The Dragonward

The Dragonward

by Michael Meyerhofer


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Three years after the War of the Lotus, alliances have already begun to unravel. As Rowen Locke struggles to maintain peace, troubling news reaches him from every corner. Persecution of the Shel'ai has reignited in the south, spurred on by a fanatical priest. To the north, the Isle Knights are withering under the leadership of mad Crovis Ammerhel. Old friends fight each other when not drowning their sorrows in taverns.

A new threat emerges from across the sea, dispatched by the same exiled Dragonkin who have been plotting their revenge for centuries. Rowen and his companions soon realize that the target is the Dragonward itself: their one and only defense against an evil so vast even Knightswrath could not vanquish it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940215761
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 07/27/2016
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Michael Meyerhofer grew up in Iowa where he learned to cope with the unbridled excitement of the Midwest by reading books and not getting his hopes up, Probably due to his father's influence, he developed a fondness for Star Trek, weight lifting, and collecting medieval weapons. He is also addicted to caffeine and the History Channel.

Michael Meyerhofer's third poetry book, Damnatio Memoriae, won the Brick Road Poetry Book Contest. His previous books of poetry are Blue Collar Eulogies (Steel Toe Books, finalist for the Grub Street Book Prize) and Leaving Iowa (winner of the Liam Rector First Book Award).

He has also published five chapbooks: Pure Elysium (winner of the Palettes and Quills Chapbook Contest), The Clay-Shaper's Husband (winner of the Codhill Press Chapbook Award), Real Courage (winner of the Terminus Magazine and Jeanne Duval Editions Poetry Chapbook Prize), The Right Madness of Beggars (winner of the Uccelli Press 3rd Annual Chapbook Competition), and Cardboard Urn (winner of the Copperdome Chapbook Contest).

Individual poems won the Marjorie J. Wilson Best Poem Contest, the Laureate Prize for Poetry, the James Wright Poetry Award, and the Annie Finch Prize for Poetry. He is the Poetry Editor of Atticus Review. His work has appeared in a number of journals including Ploughshares, Hayden's Ferry Review, North American Review, River Styx, and Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.

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The Dragonward 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
AVoraciousReadr 8 months ago
4.5 Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest. It’s been three hectic years since the War of the Lotus and Ruun is far from healed. In fact, it’s barely healing at all. Despite Rowen Locke’s and his allies best efforts there is still strife and rumblings of even more unrest. When a new menace surfaces, threatening to bring down the Dragonward, Rowen and everyone he calls ally must once again fight to defend Ruun from its enemies and the exiled Dragonkin before it’s too late. For those who have read and enjoyed The Dragonkin Trilogy this new trilogy in the world of Ruun will be right up your alley. For those new to the world of Ruun, you can start with this trilogy, but why? Why would you do that? You’ll miss all the struggles, sacrifices, battles, deception, and triumphs of the first trilogy that lead into this one. So don’t skip it. But if you must, then this first book does a decent job of dropping you into the world and not being totally lost. Poor Rowen. The unwilling hero just wants to live in peace after witnessing the near destruction of his world. But he’s not going to get it. Told from multiple POVs the action is near non-stop. There are several factions coming together from beginning to end and having multiple viewpoints is the only way to get the full immersion in this world. Some characters I love, some I hate, and some I really loathe, but make no mistake, you won’t walk through this story without feeling something for each one. The world is rich with history and depth and it makes my heart ache knowing that the characters I’ve come to love will get no peace again in it. At least, not just yet. The Dragonward may be done, but the Godsfall trilogy has only just begun.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Rowen Locke has struggled to keep the peace between all races since the end of the War of the Lotus 3 years earlier. But people are quick to forget how magic, the Shel’ai, and others brought peace, it is easier to remember the old hatreds. Then there is a new Shel’ai called Algol that has plans to bring down this world. Algol has partnered with Crovis Ammerhel and is planning on bringing down the Dragonward and return the dragonkin to this world. But Rowen Locke, Maddoc, Igrid, and others are going to do whatever they can to keep that from happening. Rowen is doing his best to protect those that he loves, even though everyone else seems to be against him. But he is loyal and determined, even if he is arrested, falsely imprisoned, beaten, and threatened to be executed. I loved Igrid, she is strong and determined and won’t quit no matter what. You can tell that she loves Rowen deeply although I think she was going to kill him. Algol is a powerful She’ai and has his own history but he is willing to do whatever it takes to bring back Nekiel. If you like epic fantasy stories you have a read this one. This is an amazing story with lots of action, death, and a serious bad guy that has plans to destroy everything. What more could you want? If you like audiobooks, make sure to check out the Audible copy. The narration was amazing and helped draw me into the story. I received The Dragonward from Sage’s Reading Room for free and I also purchased a copy of The Dragonward from Audible. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Dark fantasy comes to life under the skilled pen of Michael Meyerhofer. THE DRAGONWARD is a tale of a land struggling to survive in a world where war could begin with little provocation and true heroes are few and far between. Now the Dragonkin, long exiled are raising the threat levels and promising revenge on a previous loss. The target has been chosen and doom looms on the horizon. Michael Meyerhofer blends races, lifestyle choices and fascinating twists as he weaves a tale of intrigue, action and magic. All of the ingredients are there for an epic fantasy and are well-portrayed. Each scene feels alive, while many of the characters are developed with rich strokes of imagination. When offered this book for review, I was unaware of the previous trilogy that may or may not have filled in blanks that I felt were left open. Although the author does show a strong talent and way with words, I am sorry to say, this did effect my review and enjoyment of this tale. That said, I still see a great talent in Michael Meyerhofer as he developed this fantasy and gave it several twists on a wonderful journey to the end. I received this copy from Red Adept and Michael Meyerhofer in exchange for my honest review.