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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: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 907,128 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 after collaborating on more than thirty novels. Alone or together with other coauthors, Weis and Hickman have published more than one hundred books, including novels and collections of short stories, as well as role-playing games and other gaming products.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Marcus Balsiger on 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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Everyone would love this book, especially those who love magic, is a great read. Bones of the dragon must read.
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By Karlina Bothe on 11 Aug. 2014
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Love the series. A must read for all Dragonlance fans.....
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A good introduction to a new world 20 Jan. 2009
By Andy Gray - Published on
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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.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Painfully poor. 26 Mar. 2010
By R. Murphy - Published on
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.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The Most Consistent and Prolific Writing Team I know.... 22 Feb. 2009
By LP - Published on
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.
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).
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Disgrace of the Dragon 15 Mar. 2010
By Peter E. Frangel - Published on
Here is a book you really have to be a nerd to want to read, there's no way around it. Dragons, sorcery, orcs, ghosts...I'm a nerd, I admit it! I love that stuff, and I loved The Death Gate Cycle by these two authors, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. But I'll be completely honest when I say that this was one of the most disappointing books I've ever read. No beating around the bush, this book was pretty terrible. But book two, Secret of the Dragon, is coming out this week and I'm going to buy it anyways. So I guess this review will have to explain two things: why the book was so bad, and why I'm going to risk wasting my time with the second one.

1- Bones of the Dragon had so much potential. Orcs show up in one of the human villages claiming superiority and demanding submission. Their argument...the Orc Gods went to war and slayed the human Gods, leaving humankind with no other choice but to fend for themselves in a world that doesn't want them anymore. I mean come on, nerd or no nerd, that's a pretty good synopsis. But the execution of it was such a miserable failure.

Battle scenes where boring, the storyline was totally predictable, the descriptions were choppy, and the characters were difficult to get into. Characters are a big deal to me, and I found that I didn't like any of the ones in this book. The main character is a moron, completely unlikable and I couldn't have cared less if he'd fallen off a cliff from sheer stupidity at the end of the book. Even the other, secondary characters lacked depth. The one's that actually have a shred of good sense are so cliché I was rolling my eyes half the time.

I actually found myself skipping paragraphs in this book. Couldn't handle just finishing sentences that were in front of me. Where I come from that's called blaspheme, but there was no way around it. Chapters became so dull and slow, you could have skipped a good 15 or so pages every now and then without ever missing anything important.

Any morals in this story? Anything worth taking back with you into everyday life...the only think that come to mind might be, "Don't hang out with self-centered, stupid people." Wow, that's profound.

If you're looking at starting a nerd series, don't start here. If you've heard good things about Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman and wanted to give them a shot, don't read this book. Read the Death Gate Cycle.

2- I've contemplated getting rid of this book. I've thought not to waste my time trying to read on past the first volume of this highly anticipated series, but I'm going to give the next book a shot anyway. Why? Well, call it stubborn, but other books from these authors, like Fire Sea or Hand of Chaos have left a taste in my mouth that I still crave every once in a while. The Death Gate Cycle didn't actually get good 'till the end of book two and it didn't get really good until the third book. So, I have hopes for redemption on behalf of this duo. They have the skill, the storyline has potential, if they tighten up a few things here and there, such as character development and description, they might grab my interest again. If not...well, I guess that will be the end of my fellowship into the realms of Dragon Lance for many years to come.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Decently written, unlikeable main character, slow plot 4 July 2009
By Nancy Cravey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've really enjoyed some of Weis and Hickman's previous work- particularly the Death Gate Cycle, loved all of those- so I thought I would give this one a try. The first flaw is that the main character is dreadfully unlikeable, and I know in a way he's supposed to be, some people might even say that's the point, but when it gets to the point where I'm heartily wishing for him to die so another character (ANY other character) can take over, that's bad. If I don't care about the main character or what happens to him, what's the point of reading the book? And instead of growing to like him as the novel progresses, I actually went from being okay with him at the beginning to disliking him more and more intensely as I read on. Unless they're villains, this is pretty much the opposite of how main characters should develop, right? The second gripe I have with this book is that the plot reaaaally takes a while to get anywhere. I grasped what the overall plot of the series was going to be within the early part of the book, and then everyone [...] around doing pretty much nothing to accomplish the overall goal for the rest of the novel (that I read, I must admit, I gave up about a hundred pages from the end). I kept skipping ahead to see if *anything* was going to happen anytime soon. Basically, you can tell Weis and Hickman want to milk this franchise for as many books as they can get.

The mythology of this book was good, and there were some good twists and turns in the story. This, however, was not enough to keep me going when combined with the dragging pace and unlikeable lead. Maybe someone more optimistic would be able to keep going in the hope that the main character will improve and things will get moving- I, however, was unable to.
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