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Night of Blood (Dragonlance: The Minotaur Wars #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,117 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
As the War of Souls envelops Krynn, a terrifying Night of Blood brings power to a new ruling clan in the land of the minotaurs. The usurper owes his might to a restless legion of the dead and a pact forged with the ancient enemies of the horned empire.

The struggle for power and riches spawns the Minotaur Wars - and threatens to sweep across the entire continent of Ansalon.
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 2003)
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Feb 23, 2008 Johanna rated it it was ok
Since reading the first minotaur books written by Richard Knaak, I have been thirsty for more, captivated by the character of Kaz. Since his last book, "Land of the Minotaurs," however, I have yet to be inspired or impressed by his minotaur stories. "The Minotaur Wars - Volume 1: Night of Blood" begins by introducing many characters and promptly killing them. More characters are introduced and they too are killed off. The few who are not killed, are not heroic or especially inspiring, lacking th ...more
Aug 31, 2007 Angel rated it really liked it
I am not a huge fantasy reader; I would view myself more as a casual reader. I see something that looks interesting, and I may pick it up. At any rate, this trilogy seemed interesting, so I went ahead and picked it up at my local public library. I am glad I did. It was engaging from the start, and the first book gave me the desire to continue.

In the land of minotaurs, a bloody coup puts a new emperor on the throne. Hotak, the new ruler then proceeds to make an alliance with the ogres, who are t
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it liked it
If you are looking for a fantasy tale strictly about the race of minotaur, then Night of Blood by Richard A. Knaak is the book for you. I did like reading about both Faros and Rahm, but also was at a loss as to whom I was supposed to be voting for.

What I never got out of this book was who the main character was that I was supposed to latch on to. This left me confused for most of the story. Was it good that Chot had been overthrown? After all, he had let the race of minotaurs decline as he live
Jul 02, 2016 Lana rated it it was amazing
The start to the minotaur wars is brought about by the coup staged by hotak and his priestess wife on the previous emperor!! many who supported the previous regime where wiped out viciously and those that fled where followed by the dead, the puppets of the priestess of the forerunner religion!! the dead obeyed her to the letter, killed silently for her and carried news to her of their whereabouts!! Some who were caught were sent as slaves to work the cruel mines, but a revolt got most of these k ...more
Jim C
Feb 14, 2014 Jim C rated it liked it
A book set in the world of Dragonlance. This book explores the realm of minotaurs. General Hotok stages a coup with aid from his wife and this book explores his attempt to stay in power.

I liked this book but it didn't blow me away. The author did a great job describing minotaurs and their society. I enjoyed how he portrayed minotaurs as warriors and their society is determined by this ideal. The problem with this novel is the development of the characters. There are so many characters that the r
Scott Block
Jan 13, 2012 Scott Block rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hard-cover
Another race on Krynn heard from. My first introduction with minotaurs was with Mina during the War of Souls. It was fun to get a broader picture on their ways of life and war.
Phil Jervell
Feb 15, 2012 Phil Jervell rated it it was amazing
loved this series minotaurs intrigued me as a race nice to get peak at the race.
Patrick Leitzel
Aug 10, 2011 Patrick Leitzel rated it really liked it
Good start to a good trilogy about a race you don't hear too much about
The basic story was good, rebels striving to overthrow an evil dictatorship, but the book is let down by weak characters and some poor plot points.

Firstly none of the characters have strong personalities, most in fact are weak and uninteresting. Because of this you don't care what happens to them and harms the book overall.

Another problem is the huge amount of killing, okay so it is a book of minotaurs, but too many times a character is introduced only to killed a couple of pages later. This ma
Timothy McNeil
I feel that even the two stars is generous, but somewhere past the halfway point Knaak gives up on awkward insertions of exposition (or at least limits them to somewhere near the level of acceptability) and lets this abbreviated tale of murder, mayhem, backstabbing, and revenge start to take shape. Mostly, I blame WoTC for the shape of this book. Perhaps they (and Knaak included) wanted their own version of the intrigues that provide the backdrop to Frank Herbert's Dune or seems to be the whol ...more
Tabitha Tomala
Mar 01, 2013 Tabitha Tomala rated it did not like it
This book just dragged. I normally love all the Dragonlance books (minus Murder is Tarsis), but I cannot for the life of me connect with any of the characters. The scene with the ogres when all they did was talk ogre, um hello! Translation please? That enter chapter was a waste. Not to mention the following scene with them chapters later where they talk about some agreement and never tell the read what the agreement is!
There are way too many scenes of what Nephera's undead can do, really we don'
Massanutten Regional Library
Chris, Main patron, July 2015, 4 stars:

An emperor is overthrown & an empire reinvigorated. A dark religious cult comes to power & only a few minotaurs that hold to the old ways of honor stand against them all. Book one of the Minotaur Wars is a fun, action filled read.
Alexander Faria
Mar 05, 2014 Alexander Faria rated it liked it
No se ... empezo interesante... decayo y luego me volvio a interesar.. veamos los libros que vienen a ver si suben la calificacion
Douglas Sandler
Mar 03, 2015 Douglas Sandler rated it it was amazing
great book
While i love Knaak's writing style, this impartial overview history narrative doesn't give me much characters to enjoy or even connect with. Although I will be reading the rest of the trilogy, I hope it does get better
Tim Dunn
Aug 03, 2011 Tim Dunn rated it liked it
Very good book, surprisingly. I usually like these kind sof novels, but wasn't sure how I'd relate to "Minotaurs", but actually quite well it turns out. Quick, fun read, first of a three part series.
Mar 01, 2011 Stephel rated it it was ok
Not nearly as interesting as the main series. I had a hard time staying focused
Paul Bushey
Oct 28, 2013 Paul Bushey rated it it was ok
It was ok I did not want to finish the trilogy
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Richard A. Knaak is the bestselling author of Dragonlance novels, Dragonrealm (his own creation), six novels for Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo series, and six works in the Warcraft universe. He has also written five non-series fantasy books.

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