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Dragonforge (Bitterwood Trilogy Book 2)

Dragonforge (Bitterwood Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

James Maxey
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Following the events of the novel Bitterwood, a new and untested dragon-king now rules the land. The firebrand prophet Ragnar has raised an army of men to overthrow the dragons, and their first target is the town of Dragon Forge, home to the foundries that supply weapons and armor for the king's soldiers. Against this back-drop of war, the legendary dragon-slayer Bant Bitterwood finds himself in an uneasy alliance with a sun-dragon named Hex as they race to halt the genocidal schemes of the most dangerous creature alive: Blasphet, the Murder God.

“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


Powerful dragons have ruled the land for an eternity, but now their supremacy hangs in the balance. Although the oppressive King Shandrazel is dead his attempted genocide cannot be forgotten. The humans seek vengeance and they will stop at nothing to achieve retribution. Radical prophet Ragnar leads a rebellion that seeks to overthrow the dragon leaders and reclaim the kingdom. Though there are those that fight for justice, peace and a land where humans and dragons can live in harmony, they are fast becoming outnumbered and their ideals forgotten. When all out war erupts, legendary dragon hunter, Bitterwood, must face his own personal demons and decide where his loyalty truly lies. "Dragonforge", a novel set in the Dragon age, follows the breakout success of "Bitterwood".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 709 KB
  • Print Length: 564 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844165817
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041N3RC0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.6 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When I began this book, I was unaware of it being a 'sequel' of sorts. The book cover does not mention the fact of there having been a previous instalment. However, I stumbled upon this piece of information quite by chance, but as I'd already started it and was able to follow, I didn't feel the need to rush out and buy 'Bitterwood' immediately, but did intend to do so, and to read it at a later date. So this novel obviously appeared to stand as a story on its own - which was good.

The opening scenes I felt were exciting and were written in a way that got the Reader 'hooked' from the very start. I was riveted! I do enjoy Fantasy and Sci-Fi material - but I do like them to have some 'credibility' at least, and so don't like them getting too 'silly'. As anything is possible in this genre, that can be tricky territory I know.

However, though there were talking Dragons which were all too human to distinguish from the 'real' humans, it was easy to read, follow (despite not having read the first instalment) and exciting too. The talking Dragons was fine, and I didn't have a problem with that, since we 'know' and accept that these are 'mythological' creatures, and so who knows what they'd be capable of if they did exist, however, when I got to the talking 'pig' about a hundred pages in - it finished it completely for me... I simply found I could not tolerate such an aspect in a book written for adults. It may have been okay for kids of a certain age (and I am guessing this is not aimed at that age group?) and perhaps even for a certain type of adult - but this was just going too far for me...

In short; what started off as a great and promising read, simply turned out to be disappointing...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps the pace of the trilogy flitting along 15 Sep 2014
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This is the second book of the trilogy and satisfies curiosity about what happens with significant characters introduced in the first book, Bitterwood. Maxey creates a world of several species of dragons and different levels of humans, weaving them into an engaging tale with nuggets of warrior philosophic included. Better to read in sequence for full understanding, hence the loss of a star, but it does avoid the repetition that can marry other sequenced books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 30 July 2014
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Not as good as the first book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Age, Book Two 5 Sep 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Even though King Albekizan is dead, no one can forget his attempted genocide of the human race. Shandrazel accepts the duty of king, but fully intends to be the king who ends the era of kings. Shandrazel wishes to make dragons and humans equal by creating a new form of government in which all will get a voice. All begin to gather for Shandrazel's talks, but not all want to see the end of dragons ruling over everyone and everything. One of the biggest to oppose Shandrazel's dream is the Matriarch, who is solely responsible for which dragons may mate and which may not. She and her Valkyrie warriors defend the Nest where the eggs are kept. Refusing to attend herself, the matriarch sends Zorasta, commander of the Valkyrie legion, and her contingent. One of Zorasta's guards, Nadala, secretly hopes the talks will succeed so she may have a future with Graxen the Gray (one of Shandrazel's helpers).

Many humans still seek vengeance against all dragons. When Ragnar, a so called prophet, seeks to lead a war to destroy all dragons in the world, he gets many followers.

Bitterwood no longer hunts dragons. With hope that his son, Adam, may still be alive, Bitterwood searches with a couple of his new companions. But even if Adam is still alive, will Adam be all Bitterwood hopes for or a total disappointment?

Jandra and Hexilizan "Hex", Shandrazel's eldest brother, have become fast friends. They are part of the effort to locate Blasphet and his evil human devotees, the Sisters of the Serpent. Blasphet has his own agenda, though slightly changed from before.

***** Some characters are gone, but new characters appear. Readers learn more about the time before dragons, when humans ruled the world.
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