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Spine of the Dragon

(Wake the Dragon #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  224 ratings  ·  59 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
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Tor Books
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Mel (Epic Reading)
Jun 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
How did I miss that a new series by Kevin J. Anderson came out?!?
I love the Terra Incognita series. In my opinion it is a massively underrated fantasy series. One of my hidden gems. Now to get my hands on a copy!
Adah Udechukwu
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spine of the Dragon is a fantastic novel. I enjoyed the plot, the politics and the action. I am definitely going to read Book 2.
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
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This is Game of Thrones Lite

Budweiser or Bud Lite
Coca Cola or Diet Coke
Coffee or Decaf
Epic Fantasy or Fantasy Lite

An okay read but not a book i would recommend.

Spine of Dragons is Game of Thrones without all the calories and sugar. For example GOT has 7 kingdoms this has 3. One dragon instead of three.

One problem was the big events in the book happened with little build up or backstory. Early on a dust storm covered the city. The Sandwreth walk out of the storm. Haven't been seen in two
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
Jack Miller
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
This goes from “Oh this might be good” to” “Alright let’s get to it then” and then finally to skipping the last 200 pages because every 6 page chapter is so dull to find out what happens and the book ending exactly how you thought it would. I don’t mind short chapters, but there’s no time for us to get stuck into and know any of the characters. There isn’t much characterization apart from the explicit telling of what a character likes or doesn’t like or what he or she did or didn’t do.

The most
Linda Y
Jul 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Sorry, Kevin. I loved the work you did on Seven Suns Saga and the Dune books. I read The Map of All Things books -- was mildly intrigued. But The Spine of the Dragon? Seems more like a rehash of Map, but with the volume turned up. Case in point, Chapter 17: How gory and gross do you intend to get? In my humble opinion, you've sold out to the lowest level of readership possible. Are you hoping for it to be made into an M-rated video game, so you can retire in style? Keep at it. You used to be one ...more
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 ...more
♠ TABI ♠
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
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
The writing wasn't bad. It just seems like author Anderson is still in the Dune universe mode where every history of every faction needs explanation and history.
I felt drawn to everything other than this book--in fact, I read 4 other books while this was on my nightstand.
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.
Linda Garcia
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. The chapter were short and helped you get through some parts that were a bit dry. If high fantasy and magic are your thing, I think you'd enjoy this
Corey Sizemore
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting plot but bland characters I couldn't invest in. Also a lot of video game fast travel.
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,
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book wasn't that good. There wasn't any exciting adventures or intriguing plot. it was mainly just a narration of events. With the scene changing too often to too many different characters with difficult names.
Lindsay White
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A little stale and dialogue a little stiff. Very few new or forward thinking ideas. Not especially pro women. But a simple fantasy concept that will keep fantasy nerds like me intrigued.
Gary Weinman
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this book, but didn't love it. This book had around 100 chapters and was under 500 pages. That meant each chapter was relatively short. Each chapter featured a separate main character (of which there was probably a dozen or so). I felt like there was never any momentum on what was going on. For the same reason, I never really felt a bond with any of the main characters. The big question is, will I buy the next book in the series. The answer is probably yes. This book may have just been ...more
Alex Helm
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
It was okay i'll check out the sequel
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Seems like a remake of the Game of Thrones plot.
Arizona Spartan
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
There's a lot I could say about this book both good and bad.

To be concise, I'll say these things;

Anderson tried to spin some fantasy tropes and cliches, while not always successful the effort was there. Sometimes he succeeds with some interesting results.

I felt like 1/2 the world was standard fantasy type landscapes and cultures and the other half was more interesting with the Godlings and magic. I think he is juxtaposing things here which I didn't care about so much. I felt like the
Gregg Buford
Dec 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This book had good writing which is one reason I decided to finish. I struggled to read through some of this because I found some of the characters rather unlikable in any way. I am not sure I would be willing to read the next in the series now or I could just skim over the parts I don't like I did with this book. This is between a two and three stars for me.
Matthew Torrez
Aug 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
One of the rare times I gave up mid way through. I just was never captured by this book.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Very interesting plot, but the characters are bland and don't really hold their own unique qualities/characteristics. Some tend to blend together because of this, like they all share the same values, morals, and goals.
Andy Coleman
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was ok

The subtitle of this book should have been "A Preamble" because the "story" printed within it isn't complete. In fact, it barely even got started. Honestly, just calling it a "story" is generous.

Every aspect of this book feels like it is setting the pieces into place for the real story to start. When I got about halfway through and realized there was no way the author intended to even approach the point of it all, I almost stopped reading it (but my mind would break over a
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have this totally uniformed belief that writers read my reviews, which is 0f course - untrue. But, I have such respect for those who create whole worlds out of cloth that I hate to state that I have abandoned a book. But, Mr. Anderson is unlikely to read this review, and it is clear that this series is resonating with others as a second novel in the series has been released.

For me however? Perhaps it was the fact that I was and completely remain so overwhelmed that a book has to grab me by the
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay, not sure I want to continue with the series.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Did not finish. Enjoyed the writing but the story was too bleh. Couldn’t get into it. I couldn’t connect with the characters enough to care.
Andrew Bulthaupt
I listened to this book via Audible.

I remember visiting a book store years ago and finding Hidden Empire, the first book of The Saga of Seven Suns, by chance, probably because Anderson is near the beginning of the alphabet. I recognized the Kevin J. Anderson as the author of several Star Wars books I had read previously and decided to give it a shot. And so I was sucked into a sprawling sci-fi epic that eventually spanned ten books, a graphic novel, and more.

Spine of the Dragon is like that, but
William Bentrim
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spine of the Dragon by Kevin J. Anderson

This is a very good book but…But isn’t always bad. The plot is excellent. I’m going to guess that it will be a long series as there are a wealth of characters introduced. The but is based on the fact that I frequently regret starting a series until it is complete. I never finished the vaunted Wheel of Time series because I thought I might die of old age before it was completed. Then I read that Robert Jordan had passed away and felt guilty that I had
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