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Hush (Dragon Apocalypse #2)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  97 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews

The invulnerable, super-strong warrior Infidel has a secret: she’s lost her magical powers right at the moment when she needs them most. To keep a promise to a fallen friend, she must journey to the frozen wastelands of the north.

Her quest leads her through the abstract realms of the Sea of Wine, where she uncovers a conspiracy that
Paperback, 383 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Solaris (first published June 24th 2012)
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Aug 13, 2013 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I absolutely loved the first book in this series--it was a unique twist on modern fantasy blended with classic elements with some super-powered heroes to boot. Plus the writing was brilliant and clever, and there's nothing I like more than cleverness. This sequel was on par with the first...up until the end that is.

Clever writing, interesting and memorable characters, and a good solid plot. But the end kind of fell apart a bit into "Huh? Well, I guess that works, but still...what? Really?" The c
Jul 22, 2012 Mieneke rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
Earlier this year I read and reviewed Greatshadow , and I thought it was brilliant. As I said in my review: '... any story that can legitimately clothe its main character in a chain mail bikini and make it functional can only be genius!' Having enjoyed Greatshadow so much, I was looking forward to reading Hush rather impatiently as I wanted to find out what would happen to Infidel and Stagger. So you could say I had rather high expectations when I started Hush.

Happily, my high expectations were
The Tattered Thread
Feb 09, 2013 The Tattered Thread rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, fantasy
As a slight variation to a usual theme, I received this book as a result of a GoodReads giveaway but somewhat indirectly. I won the third book in the series but the author was exuberantly kind enough to send the entire series. Despite this wonderfully kind consideration, my candid opinions follow below.

Like Maxey’s immediately previous novel, Greatshadow, this book has a touch of everything. Sex, violence, and humor abound in optimal proportions. Hush picks up exactly where Greatshadow leaves of
Dec 05, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
c2012: FWFTB frozen, abstract, witch, battle, dragon. What did I think about this book? Well, I throughly enjoyed the first book, I love the 2 main characters of Stagger and Infidel, I got a bit confused around two thirds of the way though as some of the 'abstract' was just too abstracty for me and then it did not end the way I wanted it too at all! Do I want to get the next one - yes; did I read it almost in one sitting - yes; was I anxious to find out what was going on? -yes. So, all in all, ...more
Nov 17, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
In this installment, James Maxey gives us a new set of interesting characters and an ever more complicated plot. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. In only one place did I think the dialogue lagged a bit (there’s a conflict of dragons in the second half and I thought it was resolved a little too easily), but Maxey rallied for an unexpected ending twice over. This is one of those books that has all sorts of facial expressions crossing my features and the occasional ‘No Way!’ escaping out lo ...more
Jean Duteau
Jan 17, 2015 Jean Duteau rated it liked it
The first part of this book made me think that James Maxey had found his stride with this part of the series. But the second half lost me again. The whole "taking over the sun" thing just didn't sit right with me. The weird condition of the narrator just seemed to make this harder to swallow then it needed to be. As with the first book, since I bought an omnibus edition of this, I will be reading the 3rd book in the series, but I doubt that I'll be reading any more of them.
Gavin Gates
Sep 10, 2012 Gavin Gates rated it it was amazing
The second book of the dragon apocalypse series had a lot to live up to. The first which I also had the pleasure to review was great fun and packed full of dragons and magic, the two things that will instantly sell any novel to me.
From the get go though Hush appears to have matured into a much deeper and darker tale than it's predecessor, the main characters left over have all had massive changes in their abilities and perspectives which considering the lay out is a huge gamble, luckily one tha
Aug 19, 2013 Abhinav rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-read
You can read the full review over at The Founding Fields:

Shadowhawk reviews the second novel in the Dragon Apocalypse trilogy from Solaris Books.

“James Maxey is a freaking genius. I want more. Hush is a perfect sequel to Greatshadow and it has one hell of a cliffhanger ending.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

Greatshadow happens to be another top-rated read of mine from last year. It was epic fantasy with a twist, quite unlike most other epic fantasies I’v
Jan 25, 2016 Johan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, superhumans
Wow, what a rip roaring thrill ride this was. Ah... Stagger, what would the world do without you? Infidel, how can you put up with Stagger? Must be love... love, love, love. Haha yeah so true. Oh, how I enjoyed following the journey you had. Well worth the read

Peace out
Dec 16, 2015 M.L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
While I'm less impressed with this book than the first one, I am still at awe at the blend of worldbuilding and the religious belief that is so masterfully crafted here.
Aug 02, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Solidly written with great characters and a rather different plot for a "sword-and-sorcery" novel. I've seen some people complain about Stagger as the hero, but I find him absolutely lovable and adorable--and not at all misogynistic (and I'm definitely a feminist). This sequel perfectly compliments Greatshadow, and I would highly recommend it to the adventurous types who want to enjoy the ride with some atypical heroes.

Additionally, I happened to win one of the Goodreads signed copies of Hush, a
Mar 23, 2013 Erdahs rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Won as part of the Goodreads first reads program.

I enjoyed this book way more than I expected to. I used to be an avid fantasy reader, but they all started to blur together for me, and consequently I hadn't picked up a fantasy novel in a long time. This was a good one to come back to. It definitely embraces the classic fantasy tropes, but the characters have enough personality and the world has enough depth and originality that this book manages to pull away from the crowd. It's also genuinely
Sep 20, 2015 Bob rated it really liked it
One of the most creative, corny, mish mash of comedic fantasy. Mind blowingly ridiculous and wonderful! To hear a synopsis of this series would make me sneer in contempt, but I love every bit of it. Strange how that works sometimes.
Richard Schemmel
Aug 21, 2013 Richard Schemmel rated it it was amazing
James Maxey has a way to always bring about something new and stir up the imagination. Every page is a cliff hanger and you never want to set the book down. All too soon the book comes to an end and leaves readers wanting more. An amazing book.
Searska GreyRaven
Feb 26, 2015 Searska GreyRaven rated it liked it
Alright, as the second book, it wasn't bad. Weird at parts, truly awesome at parts, but the ending was...well. It's the second book. I'll save my final judgment on the series for the end.
Ruth Kyle-devendorf
Oct 18, 2012 Ruth Kyle-devendorf rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
Brilliant, modern masterpiece. However, I am frustrated with the ending and the fact that I have to wait till Jan. to find out what happens next. =(
Apr 28, 2016 Denise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Love this series!
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