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Dragon Bones (Hurog #1)

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Ward of Hurog has tried all his life to convince people he is just a simple, harmless fool...And it's worked. But now, to regain his kingdom, he must ride into war-and convince them otherwise.
Mass Market Paperback, Reissue of ISBN 0441009166 (9780441009169), 295 pages
Published by Ace Fantasy (first published February 26th 2002)
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Kristalia
Final rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★

What an awesome book. Really. I just couldn't put it down. I loved the writing even though it was switching from first person to third person, but i loved everything about it. Especially the characters, they were brilliant, fantastic and believable. I loved the story, i loved the setting and i loved everything about it.
P.s. the image/cover is Danish, but it's awesome ♥

I am at loss for words at how epic this book is.

I am at loss for words at how epic this book is.

The story was quite interesting and to me it was even
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Rob
Executive Summary: A fun political fantasy.

Audio book: Joe Manganiello is a fine reader, though nothing special. He neither adds nor detracts from the story at all.

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This is my first novel by Patricia Briggs. The name was familiar to me, but I wouldn't have been able to have named you any books or series by her.

I couldn't tell you if this is her usual style of book, but if it is, I'll definitely be interested in reading more. This doesn't seem to be as popular as some of her other seri
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Carly
Jul 10, 2014 Carly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of light epic fantasy
Recommended to Carly by: read with Snarktastic Sonja
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Once upon a time, there were dragons.
Once upon a time, the men who made alliances with them became the Hurogmeten, the guardians of dragons.
Once upon a time, the lands of the Hurog were fertile, the people content, the world full of magic.
Once upon a time, there were dragons.
But that was long ago. Now, Ward, the son of the Hurog, lives in a decrepit castle where the lands themselves seem to be dying from the slow corruption of magic. The dragons may be gone, but Ward is quit
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Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)


Ward has only ever wanted to be the Lord of Hurog, he has protected himself and his siblings from the current Lord, his own father, with a shield of his own feigned stupidity and brute strength. However, his father has died and the very thing that has protected him, his pretend idiocy, has caused the Lordship of Hurog to pass to another. To protect himself and his sister and to get Hurog back Ward must prove that he is no idiot, and he sets out on a quest to regain his birthright.

Patricia Brig
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Mike (the Paladin)
Well, a good book. I was a bit torn about the rating. While I like the book and think it deserves a 4 star rating there were times that I found the story telling rather slow. I plan to "probably" read the next book but I'm not planning to grab it right away.

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Vasya
This novel goes more toward the fantasy genre, than the paranormal, and I must say that Patricia Briggs somehow finds herself in this genre. It is perfectly suitable for her writing style, and she has the imagination and talent needed to pull it off.

I gave this book three stars because, even though Briggs is better in writing this than the paranormal genre, she is still treating it like paranormal and putting it in the paranormal box, while it is very clear that it doesn't belong there. It is ve
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Cherry Mischievous
Okey, so I bought this audiobook because I wanna listen to Joe Manganiello's deep timbre. Can you blame me? Anyway, I like his voice so that makes the narrator a 5 out of 5, right? Well, the thing is I had to buy the paperback as well because there were parts I couldn't quite understand and had to replay them a few times before I get it. Having the book to read as well makes it easier for me. But I am pretty sure this is a fault on my part rather than Joe Manganiello's narration. And besides he ...more
Bri
While this book is nothing terribly unique or extraordinary, I think it's fantastic. I always enjoy Patricia Brigg's writing, and this was no exception.
I picked this up during a time when I wanted read fantasy story, but didn't want to slog through a 700+ page brick. Though, don't get me wrong - Dragon Bones may be a quick read, but it's absolutely rich with detail and characterization, along with a fair amount of action and bloodshed. It hit the spot in a way a lot of books rarely do for me, an
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Suzi
This is the beginning of a series. When I finished the novel, I wished I had purchased the other books.

Ward, a nineteen year old idiot, is the main character. But he's not an idiot, he's just been playing one because his father is a murderer and has it out for him. He has a deaf sister whose growth into adulthood has brought some troubles and a suicidal brother who is missing, presumed dead, by all but Ward.

The cast of characters is large and they are all individualized. You don't mistake one fo
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Jamie
I'm in a rare mood for a Swords & Horses fantasy, and this hit the spot. There's nothing particularly unique about the setting, but it's a nicely plotted story with good characterizations. I really enjoy Patricia Briggs' writing. Before I had even finished this one I went out and bought the second book in the duology.

Briggs owns horses, hence there are some realistic (as if I would know) horsey details in the book.
Kristin
All I can say is that I wish this book had lived up to its potential. It has such good bones (no pun intended) but it just didn't come together into a great story. I kind of wish Briggs had written this one later, I'm sure it would be something great if she had written it today.
Kathleen
I liked Briggs' Raven series better. This book was narrated decently by True Blood's Manganiello. He sounds slightly droning at times, but is still pretty good. The story itself was okay, with some good bits. I loved the interactions with and about Pansy / Stygian the horse. (No need for Briggs to tell her readers who Stygian is, in mythology. I find that type of exposition condescending. She could just drop a hint, and if needed, we can look it up if we want to know.)

No good explanation for ki
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Kate
By far my least favorite Patricia Briggs book to date. It was much slower moving, with less in depth characters, and not nearly as clear of a plot. It all felt sort of muddled, and for being one of her earlier works, it's forgivable.

The main character, Wardwick, was very bland. While he was certainly likable, I didn't find myself feverishly flipping pages to cheer him on through the chapters. And, if there's one thing that keeps me coming back to Briggs' books it's her remarkable knack at creat
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Naiya
Dragon Bones opens with a plot concept that startled me with its familiarity. Ward is the oldest son of the Lord of Hurog, forced to pretend to be the family idiot to weather his father's abuse and paranoia. (A decision very similar to that of Ilya, from Mercedes Lackey's 1997 retelling of the Russian fairy-tale in Firebird.) But here, the story catches its stride and the sense of familiarity fades.

When Ward's father dies, the young man inherits the castle, the cursed and dying fields outside,
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Sbuchler
Genre: High fantasy

I picked this book up because I find the Mercedes Thompson series and the Alpha & Omega series to be extremely addictive (even the second time around!). Unlike those books, this book is fantasy, in a medieval setting. The world/cultures see themselves as a degraded version of the past heroic Age of Empires (somewhat reminiscent of Rome). The really fascinating part of the world is Brigg’s depiction of dragons. As in classic fantasy writing, all the really neat stuff Brigg
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Mary
Although I didn't enjoy the Mercedes series by Briggs at all I actually really enjoyed the 2 Hurog books.
Ward is a funny character with a great sense of humor and a beautiful heart.
He speaks slowly and because of that people came to the conclusion that he was slow, when in actuality, he is a VERY intelligent individual. Ward also has an uncommon bond with the land he's grown up on and can find anyone anywhere on that land. 2 big event start off this book, 1st Ward's extremely abusive father dies
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Emily
I like the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series so much that I've been reading Patricia Briggs' older stuff too. I haven't liked any of it as much, but I still think the older books are worth a read, enough so that I will read the next Hurog book, along with the others she's written. Patricia Briggs is great at creating characters and relationships between characters that really draw me in. The plot in Dragon Bones had a lot going on, maybe too much for the length of the book, but I still t ...more
Lisarenee
I really liked this book. The book moved fast with a lot of action. The main character, Ward, was very likable. His father is a greedy man who killed his father to gain control of the family estate, Hurog. As Ward became old enough to look like a potential threat to succeed him the father started beating him. In one particular beating the father did some damage to Ward so Ward decided to pretend that his mental capacity has been compromised so his father won't see him as a threat thereby giving ...more
Rattyfleef
Best first-person POV of any fantasy book I've read. LOVE the characters, the story, the pace is splendid and I got chills a few times, particularly at that one reveal near the end. Great dragon mythology and morphology. Highly recommended. Grab the second one (Dragon Blood) too, they're not long novels. You could technically leave it at this--it's not a cliffhanger ending, but I liked the second one.

Both books in the duology deal gracefully with ptsd, slavery, and abuse issues without ever get
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Jennifer Provost
I really enjoyed this book. It features Ward, a likeable hero with quite the unusual problem - everyone thinks he's stupid, since he's been pretending to be an idiot for years. But now his father, the Hurogmeten, has died, and no one wants to let an idiot inherit Hurog. Ward decides to remake himself as a war hero, but naturally things don't go as planned. There's a larger conspiracy afoot, and it all centers on some old dragon bones. An enjoyable read, and I will definitely pick up the other ha ...more
Pat aka Tygyr
Hurog means dragon. Their kingdom was once rich, built by dwarves, and awash in magic. Today they are the poorest of the kingdoms under the king. In this 1st book Ward's father, the Lord of Hurog, dies when his horse throws him. As oldest, Ward becomes Lord. But his father, before he dies, names Ward's uncle as ruler until Ward is older. Everyone believes that Ward is stupid. His father beat him nearly to death several times. Ward chose to play stupid so that his father would not see him as a th ...more
Bukcrz
I love dragon stories, romance or not. I was so happy to find a dragon book that does not resemble an encyclopedia in thickness. Imagine my pleasure when I enjoyed the book as much.
To begin with, the main character alone is captivating from the get go. He starts as a fearful child using his own wits to save his neck from someone who should protect him. Then he is shown as a caring brother and son. Then my heart goes with him when he flees for his life and then to watch him finally confront his d
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binter
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
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Alice
I don't think its fair for Patricia Briggs to write a book like this and not have the story be 5 bagillion pages.

I kept looking down at the little marker at the bottom of my Ibook page, and seeing it slowly approaching the finish line filled me with despair.

It's not fair that I was only able to follow Ward and Oreg for 295 pages - it makes no sense to me. This book obviously belongs with the Wheel of Time genres: long and eloquent and beautiful.

This world that Briggs writes about is dark, dar
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Wickedshizuku
Awesome plot, and fantastic characters. I have been pulling the idiot shtick for a good portion of my life as well. I went into reading this book not very optimistic about it, and was pleasantly surprised. It did feel a little incomplete in some places so I couldn't give it a full 5 like I really wanted to. I can say that I do prefer this series compared to Mercy Thomson though.
Renee
This books started out really slow for me - especially after reading the Mercy Thompson series. But, thanks to good advice from my friend Cass, I pushed to read the first 50 pages and became hooked on the story.

Ward is a good man and it was easy to identify with him. I found myself rooting for him. All in all it was a good story and I'm starting the next book.
Sannie Hald
Even though I read this in my native language, Danish, it was brilliant! (Danish tends to make books suck for me because I believe the language is horrifying and making everything sound bad and disgusting...) This was such a lovely built story and I cannot wait to read the next one
Melissa
I adored this book. The characters are REAL and Our Hero has some interesting flaws. Despite obviously being set in the fantasy arena, it's a highly realistic and original take on a coming-of-age story. (And I liked the sequel, Dragon Blood, even better!)
Angie
Mar 02, 2014 Angie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy and magic
Recommended to Angie by: no one
I got this whilst waiting for a new Mercy Thompson book by the same author. The story although OK just couldn't compare to the Dragon riders of Pern.

I didn't like the main character either. So I didn't read any of the others in this series.
Elaine Cramer
It's been a long while since I've read a book in this genre and it was like coming home. I felt a real sense of place from the beginning. The politics involved were comprehensible. The character arcs were logical.

Briggs did an interesting thing, using first person for the bulk of the book, but still looking into things beyond Ward's world, in order to make the story follow. This makes it a bit harder to care about any of these ancillary characters, but it didn't detract my enjoyment of the book
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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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