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Arlian had never left his home village in the Obsidian Mountains. The green hills, white peaks, and black glass were all he had ever known of life, and though he dreamed of travel and adventure, he knew deep in his heart that he would probably never leave.

Until the dragon weather came. Incredible heat, oppressive humidity, dark and angry clouds... and dragons. Dragons with no feelings, no empathy, no use for humans; dragons who destroyed his ...

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Overview

Arlian had never left his home village in the Obsidian Mountains. The green hills, white peaks, and black glass were all he had ever known of life, and though he dreamed of travel and adventure, he knew deep in his heart that he would probably never leave.

Until the dragon weather came. Incredible heat, oppressive humidity, dark and angry clouds... and dragons. Dragons with no feelings, no empathy, no use for humans; dragons who destroyed his entire village and everyone in it. Everyone, that is, except Arlian.

Orphaned and alone, Arlian the child is captured by looters and sold as a mining slave. Seven years later Arlian the man escapes, fueled by years of hatred for the dragons, bandits, and slavers who took his youth away -and by a personal vow to exact retribution from those who wronged him.

As Arlian makes his way through life, he is obsessed with the concept of justice, and that obsession informs every task, every decision. Even Black, the man he befriends and grows to love as a brother, has little influence over Arlian's obsession. His entire life has one purpose, and one purpose only: to mete out justice.

But can one righteous man change the entire world for the better? Or is he doomed by his own actions to become as unjust as those he seeks to destroy?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Watt-Evans (Touched by the Gods, etc.) opens his latest novel with a bang: 11-year-old Arlian's village is destroyed by dragons, and he, the sole survivor, is enslaved by the minions of Lord Dragon. Raised as a mine slave, at 18 Arlian escapes into the arms of the inmates of the House of Carnal Society. When that brothel is burned and its women abducted by Lord Dragon, Arlian's quest for vengeance intensifies. Under the tutelage of a caravan guard named Black, he learns swordsmanship and trading, and gains great wealth. Using the name Lord Obsidian, Arlian pursues both Lord Dragon's minions and the noble owners of the Carnal House, but his hunt is deterred by two shattering discoveries: that vengeance is, after all, distasteful to him; and that his childhood encounter with dragons has made him like his enemies--nearly immortal, charismatic and eligible to join the ruling Dragon Society. Any reluctance to pursue his vendetta leaves Arlian, however, when he discovers that Lord Dragon is not only a sadist but possibly a traitor to the Dragon Society. Watt-Evans's plot strongly resembles that of The Count of Monte Cristo, but he turns it to his own purposes and produces a thoroughly absorbing tale. His writing is clean of the purple prose that mars so much fantasy, and the book poses many provocative ethical questions about the similarity between the righteous man and the unjust. This novel showcases the understated excellence readers have come to expect from this durable and (too often) underrated author. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Touted as Science Fiction Chronicle's Best Fantasy Novel of the Year, this title is a highly addictive read. Arlian is only a young boy when dragons devastate his hometown of Obsidian during a horrible period of dragon weather. The only survivor of the attack, Arlian is found by a group of looters, led by Lord Dragon, who sell him as a slave to the Deep Delving mines. Several years later, when Arlian has grown into a man, he escapes from the mines after saving the life of a slave master. All these years, Arlian has vowed vengeance on the dragons as well as on Lord Dragon and his men. Upon arriving in Westguard, Arlian is befriended by the ladies of the House of Carnal Society who protect him from slave catchers. When Lord Dragon and his accomplices burn down the brothel, kill some of the women and take others hostage, once again Arlian declares vengeance upon those who destroyed his life. To prepare himself for the fighting and mental strength that he will need to fulfill his destiny, Arlian befriends a skilled guard, learns how to wield various weapons, and becomes a wealthy merchant after a trip across the Dreaming Mountains. Because he drank a mixture of human blood and dragon venom when attacked by dragons as a child, Arlian has what is known as a "dragonheart." In Manfort, he discovers a secret society of people like himself with dragonhearts, including Lord Dragon. Arlian's mind wavers between demanding ultimate vengeance and wondering whether mercy may be in order instead. The novel is swiftly paced and very entertaining. The plot is well constructed, although it seems that the first man that Arlian finds to take his vengeance upon, Cover, is found a bit too easily. The ending isespecially chilling as the secret behind the dragonheart is revealed, setting the stage for a sequel that will be most definitely craved. Highly recommended for epic fantasy readers and especially to readers of Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, and Dennis McKiernan. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, Tor, 553p, 18cm, 99-32903, $6.99. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Ginger Armstrong; Principal Lib. Assoc., Chesterfield Cty P.L., Chesterfield, VA, May 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 3)
Don D'Ammassa
A satisfying adventure filled with multi-dimensional characters, devious plots and monsters and villains…
Science Fiction Chronicle
Kirkus Reviews
New fantasy from the author of Touched by the Gods (1997), etc. When dragons destroy the village of Obsidian on the Smoking Mountain, young Arlian is the sole survivor. Trapped beneath his grandfather's body in a cellar, Arlian accidentally ingests a mixture of dragon venom and human blood, and thereby becomes a "dragonheart," blessed with health and long life. But first he's sold into slavery by the scavenging Lord Dragon and his henchmen. After many years, Arlian escapes from the slave mines and takes shelter in a brothel. The kindly inmates are slaves whose feet have been amputated to prevent their escape. Discovered at last by the madam, Arlian flees, but the owners, all Lords, kill or carry off the girls and burn the building. One day, Arlian vows, justice will be done. With gold stolen from a Lord's hoard, he equips a wagon and joins a caravan heading for the distant Borderlands. Along the way, his companion, Black, teaches him to fight. After many adventures, Arlian returns with vast wealth. Several of his enemies, he discovers, belong to the Dragon Society—dragonhearts like himself—including his mortal enemy, Lord Dragon! The Society is dedicated to learning about dragons and sorcery, and all are sworn to share information. But Lord Dragon is holding out. How, for instance, did he know that the dragons were coming to destroy Obsidian? Often remarkably inventive, and commendably well organized: pity the implementation's largely flat and mediocre.
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"An epic tale."—Tulsa World
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312869786
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Series: Obsidian Chronicles Series , #1
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Lawrence Watt-Evans has been a full-time writer and editor for more than twenty years. The author of more than thirty novels, over one hundred short stories, and more than one hundred and fifty published articles, Watt-Evans writes primarily in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and comic books. His short fiction has won the Hugo Award as well as twice winning the Asimov's Readers Award. His fiction has been published in England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Poland, France, Hungary, and Russia

He served as president of the Horror Writers Association from 1994 to 1996 and after leaving that office was the recipient of HWA's first service award ever. He is also a member of Novelists Inc., and the Science Fiction Writers of America. Married with two children, he and his wife Julie live in Maryland.

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Dragon Weather


By Watt-Evans, Lawrence

Tor Fantasy

Copyright © 2000 Watt-Evans, Lawrence
All right reserved.



1
 
Dragon Weather
 
 
The sky to the west was dark with heavy black clouds; Arlian didn't like it at all. He was eleven years old, almost a man by the standards of his village, but right now he felt much younger, and very unsure of himself--his father was away, and the weather seemed threatening and unnatural. He stayed close to his mother as she stood staring down the slope of the mountain, watching the men of the village haul the heavy water wagons back up the winding, stone-paved road.
Oxen would have made the hauling much easier, but the village had no place to graze oxen on the rocky mountainside; what little arable soil they had was all reserved for human needs. That meant that the men of Obsidian had to use their own muscles to fetch water up from the river.
In another year or two Arlian would be big enough to join them, but for now he stood beside his mother and watched.
Arlian's mother fanned herself with one hand, while the other clutched at her black-and-gold brooch, holding her collar open; the air was thick, hot, and stagnant, and her gray dress was soaked in sweat. "I can't stand weather like this," she said. "I'll almost be glad to see winter come this year!"
Arlian looked up at her--though not far up, as he was almost as tall as she, now. He always liked winter, and had never entirely understood why the adults didn't. In winterthe mountain was covered in snow--well, except right up by the crater--and he and the other children of the village could go sliding down it; there was plenty of cold, clean water available for the melting, without having to haul it up from the valley when the streams ran dry. He could play outside for hours, then come in and warm up by the fire, and no one would order him out of the way or ask him to help with the chores. Even the adults had less work to do in the winter--so why did they all hate it? Yes, there was less food and it wasn't fresh, and the cold seeped through everywhere, and the fire had to be kept up, but still, Arlian thought that winter was wonderful.
And anything was better than this stifling hot, humid summer, when the sun didn't seem to want to show its face and hid behind a thick haze or clouds. This wasn't how summer was supposed to be--there should be bright days and rainy ones, not these endless smothering gloomy days when the clouds hung overhead but the rain never fell. This was ugly and exhausting.
It hadn't rained in weeks, and the crops were suffering--the water the men were hauling up from the river would help, but a good cistern-filling rain, splashing down the mountainside and pooling in the rocks, would have been better.
Those clouds in the west looked even uglier than most of this year's skies. Maybe they would bring storms, and put an end to this nasty heat--but their appearance was not promising, and Arlian didn't trust them.
His grandfather--his mother's father; his father's father was long dead--stepped out on the rocky ledge beside them and looked, not down the slope at the water -haulers he was too old to assist, but out at the clouds.
"Dragon weather," he said with a frown.
"Oh, nonsense," Arlian's mother said. "You've been saying that for weeks. It's just a hot spell."
"Isn't that what dragon weather is, Mother?" Arlian asked. "A hot spell?"
His mother glanced at her father.
"Not just the heat," the old man said. "Look at that sky--hot as a furnace and days dark as night, that's dragon weather. You need the heat and the dark. If those clouds move in and settle here, that's really what we'll have."
Arlian looked straight up at the sky overhead. It wasn't dark as night, but it wasn't very bright, either; the summer haze was thick and foul with the gasses from the smoking peak of the mountain. The fumes had been thicker than usual lately, but whether that had any connection with the weather no one seemed to know. Arlian had heard the adults arguing about it, but the arguments were never settled.
"Why is it called dragon weather, Grandsir?" he asked.
"Because it's the sort of weather that brings the dragons out of their caves," his grandfather replied. "They can't abide cold or light, Ari. In the days when the dragons ruled over our ancestors the world was warmer than it is now, and the great beasts darkened the skies with their smoke so that they could come out by day, as well as night. When the weather's dark and hot now, old and tired as they are, they still stir in their sleep, and sometimes they awaken and come out to feed."
Arlian stared nervously at his grandfather. The old man spoke in a deeper voice than usual--his storytelling voice. It made his words seem more important, and more ominous.
"Don't mind him, Ari," Arlian's mother said, patting Arlian's shoulder reassuringly. "That's just stories. No one's seen any dragons in hundreds of years."
Her father shook his head.
"No, Sharbeth, you're wrong," he said. "When I was a boy I saw a village where a dragon had been not long before. I may be old, but it wasn't hundreds of years ago."
"Tell me about it!" Arlian said.
His grandfather smiled down at him. "Are you sure? They say it's bad luck to talk about the dragons, just as it's unlucky to speak too much about magic."
Arlian nodded. "Tell me about it, Grandsir!"
Grandsir looked up at the sky and frowned, then back down at Arlian, his smile reappearing. "I was a year or two older than you are, and my uncle Stirian had taken me on a trading journey down to Benth-in-Tara, to meet a caravan that was passing through," he said. "We saw the ruins on the way. We'd had a hot summer the year before, weather something like this, and for a few days the smoke from the mountain had been much thicker than usual and had collected in that valley over in the Sandalwood Hills." He pointed over the shoulder of the mountain; Arlian had never been to the Sandalwood Hills, but he had seen them from the crater rim and knew where his grandfather meant.
"The dragon must have come out late that summer," the old man continued, "and no one discovered it over the winter. When we got there in the spring, there was nothing left but charred ruins and bare bones."
"And how do you know it wasn't human raiders who destroyed it?" Arlian's mother asked. "Those bandits in the south are surely bad enough without worrying about dragons!"
"The Borderlands bandits never get anywhere near this far north," her father said, "and human raiders don't leave six-foot claw marks."
"And neither do dragons," Sharbeth said, her hands on her hips, "because the dragons, if there are really any left alive at all, stay asleep in their caves, deep beneath the earth. You must have just imagined those claw marks, Father, or misinterpreted sword cuts or wagon ruts."
"They were real, and they were claw marks," her father insisted, but without much vehemence; Arlian realized that the two of them had undoubtedly had this argument many times before, as they had so many others, and had worn the passion out of it. His mother and grandfather argued often, and had done so ever since Grandsir had first come to live with them while Arlian was still a small child. He could barely remember a time when Grandsir had not been there--or when his mother did not argue with him.
"I'm not going to listen to your nonsense," Arlian's mother said, with no great anger. "I'm going to go see that those men have something fit to eat when they get those wagons up here, something to keep their strength up!" She turned and started back toward the house.
Arlian hesitated. He wanted to stay close to his mother, and help out whenthe water wagons arrived, but he also wanted to hear his grandfather's story about the ruined village--it wasn't one he remembered hearing before. He wanted to know more about the dragons and what had become of them.
"Are you coming, Arlian?" his mother called. She paused and looked over her shoulder.
"No, Mother," he replied. "I'll stay here for a while, with Grandsir."
"Hmpf." She marched on across the rocky yard, toward their thatch-roofed home.
Grandsir looked down at Arlian. "Eager to see your father and brother back?" he asked.
Arlian nodded. "tell me more about the dragons," he said.
His grandfather laughed. "That's my boy!" he said. "What do you want to know?"
"Have you ever seen a dragon, Grandsir?"
The old man shook his head. "Of course not," he said. "I'm still alive, am I not? There aren't many who see dragons and live to tell of it!"
"There must be some people who see them, or how would we know anything about dragons?" Arlian asked.
"A fair question," his grandfather said, smiling. He glanced at the water-haulers, judged it would still be a while before they reached the village, and settled down cross-legged on the ledge, into a better position for storytelling. Arlian settled beside him.
"Yes," Arlian's grandfather said, "there have been a few people who saw dragons and lived to tell about it. Most of them were at a safe distance, and the dragons simply didn't notice them, but there have been a few..." His voicetrailed off as he looked to the west, at the approaching clouds. He frowned.
"A few what, Grandsir?" Arlian looked, trying to see what his grandfather was staring at.
The old man shook himself. "Nothing," he said. "I just don't like this weather." Then he smiled at Arlian, and said, "Of course, there were a few who got a good close look at the dragons. There might even be some of them who are still alive today."
Arlian nodded. "From that village in the Sandalwood Hills, you mean?"
"Oh, no." Grandsir shook his head. "Nothing like that; I saw that village, and there wasn't so much as a rat left alive there, just bones and cinders. But there are old stories, very old stories, about dragon venom."
"Venom?" Arlian frowned. As Grandsir had said, most of the adults in the village didn't like talking about the dragons; there were so many superstitions about them that most people thought it safer not to discuss them at all. Dragons were magical, and magic was wicked and untrustworthy, and speaking too much about it could attract misfortune.
Still, Arlian had thought he had a reasonable understanding of what a dragon was, and he didn't remember anything about venom. "I thought dragons breathed fire!" he said.
"Well, they do, after a fashion," Grandsir said. "Or so I'm told. But the older stories, the ones from the early days of the Years of Man, say that dragonflame isn't so much fiery breath, as some people would have it, but a spray of burning venom, like a snake's spit of poison. Except dragons somehow set their poison ablaze, and thereby spit flame."
"Ooooh!" Arlian shivered at the thought. It seemed somehow more real to know that dragonfire was burning venom, rather than some sort of magical breath. It made dragons seem more like actual beasts, rather than spirits, or illusions like the little images the village sorcerer sometimes conjured up.
"Whether it's the truth or not I can't say," Grandsir continued, "but there are stories, very old stories, so old I don't know where they came from, that say that sometimes the venom doesn't catch fire properly. It's still deadly poison, of course, a poison that will burn the flesh from your bones--but supposedly it quickly loses some of its virulence when once it's been sprayed, and a mixture of this dragon venom and human blood is said to bestow long life on anyone who drinks it. Very long life. There are tales of men who lived centuries after surviving dragon attacks in which blood from their wounds was mixed with dragon venom and then swallowed--though many of them had been horribly mutilated in the attacks, their faces burned away, arms or legs lost, so that such a life would hardly be a blessing."
Arlian shivered again. He looked at the clouds. The dragons seemed so terrible that it was hard, sometimes, to believe that they were ever real.
Everyone knew they were real, though, or had been once, at least. The dragons had ruled all of the Lands of Man, from the eastern sea to the western wilderness, from the Borderlands in the south to the icy wastes of the north. People had resisted their rule sometimes, fought great wars against the dragons, but to no avail--until one day, about seven hundred years ago, when the dragons had all gone away, leaving humanity free.
Arlian's mother said the dragons had all died, perhaps of some plague, but most people insisted they were still alive, deep in their caverns, and might come back at any time.
And sometimes, according to Grandsir, they did come back, briefly.
"That village in the Sandalwood Hills," Arlian asked. "What do you think the people there did to anger the dragon? Why would it destroy them all?"
"I don't think they had to do anything," Grandsir said. "The dragon simply felt like destroying something, and they were close at hand."
"But that's so unfair! You mean they didn't do anything to deserve it?"
"Not a thing," Grandsir replied.
Arlian absorbed that unhappily. He didn't like it at all. He knew life wasn't always fair, but he felt, deep in his heart, that it should be. He always tried to be fair to his brother, Korian, and to their playmates in the village--even the giggly girls. In the stories his mother told justice always triumphed in the end. Why was the rest of life so messy and unjust?
His father said it was because the gods were dead, and only Fate remained, and Fate had its own plans for everyone.
The village sorcerer--the only person in the village of Obsidian whose name Arlian didn't know, because he said names had power--had said that justice was as much an illusion as any of the little tricks he did to entertain the children.
Arlian wondered sometimes if it might be the other way around--maybe everything did work out fairly in the end, somehow, and the apparent injustices were the illusions. He wiped sweat-damp hair away from his eyes and looked down at the approaching wagons.
Maybe the dragon did have a good reason for destroying that village. Maybe the dragons were part of Fate's plans.
"Do you really think it's dragon weather?" he asked
His grandfather put an arm around Arlian's shoulder and gave him a reassuring hug.
"I hope not," he said. "Come on, let's go give your mother a hand."
Together, they turned away from the ledge and ambled toward the house.
 
Copyright 1999 by Lawrence Watt Evans


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  • Posted March 29, 2014

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    A good story.

    I thought that Dragon weather was a good concept and interesting to read but there was so much was repeated over and over. A good weekender book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2006

    Good Read.

    This book is not for the age group of 8-10. People from that age will find it over detailed and boring. But in truth, this book could be considered underdetailed by the standards of such as Daniel Defoe or Charles Dickens.The plot was not overexagerated but instead was a balance of action and mystery. The characters were all unique in themselves. The book may indeed make a bit of a rocky start but it smoothes out as the pages fly by. Great author, amazing book, and an even better ending. Recommended with flying colours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    Fun, exciting read

    I very much enjoyed this book. It was the first fantasy book I've ever read and it got me hooked. The plot keeps you interested and it's fun to read. Recommended for anyone who loves a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2005

    Lord Arlian the Legend

    This is by far the best novel I ever read. I stayed up all night reading it knowing I had finals the next day! A fantastic story with an original perspective on dragons and an intersting, insightful look at the ties between happiness, justice, and revenge. Words can't describe the greatness of the Obsidian Mountain Trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2004

    This is the Best book ever!!!

    I have read this book 26 times. I first read it when I was six and now I am 15 and have read it a lot. I love it. It was wicked good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2004

    Excellent and ends with a bang!

    Dragon Weather was a pretty good read; a good balance between action, emotion, and an intricate plot. It had a little trouble getting going, but once it did it was pretty savory. The ending more than made up for the slow start!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2004

    Dragon Weather (Obsidian Chronicles Series #1)

    how can you say it was boring(Matthew)? I loved it. You say you're a reviewer, I don't believe it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2004

    Dragon Weather (Obsidian Chronicles Series #1)

    I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. I read it instead of reading the book I needed to read for school!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2003

    Great Book for Dragon Lovers

    Dragon Weather got my attention at the book store. As I read the back of the book, I imedietlly fell in love. I have always enjoyed books on dragons. I read the first two chapters and was hooked. It was a pleasure to read. It kind of seems like I can relate to some of his hardships and questions Arlian has through out the book. I can't wait to read Dragon Society, its on my must read list. I recomend this novel to any fantasy or dragon lover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2002

    it`s magic

    This book realy is one of the bether book`s i have read. L.W Ewans has realy got all of the stuff that needs to make an absolutely superb fantasy book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2002

    One of the best book for dragon lovers.

    One day I was walking through the book/magazine section of a store when a book caught my eye. This book which at first just looked huge plain and simple. After I picked it up and read the back I couldn't stand it so I stood there and read the first five chapters. By then it was time for me to go and I took this book with me. I have read this book about 5 times now and I am now just starting on the 6th. Ever since I bought this book I wanted to find more and here I am. I am thinking on buying Dragon Society. If this book could become a movie in my opinion it would sell out. Well I guess this is the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2002

    GREAT BOOK

    This is the best book I've read in two years. The only book that I've read that is better than this one was the Hobbit. I highly recommend this book to adventure/fanatasy lovers. I chose to read this book because it was recommended to me. So have fun reading Dragon Weather, and if you like this book the squeal is out 'Dragon Society.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2002

    Must read book

    I found that the book Dragon Weather to be fancinating and full of adventure. This was the first book that I read by this author. The book kept me reading for hours. I couldn't put it down. It is about justice and vengence on those that have wronged Arlain in the past and present. It even has a bit of romance in it. I found that without a certain part that half of the plot would be lost, and the book may be nothing. I suggest this book to many readers. It has easily become one of my favorites. That is hard to get a favorite book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2001

    Great Read

    This book was really intriguing. The twists and turns are outstanding, and the plot is laced with rich details that make you just want to read more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2001

    A Great Book

    This is the first book by him I've read. Throughout the entire book I was bedazzeled by his writing. The book was so good I did not want to put it down. He is a very talented writer, and I congratulate him on a job well done. I will read many more of his books in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2001

    YOU CALL THIS A FANTASY?!

    I got the novel DRAGON WEATHER because the back cover sonded ggod and it won an award was some fantasy magazine. So I decided to try it. It was boring, Watt-Evans started out with the action in the first 20 pages, making the action happen too fast and it really gets on your nerves because then you have another 500 pages going on and on about Arlian. I hated it it was simply boring and the storytelling was pitiful. Don't read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2001

    WOW

    Well, this is the first book by Lawrence that I have read, and it is a really great book! This book got me reading some more of his, like Touched by the Gods, another great book by him. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2001

    Great Read - Enthrawling

    This is the first book I read by this author. I wasn't sure if I would like it because most books I read the dragons are at least civil and usually very accomodating of man. This was putting the Dragons in a bad light. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Fantasy readers: Get this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    This was a cool book, in my opin..

    Mr. L W-E is the man! This was a extremly good book. The whole story rocks. But When will 'the dragon society' it's part 2 come out???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 1999

    Another great tale from L W-E

    <font color='#880000'><p> I've been a fan of Watt-Evans since '<i>The Misenchanted Sword</i>.' He's got a way with setting up great situations that do not seem to have easy resolutions ¿ and this story is no exception. <p> The book jacket advertises this as a mostly simple tale of revenge, but the actual 'message' of the book cuts much deeper. It presents its major story on the surface, but leaves you to ponder the deeper questions without slapping you in the face with them. <p> If I have a quibble with this book, it would be that the author leaves out details that might help flesh out the story, and he sometimes beats you over the head with the main theme. Granted, adding detail would undoubtedly slowed the story, and turned many readers away, but I would have liked to become more involved with the world these characters inhabit. Thankfully, he does manage to avoid the clichés that plague so many other books ¿ this alone elevates the book to a level above the majority of today's pedestrian fantasy. Add to this his clear, consise writing style, and you have an inventive yarn that is hard to beat. <p> I just wish more of his books were available in hardcover.

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