Shadow Raiders (Dragon Brigade Series #1)

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A new epic swashbuckling fantasy series by New York Times bestselling author Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes. The known world floats upon the Breath of God, a thick gas similar to Earth's oceans, with land masses accessible by airship. The largest of these land masses are ruled by the rival empires of Freya and Rosia. Magic is intrinsic to the functioning of these societies, and is even incorporated into their technological devices. But now a crucial scientific discovery has occurred that could destroy the ...
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Overview

A new epic swashbuckling fantasy series by New York Times bestselling author Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes. The known world floats upon the Breath of God, a thick gas similar to Earth's oceans, with land masses accessible by airship. The largest of these land masses are ruled by the rival empires of Freya and Rosia. Magic is intrinsic to the functioning of these societies, and is even incorporated into their technological devices. But now a crucial scientific discovery has occurred that could destroy the balance of power-and change the empires forever.
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"The demons were flying nearer and nearer, lifting the cannons to their shoulders and taking aim. Apparently, they had never fought a dragon before. They were in for a shock." Readers too will be in for surprises, in their case much more pleasant, with the first volume of Margaret Weiss and Robert Krammes' new Dragon Brigade series launch. The known world in this festering new microcosm floats above a thick substance similar to Earth's oceans, making it accessible only by airship. An imaginative military fantasy about empires in deadly conflict.

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"Singer-songwriter and actor Kirby Heyborne makes the beautiful writing flow and the intriguing characters memorable." —-Library Journal Starred Audio Review
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Longtime writer Weis (www.margaretweis.com) joins with video producer Krammes for this first book in a new fantasy series, "Dragon Brigade." Magic is intrinsic to the world of Aeronne, where continents float on a gaseous material known as The Breath. Majestic dragons are just some of the fantastic creatures found in this epic tale of adventure, secrets, schemes, and plots. The characters are detailed, from actions and motivations to wardrobe, and fully developed. Singer-songwriter and actor Kirby Heybourne makes the beautiful writing flow and the intriguing characters memorable. Of interest to Weis's fans as well as lovers of fantasy and adventure stories.—Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756406622
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Series: Dragon Brigade Series , #1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 655,276
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Weis is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times bestselling author

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

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    Margaret Weis & Robert Krammes have written a grand epic fantasy

    Both nations have engaged in arms race as each tries to produce a more powerful weapon to topple their adversary. Freyian patriot master spy Sir Henry Wallace believes he has the means to defeat Rosia. A Journeyman knows how to merge magic into metal, which makes the alloy impenetrable by artillery. Sir Henry goes to Rosia to bring the Journeyman and his family to Freya.

    Lord Captain Stephano de Guichen detests his powerful mother who is the advisor to King Alaric of Rosia. The Counte Cecille de Morjolaine orders her son to find a missing Journeyman who was experimenting on a new weapon when he vanished. She thinks Sir Henry kidnapped him. Stephan and his friends the Cadre of the Lost follow Sir Henry's trail and meet up with Father Jacob of the dreaded Arcanium and the godfather he never met, Sir Arder Martel is a knight protector to the priest. They join forces at the Abbey of Saint Agness where one hundred nuns were massacred. Demon riders attack them, but they use counter magic to eliminate the horde.

    Also seeking Sir Henry is Grand Bishop Girard who has Agent Dubois searching for the master spy and the Journeyman he escorts. Dubois knows he must prevent Sir Henry and his retinue from reaching Freya as all parties converge on Westfirth.

    Margaret Weis & Robert Krammes have written a grand epic fantasy reminiscent of the early Shanarra books. Magic is emboldened in objects and large percentages of the populace can use it. Readers will feel they are visiting another world mindful of the English French medieval war period; but also filled with paranormal creatures; some are allies of mankind while a few are indifferent and the rest are belligerent. The key characters are fully developed, but most important is the magic of the first Dragon Brigade saga seems real.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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