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Dragon Blood (Hurog Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Irresistible fantasy from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

As the rebellion grows against High King Jakoven, Ward, ruler of Hurog, realizes he must join with the rebels. However, Jakoven can crush his enemies with dragon's blood. The very blood that courses through Ward's veins.


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Overview

Irresistible fantasy from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

As the rebellion grows against High King Jakoven, Ward, ruler of Hurog, realizes he must join with the rebels. However, Jakoven can crush his enemies with dragon's blood. The very blood that courses through Ward's veins.


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VOYA
Ward, hero of Dragon Bones (Ace, 2002/VOYA October 2002), returns in this sequel that picks up several years later. Ward is now ruler of Hurog and wants nothing to do with political intrigue. Nevertheless, through circumstances beyond his control, Ward must join a diverse group of allies and become part of the rebellion against the cruel King Jakoven. King Jakoven has a secret weapon at his disposal-Farsonbane, a magical stone that can be triggered only with dragon's blood. When King Jakoven tortures Ward, he discovers that Ward's blood is the very thing that he needs to wield Farsonbane. After Ward escapes, the action intensifies with Ward playing the role of the reluctant hero. Ward is a likeable hero because he is not perfect, although he has many admirable qualities. At times, he is just trying to survive the hand that he has been dealt. This novel has action, but the characters are what make the book intriguing. There is also a romantic element to the story that many teens will appreciate. This novel is definitely not for the reluctant reader. It took this reviewer some time to get into it, but in the end it was enjoyable and would be a fine purchase for public or school libraries where teens enjoy fantasy that goes beyond typical hack and slash. Reading the first book is helpful but not essential to understanding. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P J S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2003, Ace, 275p,
— David Goodale
KLIATT
The story picks up from its prequel, Dragon Bones, some years later, with Ward of Hurog Keep having gotten used to being the secret guardian of his own live dragon, Oreg, who is centuries old and full of magic. Oreg primarily remains in boy form to avoid drawing unwanted attention. Ward has some magic of his own, and has to collapse the fortress walls to prevent scheming mages from gaining access to dragon bones chained in the caves beneath. His destruction of the old curse has freed Oreg and lifted the evil poisoning much of the surrounding land, but Ward lacks connected walls, a front gate and an army to fend off any large-scale invasion. Thus, when a troop from Jakoven, King of the Five Kingdoms, arrives at the gate with a command to appear at court, Ward complies until he can discover what plan Jakoven has contrived. Ward has been informed of a growing rebellion from Tisala, a woman who had helped him in his last conflict, when she escaped to him, tortured and severely damaged. Ward suspects the king's writ is an opportunity to prove him incompetent and take over the Hurog keep in a political maneuver. After he is imprisoned in the same mage's asylum as the king's brother, Kellen, Ward is drugged and tortured not for land but for his blood. Jakoven has found the Faronsbane, an artifact containing the imprisoned spirits of three dragons, and the cause of destruction of civilization once before. To wield it, the user must douse it with the blood of a dragon and Jakoven suspects Ward's ancestry will work. Ward's fears worsen as he realizes that not only is he in danger of losing Hurog but everyone in his bloodline, especially if Jakoven discovers a true dragon still resides in theancient keep. The characters are fully developed, alternating action with affection and salvation. There are some excellent creepy bits, a beginning torture scene that never descends into disgusting, a very sweet romance and a terrific storyline. This is an engrossing read; I'm looking forward to the next installment of the adventures of Ward of Hurog. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Berkeley, Ace, 275p.,
— Liz LaValley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101133897
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/31/2002
  • Series: Hurog Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 48,327
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This series got me totally hooked on Patricia Briggs' books! She is an extremely talented storyteller!

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    Couldn't put it down

    I loved the character of Ward. Lots to admire in him. I also liked the fast pace in which the book moved. I like lots of action and got it in this book. In addition, I found I didn't anticipate the twists in the plot like I do with some books. Wish I had it in hard cover for my library.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    A great story.

    A great story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Great book!!

    Great series and an amazing author that wrote it. Never a dull moment

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Apprenticeship

    "Blood jump up twist claws outstreached ten jump do dive undrr the enimies belly quickly as you claw leaving a claw line then flip onto his back and bite" raincloud mewed. She was teaching him a complicated move. Blood jumped up twisted jumped down dove undr the enimies belly fliped onto his back and bit. The small cat twisted throwing him off but black jumped out chasing him where blood waited then pounced and twisted and tore open his throat. His now blood red pelt didnt sewm to notice what wa on him. He missed his whit pelt but he was stuck with it now. The cat suddenly bite raincloud killing her as star gasped. She stared at blood and black and ran. " come back here star" blood mewed but star and black were both gone. I will have white fur agian her murmerd just wait and see. Next part next result

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    2/24/12

    Great story.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Making an alternate really work

    An enjoyable Science Fiction book and a good sequel to Dragon Bones.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Patricia Briggs stories are entertaining

    I read the first in series yesterday and part of second last night. I really enjoy her stories. Its full of action,adventure, doing whats right, magic. Ward is rebuilding his home the keep after having had to destroy it in the last book. He is taken back to the high king and put away so they can break him and show he is the mindless fool but with help of magic ward is able to show that he is not dumb. He has learned that the king has a powerful weapon and needs his familys blood to power it. To protect is family and lands he joins the rebellion to put the kings brother on the throne. Lot mistrust and fearful of power, dragons magic in this story. I throughly enjoyed it and did not want to put it down

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  • Posted January 2, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    What a great story!

    What can I say it's one of Patricia Briggs best books. An easy read and kept you coming back for more. The twists and turns just made it more interesting because you never knew what was coming next. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2007

    More Ward!

    Fantastic continuation of Ward's story. Love it!! It left me wanting to know what happens...my hope is that we will see another some day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2003

    Outstanding

    I really like this book Briggs does a really good job telling the story, and what happen next. Can't wait to see next book.

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