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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
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Hardcover, First Edition, 414 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Tor Books (first published 2009)
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Robert
Aug 17, 2016 Robert rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Show Vikings Who Feel It Could Use More Magic Dragons!
Woo hoo, I finally finished this beast!

Not that I outright disliked it, per se, it's just that I could never seem to get in more than 15 pages or so in a sitting...and this was with my baby daughter out of town!

I liked the world-building, though I thought the conflict with the ogres took too long to finally kick off and then it seemed to go on overlong. Things really picked up after the Vutmana thingy, and I was gratified to see super-bro Skylan humbled and made accountable for his terrible choi
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Maria 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
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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
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Reblua
Mar 02, 2011 Reblua rated it did not like it
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.
Adam Bolander
Jan 02, 2015 Adam Bolander rated it it was ok
Book Review: Bones of the Dragon, by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Bones of the Dragon is a book I picked up at a used bookstore for a couple dollars. The cover looked neat and the blurb sounded interesting, and hey¬— it was only a couple dollars! I could spare that much, even if it turned out not to be that great... which is exactly what happened.

Bones of the Dragon stars Skylan Ivorson is one of the Vindrassi, a race of sea raiders very similar to the Vikings. His father, the chief of the Tor
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Cindy
Dec 20, 2008 Cindy rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2009
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
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Mikko Karvonen
Feb 07, 2013 Mikko Karvonen rated it did not like it
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.
Luke
Dec 02, 2012 Luke rated it did not like it
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.
Rhonda Johnson
May 29, 2017 Rhonda Johnson rated it really liked it
This book would have gotten a five, but at a certain point the author decided to tell rather than show what was happening. But I enjoyed it enough that I'm dying to read the sequel.
Mathieu
Roman efficace, mais pas de quoi se relever la nuit.

L'histoire se déroule au sein d'une nation de barbares dont l'organisation est très proche de celle des Vikings. On y suit l'histoire de Skylan Ivorson, jeune fils de chef qui se croit promis à un grand avenir.

Présomptueux, arrogant et impulsif, Skylan trop persuadé de son destin et de la faveur des dieux à son égard, accumule les mauvais choix et plus le roman avance, plus sa marge de manœuvre s'étrécit. D'autant plus que les dieux de son pant
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Alexandra Chauran
Jun 10, 2015 Alexandra Chauran rated it liked it
I broke a sweat trying to like this book, but by the end it grew on me. The whole first half was painful, however, because all of the characters were utterly unlikeable. Good world building, but wow, what a pack of jerks who deserve whatever comes to them. Now, I understand where an author is going when she's setting up a character for redemption, but with absolutely no likeable qualities in any of the characters until a fun new character was introduced half-way through the book... Well, if I wa ...more
Marian Willeke
Jun 01, 2009 Marian Willeke rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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
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John Hubenthal
Aug 28, 2010 John Hubenthal rated it did not like it
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
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Jonas Salonen
May 03, 2017 Jonas Salonen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Now this was a surprise! I have read over a dozen books from Weis & Hickman. The Drangonlance Chronicles were one of the first fantasy books I read as a child. I read the Chronicles again some time ago and oh man are they simple. They read like somebody had written down how their D&D-night went. I do apreciate them as they are good books for a new reader but in no way are they good literature.

Some of the books that followed the Chronicles were downright awful. Even the plots were uninter
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Kia
Feb 21, 2017 Kia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was good!
Skylan the main character was 'team too much' a lot of the time! He's extremely hot-headed and arrogant. I even screamed at him a few times! But, oddly enough, I still liked him! I love fantasy books that explore religions/gods in detail. I enjoyed reading how the gods were apart of the Vindrashi's everyday life. It was also interesting to see even the gods have their own flaws. They can also fight wars, lose, and die! This brought the gods down to earth. Making them more huma
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Peter E.  Frangel
Feb 13, 2012 Peter E. Frangel rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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
Kate
Feb 22, 2017 Kate rated it really liked it
There is not one likable character in this book. Are they trying to be Game of Thrones?
Amanda Steinhoff
First off, let me say, this is some hard core undiluted fantasy. We've got dragons, ogres, fairy folk, and some clans of warriors that might as well call themselves Vikings. So if all of that is not your thing, then these are not the books for you.

The story starts with these not Vikings fighting off an ogre invasion. The ogres explain that their gods have killed the not Viking's gods, so they should now be slaves of the ogres. Well, the not Vikings are not going to take that, so they decide to
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J
Jun 23, 2010 J rated it liked it
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
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Charles
Mar 23, 2014 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
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
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M.A. Kropp
Feb 01, 2011 M.A. Kropp rated it liked it
I'm fan of the works of Weis and Hickman. I first found them in The Rose of the Prophet trilogy, and later read the Deathgate Cycle. They are also the autors of many of the Dragonlance books, although I have not read those.

"Bones of the Dragon" is, in many ways, typical of a Weis and Hickman story. A young man, Skylan Ivorson, full of himself and over-confident because he feels he has been specially blessed by his tribes god of war, feels he should be Chief of Chiefs of all his people. His fathe
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Landon
Feb 24, 2013 Landon rated it liked it
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
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David Grenier
Aug 03, 2013 David Grenier rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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Michael Bates
Aug 13, 2015 Michael Bates rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
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Bret
May 01, 2011 Bret rated it liked it
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
Daniel
Feb 26, 2009 Daniel rated it liked it
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
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Debbie
Aug 07, 2009 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Russ
Mar 05, 2009 Russ rated it it was ok
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
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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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