Hellfire: Plague of Dragons

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In the fourteenth century, a horrific plague swept out from the barbaric East to decimate the great nations of Europe. This killer that spared no man, woman, or child—the Black Death—is well-known and documented. But there was also a second disaster that occurred at the same time, no less brutal than the Black Death, a living plague that killed without mercy which has gone untold and unrecorded—until now. A plague consisting of a horde of monstrous beasts unlike any seen ...
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In the fourteenth century, a horrific plague swept out from the barbaric East to decimate the great nations of Europe. This killer that spared no man, woman, or child—the Black Death—is well-known and documented. But there was also a second disaster that occurred at the same time, no less brutal than the Black Death, a living plague that killed without mercy which has gone untold and unrecorded—until now. A plague consisting of a horde of monstrous beasts unlike any seen before, or since: a plague of dragons.

This lavishly illustrated volume tells the story through a lost manuscript and accompanying artwork by fourteenth-century French wine merchant and confidant of popes and kings, Robertus of Avignon (1320–1387), found in the Historical Museum of New York in 2005. Discovered in a box of artifacts, historical documents, and original illustrations purchased by the museum in 1922, his illuminated manuscript and more than two dozen illustrations are reproduced in this spectacular volume that brings to life in great detail the majestic, domineering, and dangerous qualities of dragons.

Featuring the breathtaking images of best-selling fantasy art illustrator Tom Wood and written by prolific author Robert Weinberg, this vibrant and remarkably original book is sure to be a must-have for dragon lovers and historical fantasy fans alike.

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Bookviews.com, August 2010
Hellfire: Plague of Dragons will satisfy the demand for fantasy stories, resplendent with excellent artwork.”

Suvudu.com, 8/21/10
“This is an incredibly handsome book, an oversized hardcover tome whose design recalls an ancient grimoire or illustrated manuscript. The grandeur and awesome terror of the dragon is successfully evoked by artist Tom Wood, whose paintings and drawings accompany this epic tale. …mature readers with a taste for fantasy and a love for one of mankind’s oldest and most universal monsters will find much to like here.”

Suvudu.com, 8/21/10
“an incredibly handsome book, an oversized hardcover tome whose design recalls an ancient grimoire or illustrated manuscript. The grandeur and awesome terror of the dragon is successfully evoked by artist Tom Wood…mature readers with a taste for fantasy and a love for one of mankind’s oldest and most universal monsters will find much to like here.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762439065
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 12.38 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a fantasy art illustrator who is among the best-selling poster artists in the US and Canada. The “Tom Wood Fantasy Art” brand has sold millions of products since 2005. He is also the owner and art director of Meridian Design Works, which creates artwork for well-known properties such as the NFL, Disney, and Warner Bros. He lives in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

Robert Weinberg is a prolific author of numerous novels, short story collections, and nonfiction books. He has scripted comic books for Marvel and DC Comics, and his fiction and nonfiction has been published in fifteen languages with bestsellers in five countries. He’s a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and the Bram Stoker Award. In 2008, Weinberg was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association. He lives in Oak Forest, Illinois.

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  • Posted July 24, 2010

    Tom Wood's "Hellfire" is AMAZING!

    This book is one of the most creative pieces I've ever come across. The illustrations and story line are incredible. Tom is a brilliant artist. The story has just enough historical fiction, action, adventure, and fantasy to grab any reader's attention. I'm a reading specialist and work at a local public school. This is the perfect book to get kids and adults alike hooked on reading. The illustrations draw you in and the story keeps you captivated. It's a must have in school, public and your own private libraries. I truly hope Tom comes out with another one. The ending was awesome and left alot of room for a sequel. This is the type of book that would make a great movie and really turn someone on to reading. It's a short enough read that you could enjoy it in one lazy afternoon, however, you will be so caught up in the art that you could spend literally hours being mesmerized by the detailed illustrations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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