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Heart of the Dragon

(Supernatural #4)

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A Supernatural novel that reveals a previously unseen adventure for the Winchester brothers, from the hit CW series!

When renegade angel Castiel alerts Sam and Dean to a series of particularly brutal killings in San Francisco's Chinatown, they realise the Heart of the Dragon, an ancient evil of unspeakable power, is back! John Winchester faced the terrifying spirit 20 years
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Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published November 17th 2010 by Titan Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Kaisa
Dec 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
I decided to not do a video about this book, simply because I didn't feel like ranting negatively about it on my channel. So, instead, here's my written review on Heart of the Dragon:

I've read two of Keith R.A. DeCandido's Supernatural books before, Nevermore and Bone key, and though I didn't love them, I thought they worked as a decent passtime, when I wasn't able to watch the actual show.

Heart of the Dragon, on the other hand, is a really really really bad book.

WARNING!!! This review will defi
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Linda Bakker-Zwakhals
I didnt really get into the story in the beginning. Maybe because It has been a long couple of days and I was tired. But I think it was mainly because I realised they would kill the demon three times and I was only interested in how Dean and Sam would accomplish the deed. But around half way through it did pick up and it turned out to be a Nice read
Inga Ingvarsdóttir
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Matt Spaulding
Nov 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
I have read a few of these Supernatural tie-in books now and this is by far the worst. The writing is pretty flat and the story is a jumbled up mess.
The plot focuses on a problem that has been plaguing the Winchester family since Sam and Dean's grandfather was alive and hunting, which is the first problem. This breaks the plot up into three separate storylines and places too much focus on two flashbacks that take up large, ultimately repetitive and useless chunks of the book.
The second major iss
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Josh
I wondered when a new Supernatural novel was going to be released. I had read all three previous books and then waited and kept waiting for a new book in the series. I figured that the books weren't all that popular, so no more books were going to be published. You can imagine my excitement over the news that three new Supernatural books were going to be released in 2010. I love the television show and have generally liked the books which have ranged from being mediocre to really good.

I would pu
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Forgotten Realms Queen
I discovered the Supernatural books about a year ago, and fell in love with them. I totally admit that they are not literary masterpieces, nor will they go down in history for their characters, story or prose, but they are still wonderful books.

Basically this book, as will all the others, gives us a side story of the Winchester brothers hunting down things that go bump in the night around the events that happen within the television series. This particular installment deals with them destroying
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Nacho Gamboa
Jan 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
La cuarta fue la vencida... Después de 4 novelas (3 de ellas de DeCandido, terriblemente malas todas), pues decidí que si voy a malgastar mi tiempo no será con esta porquería... Ni si quiera sabría por donde empezar... Tal vez por la insistencia de el autor de mezclar cultura japonesa y china como si fueran la misma cosa, con una gran cantidad de palabras en japonés que probablemente ni el mismo DeCandido sabían que significan (y en otras partes pone la pronunciación japonesa del inglés, no DeCa ...more
May B
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: media-tie-in
I wish that this could have been written as just a campbell story or just a john story instead of trying to put the boys in. It just... it was hard to read it because it was too much going on. But hey thats the curse of this type of story right, you have to do what you're told :)

All and all ok, just felt rather like watching the shows, too much crammed into too short a time.
Iben
Meh. Not horrible, but not very good either. Dean and Sam are barely in it, with most of it taking place in 1969 and 1989
Carol
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
I feel I should preface this review by saying that I do believe if you are a huge fan of the show Supernatural, on which the book was based, you will most likely enjoy this book much more than I did. I enjoy the show, I've seen all the episodes, and I am going to keep watching it until the final season. It's a fun show with solid storytelling and the monsters and magic in the show are pretty creative. With that said, however, I don't love the show, and there are some issues that keep me from sin ...more
J.L.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: august-2017
I usually avoid reading other reviews of books before writing my own, but for some reason I scrolled down when getting the links for this book. While it looks like the majority of the ratings are positive, the top few reviews that showed up on Goodreads absolutely trashed this book, which is unfortunate. You might take this to mean that I have poor taste in books, but I'd like to think that I really enjoyed this novel because it takes risks and breaks the mold of what is expected from most media ...more
Cassandra
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Devi R. Black
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, supernatural
I have to write this:
When I first started looking for books to read and came across the Supernatural's stand alone, I choose by reading reviews and started this a bit dissapointed from what other people though of this one. What you need to know about this book is: YES the japanise/chinese words that the author likes to use are a bit too much, as I rememeber myself starting to read and finding words so out of contexted that I'm still trying to get the meaning of. But besides that, It's a good boo
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Jennifer Newmark
Oct 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
SPN fans beware. I will read almost anything, I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt and I've done beta reading and provided suggestions to authors on how to improve their writing. My suggestion to Mr. DeCandido is: watch the series (more than once) before you attempt to write in the Supernatural universe.

I can't remember when I last returned a book. I returned this one. It was not worth what I paid for it.

Way too much of characters I really didn't care about. Plot that DIRECTLY contradict
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Taylor
Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
this is the fourth supernatural book i've read and i had a lot of hope for it because it was written by the author of the first book who provided the KILLER playlist. I feel so much more cultured. But this one SUCKED. a lot. I was originally going to give all of the supernatural books 5 stars by association to sam and dean but this one DOESN'T DESERVE IT. like no. Sam looks like a doofus on the front cover too. The SUPER ANNOYING THING was that it did a whole narrative from Samuel Campbell and m ...more
Lauren
This isn't worth the time for a long, ranting review so here's the short of it:

Most of the book is dedicated to Samuel Campbell and John Winchester, both characters I really don't like and therefore have little interest in reading about. You don't see Sam and Dean's story until you're about 2/3 of the way through. The plot is awful and makes little sense, all centering around a Samurai spirit that a demon, for some reason, thinks can help with the war on angels during the apocalypse. Yeah, good
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Samantha Ege
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-fandoms
In order to read this book, you'll need to be familiar with the television show, or else nothing will make sense. For starters, DeCandido does a fabulous job of connecting the 3 generations of hunters; going into the Campbell's family hunting technique was flawless and his depiction of John hunting and neglecting his children was on point. The dialogue fit the characters perfectly, you could imagine the actors saying it from the show. Not to mention the relatable villain and tremendous demon/ang ...more
Megan Peters
Sep 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Bostonlotus
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
By far, this one had the best premise. Unfortunately, it was a bit too daunting for the author. Telling a story over the course of 40 years didn't translate as well on paper as it would have onscreen. In fact, I really wish it would have been possible for them to have shot this episode in S5. Great idea, but not enough Winchester-Brothers... Fun. Creative. Entertaining. 3-stars.
Kerry
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I usually love the Supernatural books b/c they're like an episode in book form. This one, however, didn't quite hold my attention like the previous books I've read. Maybe b/c I don't care for Samuel Winchester at all. He's a douche! The storyline to this one was ok. Interesting but I just didn't quite care for this book so much. Maybe someone will find it more interesting than I did.
Crownoyami
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved how this changed through three generations trying to get rid of the same spirit! (Four if you count the original man dying). I really enjoyed the changing of perspectives, it made it an easy read, highly recommended for any SPN fan (Season 5 spoilers)
Crina
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Started so nice, ended so... lame. It's like the author got a good ideea, but got lazy towards the end and said "Oh, fuck it! Let's just skip the climax...".
Still, a book that will make the time pass quite quickly if you are on the road. The "read it in the train" type.
Ana_sadkova
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Barely read it, okay, but could be so much better
Stephanie
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
good book
Jack Smith
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
History

Loved the book, first I've read that includes all the family, from Samuel, Deanna, and a 15yo Mary, to John with young Sam and Dean, to Sam and Dean with Cass. Great book.
Freyja
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the book. Felt just like the tv series. Go the winchester boys. They always succeed were others fail.
Kenkiki
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2k17-reads
actually terrible, only read for sam, dean and cas (even though they spell it as CASS in the book)
Janice perry
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
too much flipping around, this one I really did not like.
Heather
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh, don’t like the time jumping between 3 generations of Winchester’s. Got bored, had to go back and RE read it, and even then I forget the ending. Not my favorite of the SPN book so far.
Clover
Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Chapter 1 – Rundown of how a noble and honorable samurai is turned into the Heart of the Dragon by a demon a few centuries ago.

Chapter 2 – Castiel asks Sam & Dean to help with a spirit/weapon that only comes to this plane every 20 years. Bobby, who uses a wheelchair in this book, has some newspaper clippings about the previous fiery murders 40 years ago, and lo and behold, grandpa Samuel is in one of the pictures.

Chapters 3-9—Set in 1969 with Mary as a teenager, hunting with her parents. The
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