Dragon Bones (Hurog Series #1)

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Iron Kissed?a magical tale.

Riding into a war that's heating up on the border, Ward, the new lord of Herzog, is sure he's on the fast track to glory. But soon his mission takes a deadly turn. For he has seen a pile of magical dragon bones hidden deep beneath Hurog Keep. The bones could prove to be dangerous in the wrong hands, and Ward is certain his enemies will stop at nothing to possess them.

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Overview

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Iron Kissed?a magical tale.

Riding into a war that's heating up on the border, Ward, the new lord of Herzog, is sure he's on the fast track to glory. But soon his mission takes a deadly turn. For he has seen a pile of magical dragon bones hidden deep beneath Hurog Keep. The bones could prove to be dangerous in the wrong hands, and Ward is certain his enemies will stop at nothing to possess them.

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Being the son of a jealous lord has not been easy for Wardwick. After nearly being beaten to death at a young age, he feigns being as mentally dim as he is large. This serves him well until he is 18, then it backfires when his foul-tempered father is killed after being tossed from his horse. His relatives feel he is too dim to rule Hurog Keep and they plan to ship him off to a mental institution. However, while rescuing his mute sister from the tunnels under the castle, Wardwick makes two discoveries. The first is the skeleton of a dragon, chained in place, acting as both protection and curse for the Keep. The other is Oreg, enchanted son of a long-dead wizard bound body and soul to the castle, his obedience tied to a platinum ring now magically transferred to Ward upon the death of his father. With Oreg's help, Ward escapes with his sister, a runaway mage, and a few trusted servants, planning to become a war hero, correctly figuring that the local population doesn't have to believe he's smart, just brave. They begin to successfully eradicate the bandits who have been raiding nearby villages, but the more time Ward spends in the countryside defending the peasants, the more he suspects there is a pattern behind the attacks. At one village, he discovers the inhabitants all ritually slain and a legendary stone rumored to be a spellbound dragon missing. He abruptly realizes that what is being stolen is not just ordinary treasure, but anything containing magic—but it's too late. The traitor in his band has already sprung the trap and Ward must use every bit of bravery, cleverness and small magic he has to stop the mages from getting to the ultimate power source—the chained dragon bones underHurog Keep. A wonderful adventure tale written with charm, intelligence and excellent plot twists that keep the reader off guard. Ward is a skilled fighter, but uses patience, compassion and humor to win alliances. He's touched by the dragon's curse as well, as obsessed with owning Hurog Keep as his father ever was but willing to sacrifice himself to do what's right for the people he's sworn to protect. An excellent read for everyone. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Berkley, Ace, 295p.,
— Liz LaValley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441009169
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/26/2002
  • Series: Hurog Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 267,016
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs lives in Montana with her husband, children, and six horses. Visit her website at www.patriciabriggs.com.
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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    The magic of the bones of the Dragon can bring good or evil to this mythical land

    This is an interesting morality tale about a young man who was abused by his father, the man's mute sister, and their quest to overcome evil in their mythical world.

    The young man was badly beaten as a child, and pretended to be a total dunce to avoid more beatings. But he was anything but a dunce. He was a highly moral man, who worked hard to protect his sister from harm. After the death of his father, he stood to inherit a kingdom, but he had to use his skill and cunning to defeat the evil guys that were trying to take it from him.

    His adventures make for good King Arthur and the Roundtable-style reading as he pursues adventure and works to outwit his foes. He is accompanied by a ghostly character who helps him in his quest, and the power of the bones of the dragon bring the story to its slightly predictable conclusion.

    As I read this I can almost see it as a made-for-TV movies, with the characters clearly delineated and the traditional battles between good and evil enhanced by the presence of the family ghost and the young mute girl, with the concept of magical powers always present but not dominating the story line.

    Patricia Briggs work is always a good read, and although I prefer her later works in the Mercy Thompson series, this early creation of a brave young man fighting evil makes for an entertaining afternoon.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

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    A Respectable First Installment

    One of Patricia Briggs’ strongest attributes as an author is her ability to create characters. Without being exhaustingly wordy or relying on clichés to do the work for her, she consistently makes the people in her books realistic and relatable (or at least the former if nothing else). In Dragon Bones I found myself mentally glazing over the political and battle strategy elements (made all the more difficult to follow with the barrage of foreign regions and names) but didn’t suffer greatly for doing so as the real enjoyment came from the characters. Ward, being the protagonist, was naturally a stand-out but his supporting cast (Oreg in particular) found their way into my heart as well. I feel obligated to say this book and its characters aren’t quite in the same league as the Mercy Thompson novels--where Mercy is modern and easy to follow, this sometimes felt dry and geared toward the medieval fantasy fans--however given the chance I think it could win almost any reader over.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    Another strong, Briggs story...

    Wow. This author just does not let me down! I started the Mercy Thompson series on a whim (despite the covers!), and could not put them down. I've read a LOT of urban fantasy and I was just sorry it took me so long to find Briggs. I was expecting her to have the usual - one strong series, other mediocre novels - offerings I've come to expect from most authors. Well, I have yet to be disappointed by one of her books and "Dragon Bones" is no exception. The ideas have been done before - the kingdom with the rightful ruler who must find his place, both within himself, and among his subjects. It is Briggs storytelling that is SO strong. With characters and circumstances that are so believable and engaging, I can read these start to finish - with no skipping ahead or skimming through painful dialogue. Reminds me of how I devoured Anne McCafferey books when I was younger. I didn't think I'd find that pleasure again as an adult! I can't wait to go buy "Dragon Blood" to take on our upcoming vacation. I'm afraid it'll be hard to get me out of the hotel room...

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    An audio book that really takes flight

    I got this as a Christmas present from someone who knows I enjoy both urban fantasy and epic fantasy. Dragon Bones is epic alright but light on the use of cumbersome names..a small thing, and big on adventure and the hero's journey..a major thing. Now I can't wait till the next book comes out in audio because of how much I love the characters and the world of Hurog. It is hard for even some of the best books to make the transition to audio without losing something but this book is actually enhanced by the way it was read. The actor "gets" the subject matter and it is easy to believe he is Wardwick of Hurog. I think somebody ought to scoop this up and make a movie out of it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Excellent Audio Book

    I have to drive long distances for work and am always on the look out for a great audio. Honestly, I got this book because of the narrator. Joe Manganiello -- he plays the werewolf on True Blood. His voice is go "growly" it brings this audio up several notches. That said -- the story lines is a classic fantasy and highly enjoyable. Bring this audio with you on your next car drive, to your workout or just to play in the background at work. Well worth the download. I await book 2.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    Fantasy + Adventure + Dragon = A Magical Read

    In Dragon Bones, Patricia Briggs creates a fascinating magical medieval world. Wardwick of Hurog had long known that his father was insane, and to protect himself, he became a consummate actor made easier by the head injury his father had inflicted on him. Unfortunately his act was too good, and everyone believed him to be the simpleton he pretended to be, playing into the king's decision to force him into a facility for persons too important to kill and giving Hurog to his uncle. There are plots within plots and hidden agendas that make the hidden dragon bones beneath Hurog vital and Ward's freedom imperative. His plan to join the fighting against outlaws in Oranstone and become a hero worked, but he had traitor in his ranks working against him almost turning the tide against him. He, however, has Oreg, a living ghost on his side whose existence is tied to Hurog keep on his side. This was a rousing fantasy/action adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    A Nice Surprise

    Looking for a good book? I found one.. I think if you're not looking for "The Epic" you will thoroughly enjoy Dragon Bones. It's funny, original and just plain fun to read. I loved the characters especially Ward. Take a break and just enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Dragon Bones

    The characters in this book are interesting, amusing, and strangely touching. The plot was intriguing and kept my attention. This book and the sequel have made their way to my small, but ever-growing personal library!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    enjoyable fanciful adult fairy tale

    The keep of Hurog was torn asunder by magic in order to save it. Now Ward, the lord of Hurog, is seeing to the task of rebuilding the land. His closest friend is Oreg, half dragon and half man, comfortable in either form. They are content to stay in the holding and not have anything further to do with the evil High King Jakoven or the intrigues of the court. Unfortunately, Jakoven wants Hurog, a land steeped in magic and to get it he arrests Ward and throws him in the Asylum where the king¿s mages and torturers work on him. They hope to prove that Ward is unfit to rule but the lord has powerful allies who are able to stop the King¿s plan at the last minute. Free to go home, Ward knows he must join the rebellion and topple the High King from the throne before he can use the powerful magical artifact, the Bane, which can control dragons and destroy empires. Patricia Briggs is a master storyteller who creates fanciful adult fairy tales that readers will love. DRAGON BLOOD has a charismatic hero who wins the hearts of the audience with his inner strength, compassion and good heart. The use of magical beings such as dragons, dwarves and other creatures of myth and legend don¿t distract from the believability of the plot. This reviewer hopes that some of the characters in this fantasy get a chance to have their story told. Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    Love this duology.  I feel like I've been reading so much garbag

    Love this duology.  I feel like I've been reading so much garbage lately, but Briggs never disappoints.  Whether it be urban or traditional fantasy, her worlds are always fully realized and internally consistent, her plots entertaining, and her characters both believable and likeable.  Long may she reign!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2011

    Incredible story!

    Really, really loved this book! I'm going to start the next one today and I'm sure it will be as magical as this one. Fair amount of twists in the story, which I enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

    Fantastic Read

    This book was the most satisfying read I have had in a long time. The characters and story line are really well developed and the story goes along at a steady pace from beginning to end. You cant go wrong buying this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    Wonderful story. This was my introduction into the world of Pat

    Wonderful story. This was my introduction into the world of Patricia Briggs.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

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    ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    Ward has only ever wanted to be the Lord of Hurog, he has protected himself and his siblings from the current Lord, his own father, with a shield of his own feigned stupidity and brute strength. However, his father has died and the very thing that has protected him, his pretend idiocy, has caused the Lordship of Hurog to pass to another. To protect himself and his sister and to get Hurog back Ward must prove that he is no idiot, and he sets out on a quest to regain his birthright.

    Patricia Briggs is better known for her Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series, series that I am a massive fan of, so I am not quite sure why I was so surprised when I absolutely loved this book. It is a complete different genre, Fantasy rather than Urban Fantasy/Romance, and there is little to no trace of romance in Dragon Bones, but that didn’t stop me from reading this book cover to cover in one sitting.

    What drew me in and kept me reading so avidly was the characters, especially the main character Ward and Oreg the enslaved “ghost” of Hurog. Ward’s intensity in regard to Hurog was palatable and often mistaken for ruthlessness and I enjoyed watching him struggle into his mantle of leadership. However, the most interesting character was Oreg, enslaved to whomever is the Lord of Hurog he was the spirit of the keep. Sarcastic, tortured and slightly mad, Oreg was both heart wrenching and funny and the book wouldn’t have been half as good without him.

    In regards to the world that Briggs has created, it was interesting but also fairly simple in comparison to other Fantasy books I have read, it didn’t have the depth and intricate histories that some authors build and as this is a duology I doubt this is something this series will build up. This isn’t necessarily a bad point, just something to be aware of, if you are looking for an epic fantasy this won’t be the book for you. But, if you would like something that will have great characters, an easy plot and a bit of action then this book is perfect.

    I really loved this book, definitely one of my favourites so far this year and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Bouncestar

    How did Redstar come back

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Another male coming of age saga with a good twist

    Patricia Briggs skillfully brings you into life of a young man who must appear to grow up overnight. She developes the story line very well so that you understand how and why the youth hid his talents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    1/23/12

    Fantastical!

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    you must check it out!!

    great book

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Another Home Run

    I've been a fan of Patricia Briggs writing for a few years now. Dragon Bones did not disappoint. In fact, once I started it, I couldn't put it down. Finished in a day, but what a ride. If possible, Dragon Blood is even better.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    love her stories

    this one starts out about a teenager who is really big and speaks slowly. Everyone thinks he's dim wit after one of his father's beating left him with a brain injury. Ward after he recovers lets everyone continue to think he dumb. His father dies and leaves thier home in his brother's hands for two years. and tries to have ward committed to a mental prison. Ward escapes with the help of his ghost and takes his sister,brother and a few others to. he decides if they can be war heros than the king will give his home and lands back to him. Its a good adventure with magic, dwarfs.dragons. could not wait till i read the second book.

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