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Dragon Blood (Hurog #2)

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Ward, ruler of Hurog, joins the rebels against the tyrannical High King Jakoven. But Jakoven has a secret weapon. One that requires dragon's blood. The very blood that courses through Ward's veins.
Published October 17th 2005 by Ace Books (first published December 31st 2002)
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Executive Summary: Not nearly as enjoyable as the first book.

Audio book: Joe Manganiello once again does a fine job without really adding or subtracting from the story.

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After finishing Dragon Bones I was left with some lingering questions and looking forward to this book. For some reason this story wasn't as much fun. It's hard to put my finger on exactly why.

My best guess is the pacing. For such a short book, it felt like the plot meandered too much on unimportant details. The begi
May 28, 2016 ShoSho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great narration and great story and plot.
My view on Dragon Blood is that the narrative is more suited for epic fantasy, but appears to have been reduced (like a fine sauce) making it chock-full of history, legacy, prophecy, religion to the degree that I, as a reader, questions if it all really is necessary or if it could have been rewritten to simplify the world in which the story unfolds. As in The Hob’s Bargain there is a lot more meat in the story, than what Ms Briggs puts to use in the story.
It’s a good story, although a bit harshe
Final rating: 5/5 stars

This was awesome and worthy sequel of Dragon Bones. I loved it, but i noticed that this one was a lot more darker than the previous book. But it was great conclusion to the series and i love both of the books. Story was as usually, good and interesting but the book was more dedicated to characters like the previous one. But it concluded well. it also happens 4 years after the end of the first book.


Characters :
Really, it's more like 3 1/2 stars. I found it a much easier read than Dragon Bones, but that my have been because dragons and dwarfs are not really my thing, so it took me a little while to get into that setting. I haven't read much fantasy like this, so I don't really know how Brigg's story rates compared to other books in this genre, but I thought it was a quick and enjoyable read.
Aug 14, 2015 Miki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much, MUCH better than Dragon Bones....less talk and a lot more action, with plausible characters.
Sep 20, 2011 Pauline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is the second of a two-book story and it did not disappoint! Patricia Briggs did what I feel was an excellent capability stretch with this story about mages and their relationships with dragons, whom they believe to be extinct. Briggs does powerful character studies and digs deeply into the workings of how people deal with conditions in life they have no control over and how to cope with or surmount them. I heartily recommend this pair of books, Dragon Bones and Dragon Blood if you like dra ...more
Jamie Collins
Jun 22, 2009 Jamie Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars, not quite as good as the first book, but still a good read. When I finished, I was sorry that there wasn't more written about these characters.

This one is a little heavy with torture and anguish, and I was not much interested in the Newly Awakened Evil Magic Thing that was introduced; I felt like we already had enough Evil Magic going on for such a short book. The final magical battle was also a bit too abstract for my taste. I was more interested in the physical fighting that accompa
Lenora Good
Mar 28, 2016 Lenora Good rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of Ward continues (from Dragon Bones). Hurog Keep lies in a heap, destroyed by powerful magic, and Ward must rebuild it. He takes his duties as Lord Hurog seriously, and wishes only to protect his people from wars, starvation, and evil.

Unfortunately, rebellion is brewing against the evil usurper High King Jakoven, and Ward is sucked into joining the rebels. But the High King has a secret weapon, and nothing will stop him from using what he has to gain what he wants, and he wants Ward,
The book continues pretty much the same way the first one did. It's missing something. There are missed opportunities. The plot just comes across as mundane. The writing is occasionally subpar. It just doesn't hold the attention and is easy to put down.

The book should have stayed and focused on the main plot and devices or it should have properly expanded on the world. Otherwise it feels like an incomplete attempt -- too much going on in too little space.

Again, too many things are spelled out to
Jul 09, 2015 Vorbis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never expected to actually find a copy of this to read. I started off with no memories of the story and managed to pick it up once we met Ward again. The whole thing is lovely fantasy. It has politics and dragons and it's in a fairly classical style.

Good guys fight bad guys and there's a lot of strategizing and a bit of torture and magic and it all ties off neatly at the end which is nice. I'm sure there's a lot of fallout left to happen, but the important loose ends are tied up from my pov an
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I don't do many reviews but I wanted to drop a note about these two - Dragon Bones and Dragon Blood.

I like Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series and her related Alpha & Omega series. Decided to give these two books a go just because I enjoy her writing and I'm glad I did. Patricia Briggs is such a good story-teller. Depth to her characters and not just the protagonist; interesting character-driven plots; she's just got it going on. I'm not huge werewolf or vampire fan yet there I am, gobbl
In my review for Dragon Bones I mentioned how unfair it was that Briggs made that book short. Well, thankfully Dragon Blood was longer - still not long enough to my opinion, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING ITS THE LAST ONE IN THE SERIES.


If you thought the first book was good (and you most certainly did) then you will love this. Not only does it remain a dark and cruel world, but it becomes e
Kristy Halseth
Sep 12, 2015 Kristy Halseth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because I'm saving money for moving, I'm rereading a lot of books. This is one of my favorites. The characters are interesting, it doesn't gloss over the bad parts of life, character's are complex in that no one is a 'super' character. Everyone what has an amazing skill has a drawback so one person cannot solve everyone's problems. This book ties up all the loose ends from the book prior to it and finishes the story in a satisfactory way. It would have been nice to have more than two books, but ...more
Shari Kay
Jul 31, 2015 Shari Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this, but not as much as the first one. The characters didn't seem quite as fleshed out as the previous book. I wanted more of the relationships between ward and... everyone.

Lots of evilness going on. I really did hate the bad guys, so I was disappointed when the ending was kind of anti-climatic. Yes, I'm that blood thirsty... they really needed to suffer a lot more.

I also wouldn't have minded a bit of an epilogue at the end. I still had some questions about how things would work out
Feb 14, 2016 Sanja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is much darker, but with less action. I enjoyed it I think the same amount as the first one, but the ending seemed rushed. Spoiler alert, or maybe it isn't... in the end when the main villain gets killed it happens in one single short paragraph, without any climatic turn of events. At first I thought I was robbed of story, but that is actually on point. In the next sentence Ward says something like how quickly it is over, killing the man who has done so many evil...just like that. You f ...more
One those rare times when the sequel is even better than the first.
A good sequel to Dragon Bones. In fact, in many ways Dragon Blood is better than the first book. Characters are much more developed, the story has a much more grounded plot. We know clearly who the enemy is and the framework for an epic battle is set-up.

Sadly, the ending felt entirely too rushed! No epic battle or struggle, which is what I was expecting. Instead, it comes across as a quick camp raid, and that, while different, felt a bit unsubstantial.

Either way, still a decent read - but a bit
Apr 08, 2016 Meredith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The villain in this book is so evil that I really wanted them to kill him, bring him back to life, kill him again, and on and on for eternity. Times like this, I'm glad I believe in hell, because some people deserve to suffer. Anyhow, another great book about Hurog, this time with more dragons! Parts of this book were super tough to read, because I didn't like to read about such terrible things happening to characters I loved, but considering the bad guys, I guess it was unavoidable. Not for the ...more
Mar 12, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this continuation of Ward's story, the time has come to try to overthrow the really cruel and evil King. Ward gathers followers to put another heir on the throne despite being captured and tortured. As was probably true in the real world of multiple kings/rulers, Ward is often having to convince veryone that he doesn't want the high throne for himself despite his hero status that would allow him to take it. Good family relationships and friendships in both books in the series and it was nice ...more
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My thoughts:
Ok so I started this one right after having finished book 1 and it takes place 4 years after the events in book 1. The book was not as good, but then all the things that were new and shiny then, were not new and shiny here anymore. But hey it was still a good book that I read in a day.

Ward is rebuilding Hurog and is staying away from the wicked king Jakoven. But the king is the baddie in this one so he comes after Ward. Civil war is close to breaking out and things are not good...*mu
Miss Clark
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Never disappointed in Brigg's endeavors. This book is as well written and fascinating as the rest. I would say my only complaint is that her series/stories don't continue as the material available in these could go on forever. Reminds me of David Brin's and Gay Gavriel Kay's books.

Creating a world with varied cultures, contradictions, and legends, the possibilities are endless. This is the second book. Dragon Bones is the first, where Wardwick of Hurog becomes the Hurogmeten at his father's une
Aug 23, 2011 Gabriela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It's been a long time since a book kept me hooked from start to finish. I picked this book up on a whim in the (small) English section of a bookstore in Buenos Aires. Dragons, I said. I must have this. Unfortunately I could not find the previous one, Dragon Bones. But curiosity beat patience so I read it anyway, after seeing some reviews that said it could be read separately. I'll be getting Dragon Bones in digital format when I recieve my e-reader. But not having read the previous one did not p ...more
Sep 07, 2010 Nadir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
The second of the Hurog duology, this novel follows four years after Dragon Bones, covering the political fallout of what happened in the first novel. The King’s writ was never rescinded so Ward gets carted off to an insane asylum and civil war looms.

Again, Mrs Briggs takes a cliché of the fantasy genre and writes it well. Her characters are skilfully portrayed, each with their own personality, strengths and weaknesses.

The story’s POV is mainly focused on Ward but occasionally jumps to Tisala,
Jun 18, 2013 Lokke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I think that I loved the first book more, and there were things that I was hoping for from this book that didn't happen. But still, I think that it was very good.

I love all the characters and wish there were more books about them. I don't know if there are any planned, I'm assuming there aren't, but I would pick them up in an instant if there were!

This book picks up a few years after the events in the first book. All of the characters have changed slightly, but it makes sense
Lynne Cantwell
Oct 07, 2011 Lynne Cantwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Okay, this one I couldn't put down.

Ward has made the transition from dullard to competant, respected, and maybe even beloved ruler of his home province, Shavig. Slowly but surely, his lands are recovering from the despotic rule of his father. Even his family is flourishing. And his soul mate, Tisala, has escaped from King Jakoven's clutches and has sought out Hurog as a place of refuge. Things are definitely looking up.

But then Ward learns that King Jakoven plans to shut him away in the royal As
May 16, 2013 Argus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you like odd ramblings that are only tangentially related to a book review? Good. Come with me on this journey.

For those of you with experience playing D&D, or any other tabletop RPG, you may know how a long running campaign will usually work out. You and your party all start out ready to kick in the door to the dragon's lair and kill him for possession of that one artifact you really need for some quest-related reason. But along the way, you go through a village that needs saving. One of
Mar 10, 2012 Jacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
This is the follow up to Dragon Bones, set four years later. Ward is now twenty-three and rebuilding Hurog keep after the devastation caused in the final confrontation with the invading Vorsag in Dragon Bones. He’s seeking the quiet life after his brief spell as a hero and he’s comfortable in his lordship. All the family suspicions from the previous book have been ironed out and his uncle and cousins support him wholeheartedly. But Ward’s position as ‘Hurogmeten’ still has not been officially ra ...more
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Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a na
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