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Secret of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras #2)

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New gods are challenging the old high god, Torval, for rulership of the world. The only way to stop these brash interlopers lies with the five Bones of the Vektia Dragons—the five primal dragons hidden away by the dragon goddess, Vindrash, during the creation of the world. Without these dragons, one of the new gods, Aelon, cannot seize power. The only hope of the Vindrasi ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Tor Books
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Jim
Apr 14, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Honestly, I wasn't that big a fan of the first book of this series, Bones of the Dragon. A large part of that was due to just how completely unlikeable the main character Skylan is. Secret of the Dragon is, in my opinion, miles better because of the transformation Skylan undergoes. In fact, it's so much better that, in retrospect, it makes me look much more favorably on Bones of the Dragon. The things Skylan and his warriors go through make up a sort of modern Spartacus adventure, and it's a fun ...more
Liam Kumher
Feb 25, 2015 Liam Kumher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ubiquitousbastard
Jul 28, 2013 Ubiquitousbastard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragons
If I hadn't read the previous book, I doubt I would have made it through the first third of this one. It starts off very slow, sort of tying off the plot from the first book, and then trying to set up for its own plot. So, that's a lot of plot management, not a lot of things actually happening or even some meaningful character development. Once it does get started, it's still less than impressive. (It sounds like I hated the book, but I'm just working my way through the process). There are a few ...more
Peter E.  Frangel
And here is Book Two in the Dragonships of Vindras series by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. I've sort of been wondering how well this series is doing for them. The authors have been awfully silent about it and any news as to when to expect a third book has been kept behind closed doors. I know they each have other books and projects they are working on, but I still can't help being a bit curious...mhh....

I also want to mention that I tear into this book quite a bit, but still gave it a 3 out o
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Jared
Jun 27, 2012 Jared rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jared by: Tracy Hickman
I have to say that Weis and Hickman have always been the gold standard to which I compare all fantasy books I read. Afterall, these are the writers that got me to read in the first place. I have followed them for years. I have taken Tracy's Writing Seminars and have become very well acquinted with his art of story development. I also have the priveldge of calling him friend, which I am aware does bias my review a little. He is a master of world building and a "craftsman" of story. He is a Story ...more
Mathieu
Suite de Les Os Du Dragon, ce second tome est du même niveau : honnête.

La très bonne idée de ce deuxième volet, c'est de commencer sur une scène permettant aux deux auteures de résumer les événements du tome 1 sans que ce soit roboratif, en présentant les choses par la voix d'un skald qui narre les aventures des héros du roman de nombreuses années plus tard.

Grâce à ce premier chapitre très bien troussé, on se remet aisément en tête l'épisode précédent. On entre ensuite de plein pied dans le réci
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Susanna
Aug 03, 2011 Susanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman always seem to deliver fantastic fantasy fiction novels. This is the second book in a series of six books (4 are forthcoming). It continues from book one where Skylan, now considered a traitor, and his Vindrasi crew have been captured by Raegar, an Aelon warrior-priest. They have been told and are beginning to believe that their Gods have left them and they are alone. They will be taken back to Sinaria as slaves. Here some will be trained to fight in the game of P ...more
Brian Hagedorn
While certainly better than their Starshield novels, it's still just as forgettable and silly. There were continuity issues throughout this particular novel, most notably with time. What one character says will happen "tomorrow" actually doesn't happen for a number of days. This created a lot of confusion to the overall timeline of the plot. The book also doesn't leave a lot to the imagination, almost spoon-feeding the audience like a poorly written movie. You pretty much knew what the character ...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
A bit of an improvement over the first book, Secret of the Dragon continues the tale of a group of Viking-like warriors caught up in the wars between their Gods and newer upstart Gods. The book feels like a Weis and Hickman book, but lacks a certain spark found in their better tales.

Perhaps part of the problem is that virtually none of the characters start off even remotely likable or sympathetic, with very stereotyped and flat personalities. However, by the end of this second book a few of them
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John Hubenthal
Jul 23, 2011 John Hubenthal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was much better than the first in the series, and it felt like the level of crassness was brought down a notch, although I do get it that with a story drawing from features of norse mythology, there is the expectation of a certain caliber of "manliness". What set this story apart for me were the tender feelings expressed between parent and child from characters which were new to the series in this book, much in the spirit to some degree as in Secret Garden.
Astrid
Het geheim van de draak
Jossu89
Feb 12, 2012 Jossu89 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tässä kirjassa Skylan joukkioineen on joutunut orjaksi Sinariaan. Minusta tämä kirja oli parempi kuin edellinen osa, mutta hiukan outoa on se, että Skylanista on tässä kirjassa on tullut yhtäkkiä valtavan järkevä ja harkitseva. Olisin odottanut, että muutos tapahtuu vähitellen, mutta loppujen lopuksi se on yhtäkkinen muuttuminen. Huonona puolena on myös se, että kirja päättyi niin jännittävään kohtaan, eikä seuraava osa ole vielä ilmestynyt.
Dirk
Sep 17, 2014 Dirk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The book uses an interesting combination of mythology and cultures, politics and religions. It ends with a cliff hanger of course. I need book three now.
Bryan Dial
great fallow up from the first book of the series. introduction to new characters was a bit hard at first dew to lack of description of each, gradually each character gained a face that was customary to wies and hickmans style. it ended on a bit of a sudden note however. i think it could have at least included another chapter to tie things off.
Michael
I liked this book about as much as I liked the first one. I'm still not real thrilled with Skylan, the main character, but he is "maturing" in this book versus the first book. The only character that gets my attention is Wulfe. If it wasn't for him, I think I'd just give up on the books completely.
Daniel
Aug 21, 2010 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weis and Hickman have a flare for creating unique worlds. This series is no exception. The only flaw is that I find the villain to be too much of a caricature of a fanatic, bumbling around in self delusions. Otherwise this book was a big step forward from the previous one of the series.
Seth
Jan 13, 2011 Seth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misc-fantasy
A great second volume and I cannot wait for the next. This time we find our viking-esque characters being made slaves in an area comparable to rome. They fight not in a gladiatorial arena, but something comparable to a game of chess.
Sonia Wellington
Mar 04, 2011 Sonia Wellington rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
BAH! A wonderful story written SO poorly it made me bash myself over the head with the book. My cat could have done a better job writing this.
Allison
MUch better than the first book. The third book will hopefully be even better becuase it ended very well.
Scott Block
Jan 12, 2012 Scott Block rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback
Great non-Dragonlance story. Interesting similarities between these people and the Vikings of old.
James Shepherd
Oct 14, 2013 James Shepherd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
much better then the first book. good character development and good new characters
Mom
Sep 19, 2011 Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
liked this 2nd book better than the first the characters were better and the story good
Martijn Onderwater
Enjoyable - looking forward to the closer!

/Martijn
Kurt Vosper
Oct 11, 2012 Kurt Vosper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing goodness from Weis. An excellent read.
John Zullo
Oct 19, 2013 John Zullo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome, full of twists and turns.
Russell Rait
Book written by Weis, do I really need to say more?
Jacamo Peterson
Jul 05, 2010 Jacamo Peterson rated it it was amazing
As always Weis & Hickman are good again!
Christer Löwing
Much better than the first one in this triology
Chade66
Jun 16, 2010 Chade66 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ack, when does the next one come out!
Britt Selvitelle
Campy Margaret Weis!
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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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Other Books in the Series

Dragonships of Vindras (4 books)
  • Bones of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras, #1)
  • Rage of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras #3)
  • Doom of the Dragon

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