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Bitterwood

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Dragons rule the world, united under the powerful dragon king Albekizan. Humans have been subdued for centuries, existing only as slaves, pets, and prey. Yet one man, the mysterious Bitterwood, strikes at dragons from the shadows, fighting a long, lonely war of resistance. When Bitterwood is blamed for the death of Albekizan's beloved son, Bodiel, the king launches a full scale campaign to rid the world of the legendary dragon-slayer-even if he must kill all of mankind to do so....
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Overview

Dragons rule the world, united under the powerful dragon king Albekizan. Humans have been subdued for centuries, existing only as slaves, pets, and prey. Yet one man, the mysterious Bitterwood, strikes at dragons from the shadows, fighting a long, lonely war of resistance. When Bitterwood is blamed for the death of Albekizan's beloved son, Bodiel, the king launches a full scale campaign to rid the world of the legendary dragon-slayer-even if he must kill all of mankind to do so.

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"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

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In the distant future-year 1070 of the Dragon Age, to be exact-Earth has been commandeered by dragons, who subject their human inferiors to lives of misery and squalor, either as slaves or pets. Human Bant Bitterwood, consumed with thoughts of vengeance against the dragons he believes murdered his family, goes on a dragon-killing spree that makes him a folk hero among the oppressed human populace. When Bitterwood slays the dragons' crown prince, Bodiel, their king vows to exterminate humankind-the only way he "can be certain of victory over Bitterwood." To that end, the king enlists his murderous brother Blasphiel to build a city that will serve as humanity's abattoir. Maxey's world is stunningly imaginative, a landscape both familiar and alien, and packed with thoughtful treats for readers. Skillfully examining themes of faith, martyrdom and heroism, Maxey maintains an unflagging believability even while borrowing some of the most generic elements from science fiction and fantasy. The dragons are wonderfully written, as is the tormented hero; it is almost a shame that the story is so self-contained, as many readers will pine for a whole series of Dragon Age titles. (July)

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The world has devolved into a feudal society, and dragons have returned to rule humankind-and prey upon them. When notorious dragon hunter Bant Bitterwood, driven to avenge his family's slaying by the conquerors, kills the prince dragon Bodiel, Bodiel's sire swears to destroy the human species. To this end, a Free City arises as an elaborate trap to lure humans to their deaths-and Bitterwood, trapped within, must do what he can to save his people. Maxey's vision of a world ruled by dragons allows him to create unique situations and memorable characters, both human and scaled. A good choice for most fantasy collections.


—Jackie Cassada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781502967176
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/23/2014
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

James Maxey is winner of the Phobos Writing Contest and author of Nobody Gets The Girl. He has attended Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp, and studied under Harlan Ellison. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    Good Entertainment

    Bitterwood started very slowly. I almost put the book down. This is the second time I started it and this time I decided to read a couple more chapters before making a decision. I'm glad I did. There is not a lot of subtlety in Maxey's attempts to make his points, but he does a good job with it. The world he paints is fantastic and original. You feel bits and pieces of other fantasy novels and movies all along, but he wraps them in a very comfortable way. Once the book gets going, it goes quickly. If you are looking for a literary masterpiece, don't read this. If you are looking for great entertainment and reminders of what things really matter, Maxey's your man.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    a great author in the making!

    The author gets you from the start and keeps on going till the end. There is little romance in the book, more of the story of life in the outer veil of old world. Where dragons rule and the humans are pets. Quite a twist in fate for some of the characters as the story unfolds.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book is GREAT if you love Dragons read it

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    recommend

    This series seems to be very good. I'm almost done with this book & have all the others to go. Very good reading. Mixing God stuff with dragons is kind of interesting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Awesome

    Great book, will continue to read this author!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2007

    Great

    This book its not like the rest..it takes things beyond humans. It has a great plot and characters..defintely a book to read

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Wth

    Ive only just started reading this book and Im compelled to write a pre-read review. First, why have dragons if they are simply going to have all human characteristics and mannerisms? Second, I just hit a description of the dragon kings "vast" kingdom. 100 miles!? Seriously? In dragon fly time thats like a half an hour to get to?
    Ill return to reading with hopes it will improve...

    Dale M. Baranoski

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    interesting story line

    I ended up reading the set (4), I enjoyed how the author blended fantasy and scifi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

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    Excellent

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