Tales of the Dragon's Bard, Book 1: Eventide

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Overview

When a traveling bard stumbles into a dragon's den, he is forced to tell stories to the giant, fire-breathing menace or end up being eaten for lunch. When he runs out of stories to tell, he makes a deal with the dragon—in exchange for his freedom, he will return with dozens more of tales of adventure, romance, and bravery. Reminiscent of Scheherazade and 1001 Arabian Nights, Tales of the Dragon's Bard is the story of a man's quest to collect the most exciting stories he possibly can, and Eventide is the first ...

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Overview

When a traveling bard stumbles into a dragon's den, he is forced to tell stories to the giant, fire-breathing menace or end up being eaten for lunch. When he runs out of stories to tell, he makes a deal with the dragon—in exchange for his freedom, he will return with dozens more of tales of adventure, romance, and bravery. Reminiscent of Scheherazade and 1001 Arabian Nights, Tales of the Dragon's Bard is the story of a man's quest to collect the most exciting stories he possibly can, and Eventide is the first town he encounters. With Gossip Fairies, gnomes, a centaur farmer, and a blacksmith dwarf, those living in Eventide have enough going on to keep the Dragon's Bard busy—and if he feels the need to liven up those adventures a bit with his own ridiculous plots . . . well, the dragon certainly won't mind, will he?

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Editorial Reviews

Deseret News - Ryan Morgenegg

"The book is a fun read. It's humorous, imaginative and filled with adventure...If you like clean fantasy adventure books, this is a treat."—Deseret News
Library Journal
Evard the Just, a wandering bard, accidentally comes face to face with the fierce dragon Khrag. Fully expecting to be the dragon's next meal, Evard instead finds himself telling all the stories he knows to the beast. In exchange for his life, the bard promises to search out more stories and return to regale Khrag with them. Starting with the small village of Eventide, Evard plunges into the heart of village life, uncovering a host of strange creatures—including pixies, the Gossip Fairy, and an aging centaur—as he sets out to make a hero out of Jarod Klum, Eventide's humble accountant. Coauthor (with Margaret Weis) of the multivolume "Dragonlance Chronicles" series, Hickman and his wife and sometime writing partner, Laura, begin a new series that pays tribute to The Arabian Nights as a framework for telling tales of high fantasy and imagination. VERDICT The Hickmans endow their characters with ample humor in this lighthearted story that should entertain the authors' many readers.
Kirkus Reviews
In the first of a projected trilogy, a cozy village in an epic fantasy world manages to stand nearly every heroic trope on its head. When the bard Edvard is captured by the Dragonking, he bargains for his life by promising to collect the overlooked tales of common folk. And so he spends a year among the good people--and dwarves, faeries, centaurs and gnomes--of Eventide, meddling in the villagers' lives and dreams, endeavoring to re-cast their everyday dramas into suitably high-flown form. But the bombastic Edvard is merely the catalyst for a series of comically subversive tales: a dwarf with a romantic streak, a gossip fairy who longs for humanity, a dashing but reluctant highwayman, a priest-of-all-trades, a haunted retreat for weary ghosts, and one spectacular, cataclysmic pie fight. All are linked by the quest of the apprentice accountant Jarod Klum to win the heart of Caprice Morgan, one of the three beautiful sisters tending the town's (unfortunately broken) wishing well. Conceived as an online subscription serial, the narrative shows its origins in the episodic, meandering plot and frequent in-jokes for fans of sword and sorcery. The humor ranges from the farcical to the gently satirical, but it is never mean-spirited; the lampooning is always kindly, and characters' petty foibles and not-so-dark secrets are always brought to unexpected but satisfying conclusions. Amiable and charming, but the earnest moral that the most valiant deeds and valuable treasures can be found in mundane domesticity is unlikely to resonate with readers looking for more adventurous fare.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609070595
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Pages: 8
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracy and Laura Hickman are a husband and wife writing team who have authored role-playing games, screenplays, and works of fiction, including their first co-authored novel in 2004.

Tracy Hickman is a New York Times best-selling fantasy author who has published more than forty novels, many of the co-authored with Margaret Weis. He published the first of his solo novels in 1995.

Laura Hickman is credited as the first female designer of a published role-playing game module. Tracy and Laura wrote and edited the first science fiction movie filmed in space, and a copy of their DNA is currently in orbit on the International Space Station. They are the parents of four children and live in Utah.

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I know what you’re thinking! You’ve never seen a dragon at all—let alone any Dragonking named Khrag. You’d be right, friend, and it’s my calling day and night to see to it that you don’t! Now, you can discern with your own eyes that I’m no dragon slayer, but I keep old Khrag from burning down your door and savaging your town more surely than any knight who ever tilted a lance!

How? Why, good friend, I’m Edvard the Just! You’ve no doubt heard of me . . .

No?

But surely you’ve heard of the renowned Dragon’s Bard, purveyor of peace—the Minstrel of Mystery who wanders the land in search of places, people, and their tales. The tales that save all innocents from the dragon’s wrath.

That old and terrible monster Khrag, king of dragonkind, lies atop his hoard of inestimable wealth in a cavern deep among the roots of Mount Okalan, the accumulated treasure of a hundred wars beneath his deadly, ancient claws. It is as desirable a place as any dragon might long for all his long days, but dragons are creatures of adventure. Khrag lives for the stories told of the sunlit world so far above him and grows restless and angry when he is bored. But so long as his curiosity is satisfied, he’ll rest at his ease in his dark home deep in the ground.

I chanced upon Khrag quite by odd circumstance. The humorless brothers of a discomfited young lady took umbrage at finding her name prominently featured in a fictional story of rejected love, and they unthinkingly threw me into the lair of the Dragonking. Khrag was then and remains an imposing creature who, upon my rushed acquaintance, was quite prepared to eat me at once. As he raised his razor-toothed head to strike, I said to him—for dragonkind all understand the language of men—I said:

“It is entirely too bad to come to so quick an ending, for this would have made an excellent story.”

I stood humbly before the dragon, believing that I had told my final tale.

Yet the dragon—to my amazement and yours, too, I see—did not eat me! Instead he sat me down before him, surrounded by the gold of unnumbered kingdoms, and asked me, his great eyes gleaming, “You have stories? Perhaps I shall eat you later . . .”

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