of the awful writing and plot and character understanding that t ...more
Allynn Riggs
Here's a different take on dragons by Margaret Weis. Intricate and well thought out, "Mistress of Dragons", twists the relationships between dragons and humans in an intriguing way. I first read this in 2004 and evidently did not finish it if the book mark was any indication. One of my New Year's resolutions for 2015 is to finish reading or reread a number of books. This one was first on the list. I enjoyed it very much, especially with how Weis handled the dragons. She shows a world where human ...more
This book has a lot of the elements of stereotypical fantasy: dragons, magic, priestesses, warriors... but Margaret Weis does a good job of combining them in interesting, new ways. The plot seemed fresh. The end of the book didn't have a complete wrap-up of events, which normally bothers me, but you can tell that this book is merely a set-up for big events to come later in the series, and like a true Robert Jordan fan, I'm down to wait a little longer for the solution..

The only thing that worrie
I love Margaret Weis as an author and a person(I met her at a convention, she is AWESOME) and this book is by far my favorite she has written to date. Its interesting because you can see that if written from another point of view, it would have been a rather typical fantasy novel, but through the character Draconas and several others, you can see more of what is going on and have an appreciation for it
Chris Richards
For the record, I would just like to state that I would have given this book 2.5 stars, if I could.

I will also try to remain vague about details of the book, so that I (hopefully!) won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it.

In the beginning, I was pretty interested in the book. It was cool to see the story through two opposing viewpoints. (view spoiler) It could just be my taste, but for and adult fantasy novel, I felt like there
Mathew Whitney
Mistress of Dragons is the first book in a trilogy set in an original world from one of the best (and original) authors of the DragonLance series. In this world, many think dragons are fairy tales, and magic is usually sleight-of-hand or some other sort of trick. This is the story of a goddess who teaches her devoted priestesses the magic they need to defend their city from the dragons, and the woman slated to become their next "Mistress of Dragons". It is also the story of the king of a neighbo ...more
Jennifer Koudelka
I will admit that my disliking of this book is biased. The main conceit and setting is rather interesting, as is the methodology of the villain. However, around the halfway mark when our two groups of protagonists meet, I had a sneaking suspicion that two of the characters were slated for love interest island, even though both were in relationships (one married, the other in fairly well defined relationship with the captain of the guard) and one was previously only interested in women. This aban ...more
Carlos JP Navia
I had a heck of a time trying to rediscover the title of this book. I first found it in the library literally by just walking over to the fantasy section and looking for book covers with pictures of dragons. As it turned out, I was very happy with the result. I haven't yet read the remaining two books in the Dragonvarld series--and even if I do choose to do so in the future, I will probably need to reread the first one, since I couldn't recall enough details about it to easily locate it in a Goo ...more
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Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Mistress of Dragons is an interesting story with some likable heroes and and excellent villains. The heroes are the humans and their dragon allies, but the humans don't realize that dragons are their friends because the villains are a couple of dragons gone bad. Very bad. The good dragons concoct a plot which uses humans to conquer the bad dragons. Mistress ends with an unexpected plot twist.

This story is well-told except for that annoying conjunction omis
In the Kingdom of Seth lies an all-female temple who serve the Mistress of Dragons, a woman with magic capable of repelling dragons from their kingdom. However, an evil truth lingers behind their walls. Draconas, an emissary from the Parliament of Dragons, seeks to unravel a plot by a traitor dragon. He seeks the help of Edward, a king from a neighbouring realm, to help him access a place he, as a dragon in human's clothing, cannot.

Before I read this book, I looked at the reviews, and I was real
I received this book when it first came out. A signed hardback edition. I read the first few pages and put it down.

I grew up with Margaret Weis and Tracey Hickman (who hasn't read Dragonlance?) My favorite series is the Death Gate Cycle - something about it makes me pick it up again and again.

So here was a book about Dragons written by Margaret Weis and I thought how could this go wrong... I was expecting an easy 5 star.

Instead when I picked it back up I felt the same lack luster desire to read
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the setting and how the dragons were the older species on this planet. The book begins the story by telling it through Melisande's eyes. It was interesting to learn that her worldview was vastly different from reality. I have bought the other two books and look forward to reading them.
This was my fun fantasy read for the month, and it was interesting. I haven't read anything else by Margaret Weis before, but apparently she is very famous in the fantasy world. This book, #1 in the Dragonwarld series, introduces us to the small, isolated kingdom of Seth, which is protected by a powerful group of women who use magic to keep away all dragon invaders, led by the gentle guidence of the Mistress of Dragons. We are given a completely different view of the kingdom of Seth from a "walk ...more
Emily Williams
The characters in Weis's book aren't perfect, which makes them wonderful to read about. Weis also illustrates a Dragonvarld that is believable and compelling. I love each character in the book, and I love that she's not afraid to let them fail.
More and more after I read Margaret Weis books I wonder why I bother. There are some bright moments, but overall feeling is that stories are not well composed and lack finishing touch. Still I have books at hand and will try to find rough diamond in each one of them :)
This is one fast read, I could not put it down. This is story of a girl, dragon and a king and they live in dragon world. The king has to find a way to get rid of a dragon and the dragon hunter has found a way and the adventure begins.
Sue Smith
Wow. So bad.

I'm sure that this book is not indicative of the entire writing of Margaret Weis, but truly this book was just awful. Dialogue that was wooden when it was supposed to be emotional, a plot that was hazy and disjointed when it even surfaced and some of the worst dialogue bantering eveeeeeerrrrrr. There was no depth to the characters, the plot, nor the language. It was just disappointing. And I wasn't too thrilled with the lesbian aspect either - not because I have a thing against Lesbi
This book has a lot of the elements of stereotypical fantasy: dragons, magic, priestesses, warriors... but Margaret Weis does a good job of combining them in interesting, new ways. The plot seemed fresh. The end of the book didn't have a complete wrap-up of events, which normally bothers me, but you can tell that this book is merely a set-up for big events to come later in the series, and like a true Robert Jordan fan, I'm down to wait a little longer for the solution..

The only thing that worrie
Really good story that I read in three days. This makes it difficult to write a proper review because I havent got the chance to properly think about what Ive read yet.

So far Ive got only one observation: is there any specific reason why Draconas chose to take Edward with him in his queste? Besides it being necessary for the plot, that is. He didn't seem to add anything during the whole journey, besides maybe a reason for the author to write a series instead of a novel. Don't get me wrong, I'm n
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Angelica Taggart
I really enjoyed listening to this book. A female-filled monastery, dragons, shape shifters, magic potions, intrigue and romance ... good one!! I'm looking forward to book #2 in this Dragonvald series. The reader is very good!
I love all of Margaret books. Will have to set down and start with her first book and read them all.
Note: I read this in Dutch.
I struggled with this book at first, but a few chapters in it had a nice pace to it. I liked it most of the time, Weis doesn't seem to be all to concerned with world building in this series, and actually, that's alright. It's a small series and too much descriptions of the various political or magical systems will only bulk it down.
I'd say: Read it inbetween, and it will surprise you!
There's one scene, though, that caught me by surprise... and not in the best of ways
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Fantasy novelist who, along with Tracy Hickman, was one of the original creators of the Dragonlance game world. I've written numerous novels and short stories set in the world of Krynn, as well as series in other, original worlds. These include: Darksword, Rose of the Prophet, Star of the Guardians, DeathGate, Dragonvarld, Sovereign Stone, Dragonships, and the Dragon Brigade. I also wrote two para ...more
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