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Bitterwood (Bitterwood Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

James Maxey
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Dragons rule the world, united under the powerful dragon king Albekizan. Humans have been subdued for centuries, existing only as slaves, pets, and prey. Yet one man, the mysterious Bitterwood, strikes at dragons from the shadows, fighting a long, lonely war of resistance. When Bitterwood is blamed for the death of Albekizan’s beloved son, Bodiel, the king launches a full scale campaign to rid the world of the legendary dragon-slayer—even if he must kill all of mankind to do so.

Bitterwood, Kindle Edition, has been revised and updated from the original paperback release.

“For the sake of humanity, join in Bitterwood’s revolt.” – Kirkus Reviews

“A grabber from page one, a smart tale of adventure and revenge sprinkled with echoes of our own dangerous times. James Maxey’s world of dragons and humans at war is so solidly and engagingly rendered that I never wanted to leave.” – John Marco

“Bitterwood is an unlikely hero in a rich world, with a rich history that holds many surprises. James Maxey tells his story with a sure hand. Enjoy the journey!” – Carrie Vaughn

"Fine action and cool world building. Anne McCaffrey through a mirror darkly." – E. E. Knight

“A magnificent hero story.” – Orson Scott Card

About the Author

James Maxey is winner of the Phobos Writing Contest and author of Nobody Gets The Girl. He has attended Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp, and studied under Harlan Ellison. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 636 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 184416487X
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XKNWRC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, entertaining fantasy/sci-fi 6 Oct 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm not a big fantasy fan. I tried to read George Martin's A Game of Thrones and, you know, I just didn't get it. Medieval fantasy just turns me off but after coming across a James Maxey short story that was excellent I got to reading his blog, which I do regularly enjoy reading when I'm bored at my work. So I thought I'd give his novel Bitterwood a try, which is the first in a trilogy of fantasy novels involving dragons. The words dragons and fantasy don't make me jump with joy but, hey, I'm almost willing to try anything legal.

The world of the dragon age is one where the dragons are the main sentient species with humans being nothing more than second class citizens. The only reason the king dragon, Albekizan, abides them is because they pay taxes and farm the crops, doing all the dirty work the dragon's refuse to do themselves, but when his son is slain at the hands of a human called Bitterwood, legendary dragon killer, he declares genocide on the whole human race. Which seemed like a bit of an overreaction.

At first it was difficult to figure out exactly what was happening with so many characters with the same horrible names. One of the major reasons I dislike the fantasy genre are names that are far too long and simply don't look right on the page, as if they're just a combination of different letters. At least that''s the way it is to me anyway. There were so many characters doing different things, being involved in their own stories and having differentiating relationships that at several points I was reading for a couple of pages believing that this was a character that I had been reading about before but was actually a totally different one. Eventually this went away as I got to know and even remember the names of some generally interesting characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but flawed 6 Sep 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was intrigued by the premise but the book failed to deliver. The idea that the eponymous 'hero' is the cause of the problem, and then struggles against his own prejudices is quite clever, but the author fails to make the story compelling. The dragons just weren't that interesting, either, and overall it was forgettable and disappointing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, characters need some development 30 April 2013
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So this is a world where dragons are in control and humans are there servants. Bitterwood is the name of the 'hero' who kills dragons. Although this book is named after him, the book is as much about many other characters and their relationships. The king whose son Bitterwood kills at the start of the book. The elderly hunter who is trying to hunt down Bitterwood. The dragon Magician who opposes the kings desire to kill all humans and his female human ward. The murderous brother of the king who is brought out of prison to plan the slaughter etc etc. Because there are so many characters it becomes harder to create any real bond with any of them. If the story didn't switch so much and so often then it would be easier to build a rapport.

Essentially as a stand alone book it is an ok read although at times it did drag a little. I did not feel enthused enough by the first book to want to read the sequels. The religious robot annoyed me but unfortunately it seemed far too true to life
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Age, Book One, Outstanding! 5 Sep 2008
By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Humans are no longer the dominate form of life. Dragons have held that position now for over a thousand years. Humans live in poverty, eking out enough to keep from starving and serving dragons. To the dragons, humans are a parasite on the planet and should be grateful for what little they receive. But there is one human all dragons fear. Bitterwood.

Bant Bitterwood lost his entire family when the dragons attacked his village. Bitterwood has been fighting a one-man guerrilla campaign ever since. He is the best archer ever with reflexes unmatched. Dragons have many names for Bitterwood. The Ghost Who Kills and The Death of All Dragons are but two. It did not matter to Bitterwood if a dragon is a peaceful scholar or a warrior. If he comes across a dragon, he kills it.

Albekizan is the current king, a tyrant to humans. When Bitterwood slays Bodiel, one of the king's two sons, the king declares it time to destroy all humans. Shandrazel, the king's remaining son, and Vendevorex "Ven", the king's personal wizard, oppose the genocide of humanity. Albekizan is willing to release the worst creature from the dungeon to complete the task. Blasphet, the king's evil genius brother who has killed thousands of dragons via poison in the name of science. Once the humans are taken care of, Blasphet plans to turn his attention to Albekizan's crown.

Unwilling to help the king in such madness, Ven escapes with his human female apprentice, Jandra. Ven has raised Jandra since she was an infant. At the tender age of sixteen, Jandra must quickly learn a different type of magic to survive; the art of magical warfare and defense. The end of humanity is at hand!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy 8 July 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is a rare occasion that a fantasy novel isn't the first in a new trilogy. This stand alone novel is an intriuging mix of fantasy coupled with some SF elements. It is well written and is well paced. It has some intelligent comments to make on society. It has well rounded and interesting characters and is a book you will devour in a couple of sittings and feel rewarded by. A fresh take on the fantasy genre which is well worth your time.
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