Bones of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras Series #1)

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Welcome to the World of Dragonships!

Skylan Ivorson is a sea-raider of the Vindras and eventually becomes the Chief of Chiefs of all Vindras clans, an honor he truly feels he deserves as one who has been blessed by Skoval, the god of war.

But sometimes a blessing is a curse in disguise.

Skoval and the other ancient gods are under siege from a new generation of gods who are ...

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Overview

Welcome to the World of Dragonships!

Skylan Ivorson is a sea-raider of the Vindras and eventually becomes the Chief of Chiefs of all Vindras clans, an honor he truly feels he deserves as one who has been blessed by Skoval, the god of war.

But sometimes a blessing is a curse in disguise.

Skoval and the other ancient gods are under siege from a new generation of gods who are challenging them for the powers of creation… and the only way to stop these brash interlopers lies within the mysterious and hidden Five Bones of the Vektan Dragons.

It will be up to the Vindras people, as the dragon-goddess’s champions, to undertake the quest to recover all Five. The fate of the Old Gods and the Vindras rests on their recovery—for this is not only a quest to save the world. It is also a quest for redemption.

Filled with heroes and heroines young and old and exotic adventure in a magic-forged world, this is a series that fully illustrates the mastery of world-building and storytelling that has made Weis and Hickman into the bestselling fantasy co-authors of all time.

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The creators of Dragonlance, Darksword, and the Death Gate Cycle are back with the first volume of Dragonships, a projected sextet of fantasy novels. The series starter introduces us to heroic sea-raider Skylan, the Vindras warrior clans, and their quest to protect the Old Gods from upstart deities.
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Authors Weis and Hickman embark on a dragon series very different from their most famous series, DragonLance, and marked by deeper mythological underpinnings, a more realized world and tighter rendition. New gods have come into existence, beating down the gods of the Vindras. As their rising leader, Skylan Ivorson must reclaim the sacred dragon bones and bring his people together, but only if he can overcome his worst enemy: himself. Stefan Rudnicki has a great baritone voice that, while masculine, is effective with voicing female characters. At times, some character voices are not consistent throughout the reading, which causes confusion, but overall, Rudnicki's command is remarkable. His tone ably creates the atmosphere for raging battles or intimate encounters. A Tor hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 24). (Jan.)

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For ages, the tribes of the Vindras raided nearby lands in their dragonships, seeking gems and other plunder to honor their gods. Now, new gods, worshipped by the ogres and other enemies of the Vindras, threaten to overthrow the old gods-and to save their deities and their people from destruction, the champions of the Vindras must discover and reunite the Five Bones of the Vektan Dragons. A young chieftain's son and his gentle best friend, as well as the young Bone Priestess who loves them both, must find a way to become the heroes they were meant to be. Longtime coauthors Weis and Hickman, known for their Dragonlance role-playing game and novels, the "Darksword" series, and the Death Gate cycle, again demonstrate their talent for world building and for creating likable yet flawed heroes. This Norse-flavored series opener should have a large following; expect demand.


—Jackie Cassada
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“Multiple Audie Award-winning narrator Stefan Rudnicki and a full supporting cast add dramatic flair…Sure to be popular among fans of the authors’ many previous titles.” – Library Journal

"The audiobook is ably narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, whose range encompasses both deep-voiced male and milder female roles." - Bookloons.com

 

"Weis and Hickman ... have created a believably human story out of their mix of saga and sorcery."

Publishers Weekly

 

"Weis and Hickman ... again demonstrate their talent for world building and for creating likable yet flawed heroes."

Library Journal

 

"Action-packed, utterly riveting."

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Praise for the Novels of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman:

 

"The authors of the Dragonlance series again demonstrate their talent for vivid world-crafting and strong characterization in a novel that will appeal to fans of epic fantasy."—Library Journal on Forging the Dark Sword, from the Darksword series

 

"Another smash hit."—Kirkus on The Hand of Chaos, from the Death Gate Cycle

 

"Bestselling authors Weis and Hickman have made another admirable addition to the history, lore, and ways of Krynn."—Publishers Weekly on Dragons of a Vanished Moon, from the Dragonlance Saga

“Not content to simply create new worlds like the rest of us

mortals, Weis and Hickman have decided to re-invent the entire galaxy—and they do it beautifully.” —R. A. SALVATORE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765359247
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Dragonships of Vindras Series , #1
  • Pages: 532
  • Sales rank: 297,415
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman published their first novel in the Dragonlance™ Chronicles, Dragons of Autumn Twilight, in 1984. Over twenty years later, they are going strong after collaborating on more than thirty novels. Alone or together with other coauthors, Weis and Hickman have published more than one hundred books, including novels and collections of short stories, as well as role-playing games and other gaming products.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    Bones of the {yawn} Draging until it was just too much... had to stop.

    The issue this reader has with this book is the incongruity of the writing style. While the characters are flawed, the writers do nothing to help the reader get inside those characters. This volume is comprised of four 'books' that take the reader into the realm of the Vindrasi, a Norse-type people in another world that has fire-breathing dragons and jealous yet impotent gods. Skylan Ivorson, the hero of the book (like all of us) is tragically flawed, yet the writers never make him seem as if he is real. They go to great lengths to make us aware that he is a self-centered little brat at all of eighteen years of age. Then, being so self-centered and undeveloped, he fantastically becomes the chief of chiefs through a rigged battle.

    Through this all, he tries to woo his childhood sweetheart (by just assuming she loves him) and keep his adopted brother as best friend, who is actually the wiser and smarter and no less-skilled warrior. Skylan, however, goes about his actions in such a selfish way that this reader just wanted to slap him silly. Where is his father in all this? He is just sitting around on a bum leg giving no guidance at all, yet praised for being a wise and compassionate chief of his clan. The writers thereby reduce Skylan to being a very one dimensional and unbelievable character. The writers must at least give this reader some redeeming quality to identify with their characters.

    Fantasy must allow the reader to identify with the character in some way. This reader was simply disgusted with Skylan from the first chapter. After the third 'book' in this volume the reader just became tired of the all too incongruous way in which the characters spoke and behaved.

    The writers strove to create a fantasy world that is heavily Norse in its background and style. The seeming hints at Thor and the gods of Valhalla resound in theme, yet too often Latin words run through the characters dialog at inappropriate times. For example '"The Chief and I will go to the Great Hall to pray," Draya said, trying to remain calm. "We will ask the gods for their verdict."' (Page 61) VERDICT?!? err.... excuse me Margaret and Tracy, but why would you go to the effort of developing this theme of Norse speech and style, only to litter it with words that do not belong. Try "answer" instead of "verdict".

    That is but one example of the many writing errors in this book. This reader purchased the volume for US$5.00. What a waste! Only too glad that the full retail price was never paid for this poorly thought out tale, this reader never finished the volume. Before this book that has NEVER occurred, until this one. The publishers should ask themselves serious questions about their editors. The editors should be ashamed. After 100 published volumes, the writers should be embarrassed. This was the first volume of Weis and Hickman that this reader has perused. It is also the last.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2009

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    A Saga, much darker and off the beaten path, yet more human

    This book begins a new saga by Weis & Hickman that is probably the darkest of their tales yet. The story and the protagonist starts out simple, and less patient readers might be initially surprised by the simplicity, but it rapidly spins into an intricate tale, twisted plots, and a very complex development for the main 'hero'. It is surprising how an intricate story came out from what seems at first like inconsequential choices the characters made, how each action spirals out to an unexpected but likely turn of events. Similarly, the uncomplicated, an initially too single-minded young protagonist too undergoes a transformation that he weaved for himself. It is a masterful orchestration showing how a complex storyline is forged from a collection of seemingly simple actions as well as an insightful look into the human psyche and nature of people.<BR/><BR/>Those readers familiar with Weis & Hickman's stories should note that this book is much darker, and will not convey the usual warm and fuzzy feelings that one comes to expect from their work. Despite this venture off the beaten path, with truly strong complex characters that one cannot help but come to sympathize, and an intriguing story unfolding it remains a masterfully written Weis and Hickman story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2009

    Decent

    I liked the book even though it was a bit hard for me to read sometimes. It took me some time to really get into the story but as it went on I really enjoyed how they presented Skylan as this arrogant little kid. Most of us can relate to that in some way shape or form. I will look forward to reading the next book that comes out in this series as soon as possible :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Tedious Reading

    I have read many books by Weis & Hickman and I found this book to be a little disappointing and very tedious reading. I kept skipping entire paragraphs and half pages just to get to the story. The story itself was very interesting, although a little disjointed in places; but for some reason it seemed like they just kept straying from the heart of the story and going off on these tangents which made reading it, as I said, very tedious and somewhat boring. I have to admit, I will probably read the next book out of curiousity and loyalty, which is why I gave it a 3 star raiting. This book was not a bad book, it was just...tedious.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    Bones of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras Series #1

    I bought this audio book as a birthday gift for my adult son. He and his family loved it! It turned out he and his wife had read books by Weis & Hickman in the 90's and were tickled to get a new book! They can't wait to get volume 2 by these authors.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

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    Fans of the writing team will appreciate the first tale in their new saga

    Everyone except Skylan Ivorson believes the self conceited pup is too young and egotistical to properly lead a clan, especially a clan of raiders, but all acknowledge he has becomes the chief of chiefs of his clan, the Vindras. Skylan believes the War God Skoval has looked favorably at him and many agree calling him the Blessed, but he soon realizes his seafaring raiders are actually cursed as being the Blessed also means doing suicidal bidding.<BR/><BR/>The ancient gods including Skoval are under assault by newcomers who want the top level of the pantheon. They are proving successful in their war against the ancient ones. The only known way to repel the intruders is to find and bring back together the Five Bones of the Vektan Dragons. The Dragon Goddess has selected the Blessed one and his weary clan to accomplish the quest; Skoval orders Skylan to complete his destiny as the Blessed.<BR/><BR/>Although similar to Greek and Roman mythos with a destined quest bestowed by interfering Gods, readers will enjoy the opening Dragonships' fantasy due to the lead character, who learns the hard way being chosen is a double edged sword. The story line is action-packed even as Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman introduce their new world and the war of the gods to the audience. Fans of the writing team will appreciate the first tale in their new saga as the hero learns that the gods bestow not out of altruism but so that the gods demand when they need too.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Bones of the Dragon

    In spite of some critical reviews, I am enjoying this book. One thing I agree with is trying to use language of the time and reverting back to 'modern' speeh. I rate it with three stars because I'm not finished with it yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Disappointed

    Simplistic and shallow. Weis and Hickman both write better than this.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    Awsom book

    This book was awsome!!!! Im only 12 and I can understand this book!!! If you like fantasy, gods, and dragons, you should totally get this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Great Read!

    This book is a really great book! I was looking for something different from the paranormal romance I usually read and found it in this book! It is adventurous, it has romance (not of the erotic kind, my teen can read this), and it has a paranormal/historical feel with the viking lore giving a different twist to the gods they worship and the adventures the leading character has. I had a hard time putting this book down because it is written so well and am looking forward to the 2nd in this trilogy.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Forced myself to finish it...

    Not my thing. I never felt vested in the story, sorry.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Looking forward to the continuance of this series.

    A different bent on romance and adventure in Sci Fi fantasy. Really enjoy the characters in this one.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    Weis and Hickman team continues a legacy of excellence.

    I picked this book up for two reasons; it's a Weis and Hickman book and the cover just said buy me. Once I started reading I was quickly drawn into the story and realized that Weis and Hickman have put their finger on a yet another great project! Their writing style is very engaging and their characters leap off the page. The reader quickly finds him/her self cheering for the heroes and loathing the heels in the story. By the time one turns the last page one starts to wonder what happens next and cannot wait till the next installment. The only problem with this writing duo is that they can't crank out enough material quickly enough to keep their readers happy! I salute Margaret and Tracy and wish them the very best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    just ok.

    this was not as good as their other stories, not even close. i just never cared about the characters. i think the book moved to fast and shoved too much information down the reader's throat in an effort to build a setting.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    Weis & Hickman rock!!

    Bones of the Dragon is excellent. I couldn't put it down and now I'm dismayed that I'll have to wait for the 2nd & 3rd book to come out. Weis & Hickman have outdone themselves with the tome. Since I have all the Dragonlance books, perhaps this series will become my favorite. Great characters and plot twists.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    good 1st. book

    This my first series by these two and I can`t wait for the next one.It kept me interested at all times. Could barely put it down. If the rest of the series is this good I can`t wait.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    Dragons Again!

    If you like fantasey then you will enjoy this book. At the current time there seems to be many a series in which the dragon is very promanent in the plot. Such is true of this story. Easy reading, good to get now because the book is listed as number one of a series.

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  • Posted January 23, 2009

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    Awesome Book

    This is another amazing book by Weis and Hickman. It is an excellent start to what looks like another good series from them. It follows the young war chief Skylan on a journey full of honor, deceit, love, loss and everything in-between. The tribe's gods are at war with new gods who are trying to take over in the heavens, and are having a difficult time trying to watch over and protect their followers. After becoming Chief of all Chiefs, an honor for the young man and his tribe (the Vindrasi) Skylan must try to recover the five bones of the Vektia Dragons, the only hope for saving the gods, and his people.

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