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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  489 ratings  ·  69 reviews
King Cullin may be known as "the Dragon Slayer," but he fears his son's legacy will be as "King Maurice Who Speaks with Proper Grammar." The boy keeps his nose buried in parchments, starry-eyed at the idea of noble knights and eager to hand royal gold to any con man hawking a unicorn horn. Tonight, though, Cullin will educate the prince in the truth behind minstrels' silly ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by 47North (first published November 5th 2013)
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Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Realising that his son, Prince Maurice has an unrealistic view of what it is to be a dragon slayer, he takes him out for a few ales and tells him how he came to be the most famous dragon slayer ever.

With his band of fellow con-men knights, they traveled the land offering their services to kingdoms in peril. Then after slaying the dragon they would present the cheaply stuffed crocodile's head dragon's head to the king, collect their reward and be off to the next kingdom.

But their plans go awry
This book is not funny. It reads like a too-detailed pitch someone sent Mel Brooks. (I love Mel Brooks.)
A.M. Reynwood
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
What fun! I read the synopsis of this story, that it was about con artists slaying false dragons, and thought it such an unique twist on the usual adventure trope that I knew I had to give it a try, and I'm glad I did.

Anderson crafted this tale wonderfully, formatting it so that King Cullin is telling his sheltered son a grandiose tale of his past shenanigans in order to learn him up on the way the real world works. It follows a group of con men who prey upon the simple-minded, gullible, and sup
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To Bond with his son, King Cullen the Dragonslayer, tells him his early life story over a few drinks at the pub. Hilarious Book. But, it needs a sequel, some questions are left unanswered
Xenophon Hendrix
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel isn't meant to be taken seriously. It's light and funny, making good use of anachronism, cynicism, and satire. Recommended for those who like humorous fantasy. ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Episodes 1 through 4:

The Dragon Business is a serialized eBook by Kevin J. Anderson. Like a comic, the story is broken down into chapters and released on a regular basis, in this case weekly and over the course of eight episodes. The Dragon Business, however, is not your typical fantasy novel. Instead, Kevin J. Anderson takes the fantasy setting of an ex-dragon slayer turned king retelling his old adventures to his son and turns into a comedy. You see, the king is a conman, and his good old days
Sadie Forsythe
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads.

This was amusing, as it was meant to be. It is almost wholly satire, after all. It's witty and well-written. I generally really enjoyed it. But there came a point when the joke just kind of got stale and all the anachronisms (which are purposeful) started to grate. But if you're looking for a laugh that pokes fun at fairy tales, pretty pretty princesses and knights in shining armor, look no further.

As an odd aside: I take issue with this sentence in the d
May 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh. The story took too long and the frame story was boring. And my biggest complaint was the unanswered question from the frame story. It indicates that, hey, there might be lots more stories! But, all I'm interested in is that one question. It was the most interesting and important to this reader and it was never answered. I did like the characters and the set up, I just felt that it shouldn't have meandered as much and should have had a bit more resolution in the end.

If there are more stories
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good reading! When they found that fossil, I knew it was a dragon! Cullin the dragon slayer!
Denae Christine
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Reader thoughts: I kept expecting the book to be clever. Well, there were bits of clever writing (like the king mentioning "frame story" to his son before diving into the rest of the book or like the modern ideas about paperwork and employee rights).

However, the plot itself was not clever. Everything was predictable, from the "honorable" knight chasing dragons to the princess running away from an arranged marriage to fake dragon hunting turning into a real hunt to the king's choice about the dra
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I listened to this on audiobook with excellent narration by James Langton who really did a great job with the various voices and with the comedic timing. I don't think of Anderson as a fantasy writer but this was a rousing outing. It's set up in the form of a frame story and main tale. The bit about the king and his gullible, innocent, stuffy son is the frame for the story of his father's youthful dodgy exploits in the fake dragonslaying business. The characters, especially that of Reeger really ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is probably going to be my shortest review ever.

This is a comedy. It's sarcastic parody of all the "epic knight in shining armor" tales you have seen on tv or read in books.
Thus, reviewers giving 2 stars just cause the book isn't "serious" fantasy should be ashamed.

1.The world-building is simple but well done. All those pop culture movies and fantasy books relevant to knights do flesh it out anyway XD.

2.The characters are memorable and have nothing to do with their (almost always) cardboard
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Dislaimer: this review is being written quite a while after finishing the book...

I'm afraid that this was a three star book (trending towards two stars, though I have trouble rating it quite that low). I had a couple issues. First of all, though I enjoyed the concept of the book I can't help but feel that it would probably have been better as a short story than as a whole book. Secondly, I wasn't a fan of how the book was written in past/present tense, though I do understand that he wanted to di
Albert Riehle
I wasn't a big fan of this book. It wasn't bad. In fact, I don't have many issues with it. The writing is competent. It's just not a very good story. The plot drags. It's just not a particularly interesting story. It's supposed to be funny and there are a few funny lines/scenes but as a comedic work it most falls flat.

Some of the humor is pretty annoying, in fact. Anderson goes out of his way to point out all of the clever literary tricks he's using: the framed plot, the foreshadowing, etc. It'
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had me giggling often, set in medieval with modern anecdotes. This is another book that I picked up at comic con asking for a heroin and dragons and it missed that mark but was kind of close. There was a strong female character with headstrong ideas and she contributed a great deal to the adventure but she was neither the main character or a main focal point of the story. I would say this book was more a 4.5 instead of a 4 star book because the female character was still pretty modern.
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Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I feel like the back of book blurb isn't exaaaactly what happened here, but it was enough to get me to the first few pages, so that's probably what counts.

Cute little heist meets "How I met your mother" sort of deal. Light-hearted, entertaining. A fun read that doesn't take anything too seriously.
James Hurley
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fast paced read, interesting and light, if not fairly predictable little book. I would definitely recommend it to someone interested in Fantasy reading. I'll look for other works by this author, and that says a bit. ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read about the seemy underside of the dragon slaying business. Fairly predictable, but fun nevertheless with likeable characters. Enjoyed this MUCH more than the Terra Incognito series. A lot less preaching.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
It's really quite ridiculous, but an awful lot of fun. ...more
Yosef Shapiro
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, adventure, fantasy
This book was a send up of all the Knight Vs Dragon stories.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Listened to it. GREAT narrating, would make a good family road trip book.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Characters: 5*
Plot: 4*
Universe: 3*

A quick fun read.
David Gee
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun, clever, & entertaining. Nice light reading (or in my case listening).
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very entertaining. fun read
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

I intended not to enjoy this book. After all, most of the books I'd won in giveaways had disappointed. The Dragon Business turned out to be an adorable, clever, entertaining read. It isn't the sort of book that changes your life or brings you to tears, but it's a pleasurable story about a father revealing himself to his son for the first time and building their relationship, and it's the story of a boy growing up.

Definitely worth a read. :-)
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed
When King Cullen the dragonslayer and his son, Prince Maurice, disguise themselves and go into town for a quiet evening among the townspeople, Maurice is given a lesson in the common folk and his father tells the story of becoming a dragon slayer. Anderson captures a wonderful tone with this book, often making fantasy references to modern culture in a tongue in cheek manner, but telling a clever tale of a princess who does not want to marry a duke, an orphaned boy who hopes to be raised by a pac ...more
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, novel
If you pick this book up after reading the blurb on the back, be warned - the plot it suggests stops short of explaining the whole thing. The plot it blurbs ends at about the 2/3ish mark.

King Cullen decides to take his son (such a dismissive caricature of the limp-wristed intellectual that I half expected the story to suggest the kid might be - gasp! - gay for added eye-rolling) to a bar and tell him a story from his past. The framing device, which common and lampshaded, was also almost entirel
David Caldwell
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous, fantasy
King Cullin is afraid that his son, Prince Maurice, is leading a too sheltered life. The king's solution is to take the Prince out for a night of rubbing shoulders with the common folk. He also decided to tell him about his early adventures so the Prince will see how the world really works. As a young man, the king traveled with two con men selling dragon slaying services. There are no dragons anymore but that doesn't stop many a king and queen from falling for this con. Unfortunately, someone f ...more
Tori Meskell
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, don't take all of your dragon-slaying, kingdom-having books so seriously. This book is not about dragon slaying or about serious life in any medieval times. It's light. It's funny. It's about a dad wanting a relationship with his son and feeding that relationship by telling him stories of his exploits as a teen. It's a story of "How I met your mother." The only thing I wish was that he told us, the readers, which princess he finally married. Maybe it'll come up in another book. And ...more
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