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The Fall of Dragons

(The Traitor Son Cycle #5)

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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  3,146 ratings  ·  222 reviews
Miles Cameron is the master of intrigue and action-packed battles in this epic tale of magic and mercenaries, war, depravity, and politics, the final book of the Traitor Son Cycle.

In the climax of the Traitor Son Cycle, the allied armies of the Wild and the Kingdoms of men and women must face Ash for control of the gates to the hermetical universe, and for control of their
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Paperback, 688 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Orbit (first published October 19th 2017)
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Newpath This is the final book in the Traitor Son series, but there will be a prequel about Gabriel's childhood.

Source: the most recent AMA Cameron did on re…more
This is the final book in the Traitor Son series, but there will be a prequel about Gabriel's childhood.

Source: the most recent AMA Cameron did on reddit.

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Kayden Winter I loved the first two books, but sadly, and this is just my opinion, he tries to include too much and just loses sight of the characters and their per…moreI loved the first two books, but sadly, and this is just my opinion, he tries to include too much and just loses sight of the characters and their personal development. It was a steady decline for me, and if I had known, I probably wouldn't have finished the series.(less)
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Jody
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Another amazing book in this series, and a stunning conclusion to the story. The Fall of Dragons wraps up The Traitor Son Cycle which will be added to my top 10 favorite fantasy series of all time. I rated only 2 books in this series 5 stars, and book 2 only got 3 stars. So, I'm sure your wondering how I can put this in my top 10. Well, this series had everything I love about fantasy and it was done extremely well throughout the series as a whole. The characters are well thought out and complex, ...more
Anton
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not quite full 5⭐️. But this is the last book in a series and I love Miles/Christian Cameron.

It took me a while to collect my thoughts... I felt a bit torn in my opinion when I read the book. On one hand, it is incredibly messy (particularly part 1): a dazzling kaleidoscope of characters, plot lines, adversaries, conflicts, enemies, allies... It is genuinely hard to stay on the same page with the author. On the other hand, Miles Cameron clearly cares deeply about his characters, the world and th
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Edward
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am genuinely sad to have finished The Fall of Dragons. I will miss these characters that have been masterfully crafted over 5 books by Miles Cameron. The final entry in the Traitor Son Cycle was blood-thirsty and intensely epic.

“What makes men so dangerous is that we are too stupid to know when we are beaten.”

Reading the final book of a series with characters you have grown to love, hate and care about is always quite nerve wracking. You think to yourself how can the author pull together all
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J.P. Ashman
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FIVE EASY STARS!

What a grand finale that truly was.

You like epic battles in your epic fantasy? Do not fear, this book - this series - ends with the biggest of bangs and the most battles I've read in one book. Battles, both running and static, hermetical and in the real. Large and small, multiple and, truly and honestly, one big one that's split between areas and armies and allies and foes; factions and companies and species and... worlds!

Battles (incredible battles) aside - let's face it, if you
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Tosh
Spectacular conclusion to the series!! Book 5 proved to be just as amazing as I had hoped.

When I think back on the first book, I immediately remember what a challenge it was to keep people and places straight, how quickly pov’s changed and how very little I felt for the characters at the time. There were kingdoms at odds with kingdoms, humans at odds with animals and the many fantastical creatures, and a magic system that wasn’t fully understood yet. Every corner of this world was beginning to
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Janny
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is inventive, deep, riveting, and has beautifully written characters. The tactics and research are impeccable, the build is not predictable, and I've never seen a male author write better female characters, ever. Even better for an extended series, the books don't end on cliffhangers, but reach a satisfying conclusion with each volume. It also hit my preference for magic that felt more mythic and metaphysical than some of modern fantasy's penchant for dry systems and playbook rules. ...more
David
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to say it, but reading this one was a bit of a slog - and maybe that was intentional - but by the end, I felt every bit exhausted as Gabriel and his army.

I think this book suffers from two major problems - I will call them the Robert Jordan problem and the Naruto problem.

For the Robert Jordan (of the Wheel of Time fame) problem - it's just too many characters. I'm sure the author knows and loves each one. For me, I really struggled to remember (and in many cases, just couldn't). People d
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The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When you come to the last book in a series it’s very hard to write up an overview of the plot contained in the pages. Especially if you don’t want to give away any spoilers and inadvertently ruin either the book or the series on a whole and as such, I’m merely going to offer my own thought
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Sonny
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant finale to what has become one of my favourite book series of the fantasy genre.

I came home to dear old Blighty from a funeral in Ireland, my mood dark and my immune system battered after what I can only describe as the most violent cold I've ever had. As I changed into my pajamas and got ready to just flake out, my doorbell rang. Cursing, I hobbled downstairs and opened the door with irritation lining every crevice on my face (it was 11pm) to be greeted by my lovely smiling neighbou
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Carl Phillips
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic end to a fantastic series. That left me with only two thoughts:

- Is the Traitor Son cycle one of the best fantasy series I have ever read? A resounding yes, its probably in my top three.

- Is Miles Cameron the best fantasy writer of his generation? Again, probably yes. He has a better grasp of the scale of military and political machinations than R. Scott Bakker, as a good a grasp of characterization and pace as Joe Abercrombie, the sly sense of humor of Scott Lynch and the pure writ
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Eric
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 Stars

A frenetic conclusion to an outstanding series.

The Fall of Dragons is the climax of all the various storylines presented throughout the series. Every character, every separate plot thread, every kingdom and race and faction come together in one titanic final battle. Gabriel and his now numerous allies against Ash, the Odine, and whatever other factions attempt to seize control of the gates controlling passage between the spheres.

There is so much going on in this book, it’s at times almo
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Twerking To Beethoven
Yeah, well... it's not bad, all right. The issue here is, after reading "The Red Knight" and the two following installments, this and "A Plague of Swords" turned out to be kind of a letdown.

"The Red Knight" was really a special book to me, the worldbuilding and the setting in that novel were really something that stood out. And then the characters, wow, all of them were absolutely brilliant. Besides, the story itself was actually different: a war between men & the Wild (Nature). Also, nobody re
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Kristobelle
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A deservedly inspired ending for such a diverse cast of characters, having developed on a grand scale over the course of the series.

(Sauce was the true standout for me! I'm calling for a spin off... )

It's 90% hack and slash a la all fantasy series finales, but there was still enough character focus to keep it interesting for readers like me.

I'll honestly miss this bunch of crazy outsiders! I had a tear mid epilogue!

Probably won't miss the word puissant/ance being so liberally used though...
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Tony DiMatteo
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply flawless.

There is little need for a long summary in review of this novel and the Traitor Son series. No flowery words of glowing praise will adequately describe the joy I felt reading to the end. The work speaks for itself. It is quite simply a masterpiece.
Marius
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A satisfying end to one of the best fantasy series out-there.
Excellent job Mister Cameron.
J.P. Ashman
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not sure why I hadn't already marked this as read, or reviewed. Alas, for now, the review will have to follow (needless to say, I loved it! And the series as a whole!)... ...more
Robin Carter
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review

The Traitor Son Cycle has been Miles Cameron’s fantasy debut, with so many amazing Historical fiction titles written and read by many proving the quality and power of his writing, for me this was always going to be a case of how good can this get, how can it compare to the many accomplished fantasy series out there, how will the plot cope with the freedom beyond the structure of history?

Full review: https://parmenionbooks.wordpress.com/...
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H. P.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am second to no one in my love of epic fantasy. Sure, I love those slim paperback sword and sorcery novels from the 70s. But I still view a great epic fantasy series as the pinnacle of all of speculative fantasy. But epic fantasy is a big commitment. I was in elementary school when I started reading The Wheel of Time. By the time I finished it, I was a practicing lawyer. So far be it from me to complain if you ask (1) is the series finished and (2) does it stick the landing (I’m looking at you ...more
Cor Markhart
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A worthy end to an fantastic series that in many ways is one of the best fantasy series being written and published in the last few years. It is a satisfying end to what began in the Red Knight and brings the various plotlines and characters to a brilliant if sometimes bitter-sweet ending. It is a flawless continuation of the previous books and if you liked those you will love this book.

Indeed my one big problem with this book is more a problem with the general development of what role magic pla
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Bogdan
This was a good ending to a fabulous series. I was impressed by some of the Lovecraftian elements, but, in some moments, I felt that the novel needed to be shorten by some of it`s actions.

I wasn`t very happy with the ending, but I guess that it was hinted all along the novel, that the thing will happen. So it really happens!

In this last book, some of the povs from the previous book, very interesting ones, were almost forgotten, some of them, tragically died, so...Not so happy about this aspect..
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Lori
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is actually my least favorite of the series, I'm not a battle girl and this book is mainly that as is necessary, but this series is just soooo good. I will miss the characters. ...more
Stefan
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a ride. I'm genuinely sad this series is over. ...more
Kareem
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 unequivocal stars!

And so we reach the end of this epic (in every sense of the word) series. It has been a long, but incredibly exciting road, and I find I do not regret a single page.

The series is not without its criticisms. I’ve seen and heard people talk about its level of detail when describing arms and armour, its use of real-world religions, how many tropes it explores, and even how it uses chivalric terminology.

Now, to me, these are all valid objections, but only as subjective observat
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Ian Langham
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fifth and final volume of the Traitor's Son Cycle.
Can this book be read as a standalone? Which to me makes a good entry into a series. Yes it can and you will be hard pushed to find a more (fantasy) action packed story. However to get the most from this book. I would recommend, that you read the other books in the series first. This will give a much more broader understanding of what is going on amidst all the chaos.
The first part (prologue) carries more action than a lot of other complete n
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Wayland Smith
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars are very rare for me. Very. This earned it. It's the end of an epic fantasy series. The world is wonderfully filled in, with mixes of Christian, Celtic, and European folklore, as well as many original characters and concepts.

The war against Ash has been building since the first book. Now, it's all out, ugly, fighting, as allies and enemies clash in the final fight, winner takes the world. Or worlds, possibly. Gabriel, the Red Knight, has created an impressive alliance of friends and tra
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Ayla
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic finish!!! Action packed! Battle after battle after battle but in a good way, I didn’t feel any battle fatigue like I usually do when action sequences take hundreds of pages.
I absolutely loved this series in its entirety, which is super rare for me. I started it without any expectations and ended up thoroughly enjoying it all the way through. I was also delighted to find out that the author is a well known historical fiction writer and a real life outdoor and weapons expert. One
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Jon Adams
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a part of me that feels like this book was a frenetic mess that could have used a more heavy-handed editor, but it's not a big enough part to spoil it.

*Edit: The more I think about it the more I remember how confused I was through about a 1/3 of the story, so 4 Stars.

Oh, and there is a glossary of characters at the back of the book if you need refreshers. I wish I had known that before I was halfway through; it would have alleviated a lot of confusion since the cast of characters is va
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Nicholas Kotar
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying conclusion, though not as satisfying as I had hoped. It had all the good things from the previous books, but ultimately some very interesting character arcs got short changed for the sake of grand, epic fight scenes.

Look for a full review soon on the new review site Epic Fantasy Fanatics.
Steffan
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5/5 stars
DNF @ 65 percent

I've kept this book in my currently reading shelf for a long time in the hope that I would one day finish it. That was wishful thinking on my part. I just felt so bad about falling off a series on the last book. This book was just boring, non of my favorite characters were getting any screen time so, consequentially, I didn't really care what was happening to them or care about the story.

That said I still think you should read this series because clearly my opinion a
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“I hate men,” Ash said loudly. “I hate their vanity,I hate their promiscuity, I hate their selfishness, their endless greed, their pettiness, and most of all, I hate their failure to pay attention to details. When I have extirpated man, this world will return to its natural order. And the details will be properly attended to. Kneel.”

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The Fall of Dragons is written by Miles Cameron. It is the conclusion (#5) to the Traitor Son Cycle.

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Miles Cameron is an author, a re-enactor, an outdoors expert and a weapons specialist. He lives, works and writes in Toronto, where he lives with his family. This is his debut fantasy novel.

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The Traitor Son Cycle (5 books)
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“Fuck it Gabriel. We almost lost it all, and Kronmir that slippery bastard, held 'em. In his wee head. 'Til he died. Bad Tom was looking out at the falling darkness. Mayhap the bravest fuckin' thing I've ever heard.” 0 likes
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