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(Dragons of Terra #1)

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Bershad stands apart from the world, the most legendary dragonslayer in history, both revered and reviled.

Once, he was Lord Silas Bershad, but after a disastrous failure on the battlefield he was stripped of his titles and sentenced to one violent, perilous hunt after another. Now he lives only to stalk dragons, slaughter them, collect their precious oil, and h
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Tor Books
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George Don't blame the author for the blurb! Gelett Burgess (who coined the term) defined "blurb" as "a noise a publisher makes", and it's still true.

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Don't blame the author for the blurb! Gelett Burgess (who coined the term) defined "blurb" as "a noise a publisher makes", and it's still true.

And have you noticed there are different versions? One at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4..., another at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4..., yet another at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4.... They have quite different details, and one has the right version of the phrase.(less)
Brian Naslund Ah, it appears a slightly outdated description snuck in there. Bershad is the correct spelling.

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Ah, it appears a slightly outdated description snuck in there. Bershad is the correct spelling.

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Petrik
ARC provided by the publisher—Pan Macmillan—in exchange for an honest review.

Blood of an Exile has dragons and dragonslayer, if you love a great fantasy debut with dragons, I doubt you’ll be reading the rest of this review.

And yet I will still write one. Blood of an Exile is Brian Naslund’s debut. It’s the first book in the Dragons of Terra trilogy. The story follows the Silas Bershad the Flawless, an exile who was supposed to die after he was caught trying to assassinate a noble. Bershad, the most famous and s
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James Tivendale
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freecopy, fantasy
I received an uncorrected proof copy of Blood of an Exile in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Brian Naslund and Tor.

Bershad the Flawless is a dragon-slayer. After betraying the King fourteen years ago Bershad was exiled and given a brutal sentence. To spend the rest of his days trying to kill the flying lizard behemoths that roam around Terra. To most, this is a fate worse than a simple execution and very few dragon-slayers ever actually complete the deed even once. Sixty-se
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Sebastien Castell
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
It takes a lot to get me excited about dragons and dragonslayers. The tendency for authors to drop such classic tropes of fantasy for effect either as "look at this evil monstrosity – however will our hero defeat it?" or "behold this majestic magical beast - let us learn from its wisdom" irks anyone who's ever wondered how such behemoths could possibly fit into a viable ecosystem. Fortunately, Brian Naslund's Blood of an Exile begins with dragons not as a singular species nor a set of "red drago ...more
Nils | nilsreviewsit

“You can have black deeds and mistakes in your past without being rotten down to the core. You can keep moving through this world, even if there is no redemption for the things you left behind you.”
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Blood of An Exile is the debut novel by Brian Naslund, and is the first book in the Dragons of Terra trilogy. This novel first caught my eye on Twitter, when the gorgeous UK edition of the cover was revealed, and then when it was recommended for fans of John Gwynne, Andrzej Sapkowski and
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FanFiAddict
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating: ★★★★☆+

Synopsis

First in the Dragons of Terra series, Brian Naslund’s Blood of an Exile is a fast-paced adventure perfect for comic readers and fans of heroic fantasy

Bershad stands apart from the world, the most legendary dragonslayer in history, both revered and reviled.

Once, he was Lord Silas Bershad, but after a disastrous failure on the battlefield he was stripped of his titles and sentenced to one violent, perilous hunt after another. No
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Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, action
Good book...try it.

What? You want more?

Okay, but I mean I already told you I recommend it.

In this world if you run afoul of your local monarch...you know, king, emperor...duke, whatever you may not be summarily killed. You may have a couple of blue bars tattooed onto your face and you may be declared an exile. You can no longer sleep in a bed (I know but that's the rule maybe people report you if you sleep in a bed at an inn) you must never come back to the ci
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Nigel
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc, fantasy
This book started nicely for me. Flawless Bershad is a dragon slayer. This is a job for those who are exiled for their crimes - he was once a lord. The life of dragon slayers is generally either short or very short. Bershad has killed more dragons than anyone else. His survival is seen as remarkable. He is surprised to be called back to the capital by the king who sentenced him. He is even more surprised at the offer the king makes him. Kill a foreign emperor and he will be able to walk free aga ...more
Justine
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I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.

When I first picked up Blood of an Exile, I expected it to be nothing more than a fun fantasy romp. It was indeed a super fun fantasy adventure, but I was delighted to discover that lurking between the pages was a fantastically nuanced, layered story that explores a fantasy world in a fantastic, unique way.

The world building in this book is some/>I
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♛ Garima ♛
Rating:
4.5 stars

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Some gory details - regular fantasy stuff

Short review:
It has been long time I've read a Fantasy, and even longer I've read Fantasy and actually enjoyed it.
An Exile and dragon slayer seems like a glamorous job and really right plot to lure readers, but maintaining that interest, it difficult job and Naslund does amazing job keeping it. Generally I get bored by multiple POVs, because as much as it provides complete view of the story, it becomes difficult and tiresome to keep track of it. Again I would likstuff
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Amber
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Adult Fantasy and dragons
Shelves: ebooksiown
Silas Bershad is a famous dragonslayer. When he is tasked to kill the Emperor of Balaria and save the Princess, he accepts not knowing that their is a devious plot brewing. Will he succeed or die trying? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good and action packed adult fantasy. If you love stories with dragons and more, be sure to check this book out at your local library and wherever books are sold.
BookSteff
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid 4.5
Blodeuedd Finland
It lost me from the start
Mollie ~ Ink & Blood Club
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A dragonslayer who seems more like a mythical beast than the dragons he fights.

Judging from the excerpt I read on the publisher's website, this is going to be a fantastically fun book for fans of the Witcher series, Drizzt books, or the Powder Mage series and I can't wait to read the rest!

Dragonslayer Bershad drinks & swears like a sailor while performing heroic feats that no mere human should be capable of.

The imagery is richly described to the point wher
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Lady Reads
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing in this book is good, really good. What I loved most is that, although the story is told from the point of view of several characters, the timeline is linear. Instead of having flashbacks or jumps in time, more and more is disclosed about the characters as you read. It feels organic, like the way you would really get to know someone over time.
The best part of the book is the dragons. The mythology around them feels layered, nuanced. Some people love the dangerous creatures. Most fea
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Nichole
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this!!

Bershad used to be a lord. After being exiled by the King, he is a dragonslayer. He can have no home, no lands, no title. He can't even spend the night at an inn. He can hunt dragons and that's it.

Now, years later, the King that exiled him has summoned him. He is to kill an emperor. Then he can be free. But will the King hold up his end of the bargain or is it too good to be true?

I love Bershad. I love all of the characters actually! I love the d
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Karen  ⚜Mess⚜
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy, arc
Dragons. Magic. War.

Blood of an Exile has all the desirable contents that I love in an epic fantasy novel. Dragons aren't romantic nor loveable pets. They are just dragons. A part of nature, but an important part of nature (as we learn with this novel). The world building in this novel is insanely good. I loved the storyline and how easily the author's voice flows.

I received a copy of Blood of an Exile from NetGalley. Although the copy said "excerpt" the length appeared to be the full book.

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Michele
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood of an Exile appears to have all the ingredients of an epic fantasy. The main character, Bershad is a reknowned dragonslayer. Dragonslayers are those who have been sentenced to that life as a punishment for certain crimes. It is a life sentence where they must continue to perform this duty until they either die or are killed. There are hints that events leading up to Bershad's criminal sentencing are confused and maybe even intentionally misleading. I suspect more will be revealed as the bo ...more
Gillian Bronte Adams
Both the cover and blurb for this book immediately captured my attention so I eagerly seized the chance to read an early excerpt! I was immediately fascinated by the depth of world building involving the dragons and their place in the world's complex ecosystem. Few fantasy novels carry their world building down to such precise depths and the detail was fascinating without limiting the action or pace of the story. Biggest complaint? The mention of a seasick donkey vomiting aboard a ship - in our ...more
Vicky
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Who’s up for a story with more dragons than Game of Thrones (admittedly, there are only three), and nearly as much gore? Blood of an Exile is definitely a rollercoaster: a wild, bloody ride through a medieval-inspired version of Europe, where the weak are preyed on and the balance of power is always shifting.

There’s no better book to kick off Blogtober, that’s for sure!

Dragons get Darwinian

One of the most interesting things about this book is the way in which dragons are portrayed/>Dragons
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Angela Boord
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I will admit that I was very shallow and initially picked up this book for its cover. I was also a little leery after reading a couple of reviews that made a lot of the initial situation of the book -- the "Flawless" Bershad, dragonslayer extraordinaire, being sent on an impossible mission to do a thing no one has ever succeeded in doing. It sounded like a set up for an overpowered hero, and I was really hoping that wasn't the case.

Fortunately, it's not. The "Flawless" Bershad isn't
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BookSteff
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, but you know the drill – all opinions are my own.

Anyway as you can probably guess from the rating, I really enjoyed this book…like really enjoyed it. I honest to Gods didn’t think it would be as good as it was. Quite simply put, Brian Naslund did what hardly anyone does…he thought extensively about how dragons would work in a world among humans. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not having a go at other dragon books…I
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Andrea
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019, fantasy
This is a well-executed fantasy novel that ticks many boxes: dragons; adventure/quest with a ragtag band of compatriots; succession wars in a warlord based society. Plus the ecological considerations of dragon extermination were nicely woven in. A little bit of violence, a little bit of sex, and a little bit of fat shaming of one specific minor character. Overall, a solid recommendation to most readers.

The cover... I do not love. Not sure what audience that cover is aiming for. The UK cover is
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Jenny T
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, fantasy
Sometimes it's hard translating my feelings about a book into a star-rating. How does one quantify: "a bit Witcher-esque in a good way, but I wish the author had made a few choices differently"?

Also, the book deserved a better cover. Although there's no shortage of swordly violence and gore, there's also plenty of worldbuilding, political intrigue, and DRAGON ECOLOGY.
jonathan finn
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A interesting debut

The flawless Bershad is a dragon hunter which in almeria is another way of saying soon to be dead, Dragon hunting isn’t a calling it’s a death sentence handed down for past misdeeds though in the case of Bershad not a very effective one as he has lived longer and killed more dragons then any living dragon hunter, a former lord made infamous by a wartime massacre he gets roped into one final mission by the crown by his former lover and crown princess Aishlinn.

Wi
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Cathy Geha
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blood of an Exile – Preview by Brian Naslund
Dragons of Terra #1

Being given a preview of book one in a new series that had to do with dragons seemed a good choice for reading. I just wish that it had been the entire book since there is a lot more story to be told than what I read in the first 200 or so pages. I can see this as a multi-book series that will deal with dragons, vampires and a variety of other beings before it ends.

Bershad seems to be the main character in the book
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Yuri
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-need
4,5 rounded up.

This is one of those books that could also do great on the big screen.
Everything is easy to visualize, but Naslund doesn't bore you with long descriptions.
Nothing about this feels like a debut because it's 'too good' on all fronts.
It's just a great read and I can't wait to read more about Bershad and his companions.
Judi S.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm sure this is a book that will appeal to many. It's a violent tale of a man, his donkey, his old friend, an alchemist, a widow, his long lost love, and his dragon-slaying sword. There is a suicidal mission, a twist to the plot, difficulty reaching their final destination, and nothing was accomplished in the end.

For me, the biggest drawback was the dialogue. There were also too many things about the storyline, the characters and the ultimate endgame that reminded me of the styles of other aut
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Scott Caron
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked this better than Game of Thrones
Melody
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Great world building, as advertised, and I liked the ecological elements, but the characterization was a little weak for me--people are differentiated but behave stereotypically and/or driven by plot demands
Noreen Fish
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting fantasy with an ecological twist. Feels like it's setting up for a sequel or a series.
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Brian is an American fantasy author based in Boulder, CO. Blood of an Exile is his debut novel, and the first in The Dragons of Terra series.

He grew up in Maryland and studied English at Skidmore College in New York. Brian is now a product director for a tech company, and first started writing about dragons to escape the crushing boredom of his incredibly long bus commute.

When he's not writing,
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