Dragon Bones is a Sword & Sorcery Fantasy novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs. It is the first “thrilling” novel in the Hurog duology. Read summary below.
Dragon Bones Summary
Most everyone thinks Ward of Hurog is a simple-minded fool—and that’s just fine by him. But few people know that his foolishness is (very convincingly) feigned. And that it’s the only thing that’s saved him from death.
When his abusive father dies, Ward becomes the new lord of Hurog…until a nobleman declares that he is too dim-witted to rule. Ward knows he cannot play the fool any longer. To regain his kingdom, he must prove himself worthy—and quickly.
Riding into a war that’s heating up on the border, Ward is sure he’s on the fast track to glory. But soon his mission takes a deadly serious turn. For he has seen a pile of magical dragon bones hidden deep beneath Hurog Keep. The bones can be dangerous in the wrong hands, and Ward is certain his enemies will stop at nothing to possess them…
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different take
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 24, 2021
This was definitely a different take on dragons. An amazing one, to be sure, but definitely not your typical fire breathing destroyer of towns, or shape-shifting seducers, etc. The world that the author built was a close enough analog to ours that it felt recognizable but unique enough to allow for the escapism we’re looking for in a fantasy novel. The characters were very well developed, each one making you care…. whether that was caring in a good way or wishing them dead depends on the character in question, but you felt something either way. The relationship building was in depth and made sense, no insta crap here. I’ll be honest, I thought I’d reviewed this book when I bought the digital copy a few years ago (yes, I also own the paperback) and was dismayed to find I hadn’t when I finished reading it again today…. so yes, if you like your dragons different and your characters flawed but real and interesting, give this book a shot.
5.0 out of 5 stars So I don’t quite understand.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 17, 2018
*** SERIOUS SPOILERS ***
Okay. I finished reading this, but I don’t understand the ending, and I can’t find anywhere else to ask. May as well say it here. At the end it turns out that Oreg is one-quarter dragon; his father was one-half. Except that we know his father was Selig, who killed a dragon to gain power. Wait, what? Selig WAS a dragon, apparently. If Oreg is one, his father was even more of one. I don’t get it. If Selis was a dragon, first off, how did he even die and how did nobody ever know it? How does a dragon get to be a lord with a keep? Why would a dragon need to kill another dragon to gain power? I feel like I’m misunderstanding something badly here. It’s obvious Oreg is a dragon, we see him transform. Therefore, his birth father also had to have been one. Am I just assuming that Oreg’s father and the legendary Selig who killed the dragon are the same person? I feel like we were explicitly told they are, though I don’t want to go back and re-read the whole book to figure out where it says so. We definitely know Oreg’s father murdered him and that goes back to: how did his father, the dragon, end up as lord of a keep with lots of bastard children so he could afford to just sacrifice one? Oreg states plainly that his father served the emperors as a mage since hd couldn’t fit into either the dragon or human worlds, beong half of each. How does a dragon mage end up as a keep lord siring little dtagon children on random women and selling them as slaves? If those children and the father were all dragons, and they had to have been, how did they ever die? How did nobody notice that none of them aged? The whole history makes zero sense to me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an excellent book!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 16, 2022
Short of Bujold, I don’t know of another author who can write this well! I read this many years ago, before Ms Briggs began her switch to urban fantasy. (Which I don’t care for, but I doubt she’s coming back.)
Unfortunately, I loaned my paperback out so I had to buy it again on Kindle. Hopefully, I won’t lose THAT and maybe someone’s ready the other.
4.0 out of 5 stars Bones Are Not Boring
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 14, 2011
Is this great fiction? I’d say, probably not. There are points where the plot seems too contrived, or the characters don’t seem to stay true themselves. The first person narrative was also a little jarring in the beginning, and I felt launched right into plot without quite enough introduction or context. Some people might like this, but I like a bit of a map when I’m dropped into a whole new world. There’s also a few choppy moments in the novel (I think around the 3/4 mark) where you could almost see Briggs scramble to make her plot work. In fact, it made me wonder a bit if this was one of Briggs’ first written works.
However, the plot is still well-paced, and the stakes are high enough for a reader to really get into, well, reading. It certainly didn’t take me long to get sucked in, despite the book’s faults. Plus, I like Ward… I really do! I’m not sure I’d like to ever meet him, but I cheered for him as a hero, and really wanted him to succeed throughout the book. I wasn’t ever really worried for him (given that this book is one of a duology), but I liked him enough that I didn’t want him to suffer.
In fact, I wanted him to succeed enough that I bought the second book.
About Patricia Briggs Author of Dragon Bones pdf Book
Patricia Briggs Author of Dragon Bones pdf Book is the author of the New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series. She lives in Washington state with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses.
Dragon Bones pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Ace (February 26, 2002)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0441009166
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441009169
- Item Weight : 5.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.74 x 6.71 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #191,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #3,119 in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (Books)
- #4,925 in Romantic Fantasy (Books)
- #6,454 in Epic Fantasy (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars 652 ratings
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