The Dragon's Son (Dragonvarld #2)

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In Mistress of Dragons we were introduced to a world where political deception, greed, and avarice have led to a violation of the “hands off” rule of the Parliament of Dragons concerning the affairs of men, threatening more than policy and order—the violation threatened the freedom of the entire human race.

Now, in The Dragon’s Son, anarchy threatens to disrupt the delicate order the Parliament has tried to protect. Hope lies in the twin offspring of a high priestess and a ...

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The Dragon's Son: The Second Book of the Dragonvarld Trilogy

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Overview

In Mistress of Dragons we were introduced to a world where political deception, greed, and avarice have led to a violation of the “hands off” rule of the Parliament of Dragons concerning the affairs of men, threatening more than policy and order—the violation threatened the freedom of the entire human race.

Now, in The Dragon’s Son, anarchy threatens to disrupt the delicate order the Parliament has tried to protect. Hope lies in the twin offspring of a high priestess and a dragon, so long as the twins live to maturity. Until then, their identities must be held secret—even from each other.

It is up to the dragon emissary who passes himself off as a man, Draconas, to protect them both…before the internecine struggle destroys the Parliament of Dragons and brings an oppressive reign of fire down upon all mortal men.

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The Dragon's Son, the second book in Margaret Weis's solo fantasy debut saga (begun with Mistress of Dragons), revisits the medieval realm of Dragonvarld, where a parliament of godlike dragons rules in secret over the primitive human populace.

The High Priestess Melisande, the protagonist in Mistress of Dragons, is dead -- but her twin infant sons live on. One boy, whose father is a king, is born human; the other, whose dragon father is evil incarnate, is born a half-breed monstrosity. Soon after their mother's death, the boys' fates follow divergent paths. Prince Marcus is raised by a loving royal family and has all the privileges of wealth. Ven -- who is human from the waist up and dragon from the waist down -- is raised in the wilderness by an ill-tempered woman and must subsist on wild game. What they don't know is that two dragon factions are pursuing them for very different reasons: one to use them for nefarious purposes and the other to try to save them. But whom can the boys really trust?

No one has written more remarkable stories about dragons (except arguably Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. Le Guin) than Weis and her longtime writing partner, Tracy Hickman, who are world renowned for their numerous bestselling Dragonlance novels. In her Dragonvarld trilogy, Weis not only prominently features dragons as integral characters but also masterfully delves into the creatures' complex history, culture, and psyche.

Fantasy fans who have enjoyed previous Weis/Hickman collaborations should definitely give this intriguing saga a try. Paul Goat Allen

Booklist
" Exciting …Weis maintains a carefully crafted world...[deepening] the characterizations of the twins...."
Publishers Weekly
Weaving more spellbinding magic in the second book of her Dragonvarld trilogy, Weis charts the fate of Melisande's twin sons, whose bloody birth marked the cliffhanging conclusion of Mistress of Dragons (2003). Marcus, "human, born of love and magic," and Ven, "half-dragon and half-human, born of evil," are at the crux of a conflict within the Parliament of Dragons that secretly watches over a wonderfully detailed landscape similar to medieval Earth's. The innocent twins grow up apart in vastly different worlds: Prince Marcus inherits his mother's dragon magic and lives a semi-normal life as King Edward of Idlyswylde's bastard son, while Ven, human from the waist up (but blue-scaled, white-clawed dragon from the waist down), grows up the impoverished charge of a cold, grieving ex-soldier. Dragon's blood imbues each boy with fantastic abilities, but also puts them in danger from rebel dragons disguised as humans. Readers' hearts will ache for the conflicted Ven. Other notable characters include the wise Draconas, a dragon in human form who seeks to protect the twins and to uphold the ancient dragon law against killing humans, and Evelina, the vain and foolish gypsy who figures in Ven's reunion with his long-lost twin. A surprising, fire-breathing conclusion, sure to please dragon fans, sets the stage for volume three. Agent, Christy Cardenas at the Lazear Agency. (July 30) Forecast: A 10-city author tour with Wizards of the Coast, who'll be publishing her novel Amber and Ashes in August, will help raise Weis's profile among fans who've known her primarily as Tracy Hickman's collaborator on a series of bestselling fantasies. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
This second volume in The Dragonvarld Trilogy follows the two boys born in the first book, Mistress of Dragons (Tor, 2003/VOYA August 2003). Ven, the dragon boy named for Vengeance, is raised in isolation in the deep forest by his dead mother's friend. He has learned survival skills but does not interact with humans more than once a year when he disguises his non-human legs. Ven knows something of the facts about his birth but not nearly all. He hears things from somewhere else in his mind. The other boy, Marcus, a handsome and well-loved prince, is now also secluded in the castle since he has entered a world all his own: He also hears things. Around them moves Draconas, the human dragon who rescues each boy from danger. Draconas tries to protect the youth while doing the will of the dragon Parliament to reinforce the delicate balance between humans and dragons. As the boys grow, they are lured to the secret city of the renegade dragon. They meet each other and Ven's dragon father and guess about their roles in a larger game. Something-and readers are not sure what-happens to Draconas. A parallel plot involves a beautiful, conniving young woman who escapes the secret city with Marcus while Ven remains behind to confront his father. Compelling action in this volume provides the transition from the first book to events yet to come. Insinuations, leads, and false directions pull the story line toward the next volume. For those who have read Mistress, this installment is essential. 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-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2004, Tor, 384p.,Ages 15 to Adult.
—Marlyn Roberts Beebe
Library Journal
Twin brothers, born of a dragon and a human priestess, are separated after their birth. One is raised in a court of humans; the other is brought up in hiding by a woman who names the child Ven (for Vengeance) and dedicates him to avenging his mother's death. As Ven tries to escape his fate, Draconas, the emissary of the Parliament of Dragons, works hard to bring about a peaceful understanding between dragons and humans. This sequel to Mistress of Dragons and the second book in Weis's "Dragon" trilogy explores the psyche of a young "boy" raised to the call of vengeance. For most fantasy collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Spellbinding magic ... sure to please dragon fans."

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on The Dragon's Son

 

“ Exciting …Weis maintains a carefully crafted world and deepens the characterizations of the twins as each tries to come to terms with the past and his destiny.”

Booklist on The Dragon's Son

 

"Weis offers an exciting medieval fantasyland peopled with larger-than-life heroes and villains."

RT Book Reviews on The Dragon's Son

 

"Compelling action."

VOYA on The Dragon's Son

 

Raves for Mistress of Dragons:

“Best known for her successful partnership with Tracy Hickman (Dragons of the Vanished Moon, etc.), Weis launches a new series on her own that’s sure to please high fantasy fans and will leave them eager for the next installment.”—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765343918
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: Dragonvarld Trilogy Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 366,164
  • Product dimensions: 3.96 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Weis is the bestselling co-creator of no less than five bestselling fantasy series. She lives just outside of Lake Geneva, WI, the birthplace of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, in a renovated barn. This is her first solo authored fantasy series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Great

    Love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2007

    Great book

    The Dragon's Son is a great book full of action. Really got ihto it and found it to be thrilling as well as interesting. I thought it was better than the first one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2005

    once again awesome

    excellent, keeps you enthralled all the way through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005

    Awesome read

    Both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 are great books, I highly recommend them both to all fans of fantasy and dragons!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2005

    Where's the third book??

    Need I say more than this? My highest compliment to an author is 'How can I visit this world again?'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2004

    Great Book! A Must Read!

    I would recomend this book to anyone out there like likes a mixture of dragons, humans, and magic. This book has it all.I think it's well written and tells a wonderful story about the mixture of dragons and humans. The book leads you down different paths that have many twist and turns. I read Mistress Of Dragons as well and thought it two was a great book. I can't wait for the third installment of this series. Hurry up Margaret I'm waiting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2004

    IMPRESSIVE READINGS

    Favor fantasy? Then 'The Dragon's Son,' second by Margaret Weis in her Dragonvarld trilogy, is the story for you? Love to listen? Then Stefan Rudnicki and Gabrielle De Cuir are the voices for you, lending just the appropriate amounts of other worldliness to their readings. Rudnicki's delivery is resonant, memorable, and De Cuir's equally impressive. Fans will remember the conclusion of 'Mistress of Dragons,' a real heart stopper where a violation of the 'leave them alone' rule regarding the affairs of men threatened the very existence of mankind. Hope lies with twin sons. Ven, short for Vengeance, is half man, half dragon. Marcus, on the other hand, was raised comfortably, at court, and appears to be totally human. However, the dragon blood each carries has imbued them with magical powers. Their asset may also be their peril as evil dragons in human form seek to destroy them. Draconas is their ally and wants to protect them. But, is this possible? Listen and enjoy. - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    Fantastic coming of age fantasy

    Dragons would have nothing to do with humans and the Parliament of Dragons enforces that rule very strictly. However, one of the members have gone against the Parliament¿s ruling and mated with a high priestess, who since dragons can take on the form of a human, did not know who he really was. Two boys were the result of that coupling; Ven is a human from the waste up and a dragon from the waist down while Marcus is raised as the illegitamte son of King Ildlysisylde.<P> The two boys do not know about each other; they also are hidden from their father, who plans to rule the world of dragons and humans with his breeding program. He needs Ven for a special role in his plan and it up to Draconis, the Parliament¿s representative, to make sure the lads grow to maturity because only then will they have a chance of defeating the dragon. Ven has an agenda of his own while Draconis is caught in a trap by one of the female dragons.<P> THE DRAGON¿S SON is a coming of age story of two young men, one living in poverty and the other surrounded by riches. Both share a common destiny if they have the courage to risk their lives to fight the rogue dragon (nobody knows his true identity) when they reach maturity. For now, they must survive and cope with the dragon blood running through their veins. Dragons caused the mess that the world is in and they must find a way to make things right for their own sake and for that of humanity. Margaret Weiss has written an enthralling high fantasy novel that will totally absorb readers.<P> Harriet Klausner

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