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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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Final rating: 5/5 stars

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 dark
Feb 03, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ser
Jul 10, 2014 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  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
Suzanne (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
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 29, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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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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
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
Fedele Colosimo
Dragon bones is a fantasy book by Patricia Briggs that tells about a guy named Ward and his adventure to save his doomed kingdom from the evil forces that will stop at nothing to posses the dragon bones. The only remaining pieces of the most powerful creature the “Dragon kind”. In his quest to find these magical bones, he puts his kingdom into even more danger. The lesson that the author tries to portray to the reader it to never give up on what your trying to accomplish.

The most important chap
Max Mumma
Mar 27, 2015 Max Mumma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A fiction book named dRaGoN bOnEs by Patricia Briggs. The book is about a main character named Ward who becomes king after his father dies and has to find dragon bones to put them in a pile so a dragon can come back to life, to save his new kingdom called Hurog. Also the book shows to never give up at what you are doing or the goal you have set for yourself.

Prime Chapters and Structural Quirks:
The structure of the book is about Ward and his adventures. How it shows that is when Ward goe
Brandon Casadei
Mar 27, 2015 Brandon Casadei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragon Bones is a fantasy book where a man named Ward is forced to pretend to be the family idiot to weather his father's abuse and suspicion. He tries to find the Dragon Bones locked away for Centuries. When looking for the Bones Ward faces many challenges. One of the main challenges was that on his journey he faces enemies that were trying to find the bones as well but if they only looked in front of their eyes they would find what they are looking for. Ward was thinking of following them but ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Naiya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jun 24, 2015 Jasmine rated it liked it
Shelves: ace-book
Ahahahahaha. Sometimes I wish I could turn off my writer's critiquing view while I read. This was one of the times. You can totally tell it's an early work? The female characters all fall into odd caricatures, and the pacing is uneven.

But even with this, I laughed so much? It was a lot of fun, interspersed with horrified "wait, that character arc just did WHAT?". (It ends on fun, in case you worried.)
Jun 08, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, hilarious
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
Mar 26, 2008 Suzi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Grace Sheppard
Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs Review

I think the idea of this book is fantastic, but the plot and characters weren’t solid enough. I enjoyed the beginning, but the middle of the book was very slow and unclear.

*Spoilers Ahead*

The main character is Ward, and he has pretended to be unintelligent for most of his life. He did this because his father was abusive, and could potentially kill him if he thought he was endangering his position as the ruler of Hurog. Besides this, there wasn’t much charac
Bailey Nance
Mar 27, 2015 Bailey Nance rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know those fantasy books that twist something real with something fantastic and farfetched? This book was trying to do that, but it epically failed! Do not judge this book by it’s cover because you will be disappointed. On the front you see an awesome looking dragon, but the title Dragon Bones is more like what actually happens. In the first chapter of the book he discovers the dragon bones. It was an unexpected plot point in a bad way because this was too early to introduce the main point o ...more
Jamie Collins
Jun 20, 2009 Jamie Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Ryan Lorenz
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Feb 20, 2016 azerjaban rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read this book, I listened to the audio version in my car. To be honest I don't know if I would have read this in book format. I have no patience for fantasy's. Learning the names and pronunciations and places blgh. But all that was done for me so I just had to listen and keep it straight in my head. I'm glad I did.

Excellent book, great story with a troubled hero who's spent so long pretending he doesn't know who he is. Good story telling and emotions that had me crying while driving t
Nov 19, 2014 Kristin rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, magic
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.
Apr 18, 2016 Eve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-paper-copy
Sometimes with a well known author, I find the earliest books are the best. This book and its sequel Dragon Blood are favorites that I often re-read for both comfort and fun. I love the character of Ward and all the side characters, and I love the adventure and quest and plot. I love the horses. It is simply a very well told, tightly plotted story with engaging and memorable characters.
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
Jul 08, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Patricia Briggs is a very skilled writer and it seems that whatever sub-genre within fantasy she dives into she does a good job of it. Dragon Bones is the first book in a series of two centering around the Hurog, with Dragon Blood being the follow up. Patricia has on more than one occasion written these type of short, multiple book series, but rarely more than a few in each series. This really is the reason I don’t see her as a writer of epic fantasy, even if the books often has the same element ...more
Oct 14, 2013 Lokke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this book, though it felt like a bit of a guilty pleasure.

Ward was an interesting character. I liked how he moved through the events in the book, putting on guises as was necessary. His ability to act as other people made it difficult for him to figure out who he really was underneath, but I think he was giving too much credit to the hero of legend he was trying to emulate for his character.

We have Urog, the pretty purple eyed (justifiably) a
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
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
Jan 05, 2015 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All in all I found this an enjoyable read. Compared to her current series with Mercedes Thompson, it's easy to see how this one is a little rough. That being said, I found the premise to be very interesting.

Ward of Hurog has pretended to be dumb for years in order to appear as non-threatening as possible to his father. Then his father dies quite suddenly, and no one believes Ward capable of managing the estate. This is not a concept I have encountered before in novels, so I give Mrs. Briggs prop
Oct 26, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
May 28, 2009 Lisarenee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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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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