Master of Dragons (Dragonvarld #3)

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In Mistress of Dragons we were introduced to a world where political deception, greed, and avarice have lead to a violation of the "hands off" policy of the Parliament of Dragons concerning the affairs of men.

In The Dragon's Son twins born out of violence and raised apart discover the secrets of their legacy and the plot to incite a war between dragons and men.

Now as the evidence of deceit, betrayal, and ...

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Overview

In Mistress of Dragons we were introduced to a world where political deception, greed, and avarice have lead to a violation of the "hands off" policy of the Parliament of Dragons concerning the affairs of men.

In The Dragon's Son twins born out of violence and raised apart discover the secrets of their legacy and the plot to incite a war between dragons and men.

Now as the evidence of deceit, betrayal, and perdition is revealed to them, who will emerge as mankind's savior as the Master of Dragons?

A divided Parliament of Dragons where division and self preservation incite war and threaten the order of the ages.

A hidden stronghold where insidious and outlaw dragons hatch a race bent on the subjugation of all mankind.

The ancient city of Seth and its mystical order of warrior priestesses who have the power to fight back against the attacks of dragons.

The twins Marcus and Ven must unlock the secrets of these places and their own powers and overcome their own personal differences as they prepare to clash in a war that may pit brother against brother and dragon against dragon to determine dominion of the world and the survival of the fittest.

Master of Dragons is the epic conclusion of Margaret Weis's triumphant Dragonvarld trilogy, an epic of politics, war, and the delicate balance of the ways of dragons and men.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With a bright flash of dragon magic, bestseller Weis winds up her enchanting Dragonvarld trilogy, which began with Mistress of Dragons (2003) and continued with The Dragon's Son (2004). Nasty rogue dragons have plunged this colorful fantasy world into turmoil. Ven, who's part dragon and part human, and his normal-appearing twin, Prince Marcus, seek to avenge their mother Melisande's brutal death. Marcus also hopes to protect Idylswylde, his father's kingdom, aided by the gypsy Evelina, who longs to trap Marcus into marriage and ends up holding the key to future dragon intrigues. A fire-breathing finale leads to a mysterious denouement that hints of adventures to come. Weis is also the co-creator with Tracy Hickman of the Dragonlance role-playing game series. Agent, Christi Cardenas at the Lazear Agency. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
This concluding volume, after Mistress of Dragons (Tor, 2003/VOYA August 2003) and Dragon's Son (2004/VOYA October 2004), wraps up the trilogy's many interwoven plot lines neatly and at the same time leaves room for further ventures. Now the brothers are set on different paths to prevent a war between the renegade dragons and the humans. But the boys must first connect to take their vengeance on Grald, the killer of their mother. With the help of Daconas and a young female dragon, Lysira, Ven discovers that he is not the only part-dragon creature living in Dragonkeep, and he finds a new purpose in life leading to his mother's home in Seth. This new perspective allows him to unite forces to save Idylswylde, his father's kingdom. The action shifts from the dragon council to the Prince and King trying to fortify Isylswylde, to murder and mayhem in Dragonkeep, and new revelations in Seth. In between, the provocative Evelina attempts to secure her future with a particularly ironic twist at the end of the tale. The magic powers of the different characters add to the creative turns in action and demand a little extra concentration from the reader. Fans of the first two volumes will be drawn into this installment quickly and find it clever and enjoyable, although it would be difficult to understand without the first two books. A minor distraction is the need for explanations as characters and situations arise from the previous books, but the seasoned reader will just skim over them in this essential purchase for Weis fans. 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 recommendedfor Young Adults). 2005, Tor, 352p., Ages 15 to Adult.
—Patricia J. Morrow
Kirkus Reviews
The battle between humans and dragons comes to a head in the unimpressive concluding volume to Weis's Dragonvarld trilogy (The Dragon's Son, 2004). With a rogue sect of dragons scheming to enslave humanity, half-brothers Ven-a half-man/half-dragon monstrosity raised in secrecy-and Marcus-a handsome prince raised in the court, blessed (or cursed) with the ability to wield Dragon magic due to the circumstances of his birth-seek and ultimately find the path to victory. Human-friendly dragons Draconas and Lysira play an important role, providing hope for future relations between the two species. In this concluding volume, Marcus finds romance and Ven finds self-acceptance, while series villains Anora, Maristara and Grald receive their richly deserved comeuppance in predictable fashion. A paint-by-numbers fantasy whose soap-opera characterizations, laughable dialogue and execrable prose will have judicious readers rolling their eyes.
From the Publisher
“Gigi Marceau-Clarke shines in her performance of Margaret Weis’s novel. She’s got a beautiful voice—she even sings at times during the novel—and breathes life into the numerous characters…. Weis creates an interesting cast of all-female followers of the Mistress of Dragons.” —AudioFile on Mistress of Dragons

“Two brothers of mixed dragon and human blood become aware of each other’s existence and begin to unravel the secrets surrounding their births and upbringing. Stefen Rudnicki and Gabrielle de Cuir narrate. Individually and jointly they provide a strong, steady narration, passing the story back and forth smoothly.” —AudioFile on The Dragon’s Son

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765343925
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: Dragonvarld Trilogy Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 330,919
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.67 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Weis is the co-creator of such bestselling worlds as Dragonlance, Dark Sword, and Death Gate. She lives in Williams Bay, WI.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Great

    Loved this book. Whish there was more about the battle between the dragons.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    Excellent Conclusion to an Excellent Series

    This book had a little bit of something for everyone. Lots of action with well thought-out battles and suspenseful turns of events. There was suspense, politics and intrique. Lots of good stuff :) But what really made this series interesting were the characters. The main characters were well-thought-out and developed as the story progressed. Plus they weren't the usual invincible heroes that are found in many of today's fantasy books. Instead, they faced real struggles and often needed outside help to overcome the odds. The characters often doubted themselves and what they should do. This made the story more interesting to me. Plus, the emotions of the characters felt real to me. Add to this some really interesting villains and an interesting story-line and you get a really good novel. A fun and interesting read. My only real complaint is that in a few places the action seemed a little rushed. But overall this did not detract from the quality of the narrative. One word of warning - This is the final book of a trilogy and you will be lost if you don't read the first 2 books, but both of those were very good books as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2005

    an excellent ending

    The third book was fantastic, it was a little predictable but a great read. I finished this one in 4 days. I can't wait for Margaret's next project.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2005

    a dragon classic

    M.Weis has done it again she has created a marvelous series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fabulous fantasy

    Long before man walked the planet, dragons ruled the Earth and even when humans started to multiply at a rapid rate, the intelligent magic-wielding beasts accepted their presence for the most part. As man advanced, so did his use of weapons and in a century or two they could create armaments that could actually kill a dragon. Maristara the dragon went rogue and took over the kingdom of Seth, disguising herself as a human. She set up a breeding farm where dragons in human form mated with pure humans. Their offspring would look human but have the ability to use dragon-magic. The ultimate goal is for dragons to rule the half-dragons who would rule the humans.................... In Parliament, a traitor supports Maristara and the dragon Grald in Dragonkeep has set up similar breeding programs as the ones in Seth. Marcus, the prince with dragon-magic is rescued from Grald by his half-brother Ven who is half human but below the waist he is dragon. Marcus makes his way home to his father¿s kingdom to prepare him for the war that is coming between humans and dragons, while Draconas the Walker who walks among humans using illusions to appear as a human tries to broker a peace before the rogues begin the war. If Draconas, Marcus and his father fail mankind will wind up as dragon slaves.............. This work of high fantasy brings to a conclusion Margaret Weis¿s delightful dragon trilogy with all the questions answered and loose threads tied up. One can empathize with the antagonist Maristara who really believes humans could be the doom of dragon kind even while they deplore her methods to neutralize them. Readers will be surprised and enchanted by the direction the author takes with her characters. Ms. Weis deserves award nominations for her magical trilogy....... Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    A must read for any Margart Weiss fan

    I thought that the Rose of the Prophet trilogy could not be surpassed. I am glad I was wrong. Here we have intrigue, love and betrayal, magic, self-doubt and heroism, oh and Evelina. Get a copy of the three books if you haven't.

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