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Secret of the Dragon

(Dragonships of Vindras #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  715 ratings  ·  41 reviews
New gods are challenging the old high god, Torval, for rulership of the world. The only way to stop these brash interlopers lies with the five Bones of the Vektia Dragons--the five primal dragons hidden away by the dragon goddess, Vindrash, during the creation of the world. Without these dragons, one of the new gods, Aelon, cannot seize power. The only hope of the Vindrasi ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Tor Books
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Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Pretty good, maybe even an improvement over the previous volume. I'll keep reading, see where all this questing is headed.

Though to tell the truth, I think Aylaen's tolerance of Treia's constant treachery is stretching all credulity.
And Repeatedly!
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Honestly, I wasn't that big a fan of the first book of this series, Bones of the Dragon. A large part of that was due to just how completely unlikeable the main character Skylan is. Secret of the Dragon is, in my opinion, miles better because of the transformation Skylan undergoes. In fact, it's so much better that, in retrospect, it makes me look much more favorably on Bones of the Dragon. The things Skylan and his warriors go through make up a sort of modern Spartacus adventure, and it's a fun ...more
Ben Lund
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Still a decent book in it's own right, still I can't shake the feeling that I should have been reading this when I was 14. The authors are a great gateway for teens into the bloated fantasy genre. My only complaint is how NICE the good guys are. There are certain characters who continually thwart the protaganist and mess things up, but the main characters continually forgive them for one reason or another. This book contained 3 separate times, where I yelled, in my head, "Just kill them already. ...more
Amanda Galves
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Maybe it's my love of Raistlin, Tanis, Haplo and Fizban/Zifnab. But this feels.... copied. Obviously, I know it's not. But this series feels like the bastard child of Paladine and Freya. I love Weiss and Hickman. They both instilled me with the loyalty of Cameron, the wonder of Tas, the love of Fizban, and the honor of Sturm. They've taught me that intelligence must be balanced with humility through Raist. It was very hard getting through the first book, as arrogance was the way of the main char ...more
Rhonda Johnson
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book, like its prequel, is full of action and adventure with well-drawn characters . I like that the battle scenes are not over done. I think you might be able to understand what's going on if you hadn't read the first book, but you'll miss the extent to which Skyland has grown as a person if you haven't read Bones of the Dragon. (Possible spoiler coming next, but maybe not) The novel ends with the heroes in the middle of danger, so you have to read the third book (Rage of the Dragon) to fi ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am really sad to say I got bored with this book! I love the world making and enjoyed seeing the strength and weakness of The Sinaria. I enjoyed reading Skylan and Aylaen’s growth, their eyes are opening up to new possibilities!!

However, the book crawls through the information. It’s slow pace has me falling asleep and the treachery between characters is poor. Treia and Raegar are two character I am constantly rolling my eyes at.

I did enjoy reading how horrible Aelon is...he makes Troval look
Jonas Salonen
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: previously-owned
Oh wow. This was even better than the first one! The characters develop really well and the plot is actually great. The story progresses nicely and I can't wait to start the third book.

Again, this is not high literature but really nicely written fantasy between the realism of Abercrombie and the teen fantasy of the original Dragon Lance books.

Peter E.  Frangel
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
And here is Book Two in the Dragonships of Vindras series by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. I've sort of been wondering how well this series is doing for them. The authors have been awfully silent about it and any news as to when to expect a third book has been kept behind closed doors. I know they each have other books and projects they are working on, but I still can't help being a bit curious...mhh....

I also want to mention that I tear into this book quite a bit, but still gave it a 3 out o
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jared by: Tracy Hickman
I have to say that Weis and Hickman have always been the gold standard to which I compare all fantasy books I read. Afterall, these are the writers that got me to read in the first place. I have followed them for years. I have taken Tracy's Writing Seminars and have become very well acquinted with his art of story development. I also have the priveldge of calling him friend, which I am aware does bias my review a little. He is a master of world building and a "craftsman" of story. He is a Story ...more
Liam Kumher
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragons, fantasy
If I hadn't read the previous book, I doubt I would have made it through the first third of this one. It starts off very slow, sort of tying off the plot from the first book, and then trying to set up for its own plot. So, that's a lot of plot management, not a lot of things actually happening or even some meaningful character development. Once it does get started, it's still less than impressive. (It sounds like I hated the book, but I'm just working my way through the process). There are a few ...more
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman always seem to deliver fantastic fantasy fiction novels. This is the second book in a series of six books (4 are forthcoming). It continues from book one where Skylan, now considered a traitor, and his Vindrasi crew have been captured by Raegar, an Aelon warrior-priest. They have been told and are beginning to believe that their Gods have left them and they are alone. They will be taken back to Sinaria as slaves. Here some will be trained to fight in the game of P ...more
Brian Hagedorn
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
While certainly better than their Starshield novels, it's still just as forgettable and silly. There were continuity issues throughout this particular novel, most notably with time. What one character says will happen "tomorrow" actually doesn't happen for a number of days. This created a lot of confusion to the overall timeline of the plot. The book also doesn't leave a lot to the imagination, almost spoon-feeding the audience like a poorly written movie. You pretty much knew what the character ...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
A bit of an improvement over the first book, Secret of the Dragon continues the tale of a group of Viking-like warriors caught up in the wars between their Gods and newer upstart Gods. The book feels like a Weis and Hickman book, but lacks a certain spark found in their better tales.

Perhaps part of the problem is that virtually none of the characters start off even remotely likable or sympathetic, with very stereotyped and flat personalities. However, by the end of this second book a few of them
John Hubenthal
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was much better than the first in the series, and it felt like the level of crassness was brought down a notch, although I do get it that with a story drawing from features of norse mythology, there is the expectation of a certain caliber of "manliness". What set this story apart for me were the tender feelings expressed between parent and child from characters which were new to the series in this book, much in the spirit to some degree as in Secret Garden.
Dec 21, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked this book about as much as I liked the first one. I'm still not real thrilled with Skylan, the main character, but he is "maturing" in this book versus the first book. The only character that gets my attention is Wulfe. If it wasn't for him, I think I'd just give up on the books completely.
Bryan Dial
great fallow up from the first book of the series. introduction to new characters was a bit hard at first dew to lack of description of each, gradually each character gained a face that was customary to wies and hickmans style. it ended on a bit of a sudden note however. i think it could have at least included another chapter to tie things off.
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: misc-fantasy
A great second volume and I cannot wait for the next. This time we find our viking-esque characters being made slaves in an area comparable to rome. They fight not in a gladiatorial arena, but something comparable to a game of chess.
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Weis and Hickman have a flare for creating unique worlds. This series is no exception. The only flaw is that I find the villain to be too much of a caricature of a fanatic, bumbling around in self delusions. Otherwise this book was a big step forward from the previous one of the series.
Kurt Vosper
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Continuing goodness from Weis. An excellent read.
John Zullo
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome, full of twists and turns.
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ack, when does the next one come out!
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
liked this 2nd book better than the first the characters were better and the story good
Russell Rait
Book written by Weis, do I really need to say more?
Jacamo Peterson
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always Weis & Hickman are good again!
Martijn Onderwater
Enjoyable - looking forward to the closer!

Sonia Wellington
Feb 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
BAH! A wonderful story written SO poorly it made me bash myself over the head with the book. My cat could have done a better job writing this.
Adam Cosmo
it had a lot of twists, was really suspenseful and overall a great book
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The book uses an interesting combination of mythology and cultures, politics and religions. It ends with a cliff hanger of course. I need book three now.
Jul 08, 2011 rated it liked it
MUch better than the first book. The third book will hopefully be even better becuase it ended very well.
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Fantasy novelist who, along with Tracy Hickman, was one of the original creators of the Dragonlance game world. I've written numerous novels and short stories set in the world of Krynn, as well as series in other, original worlds. These include: Darksword, Rose of the Prophet, Star of the Guardians, DeathGate, Dragonvarld, Sovereign Stone, Dragonships, and the Dragon Brigade. I also wrote two para ...more

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Dragonships of Vindras (4 books)
  • Bones of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras, #1)
  • Rage of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras #3)
  • Doom of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras #4)