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Draigon Weather

(The Legacies of Arnan #1)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Draigon Weather

The brutal, drought-bringing heat that arises from the colossal, near-mythical Draigon, is a fell portent, heralding the doom of a striving woman.

When Leiel’s mother is Sacrificed to the Draigon to relieve the terrible drought, Leiel is marked by the shame brought to her family. She must leave school, relegated to a new life of servitude.

Cleod, the woodcutte
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Prospective Press
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Sep 18, 2017 added it
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A splendid debut from a talent to watch. Opens with a mature, somewhat beat up hero presented with defending a caravan under threatening circumstances. The setting and the writing and the characters are deftly realized, and the prose, sharp and straight to the point. Alternating flashback chapters slowly reveal the background, with a heroine given equal billing and plenty of 'mind of her own' contrary complexity. She does not exist just to put a shine on the protagonist - anything but, which is ...more
Lynn K : Grimmedian
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do you have a penchant for books that turn tropes upside down? It’s utterly refreshing and Draigon Weather does just that and so much more.

This is a story is about the lives of a man and woman who met and became friends as young children. This is the story of their families, their town, and the land in which they live. It is a story of truth and lies. It is a story of true friendship and oppression, and not just an oppression of their land by devastating forces, but the oppression of women by me
Lucy Hounsom
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you're sick of the same old grimdark fantasy, which offers nothing new, then you're going to love Draigon Weather, which takes the tired old dragonslayer and damsel in distress tropes and turns them on their head. It's a well paced tale of two young people struggling against the roles they're expected to adopt in a backward-thinking society. Refreshingly feminist, Christie's novel is an uplifting homage to the ties of sisterhood and the power of stories. Both Leiel and Cleod are hugely sympat ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now that's what I call a keeper!
Fabulous book!!
Jenni Bishop
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Draigon Weather (The Legacies of Arnan Book 1) by Paige L. Christie is a refreshing fantasy story that is both unique and original and very well thought out. The story is told from a dual POVs which I love because it gives us greater insight into the characters and what was happening with the story. It flows easily and her narrative is well written. The experiences of the main characters are told back and forth through time allowing us to experience each and every loss, their friendships and the ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good read. The story is good. The characters are people that I care about. A long period of time elapses (the story telling is not linear if that matters to you), and the people grow and change for better and for worse. Leiel is a girl in a small town who loses her mother in a horrendous fashion. Her world is turned upside down, and her only friend is Cleod, a boy younger than her who vows to seek vengeance on her behalf. As they age, their worlds and their views change drastically until th ...more
Richard Ford Burley
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Draigon Weather traces the intertwining stories of its main characters, Cleod and Leiel, as they navigate their way through a deeply patriarchal and classist society. In addition to being an engaging character drama, it's also an extended and well-wrought parable of the dangers of ignorance: knowledge is reserved for the select few and—as is in many ways the case today—those in power often mistake their own ignorance for truth born out of tradition. The book also has more than a little to say ab ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read! Fast-paced with many layers of insights and incredible weaving of myth and archetypes - I couldn't put the book down. Can't wait for the 2nd book to find out what happens next. This is a book to treasure and re-read many times. Give it to your friends and teens - both genders- it's a really important disruption of stereotypes and human empowerment. And who doesn't love dragons?!!! ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. One of the few books that manages to work with different timelines without confusing the reader. The characters are poignant, believable and mature. I look forward to continuing the series!
Steven Poore
Sep 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
In Adfen, men fear the coming of Draigon Weather – the oppressive heat, the lasting droughts, the slow death of everything that can only be appeased by sacrifice. And women fear the coming of the Draigon – because it is always a woman who is sacrificed. Only nine-years-old, Leiel Sower has already lost her mother to the Draigon, and her future has been burned to the roots. Only the friendship of Cleod Woodcutter, and his promise to avenge her mother’s death and slay the Draigon Shaa can give her ...more
Oct 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Welcome to the land of Arnan, where the desert sun shines strong and the people are trying to live their lives as best they can. This would all go according to plan if not for one thing, Draigons. The terrible weather conditions that arise when these mythical creatures descend upon Arnan can lead to hardships and even death among the citizens. The only way to appease the Draigons is with a sacrifice and this event will shape our story and what secrets may be hidden behind this ancient ritual.

Marla BorkBork
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! The pace of this book is exactly right. I was hooked on the story from page one and could not put it down. 36 hours later I finished and cannot wait for the next installment. There are few books out there that have fully engulfed me to the point where I am in the story. This is one of a handfull in my almost 50 years of breathing on this planet. Fabulous!
Jay Brantner
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lot to like about this book, but also a couple things that didn’t work for me.

Starting with the good. First of all, it held my interest and made me want to find out more. That’s not a given, and it’s always a positive. Second, the subversion of the noble warrior was really interesting. We start with the perspective of a washed up former Draigon-fighter (I think they’re just dragons but with an “i” for some reason?) and slowly peel back layers of how he got to be the way he was. He was an inte
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Draigon Weather is the first book in The Legacies of Arnan Series by Paige L. Christie. This was her debut novel, although she has released several more since. Draigon Weather is my first read from Ms. Christie, so I really didn’t know what to expect when I dove in. I knew by having read the blurb, that it held a lot of promise and hoped that it would satisfy all of my expectations. I am pleasantly surprised by what I found inside the covers of this book and am happy that I stumbled on th
Laura Furuta
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Draigon Weather (The Legacies of Arnan Book 1)
By: Paige L. Christie
5 out of 5 stars

The story Draigon Weather (The Legacies of Arnan Book 1) by Paige L. Christie is a coming of age/fantasy book. It is a story that takes you on a journey that you will not want to put down until the final page. I enjoyed reading about the characters of Leiel and Cleod. Leiel is a young woman who lost her mother when she was sacrificed to the Draigon to relieve a drought. This touched Leiel and her life was never th
Erica Fish
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Draigon Weather is the first book in The Legacies of Arnan series by Paige L Christie. This story took my mind to a different plane. This story is about Leiel and Cleod. Leiel is a marked woman and according to the town she is a tainted woman. She will be marked when Draigon Weather returns. Cleod is a friend of Leiel. Cleod is in a higher class and was able to join the Ehlewer Enclave. Cleod and Leiel are from different paths of society. Cleod vowed to avenge Leiel’s mother but will he be able ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give Draigon Weather (The Legacies of Arnan Book 1) by Paige L. Christie, 4 stars.

This a fantasy story focusing around Cleod and Leiel. It starts out in Cleod's life in his present day, but goes back and forth to their childhoods, starting around the time they first met. It slowly shows in great detail how each one of them grows and the paths they chose throughout their lives. There are many hardships and sad times, they become people they never imagined. The story is very moving. You feel Cl
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, 2019
This. Was. So. Good! I've heard this book described as a feminist Western with dragons. Draigons? Whatever. That's exactly what it is, and it is so very much that.

I love SFF that has a true Western feel. Firefly captured it so well, and so does Draigon Weather. As the story traveled throughout Arnan I could almost see the dusty, sepia-toned air and hear the creak of leather and jingling of spurs. This book touched my senses in every way.

The characters are memorable as well. From the washed-up "e
Jul 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: will-not-read
There is probably a decent story here, but I gave up halfway and won't be finishing this book.

The author is trying to write in a lyrical style that doesn't come naturally to her and ends up feeling clunky. Sentences don't flow, phrasing is awkward. And there are too many cases where she has clearly turned to a thesaurus to "fancy it up" without understanding the finer nuances of each near-synonym. No, you can't call a caravan guard "sentinel" because sentinels stand still so they may guard a gat
Wendy S. Delmater
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Draigon Weather follows the woven lives of its main characters, Cleod and Leiel, and you have to keep track of when you are in each of their timelines: an effort not all readers will be willing to make, but it’s worth the work. This is not the first book decrying a deeply patriarchal and classist society I’ve read—indeed, they’ve almost become a staple in the field. If it were the first such book I’d read I’d have been mesmerized by the overturning of tropes. Nevertheless, it’s still a very good ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just off the top of my head I have to say this has been the best book I have read in quite a while. If I could give it ten stars I would. In Draigon Weather, Paige L. Christie has given us a marvelous cast of characters. The main characters, Leiel Sower and Cleod Woodcutter, were so carefully crafted that you know them. You know what motivates them and what they aspire to. They quickly grab your imagination. All the supporting characters in this excellent story are just as well crafted. The worl ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy that I chose to give this new book and new author a read! This book takes what you normally expect from a fantasy, dystopian type novel and throws it out the window, only to be replaced with an epic journey that is so unexpected. This book has a bit of everything in it for everyone so if you normally don’t pick up fantasy don’t let that deter you from this novel. I was fascinated with the theme of feminism and the way the author wrote this into the story was so well done that I can ...more
Kerry Baker
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Draigon Weather by Paige L. Christie is the first book in the Legacies of Arnan series. This book is an absolutely fantastic story that is not only imaginative but original.
This is the first book I have read by this author and what an introduction it was. The story was amazing. It was completely different to books of this genre that I have read before. It was exciting and captivating. I had barely started it before I was hooked.
I loved the journeys that the characters went on and how different
Madilynn Dale
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Draigon Weather (The Legacies of Arnan Book 1) by Paige L. Christie


Draigon Weather (The Legacies of Arnan Book 1) by Paige L. Christie was exciting and adventurous. Cleod and Leiel were excellent main characters in this story. I loved every bit of it. Both characters were developed well and the author provided excellent detail spanning their younger years to the current day. Leiel was smarter than most girls of her time and more brave.

The storyline had an easy flow and each chapter was l
Dawn Daughenbaugh
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Star
Draigon Weather (The Legacies of Arnan Book 1) by Paige L. Christie is a wonderfully written fantasy/ coming of age Book that once I started reading I had a hard time putting it down. I had to know what happens next. This is not my first read by this Author although this is her Debut and definitely not my last. Leiel and Cleod she’s a young woman who lost her mom when she was sacrificed to the Draigon to relieve the drought. Cleod has vowed he will avenge her mother and keep her safe. I t
Bobbi Wagner
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by this author I have read, I enjoyed it from beginning. It is a fantasy book that is creative and engaging. The characters are well developed and connectable. The author’s details of the story made me feel as if I was right there with the characters. This story is told in the POV of two different characters at two different times, this was done nicely, easy flowing. As not to say too much but I will be looking for part two of this story. I highly recommend this book.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Draigon Weather by Paige L. Christie is the first of The Legacies of Arnon book series. I was sucked into the story very quickly and did not want to put it down. There are great characters and story developments that left me wanting more. I really enjoyed the development of Cleod and Leiel. The friendship they share and how their lives are changed beyond their control is well done. I became invested in knowing what would happen to them next. I do not want to go into any plot points in the fear o ...more
Cindy Rushin
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I do love novels about dragons, but when I first started this book, I was a little lost. But, as I persevered, I found my way. The story of Leiel and Cleod was epic and I am glad I persevered. I love a good adventure with heroes and heroines, which Draigon Weather had. As you read you enjoy the duel, but separate path Leiel and Cleod take. These paths place them exactly where they need to be. The story was intriguing and fun to read. I look forward to the next installment to follow Leiel’s and C ...more
Heather Lovelace
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This fantasy certainly exceeded my expectations by miles. Extremely well written, Christie writes with a level of detail that is mesmerizing without being dry. I was captivated by the world I found myself in and certainly didn’t want to emerge from the pages when it came to its end. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. Simply fantastic!
Sean Hillman
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I quite enjoyed Draigon Weather with its colorful characters and compelling story. The world feels old and lived in. with a history and weight to it. In some ways it reminds me of M. Scott Rohan's Winter of the World series, of which I am fond. I look forward to the next book in the series. Highly recommend. ...more
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Paige L. Christie is author of The Legacies of Arnan Fantasy series. The first novel Draigon Weather, published in 2017, has received praise from Janny Wurts and Lucy Holland. Currently, Paige working on Storm Forge, the fourth (and final) novel in the series.

Paige was raised in Maine, and lives the NC mountains, writing speculative fiction, walking her dogs, and being ignored by her 3-legged cat

Other books in the series

The Legacies of Arnan (3 books)
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