Rage of the Dragon by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Rage of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras Series #3)Rage of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

  • ISBN-13: 9780765319753
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Series: Dragonships of Vindras Series , #3
  • Source: Purchased

Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman comes Rage of the Dragon, the action-packed third book in their Dragonships fantasy series.

Skylan Ivorson is the gods-chosen Chief of all Vindras clans. But the gods from whom the Vindrasi draw their earthdwelling power are besieged by a new generation of gods who are challenging them for the powers of creation. The only way to stop these brash interlopers lies within the Five Bones of the Vektia Dragon—the primal dragon forged during the creation of the world—which have been lost for generations.

With the Gods of the New Dawn amassing a vast army, Skylan finds allies in former enemies. Calling upon the ogres to fight their common foes, the Vindrasi soon find themselves in the middle of an even larger war. Skylan and his Vindrasi clan must sail the Sea of Tears into the heart of the Forbidden Empire of the Cyclops, to implement a cunning yet delicate plan that risks his life and leadership at every corner. But a new enemy lies deep in the sea, one who draws upon powers never harnessed by land dwellers.

Master world-builders Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, who have entertained generations of fans with the Dragonlance series and the Death Gate Cycle, prove they’re at the top of their game.

My Thoughts:

 Rage of the Dragon by Weis and Hickman is the third book in the Dragonships of Vindras series.  Skylan Ivorson and his clan members have fled from Sinaria with their dragonship, Kahg.  Chasing after them in his own dragonship is Raegar, priest of the New Gods, and the ships of the ogres, returning home after being defeated.  Skylan’s crew is too few in numbers to survive any attack by either, and it’s questionable whether Kahg would fight Fala, Raegar’s dragon.  Things quickly go downhill from there as an attack by a giant squid leaves Skylan and company in the prisons of the Aquin, deep below the sea.  Politics and treachery lead to further dangers and Skylan must find a way to save himself and his people.

This was yet another excellent story by Weis and Hickman, full of rich world building and surprises.  The stories tend to remind me of the Grandfather’s line from The Princess Bride movie while describing the book, “fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miricles.”  Their heroes are always very human, experiencing both victories and defeats, and Skylan Ivorson is no exception.  In this third book in the series, he has finally accepted the mistakes he has made in the past and comes out stronger for it.

If you’re looking for a good fantasy adventure, it’s hard to go wrong with anything written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

My Rating:

 

4.5 Penguins

Review: Between Their Worlds by Barb & J. C. Hendee

Between Their Worlds (Noble Dead Series #10)Between Their Worlds by Barb & J. C. Hendee

  • ISBN-13: 9780451464354
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 448
  • Series: Noble Dead Series, #10
  • Source: From Publisher For Review

Synopsis:

Magiere and Leesil must rescue Wynn Hygeort from her captivity in the Guild of Sagecraft. But Wynn doesn’t want to give up access to the ancient scrolls that may help them locate the last of the magical Orbs coveted by the Ancient Enemy.

My Thoughts:

The Noble Dead series is an intriguing tale of dark fantasy.  Each novel reveals some new facet to the characters and more details about world they inhabit.  Magiere is a dhampir, half-human and half-vampire, who has earned her reputation as a vampire hunter. Her husband, Lessil is a half-elven assassin, trained by his elven mother while growing up to work for the human lord they were enslaved to.  His dog, Chap, is a majay-hi, a Fay spirit in the body of an elven wolf.  Wynn is a human member of the Guild of Sagecraft.  The four of them have stumbled upon information concerning a war so long ago that almost nothing is known about it.  During the war, the Ancient Enemy created the Noble Dead, vampires and other, more powerful, creatures, as weapons against his foes.  And now, to stop another war, 5 orbs must be recovered and hidden away again where the Ancient Enemy can’t find them.

Between Their Worlds is the 10th novel in this series.  Three of the orbs have been found.  Wynn has been made a virtual prisoner by her own Guild.  Margiere, Lessil, and Chap have traveled to the Guild to meet her, expecting her to have more information from the texts she initially brought with her.  But the Guild has denied her access to them, even taking her own personal notes.  Helped by her dog, Shade, daughter of Chap, and Chane, the undead vampire who loves her, Wynn must escape from the Guild with as much information as she can.  At the same time, Margiere and Lessil are also trying to break Wynn out.

I’ve really enjoyed each of books in this series.  They’ve all been well written and entertaining.  In this book, I really enjoyed the interaction between the characters and the mystery behind the motivations of some of the secondary characters.  The mystery of what’s going to happen next kept me turning page after page.  I’m looking forward to the next book.

My Rating:

.5

 

 

4.5 Penguins

Review: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

 Epic Fail by Claire Lazebnik: Book CoverEpic Fail by Claire LaZebnik 

  • Pub. Date: August 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback , 304pp
  • Sales Rank: 103,973
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis:

Will Elise’s love life be an epic win or an epic fail?

At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:

As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school—not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.

As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn’t exactly on everyone’s must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.

When Elise’s beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince’s best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.

Lisa’s Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Epic Fail, I had read quite a few reviews on this book and just sounded like a great read and it really was.  I  started and finished it in one day.  I got hooked and just could not put the book down.  It really had everything to do with the characters and hoping that things were going to work out how I wanted them too.  

Claire LaZabinek created a story that could have taken place at any school across the country.  Being in Hollywood does not really change the economic differences between students.  Nor does it change how other students would respond to the principal’s kids being in the same school. This is one of the things that I really liked about this book was how true it really is.  The pressures and stress of being different showed up for all of these students.  

Even though, this really is a pretty tough subject to deal with it was done in a light and friendly way in the book.  It was an easy read that by the end had me smiling because it just played out in such a great way.  Sure there were times that I was frustrated with what was going on or cursing different characters for being stupid or selfish but that is all part of being a teen.  

Overall, I just really enjoyed this read.  I don’t know what else to say except I will be reading more from this author.

My Rating:

Really 4 and a half penguins but I don’t want to cut one in half.  A very enjoyable story.