Bitterwood

Bitterwood

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by James Maxey
     
 

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Bitterwood has spent the past twenty years hunting down dragons, one at a time. But he is getting old and the hate that he has carried in his heart since a group of dragon-soldiers killed his family is beginning to fade. When he kills the royal prince dragon, the king decides the only retribution is genocide of the human race. Bitterwood is forced to enter the Free

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Bitterwood has spent the past twenty years hunting down dragons, one at a time. But he is getting old and the hate that he has carried in his heart since a group of dragon-soldiers killed his family is beginning to fade. When he kills the royal prince dragon, the king decides the only retribution is genocide of the human race. Bitterwood is forced to enter the Free City, the grand trap designed to eradicate mankind, with thousands of others. Can he lead from within, or can a select few dragons unite to stop the king's madness from becoming reality. Full of rich characters and drama, this is an amazingly astute vision of our own culture by way of a feudal kingdom where dragons rule, and humans are used as workers or pets.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844164875
Publisher:
Rebellion
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 4.40(h) x 1.30(d)

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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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Bitterwood 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 29 reviews.
Relax_Relax More than 1 year ago
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.
zabrina_ryan More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is GREAT if you love Dragons read it
SENIORFANTASYMIND More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book, will continue to read this author!
I-love-good-scifi More than 1 year ago
I ended up reading the set (4), I enjoyed how the author blended fantasy and scifi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book its not like the rest..it takes things beyond humans. It has a great plot and characters..defintely a book to read
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349 nook pages.great read
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A bit confusing at parts but truely a great book
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