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The Dragon Nimbus Novels: Volume I (The Dragon Nimbus #1-3)

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This brand-new omnibus is the first in a series collecting Irene Radford's acclaimed Dragon novels.

Volume I includes the complete trilogy of The Dragon Nimbus:
The Glass Dragon, The Perfect Princess, and The Lonliest Magician

The Glass Dragon:
In a realm that has always been protected by its magicians, a kingdom whose ruler's life and power is inextricably linked with that o
Paperback, 992 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by DAW
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A.R. Hellbender
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Note: I only read the first book in this bindup, The Glass Dragon.

There were some good things about this book, but for the most part, I didn't enjoy reading it. The writing style left much to be desired in that it used random sentences that weren't needed, and I don't know what was up with giving the animals actual dialogue like "miaurrrr" and "growwwrrr" instead of saying that she meowed, or roared, or whatever.
Also, this had the biggest case of Insta-love I've ever seen in adult fantasy. AND
Mar 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Really, the main idea at the start was rather interesting, but when halfway through the series magic is outlawed, creating some strain for the characters, since almost every single main is capable of magic to some degree or another, the series really starts to stumble. It also becomes much harder to read when you realize that A and B meet, and almost instantly, and despite ample reasons not to, fall head over heels with one another. And then B's wolf is actually a prince? And together A, B, and ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: female-authors
It's been a long time since I read this book, but I remember that I really, really didn't like it.

I reviewed it (in German) here:

"Irene Radfords „Der Prüfstein der Drachen“ greift auf ein sehr einfaches Rezept zurück: Drachen, gute und schlechte Magie, Zauberer, Hexen und kriegerische Lords sind die Zutaten, welche die Autorin zu ihrem Roman vermengt. Aus solchen Themen sind schon große Erzählungen entstanden. Doch hier mangelt es an den nötigen Feinheite
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was ready to give this book one star, until the end, when I realized I'd probably invest in the sequels because i wanted to know what happened. So that's something. Otherwise, it's pretty bad. I mean, it has magic and dragons, which is usually the recipe of a book I'll enjoy, but the characters are pretty shallow. For instance, it takes about one or two pages for an abused woman who lives alone and hates men to fall in love with a strange man who wanders to her house. This is how most of the m ...more
Krystal Hickam
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow this series came out of nowhere. I picked it up at half priced books as just another omnibus to read. And was I surprised how good it really was. Once I started reading it I could not put it down until I had finished the last page. It started out a little slow but once it got going it was an emotion rollercoaster ride that I couldnt wait to finish. I actually went out and purchased all the rest of the books by this author just because of this series and that is something I hardly do. When a ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't understand all the negative reviews this book has gotten. I really enjoyed it. Maybe I haven't read as widely as other reviewers, but I found the world to be unique. Initially I was just happy to find it wasn't another rip-off of Tolkien! The characters didn't seem shallow, the action was paced pretty well, and the intros of new characters didn't seem forced. Of course the stars were the dragons, who were majestic, omniscient, & mysterious. There was never a moment when I wasn't eage ...more
Mike Kabongo
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
It was great to see the omnibus version of these books.
I fell for Jaylor and the universe hard when Glass Dragon came out, and the omnibus came out it was perfect for sharing the love with friends.

The cover could be better, but the stories are what count.
For those who have read Irene Radford before this contains the first three Coronnan books, "The Glass Dragon", "The Perfect Princess", and "The Loneliest Magician".

A new book in the series with the Children of "Roy", Jaylor and Brevelan is s
Tammy Terrace
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
I hate to not finish a book or I probably would not have finished this one. I would have one starred it except I reserve one star ratings for books I never finish at all. The Mercedes Lackey dragon novels are much much better portrayals of this fantasy theme, these are poor imitations that drag the reader along hoping for better more spell binding rhythm. Took me two weeks plus to finish because I kept putting it down, a good book seldom lasts me more than a couple of days.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was an enjoyable read. I didn't read it straight through but enjoyed coming back to it each time. It has its flaws (particularly unjustified shifts in character and the typical fantasy crime of excessive description). However, it kept me reading to see what would happen. I found the last one, The Loneliest Magician, the least accomplished and the least plausible. Though I'm glad to have taken this sojourn into Radford's world, I don't feel compelled to seek out more of her books.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Not the best book, but certainly not the worst I've read. The world is well thought out and detailed. The individual books themselves work well in this collective edition, but I can't imagine trying to read them singularly, or waiting on the next to be published. The individual books are small and I feel the story would come off choppy that way. Either way, a good read for fantasy fans, but it will not compare to the wonders created by the more popular authors.
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A pseudonym used by C.F. Bentley. Also known as P.R. Frost.

Irene has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. Combining a love for Medieval history and a fascination with paranormal, Irene concentrated on fantasy writing.

In her spare time, Irene enjoys lacemaking and is a long time member of an international guild. Check out THE LONELIEST MAGICIAN, The Dragon Nimbus #
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Other Books in the Series

The Dragon Nimbus (4 books)
  • The Glass Dragon
  • The Perfect Princess
  • The Loneliest Magician
  • The Wizard's Treasure