Dragons Wild

Dragons Wild

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by Robert Asprin
     
 

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First in the series that’s a breath of hot air—from the New York Times bestselling author of the Phule’s Company and Myth books.
 
A low-stakes con artist and killer poker player, Griffen McCandles drifted through college, always taking for granted that there’d be a family job waiting for him after he graduated. He

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First in the series that’s a breath of hot air—from the New York Times bestselling author of the Phule’s Company and Myth books.
 
A low-stakes con artist and killer poker player, Griffen McCandles drifted through college, always taking for granted that there’d be a family job waiting for him after he graduated. He just never suspected what his family was…
 
His mysterious uncle drops the bomb: Griffen and his sister, Valerie, are dragons—and almost purebred ones to boot. Unwilling to let Uncle Mal take him under his wing, so to speak, Griffen heads to New Orleans with Valerie to make a living the only way he knows how. And even the criminal underworld of the French Quarter will heat up when Griffen lands in town…

Editorial Reviews

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Dragons Wild is a lot more straightforward urban fantasy, complete with the semi-standard trappings of a secret race of supernatural beings dwelling amongst, and influencing, normal people. But Asprin pulls it off with skill and style, delivering a thoroughly satisfying, energetic story that begs for continuation. In fact, it’s actually one of the best things I’ve ever read from him, in terms of entertainment and atmospheric value…Is it fun? Oh yes.”—The Green Man Review
 
“Asprin tackles a new kind of comic fantasy, a little more serious and hard-boiled than previous books.”—Library Journal
 
“Colorful.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“This is the start of what looks like will be a great urban fantasy series that is funky, funny, and fun…Robert Asprin has begun another fine myth with his first entry in his wild dragon culture.”—Midwest Book Review
Publishers Weekly

This colorful series opener from comic fantasist Asprin (Myth-Chief) introduces lazy con artist Griffen McCandles, who got through business school on his "charm and quick wits" and now expects to be given a job working for his uncle Malcolm's company. Then Malcolm reveals that Griffen and his sister, Valerie, are near pureblood dragons, expected to chose sides in an international battlefield of magic and ancient rivalries. With assassins and a professional dragon-slayer on their trail, Griff and Val head for New Orleans (with no mention of Hurricane Katrina) to ally with Mose, an unlicensed casino operator and leader of a band of renegade dragons who hope Griff can bring them some respect as well as power. Asprin promises much but delivers little, apparently saving his plots for later books, but with all the characters and factions now in place, the series may eventually develop into something more engaging. (Apr.)

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Library Journal

Fresh out of college, Griffen McCandless meets with his wealthy uncle to discuss his employment "potential" only to discover the family secret: both he and his sister, Valerie, along with their uncle, are more than human. They are, in fact, nearly purebred dragons and, as such, they have inherited the highly political, cutthroat world of dragon society. Opting out of the "game," Griffen takes his sister to New Orleans, where he becomes involved in a small-time illegal gambling racket, something he excelled at in college. But other dragons, as well as a legendary slayer of dragons known as "the George," are stalking him. The prolific author of the "Myth" and "Phule's Company" series as well as a contributor to the long-running "Thieves' World" series, Asprin tackles a new kind of comic fantasy, a little more serious and hard-boiled than previous books. Featuring a likable rake and plenty of action and quirky humor, this series opener belongs in most adult and YA fantasy collections.
—Jackie Cassada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425272053
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Series:
Griffen McCandles Series , #1
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
673,945
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Dragons Wild is a lot more straightforward urban fantasy, complete with the semi-standard trappings of a secret race of supernatural beings dwelling amongst, and influencing, normal people. But Asprin pulls it off with skill and style, delivering a thoroughly satisfying, energetic story that begs for continuation. In fact, it’s actually one of the best things I’ve ever read from him, in terms of entertainment and atmospheric value…Is it fun? Oh yes.”—The Green Man Review
 
“Asprin tackles a new kind of comic fantasy, a little more serious and hard-boiled than previous books.”—Library Journal
 
“Colorful.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“This is the start of what looks like will be a great urban fantasy series that is funky, funny, and fun…Robert Asprin has begun another fine myth with his first entry in his wild dragon culture.”—Midwest Book Review

Meet the Author

Robert Asprin was the New York Times bestselling author of the Myth, Phule's Company and Dragons Wild series. He passed away in May of 2008 in his hometown of New Orleans.

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Dragons Wild (Griffen McCandles Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Wickedlildragon More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting new series by an author known for interesting off-beat, fun, easy to read books. The book centers around a brother and sister who lost their parents when younger and are in college now. They discover through a mysterious uncle that they are not entirely human, they are really part Dragon. Now that they have come of age, the rest of the Dragons in the world are taking an interest in how they turn out, and whom they owe their allegiance to.
schnutzy More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy Robert Asprin books this new series is more fun to read than going to Mardi Gras. It is a look at the big Easy from a point of view you would never expect. If you are a Michigan Fan, that is were the story starts. The other two books are also equally as much fun to read. Recommend the whole series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Long before man appeared on earth, dragons ruled the planet killing off the dinosaurs and ant other species that got in their way. They looked at the newcomer humanity as harmless until it was too late, forcing the proud dragons into hiding by disguising themselves as humans. Recent Michigan University graduate Griffen McCandles thinks dragons are nothing more than a mirthful myth until his Uncle Malcolm claims that his nephew (and niece) is almost a full bred dragon and will soon come into his secondary powers. He also warns Griffen that some dragons will want him dead because of the prophecy while others will want to use and abuse him some will remain cautious observing him closely to see what powers he develops before acting.----------------- Griffen wonders what type of weed his uncle took as he does not take his relative seriously that is until his girlfriend Mai says something about dragons and vanishes. His bookie Jerome tells Griffen that he too is a dragon albeit a lesser blood and that his boss Mose wants him to head up their gambling operations in New Orleans. Griff and his sister Valerie take up the offer since the George the dragon killer has left his calling card the Knight of Swords at his door. In New Orleans Griffen begins to grow into his powers and though George followed him, there are also other local dragons using animals to spy on him. Griff realizes he has an enemy besides George who wants him dead.------------------ This is the start of what looks like will be a great urban fantasy series that is funky, funny and fun. The young dragon must learn what his powers are while trying to stay alive by avoiding the George and the unknown adversary. Griffen¿s sister is like all female dragons as she is independent, temperamental, and charming and she too must learn to control her new skills instead of just protecting her helpless male brother. Robert Asprin has begun another fine myth with his first entry in his wild dragon culture.---------------- Harriet Klausner
Kittytm More than 1 year ago
Robert Asprin is still a very very funny writer. The concept in this book, that some people are dragons in disguise living among us, is unusual and well thought out. someone else mentioned that it seemed rather racist, since breeding, literally bloodlines, outweighed personal merit, but I thought there were some redeeming factors. The hero wasn't raised knowing his background, and some of his success is because he doesn't react to type. But really, this is escapist fare at its best: interesting, sympathetic characters, a storyline that is fun to see unfold, and written in an excellent witty style. For top rate Asprin, I recommend the MYTH, Inc series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While not as clever or funny as some of his other works, it's still a good read.
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A totally different type of story about dragons and how they disappeared (or appeared to)
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