Bones of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras, #1)
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Bones of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras #1)

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Welcome to the World of Dragonships!

Skylan Ivorson is a sea-raider of the Vindras and eventually becomes the Chief of Chiefs of all Vindras clans, an honor he truly feels he deserves as one who has been blessed by Skoval, the god of war.

But sometimes a blessing is a curse in disguise.

Skoval and the other ancient gods are under siege from a new generation of gods who are ch...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 414 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Maria M. Elmvang
Despite my enjoyment of fantasy, I've never read a single DragonLance book, and probably wouldn't have picked this up either, if I hadn't been asked to review it.

It's a fairly interesting start to a new series, but either not terribly well-written, or I'm just way above the target age, because I did find it rather simplistic at times, and during the first half of the book, the main character came across as a gigantic arrogant git. Had it ended there, I would only have given it two stars.

It impro...more
John Hubenthal
Wow, the language was really disappointing, from what I've come to expect from these two. The story was interesting enough, but sunk a peg for each reference of earthy base material and bad language. It would be in the PG-13 range at least, which is always off-putting to me in a book.
Perhaps I ought to mention that a major theme in the book involves the complications which arrise due to the compounding of lies. Imaginatively, there is also an element of summoning dragons, which become constructe...more
Mikko Karvonen
Far too familiar concept, highly unpleasant main character (not that there was much to the other characters either), serious overdose of (mostly unnecessary) exposition, awkward language, and glaring lack of background research. You would thinking writing dozens of rather popular fantasy books would teach authors something about the art of writing, but it seems that Weis & Hickman have taken several steps backwards instead.
Joe
I enjoyed this start to a new series by Profound authors Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis - This is a nice use of Norwegian themes in Fantasy writing.

The duo of Weis/Hickman are known for their Fantasy novels, and their love of dragons. the Bones of the Dragon, book 1 of the Dragonships series, they continue with Fantasy and Dragons, though the setting and characters are very well drawn from the Norwegian culture and Mythology.

You will not find Odin, Thor, or any of those gods, instead finding a...more
Luke
I kept waiting to discover that some god had once again stolen the world. Gave up about 1/3 of the way into it. It felt like a bad mashup of Zelda and Dragonlance.
Reblua
Honestly, I did not enjoy this book until the last 25 pages or so. The characters were shallow and I couldn't find myself liking any of them.
Daniel
This book is similar to other Weis and Hickman stories, in that it is centered around a war in heaven between the Gods, and is played out by the mortals that worship them. However despite having a similar theme, each time these authors are able to come up with a unique and vivid world that is different than the one's before.

This book is the introductory novel of a five book series, and as such spends a lot of time describing the setting - based largely on the Vikings as they might have lived in...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
Weis and Hickman once again develop a new world with characters caught between epic battles among Gods and where dragons play a large role. In this instance, the characters are more-or-less Vikings, barbarians who travel the shores looking for villages to plunder.

The first in a series, the authors do a good job of setting the scene, but fail somewhat in their characters. The main character is the perfect barbarian: young, strong, virile, a great warrior; and also arrogant, selfish, and somewhat...more
Peter E.  Frangel
Here is a book you really have to be a nerd to want to read, there's no way around it. Dragons, sorcery, ogres, ghosts...I'm a nerd, I admit it! I love that stuff, and I loved The Death Gate Cycle by these two authors, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. But I'll be completely honest when I say that this was one of the most disappointing books I've ever read. No beating around the bush, this book was pretty terrible. But book two, Secret of the Dragon, is coming out this week and I'm going to buy i...more
Landon
Mar 01, 2013 Landon rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, people tired of unsympathetic characters going unpunished
I'm torn between giving this three and five stars and the reason is that I'm not sure I enjoyed this book for the right reasons.

As a standard heroic fantasy, it's fair to middling. The worldbuilding is good, especially the culture, and the underlying plot, the one that will form the arc of the series is what's going to get me to pick up book 2.

However, where this book really shines is as a send-up of standard fantasy of the 2000's. We've got Vikings, and gods who have their own personalities and...more
J
BEWARE. I DON'T FLAG SPOILERS. BUT I DON'T PUT MY REVIEWS OUT ON ANY FEED, EITHER.

My husband -- who plays D&D and loves fantasy -- made me read this. He thought that because the author team was one woman, one man, he (my husband) could detect the woman's touch in explaining motivations of some of the female characters.

My point of view - I didn't think the authors excelled at interpreting a woman's perspective compared to some other books I've read by male authors.

That aside, I was really ann...more
Debbie
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Bret
It took me a long time to read this book. I really like the concepts of the world and the existential ideas surrounding not just the book itself, but the each character in the book. But the actual writing seemed sub-par. Not up to the usual standards I expect (presumptuous or not) from Weis & Hickman. Don't get me wrong, there are better writers out there and they will be the first to tell you so, but so many of their series have captured my imagination from the get go and the story wrapped...more
David Grenier
Aug 07, 2013 David Grenier rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any Fantasy reader
First off I have to say I have a hard time getting into most books. Usually it takes a chapter or two before I realize if I'm actually going to like it or not.

That's why when I saw this new series from the writing titans of Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman I knew I'd really be immersed through to the end.

I first started reading their books with the original trilogy of Dragonlance. While this book doesn't have a crossover (not something I was looking for anyway) it still has the rich character...more
Russ
I greatly enjoy the Weis/Hickman DragonLance novels and absolutely LOVE their Death Gate Cycle. So I came into this book with relatively high expectations and they were not entirely met. The storyline itself was pretty good- my biggest problem was the character of Skylan. He was far too inconsistent and, frankly, it was maddening. He seems to fluctuate between juvenile immaturity and experience-earned wisdom. A slow progression or, given the traumatic events, even a quick progression from the fo...more
Almas Rahim
I didn't like any of the characters in this book. There was no one I wanted to cheer for. The main character was arrogant, self centered, and just plain annoying. Everything was because of the "gods" so no one really took responsibility for their actions which meant no one ever really grew from their experiences. If I had like the characters, maybe I would have enjoyed the story. The plot was interesting enough, which is why it got two stars instead of just one, I just had no desire to find out...more
Cindy
This is a typical first book of a series. There is a lot of time spent on building the world and cultures of the Vindras. Weis and Hickman do that we great style as they always do.

I was a little disappointed in the characters, it felt as though all the characters were very flat, hopefully as the series grows so will the characters. I do have to say I hated Skylan, he was annoying and really not likeable as a main character.

The book really does pick up after a while, the last one forth of it ha...more
Marian Willeke
This was a book that I decided to read only because it was already on my Kindle from when my husband read it. I'm so glad. I really fell in love with these authors and I'm frustrated to no end that I have to wait for the sequel! I don't trust writers to finish their works, but I'm hooked to this one.

There were epic god-wars and excellent representation of the impact characters made to the world, whether they intended to or not. I also loved the Norse culture it portrayed. Weis does a great job b...more
Aidan Hardekopf
Aug 24, 2012 Aidan Hardekopf is currently reading it
UPDATE 1:

So far, Bones of the Dragon looks like a B-movie fantasy parody. It's got plenty of cliches, but it's so dumb I continue reading it.

UPDATE 2:

Finished, and wait, wha-

The last few pages of the second book just solidified my unanimous hate for the one protagonist known as Skylan Ivorson. Hate, hate; all there is is seething hate for this character. Skylan displays nothing but stupidity and bloodlust while being attractive, and a nearly creepy lust for a female that clearly shows no interes...more
Casey
Having been a long time fan of Dragonlance novels by both Weis and Hickman, I will have to say I was rather disappointed by this book. There was so much potential at the beginning with the novel with the declaration of "Your gods are dead". The protagonist Skylan was at first portrayed as a self centered ass which I quite detested to be honest. However, with a character like him, it is foreseen that he can undergo lots of character development but as the book progressed I found that I disliked h...more
QS
I'll be honest: I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if I actually liked the main character. But I didn't. My dislike of Skylan coupled with my discomfort of the culture of his people made me feel pretty ambivalent for the majority of the novel.

On the other hand, I adored the plot, and loved the blatant rip-off of Norse mythology. Needless to say, I will be purchasing the next book in the series once it comes out in paperback. I'm hoping that, as the series goes on, Skylan will mature great...more
Ubiquitousbastard
Okay, here's how this plays out. There are vikings and dragons. That's pretty much an automatic two stars for me. The book overall was rather readable, but it's the last fifty pages or so that make me think that this barely qualifies as four instead of three stars. I was able to predict a few things, but as always, Weis and Hickman don't only adhere to tropes, and I ended up a bit surprised. Then there's their evil trait of killing off characters without a hint of remorse. I didn't actually thin...more
Jossu89
Tämä kirja oli mielenkiintoinen. Se kertoo Skylanista, joka on jumalien suosiossa ainakin omasta mielestään ja saa aina kaiken halamansa. Siksi hän on myös hiukan ylimielinen ja itserakas. Kun Vindrasien päällikiden päällikkö Horg antaa heimon pyhän esineen, Vektanin käädyn, vihollisilleen jäteille, Skylan haastaa Horgin. Samaan aikaan jättien jumalat haastavat Vindrasien jumalat ja jättien ja Vindrasien välille syttyy sota.

Aluksi Skylan oli minusta tosi ärsyttävä tyyppi, mutta samalla tuli het...more
Jon
I've given this four because I've recently returned to reading the genre after a break of about 20 years (can it be?) and it reminded me how much I loved the authors earlier works which I may now re-read. Having said that, this book for me consisted of almost desperate character development. There are no clean heroes or villains in the authors work. I always feel like I need to shower after reading it. Much of what the characters put down to fate is juat due to the screw ups of other characters...more
Scott
A great book, that gets you into the plot very well. I was to the point of not having the gusto to keep reading as I had when I started, because of some of the decisions the main character was making! I disliked what was going on enough, that I was wondering if I would like where the book was going; and what the character was doing.
But I kept reading, and very much liked where the book ended up going. And I will eagerly(sp?) be awaiting the next in the series when it comes out.

oh, and also: Grea...more
William Lareau
Not my favorite Weis and Hickman book, but could be an interesting series. Some of the dialog I found really annoying.
Marlawanda Briley
So excited to read another Margaret Weis book. I am looking fwd to reading the next in the series.
Jared
It feels as though Weis and Hickman are putting more effort into developing good character depth and have succeeded, but it seems the more depth some of their characters posess the more difficult it becomes to like them, or take an interest in thier plight. The the protagonists got into trouble I found myself on more than one occasion feeling as though they desreved their peril and as such was not as invested. Another con about this book is Weis & Hickmans use of crude and lewd events have i...more
Daimen Vauban
I did not like this book as much as their Dragonlance series, but I cannot say that is due to when I read that series compared to the now. I find their prose to be simplistic and choppy. However, their plot is interesting. Character development is mediocre. The mystery and intrigue is good. The use of expletives is not very effective. It seems like they are thrown in their to make this book 'cool' for older teenagers. I will try the next novel in this series and hope that the plot thickens and t...more
Jennifer
short review:

never really gone wrong with weis & hickman, but never had super high expectations for their books, either. i was extremely disappointed in this one. i gave it over 100 pages, and there was no character - not one - that i remotely cared about; in fact, all of them were irritating, one-dimensional and practically insulting. also, i don't remember so much language in the previous weis/hickman books i've read, but it really started to bother me after about 50 pages.

i don't often a...more
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