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Knighthood of the Dragon (Dragonmaster Trilogy #2)
     

Knighthood of the Dragon (Dragonmaster Trilogy #2)

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by Chris Bunch
 

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“A tale of epic war and sorcery with a strong appeal to dragon lovers of all ages.”—Library Journal
 
Having proved his mettle as a dragon flier in the war against the Roche, Hal Kalais has earned his place as Dragonmaster of Deraine’s aerial forces. Taking advantage of the enemy’s retreat, Hal leads three squadrons in

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“A tale of epic war and sorcery with a strong appeal to dragon lovers of all ages.”—Library Journal
 
Having proved his mettle as a dragon flier in the war against the Roche, Hal Kalais has earned his place as Dragonmaster of Deraine’s aerial forces. Taking advantage of the enemy’s retreat, Hal leads three squadrons in a combined land and air assault to push the Roche back to their capital and end the war once and for all.
 
But just as victory appears imminent, the Roche reveal the true strategy of their withdrawal. Digging in behind fortifications on mountainous terrain, they can keep Deraine’s forces at bay indefinitely. The tide of battle turns for the worse when Hal is wounded and captured by the enemy—who are fully aware of the prize Dragonmaster in their possession. Now bound to a prison castle by dark sorcery, Hal plans a daring escape to secure not only his freedom, but also the freedom of his people….
 
“Bunch does an excellent job of grabbing the reader from the word go.”—SF Crowsnest
 
“Lots of action.”—Booklist 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As shown in the second Dragonmaster fantasy, in which dragonmaster Hal Kailas leads the Derainian army's drive to finally end the war with the Roche, Bunch's work is far more about war than about dragons, who have little personality or individuality. Kailas, now a lord, makes a resourceful hero, managing a daring escape from an impregnable enemy prison, but the rest of the cast are mostly one-dimensional. Good battle scenes and Bunch's grasp of military strategy will please fans of the first book in the trilogy, A Storm of Wings (2003). Though Bunch died in July 2005, he had completed the final volume, The Last Battle, which has already been released in the U.K. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The war between the lands of Deraine and Roche continues unabated, with the dragonriders of Deraine bringing great devastation to the lands of their enemy. Greatest of these is Hal Kallas, Dragonmaster, but in order to lead his forces against the enemy, he must first escape from a Roche prison in which he has been contained since his capture in a fall from his dragon. In this sequel to Storm of Wings, Bunch has created a tale of epic war and sorcery with a strong appeal to dragon lovers of all ages. A good selection for most fantasy collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Mediocre military adventure, the second in a trilogy that began with Dragonmaster (2005). His own steed sidelined by injury, Hal Kalais, Dragonmaster of all of Deraine's aerial squadrons, is assigned a new dragon with which to fight the evil Roche. Since man and beast are unfamiliar with each other, when an enemy dragon-flier makes a deft attack, Hal is thrown from his saddle and plummets to the ground below. He survives with nary a scratch but is soon picked up by Roche ground forces. Though Hal manages to break free, he's soon recaptured and taken to Castle Mulde, a secret Roche fortress with an Alcatraz-like reputation. Enchantments placed on the prisoners make escape all but impossible-but not for clever Hal, who gets away and subsequently rescues the abundance of Deraine dragon-fliers he found in captivity at Mulde. With them, Hal forms an elite squadron that might just be what Deraine needs to turn the tide of the war. With its overabundance of machismo, frequent and painstakingly described battle sequences and clipped pedestrian prose, this is not a thinking fan's book, though it's enjoyable enough (if a tad predictable) for those willing to switch off their brains. Too little original thought, too many hackneyed situations and characterizations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101212820
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/07/2006
Series:
Dragonmaster Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
314,812
File size:
692 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Chris Bunch is a full-time novelist following his career as a television writer. A military veteran, he is the author of the bestselling Last Legion Series, the Sten series, The Seer King trilogy, and The Demon King. He lives in Washington on the Columbia River.

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Knighthood of the Dragon (Dragonmaster Trilogy #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is sooo good! it is easily one of the best books i have ever read. if you have read the first book, then you will definetly not be dissapointed with this book. It has a lot of action and will just pull you in to it. i could barely put the book down. i cant wait to start the 3rd book!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The war of attrition between the kingdom of Deraine and Roche has been bloody with both sides willing to send pawns to death to gain a slight edge. Entire units are treated as fodder to move a position forward a few miles. Neither side will grudgingly give an inch though the decision makers remain comfortable far from the deadly front lines. --- Dragon Master Hal Kailas knows first hand how bad the war has depleted his forces as his side slowly loses the entrenched ground war and Roche begins to show superiority in the skies with their black dragon riders. Kailas has to find an answer even as he squabbles with his superior officer Asir the King who refuses to listen to supply inadequacies including a dragon shortage and a lack of trained soldiers. He must emulate the enemy and take the war to their civilian populace. Meanwhile his adversaries make a concerted effort to catch the Deraine war hero with plans to lock him away in magical binds inside a death camp as a demoralizer aimed at his people. --- As with the first Dragonmaster tale (see STORM OF WINGS), there are obvious comparisons to the trench warfare and aerial fights of WWI and the civilian attacks of WWII, but set in a fantasy realm. The story line showcases the fortunes and foibles of armed combat highlighted by the concept that peaceful solutions are for the naive while the realist errs on the side of someone else¿s death. However, as the tale spins its moral issues, the key characters even Hal never seem to have learned anything from their previous adventures. Still KNIGHTHOOD OF THE DRAGON is a superb military fantasy that will have the audience looking forward to the reprint of the LAST BATTLE. --- Harriet Klausner
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