Blood of Requiem (Song of Dragons, Book 1) [NOOK Book]

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Song of Dragons -- a trilogy of blood, steel, and dragonfire. For fans of epic fantasy like A Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings.

BOOK ONE: BLOOD OF REQUIEM

Long ago stood the kingdom of Requiem, a land of men who could grow wings and scales, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons. Requiem ruled ...
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Blood of Requiem (Song of Dragons, Book 1)

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Overview

Song of Dragons -- a trilogy of blood, steel, and dragonfire. For fans of epic fantasy like A Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings.

BOOK ONE: BLOOD OF REQUIEM

Long ago stood the kingdom of Requiem, a land of men who could grow wings and scales, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons. Requiem ruled the sky.

But Dies Irae, a tyrant leading an army of griffins, hunted Requiem's people, burned their forests, and shattered their temples. Requiem fell. This ancient land now lies in ruin, its halls crumbled, its cries silenced, its skeletons littering the burned earth.

In the wilderness, a scattering of survivors lives in hiding. The griffins still hunt them, and every day promises death. Will Requiem's last children perish in exile... or once more become dragons and fly to war?
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Always - Robert Duperre
"A wholly original, gritty fantasy full of angst and epic battles."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012489685
  • Publisher: Moonclipse
  • Publication date: 5/4/2011
  • Series: Song of Dragons , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 7,337
  • File size: 408 KB

Meet the Author

Daniel Arenson is an epic fantasy author.

He began his career writing short stories. He sold his first story, "Worms Believe in God", in 1998. Since then, dozens of his stories and poems have appeared in various publications, among them Flesh & Blood, Chizine, and Orson Scott Card's Strong Verse.

In 2007, Daniel sold his first novel, Firefly Island, to Five Star Publishing. He's been writing fantasy novels since, including several standalones and three fantasy series: Song of Dragons, Misfit Heroes, and Dragonlore.

Standalone novels:
Firefly Island (2007)
The Gods of Dream (2010)
Flaming Dove (2010)

Song of Dragons:
Blood of Requiem (2011)
Tears of Requiem (2011)
Light of Requiem (2011)

Misfit Heroes:
Eye of the Wizard (2011)
Wand of the Witch (2012)

Dragonlore:
A Dawn of Dragonfire (2012)
A Day of Dragon Blood (forthcoming)
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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    Beautiful Read

    ****Spoilers********Spoilers********Spoilers********Spoilers**** I was already hooked when I saw the front cover, as I do so love a fierce looking dragon. And then I started to read the story and found I couldn't put it down. The chronicles of these fire-breathing dangerous yet graceful and noble creatures have been told by great storytellers through the years, and Mr. Arenson sits among them. I have read several of his books and can easily say that this has been my favorite. But wait, Book 2 has yet to come out in the Fall, so I may somewhat premature in that statement. The opening battle is bloody. The Vir Requis race has been obliterated, men women and children. The only ones who are left are a boy who had been rescued on the battlefield and Benedictus their King. He has saved the royal family by hiding them away during Vir Resquis last stand with Benedictus's traitorous brother who now has the power to command the gryphons and humans. Ten years later, it is a race to find others that may have survived the war. And of course what kind of Dragon book would it be without some sort of quest? It will be a quest set out by two young lovers in hopes to find a race of pure dragons, only heard about in fairy tales. And a quest of a battle worn King who will do anything to find his stolen Queen. There are so many things I love about this book . I loved the names of the Dragons. The names of the nobility of the Vir Resquis. Benedictus, Lacrimosa, Goriae, Dies Irae, Agnus Die just to name a few. They are a noble family with Latin and Greek names, strong and beautiful names, for a strong and beautiful creature. Mr. Arenson certainly seems to have a love of Mozart. In fact I did do just that and read excerpts of the story with Mozart's Requiem playing in the background. Very apropos. I also appreciated the complexity of Gloriae's character and I am hoping that she will have an even bigger part in the next book. She was by far my most favorite character. The poor thing is so utterly confused regarding her family lineage; you can't help but feel sorry for her. She is a strong warrior as she hacks and kills and maims, but pitiful nonetheless. Lastly, I am really appreciating the price! 2.99? Surely Mr. Arenson you jest, I would have paid way more. But so glad that I didn't have to since money doesn't seem to love me right now. But thanks for the great read at such a wonderful price. So, now I shall have to find another book to occupy my time before Requiem 2 comes out. So many books so little time. Happy Reading!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    Looking forward to book 2!!

    Beautifully written, engaging, exciting. The characters are well-developed with good depth. The bad guy is vile, wicked, and ruthless. It's easy to hate him, yet you feel a bit sorry for him (but not much). Can't wait for book two!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2012

    Check this trilogy out

    Great story. I recommend it to any fantasy fan.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    If you love dragons, you have to read this!

    Sucked me right in and kept me wanting more after every book.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

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    An excellent epic fantasy!

    Blood of Requiem is the first novel in the Song of Dragons, a epic fantasy series. The basis for the book, as with most fantasy of this style, is the struggle between good and evil. Very clear lines were drawn between good and evil, and the heroes and villains were also very clearly delineated. As a rule, I generally like more grayness in my fantasy, rather than such clear lines as in the typical fantasy formula, or framework. However, the flow and pace of the story and the details that filled in that formula more than made up for any lack of ambiguity.

    Many times, fantasy written as an epic tale, much like Lord of the Rings, can become bogged down with detail and such. This was not the case with this book. Arenson's use of language made the details a rich part of the story rather than dry descriptions. If you like a classic epic fantasy read, then this one is a good one to pick up and read. The next book will be Tears of Requiem, to be published in October of 2011.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

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    Great book!!!!!

    I have to be honest and say the only reason I bought and downloaded this book was because my favorite authors are on preorder. I am very glad I did. This book is a great magical fantasy world. From beginning to end there is no questions or guessing. Straight to the of what happened in the so the reader can jump into the story. I coudnt put it nonstop action without scenes that just drag out I was truly impressed by this book. Reading the 2nd one and waiting on the third.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Definite Winner

    Fast paced, epic battle scenes, and well developed characters.
    A beautifully written world with shape-shifting dragons, battling unimaginable odds. Mr. Arneson truly delivers a gripping tale in this finely crafted start to a triology.

    Dragon lovers will appreciate this!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Good Book

    I really enjoyed this book, was not expecting such an entertaining story from an inexpensive book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    From the first pulse-pounding page to the last, this book seized

    From the first pulse-pounding page to the last, this book seized my attention and refused to let it go. While gritty and bold, it still manages to bestow a vulnerability that makes it's characters corporeal and sympathetic. This novels brings dragons back into the spotlight in a brilliant way. Mr. Arenson has made a fan out of me, which is no easy feat. I can hardly wait to read the next novel. 

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    great book

    I can't wait to read t\he next book in the series

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Decent storyline

    This book is a decent buy and worth the money spent. Yes it is a formulaic fantasy story and it is written and reads somewhere in the young adult catagory, i.e. a fast read with oversimplified character development and limited subplots.
    This book is an acceptable story that kept me interested enough that i purchased the 2nd and 3rd books. I do not always have time to read sweeping epic tales with so much going on. (I have a 3 year old)
    I would suggest this book to other fantasy lovers.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Repetitive and predictable

    The writing is extremely repetitive. For example, I can't remember how many times the main character flew faster than he had ever flown before. Additionally, the plot is very predictable.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    A great Dragon tale!

    I stumbled across this book and loved the cover art so I read the summary and it grabbed my interest. I am so happy now that I picked it up because I absolutely devoured it.

    The Vir Requis are a race of men that have the magic of dragonblood flowing through them and they have the ability to shift into dragons at will. The story starts out with a great battle that would be the last stand of the Vir Requis against the humans who hate them. The story follows a young Vir Requis that barely survives that battle and is now hunted by the villain of the story who loathes dragons with every fiber of his being because he was born without the power.

    I fell in love with the dragons and their personalities and I hated the villains. The story kept me at the edge of my seat because every time you thought something would finally go right for the "good guys" it would all come falling down on their heads and you would despair again. The story pulled on all of my emotions.
    The world was vast and vibrant. The creatures were unique.

    I longed for more detailed aerial combat but that is just a personal preference and it in no way altered my enjoyment of the story. It was fast paced and flowed perfectly.

    I think Arenson did a fantastic job and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    This book had me hooked from page 3. I could not put it or the o

    This book had me hooked from page 3. I could not put it or the other two books down. If you are looking for a gripping book to read, this is a good one to start with. I do not re-read books normally, theese I will!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Not terrible...

    Not bad for the $1 i paid for it. Wish the dragons did not cry so much, that drove me nuts.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2011

    Good Read with a Different Angle

    This was a surprisingly good read - better than I expected for a cheap ebook. The whole series is worth the price. My only objection is that the characters don't seem to evolve/ grow a whole lot during their journeys and that can make them seem a littel flat as you get further into the books.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Uhh help?

    I loved this book but i cant seem to find the second one in the nook store?

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Great Dragon Fantasy Book

    I recommend this book to people who love dragons or any kind of fantasy creatures. I really enjoyed this book and will continue in this series. The violence might be much for some people but I liked how the author put every real detail that would happen in a situation. Anyways I loved it and can't wait to read the rest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Loved it!

    Great read! Never a dull moment

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

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    Blood of Requiem (Song of Dragons #1)(Daniel Arenson In

    Blood of Requiem (Song of Dragons #1)(Daniel Arenson








    In The land of Requiem, Dies Irae and his army of griffins destroy the kingdom. Dies Irae's brother Benedictus is one of the last Vir Requis, a human that can turn into a dragon. Dies Irae does not hold this power and a sibling rivalry begins. 




    With the aide of Kyrie, one of the few remaining Vir Requis, Benedictus' wife Lacrimosa and daughter Agnus Dei, they are on a quest to find Dies Irae and reclaim and rebuild the Kingdom of Requiem. They face many dangerous situations and obstacles but are bound and determined to completer their quest.




    Full of adventure, dragons, griffins, humans and secrets in a battle to save a race I found this to be action filled and exciting. Vivid details and emotions brought about the feeling as if I were a spectator in this magical land. I look forward to Book #2 in this adventurous series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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