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Storm Riders

(The Dragon Brigade #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  362 ratings  ·  39 reviews
In a world where magic is intrinsic to the fabric of everyday life, two kingdoms, centuries-long enemies, have long sought a powerful magical weapon that will win them lasting dominance. But neither realm is ready when they are both attacked by the Bottom-Dwellers, a bitter people whose own land was destroyed, and who now live only to take vengeance on those they blame for ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Tor Books
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Ryan Mueller
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy, fantasy
This was an enjoyable book, probably on par with the first in the series. The characters are fun, the world is interesting, and there's some good action. These books don't quite make it into my list of favorites, but I still enjoy them quite a bit.

Rating: 8/10
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book from GoodReads First Reads

Bottom Dwellers are attacking the realms, seeking revenge against those responsible for their exile. Using the forbidden contramagic, they are able to unravel the magical constructs that hold the civilization together. The people of Freya and Rosia must unite if they are to have a chance at survival. But, the study of contramagic is prohibited by the Church and mistrust still looms between the kingdoms. Luckily there are members within both kingdo
Joe Santoro
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All to often when writers set upon writing a trilogy.. they really only have one book worth of story... maybe 2. Everyone loves a trilogy though, right? So thus things get stretched, or side characters get unnecessarily developed, or random happenings that have nothing to do with the main plot get explored.

Storm Riders does none of that.. it's very easily better than the 1st book.. this is a driven, concise plot that moves along and juggles different characters in different places very well... b
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Storm Riders is the second novel in the Dragon Brigade series by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes. It picks up right after the end of 2012’s Shadow Raiders and carries the plot forward. Much like the previous novel Storm Riders is a novel that I enjoyed but which I can’t seem to pinpoint why. Set in a world where the continents float on the mystical Breath of God, Storm Riders sees two nations with a bitter enmity towards one another struggling to come to terms with strange and powerful bat-ridi ...more
Zachary Roner
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, first-reads
After winning the first reads giveaway for this book, I scrambled to find the first in the series so I could properly review this book. In my review for the first book I noted that Margaret Weis is still one of the finest world creators in the fantasy genre. She makes unbelievable worlds and situations seem plausible. The only hang up I had with the first one was the one dimensional nature of some of the characters, not all just some. Imagine my great joy when my only issue with the first book h ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Fast paced with unpredictable turns in the story spiced with fantasy, court intrigue and dragons :)
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There was a rather emotional blowup involving Privateer alan Northrup and his big bro, Father Jacob, that managed to pull at my cold, cold heartstrings, something that rarely happens when I read books. Granted, it was Familial Angst! which is usually the key. Kudos.

also brother barnaby x gythe 5ever. Still.
Matthew Holloway
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable! Weis & Krammes keep you guessing constantly with all the antagonist changes and political intrigue. Often, like in the real world, I kept wanting to just throw my hands up and say "Screw it! Just let them win, and watch the world get what it deserves." I look forward to the next volume. ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-sci-fi
Nice 2nd in dragon trilogy with more history explained and the various enemies coming together with vital clues to the Bottom Dweller mystery. By the end, the spies and adventurers are putting the pieces together and starting to maneuver their respective courts to ally. But...the Princess, the Countess, Rodrigo, and Stephano are deeply in trouble again!
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Interesting world, but bland characters and simple villains.
Major Doug
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Storyline was OK; characters were prissy; ending was weak.
I read this without realising it was the second in a series - the copy I have doesn't mention it except on the page of 'also by these authors' and I wasn't really interested in that until page 608. Probably that's the reason it took until the second to last chapter to work out for sure if they were airships or not.

Generally good - I read it all in a day, and easily, and only once did I wonder if the book was worth that number of pages. I was never on the edge of the seat with the action but I w
Jennifer Lea
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Margaret Weis is nothing new to me. I always expect great things from anything with her name attached and once again, she delivered. I first met her work through 'The Death Gate Cycle' some, goodness, maybe twenty years ago.
This book started off with a humorous twist catching my attention from the start. Afterwards, there were a few chapters that tested my patience. This is book two in the series and I had to learn the characters I was supposed to already know. Once aquainted with and by the re
Clay Kallam
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Margaret Weis has been writing epic fantasy series for a long time, and she knows her stuff. In “Storm Riders” (Tor, $27.99, 510 pages), she and co-writer Robert Krammes build a very unusual early industrial world, and people it with stock, though not entirely predictable, characters. The plot involves an aggrieved group that seeks revenge on the majority, and all of the several protagonists have different hurdles to overcome to fight off the threat.

Again, the characters aren’t drawn as well as
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lots of fun. I love that the main characters all have their strengths and weaknesses and quite often they just barely manage to get out of trouble so their successes are a combination of skill, luck and good friends and allies.

I don't remember if I noted this about the first book but there are several points of view in this series and I know some people really get annoyed by it. For me, it was handled well, there weren't too many and they weren't placed 'just because' but gave a good idea of wha
Michelle Drury
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Why isn't there an option for 6 stars? This book would have at least that many. The entire Dragon Brigade series involves the most elaborate and skillful writing and most captivating story lines I have ever encountered (I suffer to say I enjoy this series even more than Dragonlance and The Death Gate Cycle, which I have placed in my top 2 best loved book series for many, many years). This series is far grander than the typical fantasy series. Even the seemingly most minor character, a cat, is be ...more
Pamela D
I received this book through the GoodReads First Reads giveaway program.

Let's discuss what I enjoyed about this book. The characters are very interesting and well written (three-dimensional). Also, the world building is pretty fantastic. The book is also well written. I found myself just flipping through the pages. The book flowed nicely.

Now, let's discuss what slowed me down with this book. This is the second book in the Dragon Brigade series, and it feels like a book in a series. This book sta
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It's been about four years since I read the first part of this trilogy, so I didn't remember much of it. I went back and read my review of that book and saw I didn't like it, so I was pleasantly surprised to find I enjoyed this one a lot more. My lack of memory wasn't a problem as everything is recapped well. And while there is a decent amount of exposition, it isn't as repetitive as before and there is more action spread out. The political intrigue is a lot of fun as well, as alliances form, sh ...more
Dianne Benedict
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I took a while to finish the book as my Husband stole it from me. :) WE love to read and while his taste stays with the traditional Sci-fi/fantasy genre, I go astray.
I must admit a bias before my review I am a friend of one of the authors. I may have started to read due to the friendship, but I ended up buying it in multiple media and will do so for every book from these two from now on. (That way I don't have to wait... )

I love this book. The characters have great depth and show growth as a per
William Bentrim
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Storm Riders by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes

The book stands alone but would be better if Shadow Raiders had been read first. A distained portion of the population decides to get even for past wrongs.

This is a well crafted world. A back story would have made the book better. The main characters are nicely done and likeable. The Trundlers are air borne gypsies and Stephano is a dragonless dragon rider.

The events that they entertain surround the disgruntled Bottom Dwellers. The conflict with
Thomas Umstattd Jr.
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I spent the first third of this book hating the new narrator. The second third I enjoyed the story and put up with the new narrator. By the end I was enjoying the new narrator as well as the story. I think the issue with the narrator is not as much that he is a bad narrator, it is that he is so different. All the accents were different. Names and places were often so different I got the characters confused.

The book was great. I was very disappointed to learn that book three is now out yet. I al
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All the expected goodies are here.
An expanding plot.
Characters are developed.
Hope is seen.
Challenges are faced.

There is everything you could ask for in a book.....but I feel it does suffer from "middle-book syndrome". There's a lot of plodding about and political maneuverings to get everyone in place for the final book which should be exciting.

I think Storm Riders would've benefitted from at least 100 pages being cut from it. It still works very well as a novel and is a welcome addition to the s
Valerie Hemlin
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Valerie by: no one
I was greatly disappointed in the book. I hate to give a review lower than a 3 star, but I plowed through the first book hoping it was just a prequel and there would be more dragons--this is called The Dragon Prophesy series--but NO! The dragons don't really appear until later on in the book and the characters just aren't compelling enough to keep on reading this series. Sorry Weis. I loved the DragonLance series...but this book seems like a thinly veneered attempt to follow Game of Thrones or o ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I accidentally read this book first, instead of the actual first book of the series. I didn't realize it until I'd finished the whole book, and the story was self-contained enough that I didn't suffer for not knowing what came before.

That being said, this book was FANTASTIC and I will definitely be backtracking to read the first one.
Eric Westfall
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Where the first book in this series started off slow,; this one took off like a shot and didn't stop until the end. For me a story needs great characters that I feel something for and Weis and Krammes have more than managed to do that. It would be impossible for me to pick a favorite. The story was full of twists, turns, ups and downs- it was all around a great book. ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
In spite of not having read the first book in the series I really enjoyed this one. The characters were engaging and amusing, and the story was unique. I look forward to the next book and to going back and reading the first one.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Got an ARC of this book and 1) didn't realize it was the 2nd in a series and 2) the editing was obviously not done and got worse towards the end of the book. I still thought it had some fun concepts, and I can see that I might like the characters more if I had read the first book... ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was better than the debut! Think Alexander Dumas with dragons. In the footsteps of Steven Brust's "The Khaavren Romances." A fun/great read.... ...more
Marlawanda Briley
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
The second book is even better than the first!
Lixx Luna
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the dragon brigades series. Action packed, and suspenseful. Intrigue through out the book, as the main characters discover secrets that may save their world.
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