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Spine of the Dragon

(Wake the Dragon #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson's triumphant return to epic fantasy, Spine of the Dragon, is a politically charged adventure of swords, sorcery, venegeance, and the rise of sleeping giants.

Two continents at war, the Three Kingdoms and Ishara, are divided by past bloodshed. When an outside threat arises—the reawakening of a powerful ancient race that wants to remake th
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Tor Books
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Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reasonably interesting but I kind of expected better from the blurb (and other series of K Anderson which had more gripping first volumes, however they ended); I am not sure if it was the characters or the setting, but something didn't quite fit, though I kept turning the pages until the end
Patrick Whitehurst
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is possible to read every book written by Kevin J. Anderson; difficult, yes, but not unheard of. Crazier things have happened. Other writers Hulk-out with envy at his prolific nature, and not only that, his books are engaging. That’s always a bonus.

In his latest offering, Spine of the Dragon, Anderson tours readers through the popular genre of intellectual fantasy fiction, which leans more literary than, say, those old Conan pulps, but it’s just as adventurous. For me, someone who’s read The
Michelle Bohannon
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With every new book I read by Kevin J. Anderson, I'm reminded of just how immersive and deep his stories are. Spine of the Dragon is no different. Set in the fictional lands of the Commonwealth (comprised of three kingdoms) and Ishara, KJA takes us on an adventure of political intrigue, mystery, deception, and personal vendetta. An ancient race has returned after 2,000 years to reclaim their territory, wiping out any humans standing in their way. On one side of the Commonwealth, the Konag (supre ...more
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Jun 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
politically-charged epic fantasy with dragon in the title??? SIGN ME UP
Michael Butler
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to get an advance copy of this. This is a wonderful start to a new fantasy series. The world and races are fleshed out and intriguing. I especially liked the politics between the human rulers. While they are close family, their interests and motivations don't always align and should not in some cases. The pacing moves along quickly so don't expect to be bogged down like some epic fantasy series. I found myself moving through the chapters at great speed to find out what happens to ...more
Cheryl Anderson
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What is the biggest threat to the Commonwealth? Is it the humans of Ishara with their godlings that can wipe out entire villages without warning? Or maybe the feuding sandwreths and frostwreths that created humans for slaves, forgot them for millennia and now seem intent on exterminating them? Or is it the land itself that is erupting and spewing ash across the land?
The sandwreths and frostwreths believe that if one of them can extinguish the other and kill the dragon at the spine of the world,
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, edelweiss
This book is amazing, it's the first I read by this author and it swept me away.
The plot, the great world building and the character development are brilliant. This is a page turner that I wasn't able to put down and it kept me hooked till the last page.
I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Jun 09, 2019 added it
This novel is laborious to get through. It chops and changes characters without earning any emotional connection to them. While the plot and world are interesting enough, the characters are bland tropes.
This I a must read. I already have my favorite characters and my most irritating characters. I was drawn in and now I need to know what happens next. Sequel please!
Calvin Giroulx
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid worldbuilding combined with unique characters and awesome action made this page-turner a great ride! Can’t wait for “Vengewar.”
Tracey Patterson
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love getting to know a new world. This has all the action and intrigue you could want. I can’t wait for book 2. Luckily I’ve heard it is finished and will be out in a year or so.
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