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The Blood of a Dragon (Ethshar Book 4)

The Blood of a Dragon (Ethshar Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence Watt-Evans

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Dumery of Shiphaven was a lad with a love of wizardry--and no magic at all. He dreamed of apprenticing himself to a great wizard, but because he had not even a touch of the talent, it was a dream he could never fulfill. He would never apprentice himself to a great wizard, nor even a meager one; no matter how he loved magic and the magical arts, he would never work with wizards or wizardry. That's what Dumery was beginning to think, anyway--until he spied a great wizard humbling himself before a man selling dragon's blood, the precious stuff that made difficult spells work. If Dumery couldn't be a wizard, he could still become a dragon-hunter--and have all those condescending wizards crawling to him. And so Dumery set off on a quest--a quest in search of dragons and dragon-hunters, and ultimately the secret that lay beneath all the wizardry in Ethshar. Before he reached its end, he would uncover the terrible mystery of the dragon-hunters--and scheme a scheme that would change the face of Ethsharitic magic forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 348 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (24 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DNWS3M
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #318,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Ethshar novel 18 July 2012
By M. Merrick - Published on
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I'm a big fan of L.W.E. and have been catching up on Ethshar novels that I had missed over the years. This was a good story, with a fast moving plot, like most of the novels in this series. While I wouldn't call this the best one (my personal "best" is With a Single Spell) anyone who has enjoyed the other Ethshar novels will find this one enjoyable.

For those who may not be familiar with Ethshar, the novels are a series of stand-alone light fantasy stories which are loosely connected through (a) a common world setting and (b) central characters in one novel appearing as supporting characters in other novels.

Watt-Evans tends to focus on various types of magical experts (warlocks, wizards, witches, sorcerers, etc.) and many of the stories revolve around one or two magical schools. The different schools of magic are distinct from each other, and are described very well without becoming too technical or mysterious.

If you enjoy light fantasy and speculative magical themes, you will probably get hooked on L.W.E. . . . as I have been for many years!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where is the ending? 22 Nov 2011
By Michael L. Martinell - Published on
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If you have never read an Ethshar book, don't start with this one!

The hero needed a good spanking as he demonstrated what a spoiled child he was. I was hoping that he would grow and mature, and I suppose he did a tiny bit. Unfortunately it was all in a negative direction. I could see the hero of this book becoming the antagonist in another. Despite his hardships he never really learned anything. I'm a fan of the Ethshar series, but this one left me wanting. I believe that there should have been at least another chapter detailing the eventual consequences of his actions, perhaps with some sort of reprecussions. Despite that I give it a solid three due to the cameos by Valder the Innkeeper and the spriggans.
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 21 Jun 2013
By Spherical Time - Published on
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This is a pretty good story set in Ethshar, but it's not the best one by far. The singlemindedness of the main character without any real concept of his health, safety or comfort was a bit disturbing and made it hard to connect with the character.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another thoroughly enjoyable read from Ethshar! 9 Mar 2013
By Brian F C Wilson - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book, I thought the point of view was handled well, and story was exciting as usual. While I didn't always like the main character, I certainly enjoyed finding out what happened next.
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the author, good read, no ending 9 Dec 2011
By Jonathan H. Amsbary - Published on
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If you like the the author and you like the Ethshar books, you will probably like this book. It's a good read, it moves well and reveals a bit more of the land of Ethshar. My only problem with the book is that there is really no arch. The story moves from place to place following a somewhat unlikeable protagonist and then it just ends without much character development or pay off.
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