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(Dragonslayer #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  951 ratings  ·  260 reviews
BuzzFeed Greatest Fantasy Book of the Year author

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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Tor Books
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Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Review copy provided by the publisher—Tor Books—in exchange for an honest review.

2.5/5 stars

Dragonslayer is a typical and straight-forward dragon-slaying tale that’s been done countless times before.

There isn’t anything wrong with Dragonslayer. The book is well-written, the prose used was simple, the narrative flows well. However, everything about it seemed to not reach its maximum potential; every element lacked something crucial to elevate the book to be memorable in the current SFF market. To
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
L O V E D I T ! ⚔ 4.5 stars

Shut the front door, because a savory tale of redemption awaits in the pages of the first Dragonslayer novel and the famous slayer that once was but has seasoned past his prime with nothing left to live for. No distractions needed when the opportunity affords to spend time far away from the now, immersed in a pseudo-European landscape around the middle ages where one can feel the echoes of fear bounce back on cave walls and hear the thoughts of a living, breathing drag
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Like many other reviewers have mentioned, there isn’t anything memorable about this book other than the cover. It’s a very simplistic dragon slaying plot which there’s nothing wrong with if the execution is made to be thrilling but that isn’t the case here. The narration has a very old school feel that seemed at first such a nice change of pace compared to a lot of convoluted fantasies out in the world these days but I wanted more.

It has all the ingredients to be an amazing fantasy, medieval tim
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!

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kartik narayanan
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read the full review at my site Digital Amrit

tl;dr: Dragonslayer is a character driven fresh take on a classic storyline.

Dragonslayer is the first book in a trilogy by the same name from one of my favourite authors – Duncan M. Hamilton.

Gill, our protagonist, is a famous soldier who is now an alcoholic mourning his family. He is tasked by an old enemy of his – Amaury, to find and kill a dragon – one which has appeared centuries after the species was thought to have been hunted to exti
This book is technically pretty solid. It has all the general pieces of a good fantasy. It has magic,  dragons, knights, action, and adventures. It also has a fun premise, if somewhat unoriginal in concept. And yet, there were some things that seemed missing from the story. Small details that really are what make a story interesting.

For example, Gil, the main character has a pretty generic and lackluster backstory. He was once the greatest knight in the land, then turned away from his knighthood
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
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
Guillot dal Villerauvais is the Seigneur/Lord of the village of Villerauvais. He is the last of the once-fabled Chevaliers of the Silver Circle, dragonslayers who hunted dragons to the point of extinction. That, however, was 1,000 years ago and the time of dragons and mages is long since past. The chevaliers, with no dragons left to kill, fell into decline before disbanding. Magic was outlawed and is illegal. And, dragons themselves were consigned to legend only to be found in stories of destruc ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Classic tale of knight against dragon, with standard fantasy tropes thrown in, but enough of an original spin to keep fantasy fans wanting more. The writing can be amateurish and stilted at times, but I kept ploughing forward, interested. Highlights are the dragon fights and the exploration of a forgotten tomb. It’s enough for me to seek out the next book in the series.

And man, do the colours pop on that cover in the bookstore! Gorgeous.
Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ
literally anything will have me at the word "dragons" okay?? I'm a simple person
Rating: ★★★☆☆


Author of one of BuzzFeed ‘s Greatest Fantasy Books of 2013

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 Villevauvais spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and child. He’s astonished—and wary—when the Prince Bishop orders him to find and destroy a dragon. H
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
There be Dragons!

The idea of a new series about dragons had me super excited. That said, I found myself so over the story by a third of the way in and struggled to finish. Things that had promise didn't quite live up to that. Obviously many loved it, and that's great. Reading is such a personal thing, up there with how you like your coffee (not a banal statement when the morning rises and falls on this little fact). To mix the metaphors, Dragonslayer was just not "my cup of tea!"
Mind you I will
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
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
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!
Mar 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Just couldn't get into this one. Dragons POV which should have been interesting wasnt. This one just isn't for me. Decient writing. Nice to see the POV switch each chapter.
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
Realms & Robots
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dragonslayer reveals a kingdom waking from a long slumber free of magic and dragons. When a forgotten foe emerges from his cavern, it’s up to the most unlikely of heroes to save the day. What ensues is the oftentimes hilarious story of a knight well past his prime and his attempts to regain some of the glory he lost decades ago. It’s action-packed, filled with intrigue and betrayals, surprises and ferocious magic. Most importantly, it’s entertaining from start to finish.

The book provides a rare
SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

I read a sample of the book, on bookish first and I really enjoyed it. I won the book in their raffle and was excited. Once I got deeper into the book I liked it but not as much as I thought I would,

For a while I felt like something is missing, the world building , there is none really. we are just thrown in and we are there but that is just about it and som

♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Dragonslayer is a non-stop fast paced fantasy with a slew of key players that all intersect to create a story rich in detail and adventure.

I’m torn about this book. On the one hand I loved it. I loved Guillot, a tarnished knight, a laid back Hero you can’t help but like the more you get to know him. I loved Solene. She was strong, capable and there is so much potential in her that you know she’s gonna become a total bad ass when she grows into her powers.

But my biggest love was for Alpheratz.
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
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.
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.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

Who doesn’t enjoy a good story featuring dragons? These giant flying puppies with flamethrowing abilities are beautiful gems meant to be cherished for their mere existence. However, killing these creatures has also always been an act that poor heroes have been trusted with countless times. A task this huge isn’t exactly one that anyone could easily accomplish, however. Set in the same world as his previous two trilogies, the Society of the Sword
Needed Dragon Slaying in the book! Lol

The title is Dragonslayer is it not? Wasn't the worst dragon book I read but it wasn't the best obviously from my 2 star rating.

I finished it and that speaks volumes.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I received this ARC book from BookishFirst

I was really excited to be given a copy of this book. It gave me Dragonheart vibes hardcore. While I think the plot is strong in the movie, the script not so much, I had hoped that this book would bring it all full circle and give me something along the lines what I wanted.

I honestly would have preferred a rip-off Dragonheart. :(

The problem with this book is that the author is a great writer, structure and sentence wise but on plot and character it's
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
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Stopping this dragon was his life's great purpose, but it had come to him when he was least ready for it.....If it had come at any other time, would it have been a true test?"

In a land where magic has been criminalized and dragons are only legendary memories, an alcoholic former King’s guardsman is called back to duty. This was a very fast-paced fantasy adventure. It’s set in a relatively small area with a relatively small set of characters, so the story had plenty of room for both world-buildi
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