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Número de páginas: 352 páginas Dicas de vocabulário: Habilitado Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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An idealistic young prince convinces an aging warrior and a struggling witch to help him kill the dragon that is terrorizing his kingdom

As a vicious dragon stalks the Southlands, Crown Prince Gareth ventures to the forbidding North in search of the only man who can kill it. He is Lord Aversin, the Dragonsbane, whose dragon-slaying days have won him renown across the land. But when Gareth finds Lord Aversin, he discovers the mighty hero is squat and bespectacled, the ruler of a mud-village who admits that he killed the dragon not with a lance, but with ignoble poison. Still, he’ll have to do.
 
Gareth and Aversin set off in company with Jenny Waynest, a witch with great ambitions but disappointingly puny powers—a ragtag crew destined to become legendary, or die in the attempt.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

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A THRILLING FANTASY FROM THE AUTHOR OF 'THE DARWATH TRILOGY'

It was said to be impossible to slay a dragon. But Lord John Aversin had disproved this – earning himself the name Dragonsbane once in his life, and thus becoming the subject of ballad and legend. Fired by the romance of his tale, young Gareth travelled far and wide across the Winterlands from the King's court to persuade the hero to rid the Deep of Ylferdum of the Great Black Dragon, Morkeleb. Joining them on this quest was Jenny Waynest, half-taught mage and mother of Aversin's sons.

Morkeleb was the oldest and mightiest of the dragon race – the most fearsome opponent that the Dragonsbane had ever had to face. But Morkeleb was not the greatest danger that awaited John Aversin and his wife witch-woman. The once-ordered court had fallen into disarray, and the beautiful sorceress Zyerne held the King in her sway. Just as Morkeleb posed the hardest test of skill and courage for the Dragonsbane, so Jenny Waynest would find her powers pitted against an adversary as deadly as the Black Dragon, but infinitely more evil…

"When the author is Barbara Hambly prepare for something special"
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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 2896 KB
  • Número de páginas: 352 páginas
  • Editora: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (29 de março de 2011)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B004TC149G
  • Leitura de texto: Habilitado
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  • Dicas de vocabulário: Habilitado
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  • Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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Amazon.com: 4.4 de 5 estrelas 76 avaliações
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Five for its time. 20 de maio de 2013
Por Nathan Hall - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
If Dragonsbane had been written post-2000, I would not be giving it a 5 star review. Let me be open about that. In the same way that, if the average Fantasy reader were honest with him or herself, The Lord of the Rings is a tad outdated by modern standards. But it is still considered one of the greatest Fantasy works of all time. Why? Because it WAS one of the greatest Fantasy works of ITS time. It, in large part, founded modern Fantasy, for good and ill.

To a lesser extent, this is also true of Barbara Hambly's Dragonsbane.

I cannot look at Dragonsbane through the glass of an average reader looking for a good read. Doing so would be a disservice to Hambly, to myself, and to Fantasy in general. Instead, I must look at it through the glass of a Fantasy lover, a student of the genre, a child of the old-fashioned parents I still adore.

Looking through that glass, I ignore the occasional dry and purple prose, ignore the slow pace of its first half, ignore the playwrite-clever way she skips or obscures important action scenes because the language was not quite there yet. I dig under what are for the most part minor flaws, common and almost expected for its time, and see the genius of the work.

No, Hambly doesn't provide stunning battles and pulse-pounding pursuits. But she provides something much more important instead: Character and Plot.

Reading from Jenny's perspective is at times heartbreaking due to the constant struggle within her. There are no black-and-white choices for her, no choosing a purpose or abandoning it, as many Fantasy heroes face. She does not have one Call To Action, but many, and each Call would pull her in a different direction. she cannot be true to one portion of her soul without denying another altogether.

We only see events from Jenny's perspective. This, especially, can feel archaic at times--especially when the action is happening elsewhere. But focusing on one perspective allows us to understtand that character more deeply than is otherwise possible; in places, more deeply than the character understands herself.

The plot is full of small amusements, wry humor, and a pervading gloom in the wake of Jenny's vision. Every time I thought I knew the outcome of the book, the plot shifted in a direction I didn't see coming. Actually, that's not completely true. As an avid reader of the Raymond E. Feist Midkemia books, I saw a few developments ahead of time.

But Feist is a child of Tolkien, Hambly, and the other greats as much as anyone. In places, the debt he owes Hambly is obvious. In places, Hambly reaches a level of awe and trepidation toward their shared creatures that Feist never does.

Dragonsbane stands alongside the works of today, but is overshadowed by multiple character storylines, transparent prose, concise action, and frentic chases. In the works of its day, however, it rises among the best on the beat of dragon wings.
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4.0 de 5 estrelas Intelligent 7 de abril de 2017
Por Noura Al Noman - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This book came highly recommended by none other than Brandon Sanderson. He said it was his favorite and that made me read it. It might be fantasy, but it seemed almost realistic with its protagonist's acceptance of her limitations and status in the magic world. I must say the events took many unexpected turns and I loved that. Off to download book 2.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Add Another to the Favorites Self 26 de março de 2013
Por Alica - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I thought this book sounded okay when I picked bought it and was completely blown away. I could not put Dragonsbane down after I very quickly fell in love with the characters and world. I am often a little wary when beginning a new series because it means a new world with its own rules and its own creatures that I need to familiarize myself with. Usually it is either done very well or is a word vomit of information that can be difficult to absorb at the very beginning of a new book. This was an example of where it was done very, very well and I didn't feel overwhelmed or half afraid to keep reading. It was almost subtle, the author gave enough information that I had a pretty good understanding of what was going on but didn't know every detail right off the bat. More information was gradually fed to me while I got t know that characters and got pulled further along into the plot.

The characters were very relatable and felt like people I would meet on the street while being unique. The main character, Jenny is interesting without being a Mary Sue when we first meet her. I like her well travelled and knowledgeable personality without the arrogance. My favorite part? Jenny has some faults! She's not perfect, she's not the most powerful witch in the world, she's not the most beautiful woman in the kingdom, she's a person. A realistic person who gets sucked into a plot that she doesn't start out at the center of! Her lover, John is probably the next most interesting character in my mind. He is sought out to be the hero, but I was very surprised and very pleased to meet, not a classic hero who is the greatest knight the realm has to offer, but a realistic person with his own unique characteristics, goals, and issues. He even has a few faults! He was so interesting! I might even go as far as to call him my favorite character in the book! The supporting characters were also memorable with there own unique characteristics and personalities without drawing attention away from the main characters or the story.

I am a huge dragon fan and I adored the take on the dragons in this book. At the risk of spoiling the book for fellow readers, I will only say that I was pleasantly intrigued by the different faces of the dragons within this book. It wasn't the classic depiction of 'evil dragons' but they weren't fluffy, overly humanized dragons either. They were DRAGONS, they weren't arrogant, immortal, scaled, flying humans with a superiority complex. They were otherworldly beings with different customs and views than the humans and other creatures within the world.

There were other creatures besides humans and dragons, ones that weren't human and ones that were both scary and somewhat horrifying. The creatures weren't in your face, distracting from the story and taking up too much time though, they were part of the story and the were part of the world.

I could go on about this book, but I don't want go spoil it for fellow readers. Needless to say, Dragonsbane has made it onto my favorite books shelf!
5.0 de 5 estrelas The Beginning of an Epic Adventure 18 de julho de 2017
Por Pamela Steele - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
Barbara Hambly never disappoints. The Winterlands series starts off strong and and the character definitions makes me think of the old adage "Bad things happen to good people." Its really a fascinating story line with the unlikely War Leader/Dragon Slayer, John, bringing a warmth and humor to a near tragic role. While Jenny, who craves magical power and is willing to do what she must to achieve her dreams. Definitely worth the read. Its very hard to put down.
2.0 de 5 estrelas Solid start, poor finish 18 de abril de 2017
Por Horatio Ramses Taylor - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Solid start, poor finish. The setup is great and plays with some of the standard "quest to slay a dragon" tropes. Jen is a great character lens to view the events of the novel through, as her conflict is unique and fleshed out quite well.

But the outcome of every major event turns out to be very predictable, albeit Hambly's take on the dragons and their powers was not something I anticipated, nor did I enjoy it. Suffice it to say (without spoiling the finale) things got very weird and also very lame at the end. Do not recommend.
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