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Barbara Hambly
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17 Aug 1998 Unicorn

Highly successful stand-alone novel by the author of the bestselling Darwath Trilogy.

It was said to be impossible to slay a dragon. But Lord John Aversin had earned himself the name of Dragonsbane once in his life and had become the subject of ballad and legend. Fired by the romance of his tale, young Gareth travelled far and wide across the Winterlands from the King’s court to persuade the hero to rid the Deep of Ylferdun of the great Black Dragon, Morkeleb. With them on their quest went Jenny Waynest, half-taught mage and mother of Aversin’s sons.

Although the most fearsome dragon that Aversin had ever faced, Morkeleb was not the greatest danger awaiting him and his witch-woman. The once-ordered court had fallen into decadence and dissolution, and the beautiful sorceress Zyerne held the King in her sway. Just as Morkeleb posed the greatest challenge for Dragonsbane, so Jenny Waynest would find her powers pitted against an adversary as deadly as the Black Dragon – and infinitely more evil.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; (Reissue) edition (17 Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0048233439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0048233431
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,186,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara Hambly's first Star Wars novel was the New York Times bestselling Children of the Jedi. Her other novels range from high fantasies to historical mysteries to vampire tales. She holds both a master's degree in medieval history and a black belt in Shotokan karate. A multiple Nebula Award nominee, she has also been president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She lives in Los Angeles.

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‘This is literary alchemy of a high order, and it confirms Hambly’s place as one of the best new fantasists.’
Locus

‘When the author is Barbara Hambly, prepare for something special.’
Locus

From the Back Cover

A THRILLING FANTASY FROM THE AUTHOR OF 'THE DARWATH TRILOGY'

It was said to be impossible to slay a dragon. But Lord John Aversin had disproved this – earning himself the name Dragonsbane once in his life, and thus becoming the subject of ballad and legend. Fired by the romance of his tale, young Gareth travelled far and wide across the Winterlands from the King's court to persuade the hero to rid the Deep of Ylferdum of the Great Black Dragon, Morkeleb. Joining them on this quest was Jenny Waynest, half-taught mage and mother of Aversin's sons.

Morkeleb was the oldest and mightiest of the dragon race – the most fearsome opponent that the Dragonsbane had ever had to face. But Morkeleb was not the greatest danger that awaited John Aversin and his wife witch-woman. The once-ordered court had fallen into disarray, and the beautiful sorceress Zyerne held the King in her sway. Just as Morkeleb posed the hardest test of skill and courage for the Dragonsbane, so Jenny Waynest would find her powers pitted against an adversary as deadly as the Black Dragon, but infinitely more evil…

"When the author is Barbara Hambly prepare for something special"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A novel you will return to again and again. 24 Jan 1999
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Format:Paperback
Hambly is that wonderful rarity - a fantasy writer who is aware of the cliches and pitfalls of the genre and sidesteps them with grace and humour. Her grasp of history and the realities of life outwith 20th Century America owes more to her academic research than to the Society for Creative Anachronism and it shows; she brings an enviable sense of authenticity to this story set in a nonexistant place and time. Her characters are blessedly three dimensional and the plot is thoroughly engaging. Neither dragon slayer, dragon, sorceress, witch nor prince will be quite what you expect. This is a book I wish I had written myself;I recommend it unreservedly to fans of the genre and for readers of mainstream literature alike. Oh, how I envy you the position of opening the pages for the first time and discovering it all for the first time!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 9 May 2000
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Format:Paperback
This is a self contained story with 3 dimensional believable characters, twists in the plot, sufficient magic and an interesting approach to the genre. It's so easy to read you may make the mistake of failing to notice how well crafted it is and how original. I have all Barbara Hambly's stuff (except for the franchises) and they are a long way above a lot of the books currently churned out. There are now sequels to Dragonsbane - this is sad as it is really a stand alone novel and there are precious few of those around ! Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good - go buy it today! 7 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ok, let's summarize - where can you read about how to slay a dragon in the best quality detail, written by somebody who has actually studied medieval history and can really describe that kind of world? The only person I have come across is Barbara Hambly. To be clear, I have bought three copies of this book over the years (book loans that never came back or books that just fell apart) and I still come back to the crisp, clean descriptions of her world. Add in the magic and it adds a wondrous extra dimension. The ending of the book is amazing (and no, I won't spoil it), but if you read around, Barbara was undecided on which ending to use - the one in the book is the best, but the future possibilities this gives are endless... It deserves 5 stars for two main reasons - it's a good read with decent editing and the storyline is just fantastic. Go buy it, you won't regret it... Can I also recommend the Darwath Trilogy as well? If you like Dragonsbane, you will enjoy that series as well.
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