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Dragon's Winter Paperback – 12 Mar 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; New edition edition (12 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330355570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330355575
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,952,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth A Lynn's fantasy output is small but much prized. Her "Chronicles of Tornor" trilogy appeared 1979-80, beginning with Watchtower--a World Fantasy Award winner. Dragon's Winter, her first novel in 13 years, is a singleton story set in a medieval world where a few rare people are sorcerers or shapeshifters. A lord who can shift devastatingly into dragon form has twin sons, one inheriting the dragon ability, the other being "only" a sorcerer who's intensely jealous of his elder brother. So he makes a pact with darkness to gain greater power, steals the talisman that focuses brother Karadur's shapeshifting talent and flees to an evil northern stronghold from which he harasses the realm with unpleasant beasties. Eventually there must be a confrontation. This story seems simplistic, but Lynn's characters have vivid personalities and she's not afraid to let the most likeable of them meet ghastly fates. The sorcerer-brother himself undergoes monstrous transformation and the atrocities of his sadistic henchman will haunt readers' dreams. Meanwhile, Karadur faces the possibility that achieving dragon shape may lead to the madness that eventually overcame his father--who had to be destroyed to save the land. A tough-minded fantasy yarn with moments of real power. --David Langford

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Craig HALL OF FAME on 1 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
Heavily influenced by Ursula le Guin (though that is no bad thing) this tells the story of twin brothers,enemies in the womb. One has the power to transform himself into a dragon, thus making him not only king but lord of all shape-shifters. The other, scarred by his infant claws, grows up to hate and resent this power, and gives himself to the Dark Mage in order to acquire the power to become Dragon. One night he captures his brother's dragon talisman and bewitches his lover, a (male)singer. The evil brother then builds a fortress in the ice, complete with an army of wargs, and kidnaps the infant son of another shape-shifter, Wolf, whgo then has to be rescued by the Dragon's army. WHat lifts Dragon's Winter above most fantasy fiction is its prose, which conveys tenderness and terror very vividly. Lynn succeeds in making you care for her characters (especially the child.) I also liked the way the love between the two men was described, and the way that the novel was a novel not a vehicle for wishful thinking. Its weakness is that it relies too much on the inventions of other fantasy writers
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Lynn's style of writing is detailed yet subtle, offering the feeling of having been completely immersed in an entirely different world in only a few short chapters. The reality of the book is another factor adding to its beauty -- Lynn dares to inflict aspects of life on her characters that fantasy writers frequently shy from. She is an author whose level of talent I aspire to, and of whose writing I will remain a faithful fan. I seriously recommend this book with great sincerity, from the perspective of one who has been a fantasy reader for years, and who has found a rare treasure in "Dragon's Winter" and other writing of Elizabeth A. Lynn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
I have read most fantasy fiction, I stumbled across this book and have spent 5 days reading it, I was unable to put the book down! I have spent more time trying to find other work by Elizabeth L. Lynn than it took me to read this great story. It touched on a caring faithful relationship between two people and entwined you in a journey across some harsh and desolate land... It was great to read a straight forward book with plenty of action and compassion.
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For a start I didn't know what it was about before I bought it (it was only 99p), and was mildly interested to find out that it was a fantasy book because I used to read fantasy when I was younger. Unfortunately there were too many leaps of faith, lots of dodging-around in the plot which made it ludicrous at times so I got bored of it for the most part. I did get a sense of liking some of the characters, though my favourite ones were killed-off relatively early-on which, to me didn't make sense. Overall it could have been much shorter, more character-led rather than silly bits of plot and, I'm afraid, I don't really want to read the rest of the series.
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The people who gave this one star- what are you up to? It's a great book, good characters, a reasonable plot, and a reasonable amount of suspense. If you're looking for a good fantasy book, this is worth a look, especially if you're a lover of dragons. OK, so there are a few dissapointing storylines, but they're not anticlimaxes. They just add to the general plot and make it more exciting :)
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Reminded me of the short story "Basilisk" by Stephen Donaldson but fairly predictable in story line, with the odd unusual twist. Why are brothers always one good, one evil? Neither of them had my sympathy, and although it was well written and I finished it, it wasn't really my cup of tea as I like my dragons more talkative.
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By Debra on 7 Sept. 2014
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I enjoyed this very much. Loved the characters and their individual talents. For me the story just flowed. What i would like to know is: Is there a third book, it seems to me there should be and I would like to know what happens to these endearing characters.
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A very sad tale of betrayal set in a very bleak landscape. All the characters have lots of personality and the settings are well described.
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