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The Reborn King

(The Dragon's Blade #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  800 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Arrogant. Scornful. Full of pride. Darnuir, Prince of Dragons, cares nothing for the damage he's doing to the faltering alliance against the demonic forces of the Shadow. He thinks himself invincible - right up till a mortal wound forces him to undergo a dangerous rebirthing spell, leaving him a helpless babe in human hands.

Twenty years pass and demonic forces are once aga
Paperback, 407 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Acorn Independent Press
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Michael Miller Official date will come out in the near future along with a cover for book 2. Looking at January 2017.

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Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC provided to me by author Michael R. Miller in exchange for an honest review.

(Me being extra!) 💗🦄📕

“Darnuir, memory is the heaviest of all things”

This story surrounds Darnuir, who we first meet as an arrogant Dragon Prince, who does not want to evacuate his homeland. In this world, demons are being summoned constantly by a very evil and ancient power who has bestowed some of his power onto others, who are also helping him summon demons in hopes to completely take over this world.

Petros Triantafyllou
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Arriving on my doorstep after Lawrence's Red Sister and Skovron's Hope & Red (arguably the 2 greatest reads of 2016), The Reborn King had a difficult path ahead. Fortunately, it more than delivered.

The three races of Earth (Humans, Fairies and Dragons) are united against a common enemy. Rectar; a powerful mage with countless demons in his command is set to dominate the land, and only Darnuir, the Prince of Dragons, can stand in his way. But when left mortally wounded, Darnuir is forced to endure
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King is the debut from author Michael R. Miller. A sweeping epic fantasy focusing on a world terrorized by hordes of demons; it is a place torn by continual warfare. An alliance between all the races (dragons, humans, and fairies) the only defense to the limitless hordes of their otherworldly foes. But now one of the alliance’s most powerful wizards has turned traitor and a new enemy leader has arisen, even the mighty dragons forc
James Tivendale
Mar 01, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy
Mr. Miller kindly sent me the audiobook version of this book to review. Should hopefully have the finished review on here shortly :)
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-owned-ebook
I received a free ebook copy of this title from the author via his website.

And that said, it was definitely worth the time investment. I really enjoyed this story and the characters. The worldbuilding is pretty good too and some of the concepts behind the "dragons" is definitely intriguing.

I stumbled across this book and author while looking around for some new grimdark. After reading it I probably wouldn't classify it in that subgenre, but it does share some things that any reader of epic fant
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong debut and a well crafted story with great potential which makes me looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
** I was sent this free by the author in exchange for an honest review **

With that said, I genuinely found this a pleasure to read and many of the traps which I see some indie authors fall into were avoided within this book. This is a fantasy book which is really fun. Although it draws on various classical creatures of fantasy such as Dragons, Fairies, Humans, Trolls, Wizards and more, it does so in a fresh way and with a story that was fast-paced and original.

I felt that the story pulled me in
David Estes
The first book in The Dragon's Blade epic fantasy series is a ton of fun. The worldbuilding is unique and well developed, the characters are three-dimensional and complex, and the story moves at a nice pace that never feels too slow or too rushed. I must also say that the author's imagination and creativity was a breath of fresh air in a genre that seems to repeat itself more often than most. I highly recommend this book!
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy, dragons
So first off, I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but in no way does that affect the opinions stated herein.

[4.25 Stars]

So dang, I was really surprised with how much I liked this book! It's mainly about a dragon named Darnuil who has to deal with the responsibilities of being the prince of the dragons during a huge war with demons (by the way, dragons have lost their winged form and are now more humanoid). But you also follow a couple of other characters as well,
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent start to this new series by this author, it started very clunky in style at the start but when the action and the storyline starts to reveals the authors twist and turns, the pace really picks up.

An author to watch out for for years to come.
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragons, kindle
I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Darnuir, the Prince of Dragons is gravely injured when his castle is stormed. To save his life, the wizard Brackendon must cast a special kind of spell, reversing Darnuir's life, essentially rebirthing him. Growing up with humans, the new Darnuir is different to the old and now must learn how to be King of the dragons in the face of a hoard of demons and a terrifying enemy.

This was actually a much more solid fa
Chelsies Reading Escape
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-books
Some reviews gave me the impression this was an urban fantasy set in our world but Im really happy this wasnt the case. Dragons Blade is set in a high fantasy world with dragons, fairies and demons. Dragons, like the main character Darnuir, are human in apperance but have increased strength and better senses. When demons attack the Dragon city and Darnuir is gravely injured a wizard does the only thing he can to reverse the fatal damage. Needing the last royal to survive to weild the powerful Dr ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of heroic fantasy
Recommended to Michael by: J.P. Ashman
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and am looking forward to reading the next in the trilogy. I'd like to thank the author of Black Cross, J.P. Ashman for recommending this book, it is one of the best I have read in recent times.

This book has humans, spectres, demons, fairies, trolls and dragons, though, not in the form of the monsters that some are perceived to be. They are all in humanoid form but show certain characteristics and powers unique to their race.

There is a magic sy
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, review-copy
Review also published here

The Dragon's Blade: The Reborn King is Michael R. Miller's debut novel, so I'll be trying to look more at his concepts and ideas and try giving constructive feedback. A fresh mind with cool ideas is, in my opinion, worth more than flawless execution that comes more easily with greater experience.

First off, I love dragons. I still have a bunch of figurines and even plushies standing in my living room to attest to that. Books like Andy Remic's The Dragon Engine
Trevor Sherman
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
MY full review is up on my blog.
I'll post it here in a week or so.
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
This review can also be found on my blog

Onto the formalities, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, this has in no way influenced my review or how much I enjoyed the book.

Before I review the actual book, I’d like to take the time to mention the cover as I think it really is stunning looking. There’s alot of fantasy books out there all vying for your attention, some have covers that don’t fit the tone of the book, some a
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites, magic, faes
I loved this book. Simple as that. It was great. It truly was. When a book manages to make me ditch my responsibilities, it’s a good book.

You probably wonder, after reading the title and the blurb, what does it mean that a king is reborn? Reborn how?

Ha, good question.. Well, without giving away too much of the story, Dranuir the Dragon Prince is a key element to a war that has been waging since his ‘first’ life and will continue to do so in his ‘second’ life. With assistance from a wizard who i
David Baird
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Now this was a fantasy tale i could really get to grips with. We have everything I love in a fantasy book, Wizards, Trolls, Dragons, Fairies, Demons and a battle of good versus evil.

The story starts well and we are thrust into a war between demons and the rest of humanity. During this battle Prince Darnuir is hurt but saved by the wizard Brackendon. He uses a dangerous spell which turns him back to a baby.

Cosmo is a wonderful character, a hunter who is entrusted with baby Darnuir. He raises him
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I just wanted to leave 4 well deserved stars to this fast-paced epic tale, while I'm finding time to write a proper review yet.
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
(You can see a bigger, prettier version of this review here, on my blog.)

Enter a world of fairies, humans and dragons (and wizards!!!) and their war against Rectar, the lord of the demons and his army of... well, demons. :D I know what some of you are thinking. Same ol' Good vs Evil fantasy book, right? Not so fast! While this story embraces the traditional good vs. evil trope, it breaks the mold. It does it differently. A couple of tropes common to fantasy fit here. Farmboy prince fits as well
Fran Soto
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect when the story started, but once I got into it I couldn't stop until I finished the book. The combination of naivety and ruthlessness of the main character was really interesting and the overall twists of several plot lines grabbed and kept my attention. Read through the entire book in no time and immediately downloaded the next one. Action, adventure, humor. Excellent character building. An over-all fantastic read. If you like Michael Manning, you will enjoy this!
Britt / Basically Britt
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
4\5 stars!

*I received this book free from in the author in exchange for an honest review.

I has been so many month ago since I last read a high fantasy book so it took me a little while to get back into the fantasy world, but once I read about 60 pages I was totally into it! The book was very well written (especially for a debut novel!) and I really liked most of the characters (especially the wizards Brackendon and Kymethra!)

This book is about dragons, witches and wizards, fairies, and humans. T
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The Dragon's Blade follows the story of Darnuir, Prince of dragons, as he is reborn to become a King.

I really enyoed this first book in the series(?). It is a very fast paced book, full of action and with many battles and the occasional magic. It follows the typical fantasy structure; there are wizards and faeries, dragons and humans, and of course demons. All of them are portayed with a twist that really
makes them stand out. I personally liked the faeries best, but no surprise there.
Michael Miller
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Darnuir made many mistakes. Death is his redemption. Reborn, and secretly raised by humans, this former dragon prince must become the king his past-self never was....

It wasn't until early 2017, over a year after publication, that I was able to condense this book into the above pitch. It felt strange to do so, if only because this world and story have been with me for so long. Looking back on the first shaky attempts at Dragon's Blade, I'm not sure what kept me going. God those early drafts were
Mar 12, 2017 marked it as to-read-owned  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Celise by: Chris
Isn't that just the most stunning cover? I wish I had this in print.

Free on the author's website:
Thanks to Chris for the link.
Daniel Cross
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This is a world that I want to read more of and the characters will keep me coming back for more. The action is delivered with a quick punch and surprise to it, the battles are fast, furious and enormously deadly. The legendary weapons on show are simply magnificent and add a layer of depth to the story (as well as being super cool).


This is pure, fast-paced fantasy at its finest. The characters are plentiful, the action is real, and the story is wonderful. Fantasy lovers wil
Mark Brownlow
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Took me a little while to get into, but I'm glad I persevered as it got better and better. A novel take on the concept of dragons, plenty of conflicts between and within characters I cared about, a believable world and a strong story. Will definitely be looking for the sequel.
Beatriz Cunha Tavares ☾
This was the first e-book I read (and I read it alongside with "Temeraire" by Naomi Novik, also the first time I read two books at a time) - it was free to download in the author's Goodreads page. A more pleasant experience than I thought. But still nothing compares to a physical book.

As for the book itself, it's really hard to review. I'm actually giving it 3.5 * instead of 4 because of the beginning because, except for the prologue, I almost dnf'd it at around 40%.
This is essencially about a
The reborn king is an excellent start to a fantasy series. The main character Darnuir is a dragon prince. His people are being slaughtered in a war with demons and specters. Darnuir is arrogant and brash, but he loves his people and wants the war to end. Unfortunately he will do anything to see this happen, and doesn't care for the other races of fairies and humans.

When Darnuir is fatally injured in an attack on his city, his ally, the wizard Brackendon, makes a crucial decision. If Darnuir die
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Michael grew up in the grey, wet and wild west coast of Scotland.

He began writing his debut book, The Reborn King, when he was 10. Old paper copies of terrible opening chapters may still be found in a drawer back home. Thankfully those early drafts nev

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