Dragon Bones (Hurog Series #1)

Dragon Bones (Hurog Series #1)

by Patricia Briggs

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ISBN-13: 9780441009169
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/26/2002
Series: Hurog Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 157,295
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Patricia Briggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series and the Alpha and Omega novels.

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“A heartwarming tale…delivers a thrilling coming-of-age story.”—Romantic Times
“A lot of fun.”—Locus
“An excellent read for everyone.”—Kliatt


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Dragon Bones (Hurog Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 134 reviews.
-Q- More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting morality tale about a young man who was abused by his father, the man's mute sister, and their quest to overcome evil in their mythical world. The young man was badly beaten as a child, and pretended to be a total dunce to avoid more beatings. But he was anything but a dunce. He was a highly moral man, who worked hard to protect his sister from harm. After the death of his father, he stood to inherit a kingdom, but he had to use his skill and cunning to defeat the evil guys that were trying to take it from him. His adventures make for good King Arthur and the Roundtable-style reading as he pursues adventure and works to outwit his foes. He is accompanied by a ghostly character who helps him in his quest, and the power of the bones of the dragon bring the story to its slightly predictable conclusion. As I read this I can almost see it as a made-for-TV movies, with the characters clearly delineated and the traditional battles between good and evil enhanced by the presence of the family ghost and the young mute girl, with the concept of magical powers always present but not dominating the story line. Patricia Briggs work is always a good read, and although I prefer her later works in the Mercy Thompson series, this early creation of a brave young man fighting evil makes for an entertaining afternoon.
Monkeybearmum More than 1 year ago
Wow. This author just does not let me down! I started the Mercy Thompson series on a whim (despite the covers!), and could not put them down. I've read a LOT of urban fantasy and I was just sorry it took me so long to find Briggs. I was expecting her to have the usual - one strong series, other mediocre novels - offerings I've come to expect from most authors. Well, I have yet to be disappointed by one of her books and "Dragon Bones" is no exception. The ideas have been done before - the kingdom with the rightful ruler who must find his place, both within himself, and among his subjects. It is Briggs storytelling that is SO strong. With characters and circumstances that are so believable and engaging, I can read these start to finish - with no skipping ahead or skimming through painful dialogue. Reminds me of how I devoured Anne McCafferey books when I was younger. I didn't think I'd find that pleasure again as an adult! I can't wait to go buy "Dragon Blood" to take on our upcoming vacation. I'm afraid it'll be hard to get me out of the hotel room...
dmichelle More than 1 year ago
One of Patricia Briggs’ strongest attributes as an author is her ability to create characters. Without being exhaustingly wordy or relying on clichés to do the work for her, she consistently makes the people in her books realistic and relatable (or at least the former if nothing else). In Dragon Bones I found myself mentally glazing over the political and battle strategy elements (made all the more difficult to follow with the barrage of foreign regions and names) but didn’t suffer greatly for doing so as the real enjoyment came from the characters. Ward, being the protagonist, was naturally a stand-out but his supporting cast (Oreg in particular) found their way into my heart as well. I feel obligated to say this book and its characters aren’t quite in the same league as the Mercy Thompson novels--where Mercy is modern and easy to follow, this sometimes felt dry and geared toward the medieval fantasy fans--however given the chance I think it could win almost any reader over.
BarbaraHartman More than 1 year ago
I got this as a Christmas present from someone who knows I enjoy both urban fantasy and epic fantasy. Dragon Bones is epic alright but light on the use of cumbersome names..a small thing, and big on adventure and the hero's journey..a major thing. Now I can't wait till the next book comes out in audio because of how much I love the characters and the world of Hurog. It is hard for even some of the best books to make the transition to audio without losing something but this book is actually enhanced by the way it was read. The actor "gets" the subject matter and it is easy to believe he is Wardwick of Hurog. I think somebody ought to scoop this up and make a movie out of it.
SpikeyFan More than 1 year ago
I have to drive long distances for work and am always on the look out for a great audio. Honestly, I got this book because of the narrator. Joe Manganiello -- he plays the werewolf on True Blood. His voice is go "growly" it brings this audio up several notches. That said -- the story lines is a classic fantasy and highly enjoyable. Bring this audio with you on your next car drive, to your workout or just to play in the background at work. Well worth the download. I await book 2.
lizzeee More than 1 year ago
In Dragon Bones, Patricia Briggs creates a fascinating magical medieval world. Wardwick of Hurog had long known that his father was insane, and to protect himself, he became a consummate actor made easier by the head injury his father had inflicted on him. Unfortunately his act was too good, and everyone believed him to be the simpleton he pretended to be, playing into the king's decision to force him into a facility for persons too important to kill and giving Hurog to his uncle. There are plots within plots and hidden agendas that make the hidden dragon bones beneath Hurog vital and Ward's freedom imperative. His plan to join the fighting against outlaws in Oranstone and become a hero worked, but he had traitor in his ranks working against him almost turning the tide against him. He, however, has Oreg, a living ghost on his side whose existence is tied to Hurog keep on his side. This was a rousing fantasy/action adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking for a good book? I found one.. I think if you're not looking for "The Epic" you will thoroughly enjoy Dragon Bones. It's funny, original and just plain fun to read. I loved the characters especially Ward. Take a break and just enjoy!
book-chameleon More than 1 year ago
The characters in this book are interesting, amusing, and strangely touching. The plot was intriguing and kept my attention. This book and the sequel have made their way to my small, but ever-growing personal library!
sansmerci More than 1 year ago
Love this duology.  I feel like I've been reading so much garbage lately, but Briggs never disappoints.  Whether it be urban or traditional fantasy, her worlds are always fully realized and internally consistent, her plots entertaining, and her characters both believable and likeable.  Long may she reign!
Briget More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Patricia Briggs writing for a few years now. Dragon Bones did not disappoint. In fact, once I started it, I couldn't put it down. Finished in a day, but what a ride. If possible, Dragon Blood is even better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really, really loved this book! I'm going to start the next one today and I'm sure it will be as magical as this one. Fair amount of twists in the story, which I enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the most satisfying read I have had in a long time. The characters and story line are really well developed and the story goes along at a steady pace from beginning to end. You cant go wrong buying this book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The keep of Hurog was torn asunder by magic in order to save it. Now Ward, the lord of Hurog, is seeing to the task of rebuilding the land. His closest friend is Oreg, half dragon and half man, comfortable in either form. They are content to stay in the holding and not have anything further to do with the evil High King Jakoven or the intrigues of the court. Unfortunately, Jakoven wants Hurog, a land steeped in magic and to get it he arrests Ward and throws him in the Asylum where the king¿s mages and torturers work on him. They hope to prove that Ward is unfit to rule but the lord has powerful allies who are able to stop the King¿s plan at the last minute. Free to go home, Ward knows he must join the rebellion and topple the High King from the throne before he can use the powerful magical artifact, the Bane, which can control dragons and destroy empires. Patricia Briggs is a master storyteller who creates fanciful adult fairy tales that readers will love. DRAGON BLOOD has a charismatic hero who wins the hearts of the audience with his inner strength, compassion and good heart. The use of magical beings such as dragons, dwarves and other creatures of myth and legend don¿t distract from the believability of the plot. This reviewer hopes that some of the characters in this fantasy get a chance to have their story told. Harriet Klausner
cr_kell on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This book was magic and fun. I loved reading it. The ending was especially powerful. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys fun and fantasy.
Homechicken on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This book wasn¿t bad, and I only ran across three errors in it. Once, and most annoyingly, the author use the word ¿to¿ when she should have used ¿too¿. I hate that. Another sentence was really weird, although I can¿t recall exactly what it said or where it was. It was probably half-edited and forgotten about.Anyway, on to the book. It was pretty decent. I¿ve read other stuff by Briggs and wasn¿t disappointed. I got severly annoyed at the name of the hero¿s sister, Ciarra. I hate it when people use C¿s for the S sound, which I assume was the case here. I always read C¿s like that with the hard `K¿ sound in my head, and I did it throughout the book to spite the author. She probably things it¿s a cool name and fun to spell ¿Sierra¿ differently. I think it¿s retarded. Outside of that, the book was decent. Despite the author¿s claim that this book is stand-alone, you should read it before Dragon Blood, because it continues the story of Wardrick Hurog (the hero).
amberwitch on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I am convinced that I will like anything Briggs write. Some of the blurbs for her fantasy novels didn't exactly make them seem like my thing, but Briggs is a storyteller of such talent that she can make an engaging and relevant story out of something that sounds traditional, even trite. I would compare her to Martha Wells although her stories are more traditional, and the characters and worlds have less depth.
therhoda on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Enter Ward, a character that is not what he seems. I loved the blending on this story. The character of Ward is lovable but not a wimp.
Illuman8 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
OK, so I fell in love with this book. There are not enough stories like this out there. On first glance it is a predictable fantasy tale, the unloved son of a lord does good and surpasses the father, but, this one has a twist.What seperates it from the pack is the feel of the story rather than the plot or characterisation. The lead character has a very believable voice. I fell right into the story and was carried along in a way I had not experienced in many years.I was excited about the sequel and am waiting with baited breath for the next one.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Ward decided after his father left him so badly beaten that he caused minor brain damage that he should pretend that he was stupid. When his father dies in a hunting accident (partially his own fault through mis-treatment of his horse) this backfires when his father leaves his uncle as regent until Ward turns 21. Ward discovers that the next plan is to have him declared incapable of being a lord and for his uncle to take over the lordship. Ward escaped to try to prove himself with a motley crew of helpers. It was an interesting story and I really did want to know what happened next. The twists kept me wondering and I really wanted to start into the next book immediately. I found though that things happened suddenly without much explination and are dropped almost as suddenly. This is the second book I've read by her and I want to read more.
lewispike on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This book reads well and fluidly. I'm hoping the follow-up does the same. But...Whilst thinking of what tags I wanted to add, and a bit during the reading, I had the feeling that the author was running down a check-list got the bard, got the heir, got the inheritance, got the doughty warrior etc.There are enough little subtle twists that I find it works rather than doesn't despite this, but you might not find it so. If she'd tried to work one or two less of the required elements in, it would probably have been a whole 4 starts, but 3.5 is it.
kcollett on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Ward poses as an idiot to keep his father from killing him; after his father¿s death, he, the family ghost (sort of), his brother, his father¿s body servant (who swears when drunk that he¿s the son of the king of the dwarves), and others have to find a way for him to regain his inheritance. Sequel Dragon Blood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good premise poorly treated. Too many characters involved in non-conventional sex, even though not graphically. Important characters seemed to show up late in the story. This wanted a good editor to give it greater continuity. Disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great saga type Interesting character development as always
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Patricia Briggs is an exceptional storyteller. Her characters jump of the page and follow you around your day imploring you to read just one more chapter. I read this one in one sitting. I love Warwick of Huron, Oreg, Tosten, Stala, and we'll all of the characters as if they were all close friends. You will too...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago