Song of the Dragon (Annals of Drakis Series #1)

Song of the Dragon (Annals of Drakis Series #1)

by Tracy Hickman

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ISBN-13: 9780756406738
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Series: Annals of Drakis Series , #1
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 813,776
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tracy Hickman has been writing and exploring fantasy and science fiction since the 1970s. Tracy eventually became a New York Times bestselling author (with Margaret Weis) of numerous series such as Dragonlance, the Death Gate Cycle, Darksword, and Rose of the Prophet. Together with his wife Laura, Tracy co-created the Dragonlance and Ravenloft games and, more recently, their own fantasy series, The Bronze Canticles. Tracy and Laura live in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah and have four children.

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Song of the Dragon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
WDBooks on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Song of the Dragon by Tracy HickmanI have to admit that I haven¿t read anything with Hickmans name on it for a pretty long time. I really have always wondered why his books do so well since I have found the books fairly sub-par compared to some of the greats in the genre. Of course since I have that view everybody else should also, right?!That being said I decided to give his newest book, Song of the Dragon a shot.SotD has the standard players, Dwarfs/Humans/Elves/Gnomes with a few add-ons such as Manticores and Chimerians (shape changers) along with a hint of Dragons to come.I actually found the book to be fairly enjoyable, Drakis the main character is a fairly standard human warrior whose destiny isn¿t that of a slaves, and try as he might, Hickman didn¿t make it so I really felt anything for Drakis. So far the main Elf character is one of the most interesting ¿people¿ in the book. The Elves are not the high and mighty good guys, they are in fact ¿Dark¿ Elves who control most of the magic in the world and have dominated the other races reducing everybody else to the status of Slave. I found the magic fairly interesting in the way the characters travel and in the way the Elves use it to control their subject races. Plus I¿m a sucker for magic in general.Drakis unintentionally starts a chain of events that frees himself and many other slaves from the power of the elves. He also just happens to have a Dwarf and a Manticore on hand who know the prophecy and that some human named Drakis will save everybody and crush the elves. This of course starts of a chain of events that result in Drakis and friends running to get away for the elves so that Drakis can be proved to be the savior, though he of course is in denial and isn¿t buying that he is anything special.A fairly standard book with a few nice touches. If you want some lighter reading and don¿t mind some tried and true ideas then this is for you. If you have liked Hickmans other books, then this will be a book you will like also!I do feel that this book (the 1st of a series) has some promise. If Hickman delves into the Elves a bit more and works on making Drakis a character that one can feel for, then this series will really gather steam. I did enjoy it and am giving it 6.5 out of 10.
starlitehouse on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Ever get a song stuck in your head? Drakis does and it leads to the distruction of his world, a war, mureder,freindship,betrayal, and in the end his freedom.
bezoar44 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Better than I expected, and better than the first several chapters suggested it would be. The basic plot is a group of oppressed characters who become fugitives more or less by accident, and will presumably become hopeful and successful rebels over the course of a series of books. The story is fine -- the group flees from one encounter to the next -- but what makes the story work are the characters, who all have distinct motives and secrets that they keep from one another. The story's chief flaw is mediocre writing -- not all is poor, but occasionally you get a passage like this: "To the critical, elven eye [the Keep] was vaguely offensive as a brutish, massive, and graceless pile of carefully fitted stones that was an unpleasant reminder of dark origins best forgotten. Soen never failed to smile at the irony of the thought each time he crossed the courtyard of the Keep, for now the building itself fulfilled that same function which its visage inspired." Even this short passage (1) is redundant; (2) makes a character do something no credible person does - be amused at the same 'ironic' thought every time they pass a landmark; and (3) mangles usage: how can a 'visage' inspire a 'function'? The author means something else, and has said it wrong. Unfortunately, it's not an uncommon distraction in this book.
cdhtenn2k10 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I don't read a lot of Sword and Sandal fantasy. When I do, I'm pretty careful and pretty picky. Hickman has been around the ol' realm a few times, and he came recommended from a good source, so I gave him a try. I am very happy I did.Hickman's writing is good. At no point did I feel it necessary to skip any character's narratives, even the villain's, which I often skip because I already know they're the villain. Seriously, do you really need a couple hundred pages to tell me the bad guy is bad? So any way, I didn't skip anything. The were some bad guy POV chapters, but they were interesting so I read 'em.I like the world he builds, and the role of humans in it. I like the way Hickman reveals the history of the world. We don't get any long drawn out history lessons. Enough is revealed to understand the whats and whys but still keep some mystery for the up coming books, which I will read as long as there aren't 12 of them.So there you go. I liked it, and would tell anyone who wants some swords to go with their sandals to check this series out.
chaos012 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I first got involved in reading Wies and Hickman¿s work when I first read the Death Gate Cycle. Then I read Margaret Weis¿s Dragonvrald trilogy and, I was disappointed. The plot had more holes than Swiss cheese and characters that were ether bland and forgettable or just plan unlikeable.So when I first picked up song of the dragon by Tracy Hickman, I was at first a little worried. However, when I read the book I read the book I was very satisfied. The story is about Drakis a warrior-slave. After killing the last dwarf king, Drakis finds Jugar a dwarf jester. Jugar frees him from his magical enslavement from his Elvin masters. He then informs Drakis that he is a legendary hero destined to overthrow the Elvin run Rhonas Empire. Drakis naturally doesn¿t believe in the legend but, it¿s the only thing he can go on while he and his companions travel to the north, while trying to evade recapture. All the while secretly followed by Soen, an An elf inquisitor for the Iblisi an order for keeping secrets from enemies as well as the empire itself.The characters are well written which is Hickman¿s strong point, although they are a little one the stock side. While the book¿s races include: Dwarfs, elves (These elves are more Moorcock than Tolkien), and catfolk (he calls them manticores but lets call a spade a spade). He does make the chimera have four arms and have the ability to camouflage. The story moves at a good pace but there were s few chapters that I felt were unnecessary. This is Tracy Hickman¿s first book he did solo and, is of to a great start. I am eager to read the next in the series.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I don't know about you, but when I hear the following words I get goosebumps and a fluttery feeling in my stomach: dragons, elves, chimera, manticore, gnomes, dwarves and magic.... Okay, so maybe I get that because I'm just a nerd.But I can't help it! I mean, I grew up on Fantasy - from as early as I can remember I was fed The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I dreamed about furry-footed little beings and fantastical scenarios! So when I see what looks to be a good fantasy - I jump on it!Lately I've been reading for my fantasy fixes some old authors, Tolkien being one of them, and some new-to-me-authors, Michael Sullivan and Brandon Sanderson. Now I'm adding Tracy Hickman to that mix and wondering how in the world I didn't start reading his books earlier!In the interest of full disclosure though, I will tell you that it takes a while for this story to get started. I was a bit confused with all the strange names and concepts, but once everything clicked the story really moved and I was drawn in and devouring every little scene. This book had it all. Traitors? Check. Really mean bad guys? Check. Annihilation of entire races? Check. Slavery? Check. The little guy rising above it all? Double-check!If you are in the mood for a good fantasy, this one will do it. However, it's the first in a series.. and the rest aren't out yet, so be warned!
phoenixcomet on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Decent first book in a series that I am now mildly looking forward to reading. Drakis, a warrior-slave of the Elves, is purported to be the salvation of mankind. The Elves who rule the world are none too happy about this prophecy and look to see him killed. But Drakis is freed from slavery to the Elves along with Belag, a manticore warrior, Mala, Drakis' partner, Ethis, a chimerian, the Lyric, a crazy human, RuuKag, manticore and Jugar, the dwarf who is much more than he seems. They make up the party that is fleeing from the elves and seeking out the northern lands where Drakis is supposed to be able to call on the dragons for help. That is, if the prophecy is true.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The elves of the Rhonas Empire are a sadistic warmongering race who practically made humanity almost extinct and subjugated all other sentient species like the Manticore, Chimerians and the Goblins. The Rhonas attack and defeat the Dwarves. Drakis the human and the rest of his warriors are slaves, controlled by Aether magic, are now fighting the dwarfs.. Drakis finds and takes as booty the dwarf Jugar; his magical artifact the Heart of Aer and his treasure for their master. Jugar takes the Heart of Aer and throws it at the House Aether Well causing the slaves to recall what their masters did to them re torture and degradation. Drakis, two Manticores, two dwarves, and a Chimerian escape. Jugar preaches to anyone in contact with Drakis that he is the savior of prophecy. He believes the human is the one who will come again when he is needed most. He is gathering a following, but one of those who escaped with Drakis is a traitor while others are being killed by the Iblii (Inquisition) who have been in touch with Drakis and heard the message. Drakis is unsure whether he is the one from the prophecy, but will go to the Northlands where he should find either answers or death. Readers learn about the various races through representatives who bring their respective culture alive without slowing down the plot. Drakis, freed from the enslaving Aether magic, keeps his sanity while others freed lose theirs when memories return to swamp their minds. He is a doubting Thomas but after the elves try to kill him, he vows to learn whether he is the Drakis of prophecy or just a namesake trying to rally the various enslaved races against the oppressors. Epic fantasy fans will enjoy the enthralling opening Annals of Drakis saga. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting read and intriguing plot that i had never encountered before. At times it was hard to keep reading but in the end i did really like it.
starlitehouse More than 1 year ago
Ever get a song stuck in your head? Drakis does and it leads to the distruction of his world, a war, mureder,freindship,betrayal, and in the end his freedom.