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Margaret Weis , Tracy Hickman
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4 Dec 2009 Dragonships (Book 1)
Skylan Ivorson is a sea-raider of the Vindras and eventually becomes the Chief of Chiefs of all Vindras clans, an honour he truly feels he deserves as one who has been blessed by Skoval, the god of war. But sometimes a blessing is a curse in disguise. Skoval and the other ancient gods are under siege from a new generation of gods who are challenging them for the powers of creation...and the only way to stop these brash interlopers lies within the mysterious and hidden Five Bones of the Vektan Dragons. From the creators of five New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series---comes a wonderful new epic in a world of heroes, dragons, gods, and magic. It will be up to the Vindras, the dragon goddess s champion, to undertake the quest to claim all Five. The fate of the Old Gods and the Vindras s people rests on their recovery for this is not only a quest to save the world. It is also a quest for redemption.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates; Reprint edition (4 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765359243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765359247
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 11 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 659,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Weis and Hickman ... have created a believably human story out of their mix of saga and sorcery."
--"Publishers Weekly" "Weis and Hickman ... again demonstrate their talent for world building and for creating likable yet flawed heroes."
--"Library Journal" "Action-packed, utterly riveting."
--"ComicBookBin" Praise for the Novels of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman: "The authors of the Dragonlance series again demonstrate their talent for vivid world-crafting and strong characterization in a novel that will appeal to fans of epic fantasy."--"Library Journal" on "Forging the Dark Sword", from the Darksword series "Another smash hit."--"Kirkus" on "The Hand of Chaos, "from the Death Gate Cycle "Bestselling authors Weis and Hickman have made another admirable addition to the history, lore, and ways of Krynn."--"Publishers Weekly "on "Dragons of a Vanished Moon", from the Dragonlance Saga

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MARGARET WEIS and TRACY HICKMAN published their first novel in the Dragonlance(TM) Chronicles, Dragons of Autumn Twilight, in 1984. Over twenty years later they are going strong, collaborating on more than thirty novels. Margaret Weis lives in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Tracy Hickman lives in Utah. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 21 Nov 2012
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Really enjoying this book. Nice mix of norse and fantasy elements.If you've read any of Tracy Hickman's previous books you won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bones of the dragon 21 Sep 2013
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Everyone would love this book, especially those who love magic, is a great read. Bones of the dragon must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to a new world 20 Jan 2009
By Andrew Gray - Published on Amazon.com
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Bones of the Dragon by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is the first novel in a new six book series titled Dragonships. I scoured the internet for the names of the names of the other books, but was unable to find any information. Fans of the fantasy genre will no doubt recognize Weis and Hickman from their Dragonlance Chronicles fame. However, this duo has collaborated on many wonderful series such as; The Deathgate Cycle, Sovereign Stone Trilogy, and The Darksword Trilogy. This series marks another foray into the genre. Here are my thoughts on this novel.

This book actually has a couple main plots woven together to create a larger story. Some of the plot lines include; the gods of the Vindrasi are no longer answering prayers and seem to have disappeared, the theft of a holy relic of the Vindrasi people and what they have to do to get it back, there are also a couple separate political sub plots as well, an of course there is the requisite love interest storyline as well. In all, the plot of this book is well laid out with just enough action to keep things going. Ms Weis and Mr. Hickman do a good job of introducing the reader to a new world and how it works. There were a few things I would have liked more information of, but in the interest of word count I can understand why they were either omitted or edited. My one complaint about the plot of this book is that it felt entirely too much like plots from their previous books. For instance, the disappearance of the gods (i.e see the Dragonlance Chronicles plot), a missing holy relic (i.e. Discs from Dragonlance) and a couple other instances. Now, I understand this is its own book, but comparisons are going to be drawn between the two regardless. I just wish there was more done to separate the two stories. Looking at this book purely by itself, it was an enjoyable read.

The characters in this book are both endearing and frustrating. There are several characters who play prominent roles in this book, and will most likely continue to play those roles in future novels, characters such as; Skylan, Garn, Aylaen, Treia, Kahg, and Wulfe. The most endearing of those characters is by far Wulfe. He is a character I instantly connected with and wanted to know much more about, he also has the tinge of mystery tied in as well. Garn was another character I enjoyed. Fiercely loyal, almost to a fault. Oddly enough, I did not care for the main character much at all. Skylan just seems to be to nice of a fit. What I mean is that he is very young, but already the war Chief of his tribe and his actions are very inconsistent. Several times during the book characters make a point of explaining how reckless Skylan is. However, he seems to act in two different manners. One is as a young man not familiar with things, brash and reckless. But other times, he seems to act like a wizened elder. The dialogue for the characters was well done and for the most part I felt that each character spoke with a unique voice. There was also a substantial amount of character development for the main characters which was nice to see. Skylan was the only character was not able to connect with on some level, the rest of the characters were well done and complimented the story very well.

A couple criticisms about this novel:

1 - As I said above, I wish pieces of the plot did not have the feeling of `been there done that'. A couple plot elements just seemed too much like elements in other books by these two authors. In fact when I first read about the gods I inwardly groaned. I understand the adage don't fix what is not broke, but I am left to wonder if it could have been done a different way.

2 - The inconsistent actions by Skylan. To me, he really seemed like two separate characters by how he acted. He does have some nice character progression, but there is something about him that just didn't work for me. Actually, now that I think about it, I have a lot of the same feelings for him as I did for Sturm Brightblade.

Some things I liked about this novel:

1 - The uniqueness of the setting. I loved the Scandinavian/ Nordic feel of this novel. The rugged terrain, how people survive, etc. The world worked really well. I would have liked to learn a little more about it to start with, but this being the first of six books we will most likely learn more later.

2 - Wulfe. I really can't say enough good things about this character. I really enjoyed his plight, his story, and his actions. This is what a character should be. Although, he does have the tendency to steal every scene he is in. But I was completely okay with that.

3 - As readers have seen time and time again, when Ms. Weis and Mr. Hickman get together, their prose, storylines, and characters can create a certain magic. That is again the case with his book. I have always enjoyed the even flow of the prose these two authors produce and this book is no different.

Starting a new series is always taking a chance, however when authors have such a good track record as these two there was little doubt I would not be entertained. This is a solid fantasy novel and has tings in it that will please almost all fans of the genre. Readers looking to dabble in the genre could very easily pick this book up and not be lost at all. If you enjoyed the Dragonlance novels I firmly believe you will enjoy this one as well. In fact, if you didn't enjoy the Dragonlance books, I would still suggest giving this one a read because while there are similarities there are enough differences as well. When all is said and done, I am glad I picked this one up and will eagerly be looking forward to the next installment.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Consistent and Prolific Writing Team I know.... 22 Feb 2009
By LP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Like most Weis and Hickman fans, I started with Dragonlance (and the Legends trilogy to be more specific). Having read Bones of the Dragon, I have high hopes that this could be their best series since. BTW, why are you reading this review? Read the first chapter available from Amazon and decide for yourself!

The world of the Vidrasi is both similar and different from other W&H series.
SIMILARITIES
1. The gods are present and affect lives on a seemingly mortal by mortal basis.
2. Dragons, who doesn't love these powerful, intelligent, and opinionated beings? In this book, they operate on both the physical and spiritual planes which raises some interesting possibilities going forward...
3. Warriors, priestesses, and magic (oh my).
DIFFERENCES
1. Gore. There's more gore in this book than in any of their previous work, but it is a big part of the culture of the Vindrasi.
2. Lack of humor. I didn't miss it when I was reading, but another reviewer pointed it out and I have to agree, there aren't many 'haha' moments (unless you like laughing at Skylan).
3. Fae magic. My favorite character in this book was Wulfe who is the son of a fairie and a human. His story is intesting and unbelievable to the Torgun, but it has a lot of possibilities in the future books.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Painfully poor. 26 Mar 2010
By R. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a huge fan of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, both together and on their own, but this book was horrible. Deeply horrible, to the point where I wish I'd never even seen it, because now I think a lot less of these writers.

For one thing, it is painfully bulked up. Remember all those long appendixes in The Death Gate Cycle that were cool to read after the book? And how you could skim through the duller parts to get to interesting little tidbits of history that really wouldn't have added much to the book, but are cool to know after the fact?

Yeah. Imagine if those *weren't* appendixes, and you had to slog through an average of two per chapter. Things slow down painfully every time one pops up. Of course, everything else is pretty slow as well, so I guess it's all fair.

The biggest problem in the entire book was the main character. Now, I'm not one to demand that the main character is always perfect, and always makes good decisions, or even has to be a particularly nice person. I mean, I liked the original Dragonlance books, plus The Death Gate Cycle, plus The Rose of the Prophet, *plus* the Star of the Guardians! I think I can put up with a certain amount of antihero, and a certain base level of immaturity in a main character.

But Skylan is just a mess. Idiotic, spoiled, selfish, *painfully* stupid, lacking any empathy or even ability to notice details (small details, even. like that his best friend and the girl he wants to marry have been in love FOREVER, and the girl in question has been doing everything short of lobbing bricks at his head to get him to notice that she is really not into him. sadly, this does not stop him from making several very disturbing attempts to get into her pants, bordering on date rape). And somehow he is beloved of the gods. I know that life isn't fair, but *COME ON*! (probably the only part I really enjoyed in this book was when a god made fun of Skylan to his face. it was a long time coming, and it was sweet, sweet payback)

The story lurches from one crisis to another, but after the first few it is honestly hard to get invested in them. Characters careen in and out of the plotline with no rhyme or reason, and even less believability. (yes, you heard me. in a fantasy book where a dragon incarnated from a ship, I was having major believability issues with how characters were introduced. it stunned me as well.) Weis and Hickman introduced a number of characters early on who I looked at and thought, "Oh, neat, we'll see how this person develops and changes over the course of three books --- oh I see they are dead now. And now Skylan is whining about how now he has to lie his way out of it. I really hate that guy."

Too many elements at work. Too many characters reduced to cardboard cutouts to focus attention on Skylan and his needs. Too much peril that never went anywhere. Too many boneheaded decisions that had bad results for everyone but the person who most deserved it (yes, Skylan again). Too much "Oh the gods are dead our prayers are not being answered, oh wait yes some of them are. Wait they are totally not. Yes, some are. Just kidding. Let's have a tangent that takes forty pages and does nothing."

Have Weis and Hickman been reading George R. R. Martin? Because they have picked up the absolute worst of his habits.

Don't buy this book. If you must, get it out of the library, but you'll regret ever opening it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed every minute that I spent reading this book 6 Feb 2014
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Skylan Ivorson is used to getting everything that he wants, and considers himself uniquely blessed by the gods. But, when a trio of ships carrying ogres sails into their fjord and announces that their gods are dead, Skylan begins an odyssey to find...himself. The gods of Skyan’s people, the Vindrasi, are at war with new gods, and they need a weapon that has been forged in fire and water. Skylan is not yet ready to be that weapon, but he will be.

Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis are two excellent authors, who combine to make a formidable team. I found this, the first book in their new six-book series, to be an excellent read. They really brought the old Germanic world to life in this alternative world. While reading this book, I was constantly thrown back to the story of Beowulf - that swaggering, over-proud warrior who also had much to learn about life. Some reviewers have complained that many of the characters are under-developed, but like with Beowulf, this story is the story of the main character, his development and his adventures.

I must also say that I liked the character of Wulfe, a half-human man of magic. He so much reminded me of the stories of Taliesin or Merlin. No, I think that this is a great book, and I really can’t wait to see the rest of the series.

If you like the old stories of Beowulf, Leif Eiricksson and Egill Skallagrímsson, then I really do think that you will love this story. I enjoyed every minute that I spent reading this book, and I am very sorry that the other books of the series aren’t out yet. I give this book my highest recommendations!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The makings of another great world and series 24 Mar 2011
By Cheryl C. - Published on Amazon.com
I have yet to see something created by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman that hasn't been a hit in my opinion. They manage to include so many of the typical ingredients in their stories and yet each story is a unique entity, a quality existence that is worthy of the sharing.

What makes a great fantasy tail? Dragons are always a good ingredient. Gods at war, the destiny of man in the balance, a brave hero and a determined heroine all add to the flavor of a great story. Is Bones of the Dragon one of those stories that seems to be just like so many other stories? NO.

Let me explain. I was introduced to Dragonlance, the first series of books written by these two authors in the 1980s. I fell in love with the storyline and the characters. I have followed their writings for most of their careers. I have to say that they are the top of my favorite authors. Do I read their stories with a prejudice? Maybe, in that I expect to enjoy the book or series. However, just like anyone who reads a book from a favorite author, I look at the story critically as I read. I wonder as I start, "How will this story be different and set apart from their previous works?"

I can say that Bones of the Dragon, as the first story in the Dragonships series, met and exceeded my expectations. Based on the Vikings and their Norse gods, with the world-tree mythology, Bones of the Dragon took me into an ancient, and yet new, world. Weis and Hickman made the gods their own and reinvented the Viking culture, creating something that will thrill the die-hard fantasy fan. The Vindrasi people became my people, the Torgun my clan.

I was surprised at first by the vanity and pride of our young hero, Skylan. But I found that I could care about him at the same time. The other members of the team were richly developed and remained true to their natures even as they grew and the story unfolded with all the surprises, twists and turns of a master creation.

I was thrilled on a personal level by the basis for this story because my ancestral heritage is that of Denmark and Sweden, with some English thrown in. But the English doesn't count in this instance. I was even more thrilled that Weis and Hickman took the basis of the Norse gods as a format and made it all their own.

Bones of the Dragon is the first book in a series with six books planned. Here's the only negative I have to offer: There are only two of the books out at this time. (This is where I sigh.) However, if you are the type who won't read a series until all the books are written, you will miss out on an epic tale if you wait. This is a story that is worthy of the reread.

So, you have my recommendation. Get the book, read it, save it. Reread as the new books come out. Love the Dragonship Series!
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