The Dragon Society

The Dragon Society

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by Lawrence Watt-Evans
     
 

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It all began with Dragon Weather: a wave of incredible heat, oppressive humidity, dark angry clouds . . . and dragons. Dragons with no remorse, no sympathy, and no use for humans. Dragons who destroyed an entire village and everyone in it. Everyone, that is, except the young boy Arlian.

Orphaned and alone, Arlian was captured by looters and sold as a mining

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It all began with Dragon Weather: a wave of incredible heat, oppressive humidity, dark angry clouds . . . and dragons. Dragons with no remorse, no sympathy, and no use for humans. Dragons who destroyed an entire village and everyone in it. Everyone, that is, except the young boy Arlian.

Orphaned and alone, Arlian was captured by looters and sold as a mining slave. Seven years later he escaped, fueled by years of hatred for the dragons, bandits, and slavers who took away his youth-and a personal vow to exact retribution from all those who have wronged him, including the powerful Lord Enziet Arlian's entire life has one purpose, and one purpose only: to mete out justice. And in the climactic battle of Dragon Weather Lord Enziet fell to this justice.

In The Dragon Society Arlian returns to Manfort, the city that is home to The Dragon Society, whose sworn purpose is to stand against the dragon menace, and whose foremost member had been Lord Enziet. Arlian must immediately deal with the consequences of Enziet's death. But what he finds is shocking, for the doomed Enziet believes that Arlian might well be the best hope humanity will ever have for defeating the dragons . . . permanently.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
In this sequel to Dragon Weather (Tor, 1999/VOYA April 2000), the Lands of Man again are threatened by marauding dragons bent on the near destruction of humankind. Hero Arlian now knows that the dragons always must allow some humans to live because they are used by the dragons to incubate their young. Arlian himself is one of these dragonhearts, made so at age eleven when he swallowed a mixture of dragon venom and human blood as his dying grandfather lay on top of him. He also has learned that it takes a thousand years to grow the dragon seed to full term, and that is why he and the other dragonhearts seem almost immortal. Arlian also has learned that dragons can be killed, not with the steel of normal swords but with the brittle black rock called obsidian. Armed with this knowledge, he sets about trying to convince the powerful dragonhearts and their Duke not only that the dragons can be killed but also that the dragons' seven hundred years of cowering in caves has come to an end, and they are once again on a rampage. Watt-Evans does an excellent job of weaving necessary elements from the previous book into the story to give the reader ample information to carry forward without having to read the first book. The action is fast paced and fierce, the characters fully fleshed, and the setting palpable. Mature readers who love fantasy will be drawn easily to this second in what seems to be a natural trilogy. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2001, Tor, 428p,
— Leslie Carter
Library Journal
Having survived an encounter with a dragon, Arlian also known as Lord Obsidian qualifies as a member of the elite and dangerous Dragon Society, whose members enjoy the benefits of agelessness and increased vigor even as they grow less human with each passing year. When Arlian inherits the secret knowledge of a fellow Society member, he takes upon himself the challenge of waging a final war against dragonkind and against the other members of the Dragon Society. Veteran fantasist Watt-Evans's sequel to Dragon Weather combines swashbuckling fantasy with serious themes of self-sacrifice and personal courage in an adventure that belongs in most libraries. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sequel to Dragon Weather (1999), to be followed by Dragon Venom, completing The Obsidian Chronicles in 2003. After Obsidian, his village, is destroyed by dragons, who have been asleep in caves under the Lands of Man for centuries, Arlian is sold by Lord Dragon to slave in the amethyst mines. He escapes seven years later and, now a man, is taught the arts of war and trading by new companion Black. Because he has absorbed dragon venom and human blood, Arlian is admitted into Lord Dragon's Dragon Society, a group set on learning all it can about dragons and magic. With many of Arlian's enemies belonging to the Dragon Society, did Lord Dragon know that dragons were bent on destroying Obsidian? As a dragonheart immune to aging and no longer entirely human, Arlian, now known as the wealthy and superhumanly charismatic Lord Obsidian and still obsessed with destroying the three dragons who destroyed his village, returns to Manfort with Black and, having slain Lord Dragon, finds himself inheritor of Lord Dragon's secrets. Arlian is set on justice, not just vengeance, but subthemes point to a more complex message: Dragonhearts tend toward coldness even to each other, and Arlian has already killed three of the five dragonhearts he vowed to dispatch for their crimes. Actually, he must kill them all, friends or enemies, since Lord Dragon's great secret is that dragons reproduce after a thousand years of incubation in envenomed humans-and Arlian himself may well become a dragon in Dragon Venom. The Dragon Society summons Arlian and accuses him of conspiring to keep information from it about dragons. War with the dragons looms, however, and will the society, itself dragons in embryo, side with thehumans against itself? A strong advance, envenomed with plotibilities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466840416
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
03/14/2003
Series:
Obsidian Chronicles , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
149,334
File size:
1 MB

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