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Dragon Coast

(Daniel Blackland #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  392 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Dragon Coast: the sequel to Greg Van Eekhout's California Bones and Pacific Fire, in which Daniel Blackland must pull off the most improbable theft of all.

Daniel's adopted son Sam, made from the magical essence of the tyrannical Hierarch of Southern California whom Daniel overthrew and killed, is lost-consumed by the great Pacific firedrake secretly assembled by Daniel's h
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Tor Books
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Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the series
There’s so much here I could have loved… water magic, firedrakes, a L.A. that resembles Venice, San Francisco, a kick-ass woman. So perhaps you can understand my sadness when I say it failed to gestalt into something remarkable for me.

Dragon Coast is the continuation of the story began in California Bones (my review)and continued in Pacific Fire. It most directly connects to events in Fire, so much so that I’d consider the two a duology. One can see how the success of the first book likely gesta
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

It’s really interesting to me how the Daniel Blackland trilogy has evolved over the three books, and reading Dragon Coast made me want to cheer because we were going back to the series’ heist story beginnings. I am a total sucker for caper stories, so not surprisingly I loved the first book California Bones. On the other hand, the second book Pacific Fire took a different direction, and was more like a coming-of-age tale t
Molly Mortensen
Small spoilers for book two were unavoidable. (Really only one spoiler and more is revealed in the official summary than I tell.)

Warning: People eat people to gain powers.

When starting this novel I immediately remembered how much I enjoy the author's writing. He has a great voice, especially in the way he describes things.

The Good:

I wasn't sure how he would do the whole Sam is a Dragon thing, but he impressed me. Rather than being the dragon, it's more like Sam's trapped inside it. As much as he
Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
Dragon Coast, the third and final book in the Daniel Blackland trilogy, was a quick, easy, entertaining read.

“I love it when wizards die ironically. Please lead the way.”

Picking up where Pacific Fire left off, this follows the perspectives of a few of the main characters on their exploits and adventures. While it ultimately wraps the story up nicely, both the plot and the characters lacked some focus, making for a few head scratching moments. The pacing was perfectly on point, though, pulling me
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good stuff, crazy and quite a roller coaster. Read these in order as things go off the rails often, and this worlds magic is wild.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2015
With Dragon Coast, Greg van Eekhout brings the Daniel Blackland trilogy in for a smooth landing. California Bones was a great book in its own right, but in a way it feels like it was there to set the stage for the next two books. Pacific Fire introduced the titular dragon, but no one's coasting in this book: they're going to have to fight for victory, and prices will be paid.

The dragon is loose—uh, spoilers, there is a dragon on the cover and the word dragon is in the title, this book is abo
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Dragon Coast was the third installation in the Daniel Blackland series, and it brought the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion. The story the second and third books focused on was wrapped up, but the book was left open ended enough that I wouldn't mind returning to this world and these characters again in the future. High points remain setting, voice, and character - all consistently engaging throughout the series. I also enjoyed the continued themes of fatherhood, which have run through all thre ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The conclusion-for-now of the adventures of Daniel Blackland, the man who walked away from the job of Hierarch of the Southern Realm of California, Daniel's adopted son Sam, and their friends and allies. Daniel has just a little problem: Sam has been absorbed into a Pacific Fire Drake and Daniel needs to save him. What follows is a heist caper of the grandest dimensions occurring in a wildly imaginative and brutal world of magic. A very fun read, and hopefully there will be more to come in this ...more
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Note: Obtained an ARC through first-reads on Goodreads. My first time winning. Yay! Thank you Goodreads!

I tried reaaaaally hard to read this slowly. I loved book 1 and 2 and I wanted to savor the world and the characters in it, but alas, curse Van Eekhout for making such an addicting, final read.

Here there be possible spoilers, so the rest is on my blog.

But the verdict? Read and savor.
Throughout the Daniel Blackland series, van Eekhout explores interesting angles of familiar heist story tropes. Heist stories often build up the crew as a found family, and also often have a protagonist who eschews their blood family for the one they created, leading to a confrontation between these two groups to resolve the action or emotional plot (or both). There is often, but not always, a romance between the protagonist and another member of their found family.

Daniel Blackland was orphaned
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Daniel Blackland series by Greg Van Eekhout. This book is an Urban Fantasy/Alternative History novel . It is set in a world where California is no longer a part of the United States. California is divided into two Kingdoms, The Kingdom Of Northern California and The Kingdom of Southern California. Both Kingdoms are ruled by powerful mages whose magic derives from eating the bones of ancient magical animals. Magic can also be gained from eating the bones of other pow ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the "Daniel Blackland" trilogy in which Daniel searches for Sam who has been assimilated into the reanimated Pacific Fire Drake (which, as it turns out, is not the most powerful dragon on earth).

The "Team" is back together: Daniel, Cassandra, Moth, and Jo with Em and Sam added to it. It's almost like they're ready for yet another adventure in this world. Gabriel Argent and Max weren't invited to the party at the conclusion of the book.

We finally get to see Northern Cali
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
It's been a while since I read the previous book in the Daniel Blackland series, and although it ended with an amazing cliffhanger that simply begged to be brought to a conclusion, I kept procrastinating the reading of Dragon Coast for no other reason that I did not want to close the door on this series, whose peculiar brand of Urban Fantasy was one of my best discoveries in recent times.

But since all good things come to an end, here I am with the third and final (?) novel in the series. A spoil
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying end to the trilogy, although I thought the storyline in the northern hierarch's court was rushed and probably should have been a book in its own right. This may be because I wanted a whole trilogy about Paul's daughter being sad and terrifying and awesome.

Another trilogy I wish we could read: Gabriel and Max snarking at each other. There doesn't have to be a plot. It could be an extended argument about what to watch on Netflix. I'm not picky. They were just my favorite part of the s
Kate McDougall Sackler
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-reader
Another wild caper in the series, this book is the weakest of the three. For the most part, I really liked it, but some parts felt too easy. Why wouldn’t his mom let a year pass without telling everyone Paul is dead? How could he fool everyone? Also, everything around Sam being inside the dragon was just so weird and confusing, and frankly, unnecessary. It is left open for a possible fourth book so, we will see.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Despite the disgusting nature of magic in this series, the author tells a riveting tale. This book of the series has a bit more humor than I saw in the first two books. Amazingly, the author doesn't tie up all the loose ends, but I'm still satisfied with the story. Even though this is in the fantasy genre, not every character gets a happily ever after. To paraphrase one of the characters, "it's a pretty effed-up world, isn't it?"
Michelle Taylor
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Well I had such high hopes for the conclusion of this trilogy. Unfortunately it went sideways fast. There's fantasy and then there's far fetched. I also didn't feel like the author summed up the ending...too many loose ends for me.
Scott Ceniza-Levine
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-sword
Confusing at times but a satisfactory completion of the first 2 books.
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sword
Enjoyed this series. If this is the end of the series it's a good ending. I do hope there will be more though as I think the magic system used in the series is interesting.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, although I think that it is the weakest book of the three.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
[Review originally appeared on SFRevu at:]

[Dragon Coast is the third book in Greg Van Eekhout's California Bones series, spoilers ahead.]

In California Bones readers were introduced to Daniel Blackland, thief, orphan, and osteomancer, a sorcerer who gains powers through the consumption of magical creatures. Daniel is himself the son of a powerful osteomancer whom the Southern Hierarch killed for his magic. Pacific Fire continued Daniel's story, but also fo
Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the third book of the Daniel Blackland book, Daniel needs to save his adopted son Sam.. and to do so, he'll need to impersonate his brother Paul amongst Paul's nearest and dearest friends, all the while hoping none of them ever find out that he was Paul's killer.

This was... less good than the rest of the Daniel Blackland books. The biggest problem, I think, was the pacing. It feels incredibly rushed, as though Van Eekhout was eager to bring the story to a conclusion. After making the Norther
Chris Branch
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fantastic finish to the trilogy, if in fact that's all it ends up being. I liked this one better than Pacific Fire and equally as much as California Bones. They say that every story has been told before, but I can't say I've read the one about the guy who wants to save the golem of his adopted son from a bizarre existence inside a magically constructed dragon, and to do so he impersonates the brother he killed and who happens to be a candidate for a high office in the magical royal court of the ...more
Karen Radcliff
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Southern California run by magic but otherwise recognizable. People driving boats on canals instead of cars on freeways. Traffic jams, farmers markets, the beach. I do enjoy a good parallel universe/alternate history story, and this trilogy is full of the little details that make it easy to immerse yourself (especially if you know the area. However, if you don't, it's all described so well you'll feel like you do anyway). We all could be our hero, because we can tell so clearly how he is feeli ...more
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I picked up the first book of this trilogy since the publisher offered the e-book for $1.99. Thank you, publisher! I read the entire trilogy in about a week, losing sleep and ignoring house chores whenever possible.

What a great book! What a great world! Van Eekhout has created a unique system of magic and an absolutely believable alternate history for California. The story is chock full of sharp, tasty details that pay homage to the unique cultures of Los Angeles and San Francis
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, signed
Disclosure: I received a free ARC from the publisher via a Goodreads drawing.

The first book in the series was a caper novel; the second investigated and revealed relationships; and the third brings the two full circle. Daniel has to impersonate his dead brother/golem Paul while stealing a priceless treasure - to restore Sam, who he realizes is now family to him. This while dealing with revelations about Paul's own family interactions. Sam has to wade through his own internal minefield of what it
Henry Lazarus
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Greg Van Eekhout concludes his tale of a magical California where bone magic users rule a separate both the North and South of the state. On this Dragon Coast (trade from Tor) Daniel’s clone had built a dragon out of old bones. The clone of the Hierarch of the South, Sam, somehow got mixed into the dragon when it was activated and Daniel’s clone killed. Now Daniel has to impersonate his clone, raised in the North, and steal a special bone from the Heirarch of the North to somehow liberate Sam fr ...more
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Overall, Dragon Coast was definitely the best of the Daniel Blackland books. The story was more coherent and more tightly plotted than the first two, and the characters were explored in greater detail. I still think that these books had a lot of wasted potential - there were a lot of cool ideas that went unexplored and a lot of plot twists that got glossed over rather than explored appropriately. But the pacing of Dragon Coast was very good, and of the three books it kept my attention ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I've been eagerly awaiting this next book in the series, and really enjoyed it.

The viewpoint was unique, with Sam being inside the dragon, part of it, yet also separate. It was well presented, and made for an interesting read.

It was fun to revisit a lot of characters from past books in the series. There were new exploits, but all the characters stayed true to what I expected from them, which is both satisfying, and also sometimes annoying since they don't all behave the way I wish they
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Greg van Eekhout writes books. Some are for kids, some are for adults. He lives in San Diego.

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Daniel Blackland (3 books)
  • California Bones (Daniel Blackland, #1)
  • Pacific Fire (Daniel Blackland, #2)
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