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DragonWorld is a collection of 90 dragons- fire breathing, mischievous, colorful, mechanical and more. The art featured is the most popular and attractive dragon art from http://www.deviantart.com, an online art community. The book features a diverse group of young artists from over 12 countries, many of whom have large fan bases within the deviantART community. The art represented is in all medias (traditional and digital) and is shown on a large-scale aside biographical info and thoughts on techniques, the art process and inspiration. DragonWorld includes the art of popular IMPACT authors William O'Connor, Jessica Peffer and Jim Pavelec.

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ISBN-13: 9781596872332
Publisher: ibooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/22/2012
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 1,154,150
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

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Dragonworld 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dragonworld is one the select few books that has stuck with me in an extraordinary way. The writing was incredibly vivid and engrossing. And even though I was at first a bit skeptical about the book having illustrations, I found those illustrations helpful in setting the atmosphere. I am the kind of reader who gets bored relatively easily; but I had no problem remaining interested in this story because once it started, it kept going at a face pace without a moment to spare. I sympathized, empathized and generally *cared* about all of the characters and their relationships with each other. Not only was each character compellingly and realistically developed, they all seamlessly fit into the story with no superfluous or extraneous details. The story itself is not unlike any reality based situation people might encounter. The misinterpretation of a tragic event by different groups of people leads to an uncalled for and, therefore, even more tragic war. In Dragonworld, it is up to one good-natured man to help right the wrongs to restore peace and initiate understanding and communication. And what an adventure he experiences while trying! As improvements go, I noticed only two. Firstly, I found the title a bit misleading. A book entitled 'Dragonworld' implies dragons. This book had its share of dragon involvement, but not nearly as much as I expected. Quite frankly, I wanted more dragons!! Since these dragons were at the heart of the story, they should have been featured more. Had they been featured more, I would whole-heartedly give Dragonworld five stars. Secondly, the marvelous illustrations were less than marvelously placed. It is inevitable that a page break will interrupt a sentence; but, on top of page breaks, more often than not, the illustrations were placed in the middle of those sentences too. It was very distracting to have a beautifully written sentence interrupted by an illustration. Overall, Dragonworld is a concise, powerful, riveting and convincing story that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this book, sadly tattered by my own children now. It was one of my favorites, and the illustrations were wonderful. A real treasure
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding!! Of all the other books I've read this one beats them all. Has great artwork gives details of everything so one understands and is very exiting!!! Anyone interested in Dragon Fiction this is the book for you!
AngelaG86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this when I first bought it, and then I read it in a couple of days! A great dragon book, I literally couldn't put it down.
raistlinsshadow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One thing to keep in mind is that this book was 545 pages long. Not a bad thing for a fantasy novel, but the plot as it was could have been summed up in about two hundred. The thing that struck me especially hard was that the writers seemed to be doing exactly what I did mentally with my novel assignments in class¿"What can I do here? I need to get ten more pages written! OH! I know! I'll add this in and write with that for a while¿ohwaitoriginalplot." While that's an excellent method for getting a higher pagecount, it doesn't make for good stories. The writing is stilted, but at least it's consistently stilted.There are various deaths, and from the beginning (particularly if the summary on the back has been read), it's fairly obvious that the other unfriendly nation is the one, it's dragons to blame. (Another irksome thing for me personally, since I enjoy dragons quite a bit and don't like them being portrayed as evil/semi-evil beings.) Because the enemy nation is absolutely-without-a-doubt behind it, though, the dwarflike farmers decide to sail across the sea and get themselves involved in something resembling guerrilla warfare with the taller, more adept warriors of the enemy nation, who are perfectly willing to engage with the dwarflike ones because the warriors believe that they caused the deaths. An inventor figures this out and suspects dragons and goes to inform both nations and is essentially exiled from the farmlike one [not in that order].I'd go on, but it requires even more run-on sentences and I'm a little too tired to formulate all of them so that they're coherent.Suffice to say that conciseness would have been their friend. The basic plot with the twists is perfectly fine; the political intrigue and various alliances are interesting but unnecessary, as are the dragons actually divided into two factions because the dragon-dragons are dying out. All of this could have possibly fit if the book were much, much longer¿i.e., divided into a trilogy or a duology or somesuch. Realistically, it's somewhat similar to the Dragon Prince books by Melanie Rawn, but the writing style isn't quite as pleasant and the plot just doesn't work to be strung together all in one book.The illustrations are unique, but another thing that I couldn't stand about the book. I would be reading and somewhat intrigued, then BAM! Two-page illustration that completely disrupts the flow. Not only that, but I'm one of those people who likes to envision the characters their own way, and with illustrations... My version of the characters looked a whole lot better, and much less like a bored teenager drew them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is possibly the best dragon book out there!! Theres action on every page never letting you get bored for even a second. Not to mention the illustrations are amazing! I would recomend this book to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There isn't a book out there that grips you as much as this book. There's action on every page and drama around every corner. This is the best book of all time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this in 1983, and I've loved it ever since. The characters are well developed, the story is complex, yet isn't convoluted, and the premise is sound. The original oversized paperback was awesome, with beautiful black and white artwork that fit well with the storyline, and which truly captured the character descriptions. I highly recommend this book to those who love fantasy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book rates among some of the best fantasy novels of all time!i have one of the original printings. It is a masterpiece that stands out among some of the great works like those done by Tolkien or Weis and Hickman. I would tell you more about it but you should simply go explore the world of Simbala and Fandora on your own to see for yourself. Any description I could give would never do it justice. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed this book. It is one my favorites. It has everything a well told story should. It has an original story line good characters and is exciting, all of this acomplished without any sex or vugarity. I do agree with prrvious reviews that there should have been more dfagon involvement. I stll gave it 5 stars becsiuse I enjoyrd it. Paul Quinn Author of Child of Promise