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Blood of an Exile

(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 head back int
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Tor Books
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Petrik
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Some shit pissed me off, but it was a great story!



Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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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 Joe Abercrom
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James Islington
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been meaning to write a review of Blood of an Exile since I read it towards the end of last year, but… life’s been busy. Unfortunately, that means things aren’t quite as fresh in my mind as I’d like, but the fact I’m still motivated to do this a few months on speaks volumes to the quality of the book.

As usual, I’m not going to go into the details of the plot—there are already plenty of reviews that do that—but the bottom line is that if you’re into books about dragons, this one’s definitely

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Brenda Waworga
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Woow! that was amazing and so much fun! Naslund's debut book is so not disappointing! i enjoyed my time in the Realm Of Terra more than i expected

Lemme make this thing short... if you love:

- Dragons.. ALOT of Dragons
- cute Donkey
- Outcasts people come together for a mission and became friends
- Smart & badass FEMALE & MALE characters
- Unique wordbuilding
- Epic Battles


Than THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!

please pick this one up, Naslund definetly deserves so much more love and hype for this story he c
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Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, fantasy
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 city and whenever a monster needs slay
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Sahitya
This is more of a 4.5 and I really can’t articulate why I’m not giving it a full 5 stars.

As someone who reads adult fantasy very rarely, I usually only pick up books which my friends have already loved and are sure I would too. But this is a book I didn’t see anyone within my small group talk about but since the first time I saw it mentioned in a booktube video, I was totally fascinated and I knew I had to take a chance. And I’m so so happy that I stuck to my instincts because I was completely
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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. Now he lives only to stalk dragons, slaughter them
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Mili
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-the-book
'That's what made life such a bastard -- guilt rode on your back heavy and hard and relentless. Redemption was light as a feather. Easy to forget entirely.'

Dragonslayers is a neat title, yet in this world they are scum. It is a title given by the King after being stripped of your titles and freedom. A short life, death by dragon. We follow Silas Bershad, a Dragonslayer for many years now, unique to be still alive. The King has a last request for Bershad that might give him his status back. A las
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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 of
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♛ Garima ♛
Rating:
4.5 stars

Trigger:
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
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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.
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
L.L.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid four star read!!

Really interesting take on dragons and how they fit in the world. Absolutely loved the different breeds and the variety. Loved the link with alchemy, "magic," and the stark contrast between the progression of different cultures, as well as how far people are willing to go for friends and loved ones.

Brilliantly written action scenes. They were brutal, and incredibly violent - especially in the later parts of the book, because of reasons I won't go into here (spoilers). There
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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.
Xerxes
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sentenced to die. Impossible to kill. The two main sentences illustrate and summarise this book perfectly. What an incredible journey I’ve just been on. I feel like I’ve gone through an fantasy epic. Like the old days. I’ve related to characters, I’ve seen gore and brutal torture that will remind you of Medieval times, I’ve seen spies and networks of a vast web of power and corruption. How the rich nobles of this world try to manipulate people to fight for them. And boy, was this such a good cas ...more
Ned Lud
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Right. Book #97 this year. And my favourite read of the year so far. It’s also a debut. How the flying fuck can a debut be so damn masterly? Bravo, young man. Bravo! A Chef d’oeuvre indeed.....
*I apologize Mr. Holt. Will a tie suffice??
Bob/Sally
One of the perks of being a book reviewer is having books thrust into your hands that you might have otherwise missed. Blood of an Exile came my way last year, and while it wasn’t an immediate must-read, there was enough appeal to keep it in my review pile. Fast forward to this summer’s release of Sorcery of a Queen, the second Dragons of Terra book, and I suddenly felt compelled to catch up.

As debuts go, Blood of an Exile is a book I would happily put on the same shelf as Kings of the Wyld in t
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Steve
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This one falls into the great adventure, gripping storyline category. Very enjoyable fantasy read.

Initially we meet a veteran dragonslayer, an outcast in a fairly backward kingdom doing what he does best. Worried me at first that this might be a bit trope ridden. But the further I got into the story, the more twists and intrigues revealed themselves, the more depth we got about this world, the more I became fully absorbed by this tale. Several third person POVs feature and all were pretty decent
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BookSteff
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid 4.5
Kevin
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. What can I say... Dragons... interesting world with environmental issues and a story that makes me want to read book two right now.
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
3.5/5

My first thoughts while reading this, 'man, I want to play the Witcher or watch it...is this...is this a discount witcher?'

I will admit, that sounds harsh but it felt like such a generic fantasy, but, the more we learned about the world the more I was pleasantly surprised. We had a bit of a steampunk culture of sorts in one land, a bit of a barbarian perhaps Viking vibe from another country, and the dragons were not the boring generic fantasy ones I had expected.

All in all, I thought that
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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 where I could actually feel the chainmail an
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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 dragons, and the magic. I
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Blodeuedd Finland
It lost me from the start
THE BIBLIOPHILE (Rituranjan)
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
An entertaining fantasy adventure that has a cinematic quality to the narrative flow. Brian Naslund tells a thrilling and exciting story of dragons and dragonslayers, kings and exiles, and politics in a way that has the subtle balance of action and character focus. I liked the brief episodic chapters told alternatingly between the four major characters that enhanced the pacing, as well as shed light upon the character motivations, and also the scope of the plot.

The worldbuilding was solid, and i
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Connie
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 head back into the treacherous wilds once more. For years, death was his only chance to escape. But that is about to change.
The king who sentenced Bershad to his fate has just given him an unprecedented chance at redemption. Kill a foreign empe
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Brian is an American fantasy author. Blood of an Exile is his debut novel, and the first in The Dragons of Terra series. The sequel, Sorcery of a Queen, will be published in August, 2020.

Brian grew up in Maryland but hates crab-cakes. He now lives in Colorado.

When he's not writing, he’s usually griping about video games on Twitter, hiking with his dog, Lola, or whitewater kayaking in the mountains
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