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Dragonslayer

(Dragonslayer #1)

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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  104 reviews
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In his magnificent, heroic, adventure fantasy, Dragonslayer, Duncan M. Hamilton debuts the first book in a fast-moving trilogy: a dangerous tale of lost magics, unlikely heroes, and reawakened dragons.

Once a member of the King's personal guard, Guillot dal Villevaurais spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and chil
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Tor Books
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Duncan Hamilton
Dec 19, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Not a review - just a placeholder where I can post some updates to keep you all informed of how things are progressing!

2-7-19 My final update here - Dragonslayer is now released, and available in Hardcover, Paperback, Ebook, and Audiobook! Thanks for following the book in the pre-launch, and I really hope you like it!

19-2-19 Tor are running a Goodreads Giveaway for some advance copies of Dragonslayer. There are 100 copies up for grabs. You can enter here:
Dragonslayer Goodreads Giveaway

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Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to netgalley and Macmillon-Tor/Forge for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

TW: Burning People / Alcoholism / Suggested Hanging

I am at a loss as to how to rate this book. On the one hand I enjoyed it. On the other hand there were things missing. The missing thing? Worldbuilding.

And let us just start right off with that. This book is a high fantasy, inspired by our own Medieval history. There is a map at the front of the book. W
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♠️ TABI ♠️
literally anything will have me at the word "dragons" okay?? I'm a simple person
Bob Milne
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-epic
A solid epic fantasy that puts an exciting new spin on the classic "let's go slay the dragon" trope, Dragonslayer won me over with the first glimpse of Alpheratz. Duncan M. Hamilton humanizes dragons, gives them memories and purpose and emotion, and flips our sympathies from cheering on the deaths of monsters to mourning the loss of these magnificent beasts.

In fact, I'd liked Alpheratz far more than most of the humans, but there were two exceptions. Solène is a character I liked from the first m
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Judy Lesley
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Dragonslayer by Duncan M. Hamilton was a slightly below average reading experience for me. The hero is of the drinking-myself-into-oblivion variety. The dragon is the kill-and-burn-everything variety. The magic was not interesting to me at all. There isn't any worldbuilding to speak of. So...…

If you are a fan of Duncan Hamilton's, you are going to like this one just fine and you won't agree with me at all. I simply found it all too average; not an original element in the whole story. I was not c
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Travis
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book and beginning to a series. I'll keep this review spoiler free. I am a big fan of Duncan Hamilton's books. This new book continues in the same world where Wolf of the North takes place, although you won't have to have read that series to appreciate this one. There isn't any overlap of characters or anything. You will recognize the magic system and history though. This book is about Guillot (Gill) a banneret that had previously been the greatest swordsman of the kingdom and c ...more
Karen
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, it’s a very solid epic fantasy novel. There are three things I look for when reading a big fantasy so I’m really going to talk about those things. One is world building, two is development of characters, and three is the over all story. (1) the was the weakest point, the world was interesting, I love dragons but I needs just a tiny bit more. I understand this author has written other books from this world so maybe I just needed to read something else so I am more immersed in ...more
Miss S
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic read, I really felt connected with the characters and was genuinely disappointed when the book ended, I need to know what happens next! Dragons, swords, magic, everything I need in a book and it's all been mixed into a compelling story that will have you not wanting to put it down!
Omayra
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are super mega SPOILERS HERE… I must start by saying that I love fantasy books. Also, I rarely if ever leave a review of a tree star or bellow. However, this story has so much potential I would be remiss not to give a few words. Duncan, you are a great storyteller. I read your book almost in one sitting. I was until 2:00 AM last night trying to get to know what happened to Gill and Sólene. You did an excellent job showing me the PTSD of Gill. However, these are things I found that made me ...more
Kelsea
May 19, 2019 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-07-july
DNF at 33%. I can tell the writing style is not for me and I did not connect with any of the characters or the storyline.

Thank you Tor Books and Netgalley for an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Eric Ackerson
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won’t spoil anything but if you’ve had the great pleasure of reading any of the other books from this epic fantasy world then you will enjoy this one thoroughly. I like how each set of books is a stand alone series but part of a bigger world. I’ve found each one compelling and this is no exception. Really fun read and great characters.
Damien Maguire
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019x
An absolute 10/10. Duncan M. Hamilton is 1 of my favourite authors and this book right here mite just be his finest work to date
Monica
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookish-first
I really enjoyed this mystical tale. The main character was extremely likeable. I loved the fact that at one time he had been a hero but then had fallen on hard times and had to redeem himself. Guillot was once the best Knight in the land. He however now only cares about drinking. He is called to meet the new king and help with a new threat in the land. A dragon has been woken up. Dragons have not been seen in centuries. Guillot must pull himself together to face this foe. A long the way he has ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.0 Stars
This was a decent start to an epic fantasy series with a fun premise. I enjoyed reading from the perspective of the dragon, which was my favourite part of this novel. Otherwise, I found the story to be quite average. The plot was predictable with lackluster characters. This was such a forgettable read. While not bad, it is hard to recommend this one when there are so many better fantasy series out there.

Disclaimer: I requested a copy from the publisher, Tor Books, via Netgalley.
Sean Grigsby
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragonslayer is a call-back to old school fantasy, and that's a great thing.

The writing is clever and to the point (I'm a sucker for turns of phrase), the story moves at just the right pace, and I enjoyed reading the dragon's POV. There is even a twist and political shiftiness thrown in for good measure.

This is a solid book, with an obvious sequel to come.
Jay Welch
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received this as an advanced reader's copy. It was my first book of Hamilton's that I had read and was pleasantly surprised. The story was well told with a small, but nicely developed cast of characters. The medieval setting, dragons, knights, and mages leads to a somewhat predictable story. I have read that the world setting and magic use utilized in this story is familiar to Hamilton's other stories. I like this and it will make me more likely to pick up his earlier works and read them as well ...more
Paulo De Sa
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2019
This story starts with the awakening of a mighty dragon, the last of his kind, and continues until the death of said dragon by a man that no one would think he would make it.
Our “hero” (Gill) is a tormented man. Once he was banneret, and a personal guard of the king, but for reasons that were not very clear in the book, he has lost everything and now he tries to forget the loss of his wife and son (also not really clear what has happened to then) with a bottle, becoming a drunker. He is, also, t
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Brandon
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a member of Mr. Hamilton's ARC team certainly has its benefits, getting a chance to get my hands on his new books early chief among them.

That said, I had this book in my possession for almost a month before I started reading it. This was primarily because I had it in physical copy and my schedule makes it much more convenient to read digital books on either my Kindle or Nook. When my wife mentioned wanting to spend the entire day of Easter at her parents, I could not allow the opportunity
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Karen
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, it’s a very solid epic fantasy novel. There are three things I look for when reading a big fantasy so I’m really going to talk about those things. One is world building, two is development of characters, and three is the over all story. (1) the was the weakest point, the world was interesting, I love dragons but I needs just a tiny bit more. I understand this author has written other books from this world so maybe I just needed to read something else so I am more immersed in ...more
Steven
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun spin on the idea of a dragonslayer, and characters who feel like friends that you're catching up with.
Matthew J.
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC of this from a Goodreads giveaway. I'm so glad that I did, because it gave me a reason to move it to the top of my To-Read pile. If you only read this much, read this: this book is Fun, with a capital F, and well worth your time.

Now for the rest of the review.

Mild Spoilers to Follow:

Dragonslayer is the kind of book that I would see opening weekend at the movie theaters. It's got action, comedy, drama, betrayal, redemption, and all the other feel-good emotions you'd hope to see. I
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Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
I received this from BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review!

Really, this was an enjoyable book, but I never was quite drawn into the story.

It follows Guillot, otherwise known as Gill. He's a lord over some fantasy French area and is a former knight. After his wife and child die, he's accused of something that he didn't do and barely survived it. He turned to drink and that's where we find him in the story. An alcoholic with a past. Then, a dragon comes to his town and he's thrust back int
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WS_BOOKCLUB
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book, in exchange for an honest review. This will be available on July 2nd.

Dragons! Huzzah! I’m a sucker for “traditional fantasy”- you know, monsters, warriors, epic quests, that sort of thing. So, I was excited to dive into this one. I’m happy to report that it lived up to my expectations.

I was hooked from the beginning. I loved that it started with an encounter with Alpheratz, the dragon. It established right away what sort of dragons this wor
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Chanel
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won this advanced reader copy from Goodreads.

Duncan M. Hamilton has another hit on his hands! The characters are faulty like the main character, Guillot. He was once a man to be awed by but the tragedies in his life has him by the throat. No one truly respects him and he no longer cares. His rival, the Prince Bishop, recruits the reluctant man to slay a dragon. But his motives are purely selfish. Solene is just trying to hide who and what she is when Guillot saves her life. The two are instrum
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Meg
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An epic adventure with liberal doses of magic, this novel sets a master swordsman against a marauding dragon. The last of his kind, the dragon decides to wreck havoc on the weak humans. But he is in for a surprise when he goes against the swordsman. The conclusion comes with a twist. I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program.
Antara
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Got an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway. I found Gill’s character quite compelling and definitely enjoyed his journey through the book. The motivations of the different characters, including the dragon, were also neat. I’d have liked to see some more fleshing out of the world and the characters’ pasts, but this was a cool start to a trilogy!
Connie
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knights, dragons, witches and an evil scheming advisor to the king. What more can you ask for?
How about a man-eating dragon you find yourself rooting for? Or a drunken retired knight who turns out to be a hero?

This book has all of that and more.

I have never read one of Hamilton's book before but was given this ARC and really enjoyed it! I've added him to my list of must-read authors and am looking forward to the 2nd book in the series.
Susan
I am sorry to say that after looking forward to reading this story, it did not hold my interest. I appreciate the character development and even getting the dragon's point of view but I found that the story lagged a bit and there were some repetitions in it (and I realize this is an uncorrected version).

I read through to halfway and found that the story just wasn't grabbing me so I decided to stop. I wish I could have given this a more favorable review as I am always looking for new authors to
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Joanna Bennett
Okay, can we just take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous cover? The dragon looks epic and I absolutely love it! Its one thing that drew me in along with the synopsis and of course, the title. Although I liked the idea of this book, it just felt lackluster to me.

The book is written with multiple point of views. Usually I enjoy it because it adds to the characters and their development throughout the story. I didn’t feel that it added it much to the characters as much as I would have liked. My
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Anna
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This is my first time reading Hamiltons work and I found myself quite enjoying it. Dragonslayer touches on magic, dragons, and adventure. The main character is a washed up drunk who at one point was the greatest swordsman in the kingdom. He is tasked with slaying a dragon. Why him, you may ask? Well, hes the last member of the historically infamous dragonslayers, though the group for the past few centuries has been mostly old men just farting around.

Though the books basic mission comes to a clo
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