The first novel in the acclaimed Dragonmaster Trilogy.
Young Hal Kailas is a runaway and a pauper, living hand-to-mouth in a kingdom where peace is by no means certain. But Hal has a dream. In his even younger days, he had the awesome experience of bonding with a young dragon-and the memory of the beast's great strength and power consumes his every thought.When war finally comes, the most daring and ruthless of men will ride these fearsome dragons-monstrous weapons of war that rule the sky. Few men are strong enough to bend a dragon's will, but Hal, who has reason to think he may be one of them, will prove to be the greatest Dragon Master of them all.
Following his Dragonmaster Trilogy (Last Battle, etc.), Bunch continues the story of Hal Kailis in this first installment of his latest series, which entertainingly injects a medieval, authoritarian fantasy world with air warfare. Hal, at a young age already a veteran vagabond, graduates from the thrill of an impromptu ride aboard a dragon and employment with a small dragon-ride air circus, to conscription with an army that's enlivened by sorcery. Bunch lays out the customary lengthy war scenes, and when the army assembles large groups of dragons, Hal is ready to ride. Though he hails from a common family, he rises quickly through the ranks with his natural talents. The author successfully weaves early twentieth century-style warfare into this fantasy world-with the slightest leap of imagination, the reader associates these screeching, twisting dragons with the fighter planes of the first world war. As pilot, Hal lacks only the dangling flaps of a goggled helmet. In this endless war, dragons battle, riders fall and Hal becomes a flying ace. Military SF and fantasy fans will relish the action-packed plot and Hal's derring-do.
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December 04, 2006
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