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Spine of the dragon, Kevin J. Anderson

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Spine of the dragon
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Spine of the dragon
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Kevin J. Anderson
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Thousands of years ago the god Kur created the wreth, beautiful and powerful in magic. Then he commanded them to destroy Ossus, the dragon at the heart of the world, and disappeared telling them that only when the dragon was destroyed would he return. The wreth created a lesser race-- the humans-- as servants, slaves and soldiers. Millennia later the land is fertile again. Humans have survived; the wreth and Osus are tales of a legendary post.... until they ride out of the desert wasteland and demand the human return to service. -- adapted from jacket
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  • This latest novel from the incredibly prolific Anderson (Eternity's Mind, 2016) presents a world devastated by a war between factions of the wreths, immortal alien beings who created humanity before destroying themselves over which group (sandwreths or frostwreths) would earn the right to resurrect their god. Now civilization is split between the Commonwealth, a loose association of three kingdoms defended by the wreth-descended Brava, and across the sea the Empire of Isharra, where magic is abundant and vicious godlings are barely kept in line by conniving and ambitious priests. The thirty-year peace between the two is disrupted by a raid on a seaside town led by the ambitious priest-lord Klovus, while at the same time the wreths return and make themselves known to the other two kingdoms of the Commonwealth, either through an offer of alliance or brutal extermination of villages. Complete with a dozen viewpoint characters from every faction and group, Anderson creates a brisk and engaging narrative that should please readers even if his fantasy world doesn't exactly break new ground for the genre. -- Nell Keep (Reviewed 5/3/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 17)
  • /* Starred Review */ Anderson (the Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. series) smoothly tells a harrowing story of powerful magic and gritty battles on a world where the two continent-spanning empires, the Commonwealth and Ishara, are at war. The wreths, the long-vanished creators of the human race, return to wake a dangerous dragon and destroy the world that humans have built. The wreths had become no more than old stories; then the queen of the sandwreths appears after a sandstorm and asks to become allies with a human king, while another king finds everyone in his daughter’s village killed by frostwreths. When a fiery explosion destroys a mountain range, it becomes evident that the legends of a dragon are also true. But when the leaders of the Commonwealth ask for peace with Ishara to fight the wreths together, they find that opposition from their own people may be the greatest danger. Scenes of rape and incest and mentions of pedophilia may be difficult for some readers. This epic fantasy takes readers on a sometimes brutal, often enthralling journey through marvelously detailed lands with intriguing characters, and Anderson does an impressive job of juggling numerous points of view and levels of story. Grimdark fantasy fans will find this an enticing series start. Agent: John Silbersack, Bent Agency. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 05/06/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 18, p)
  • Anderson begins a new high fantasy series, Wake the Dragon, after recent diversions into science fiction (The Dark Between the Stars, 2014, etc.). Long ago, the nonhuman wreths created humans (with whom they can interbreed) as servants, then occupied themselves with killing their hereditary foe, a huge, evil dragon. This caused great destruction, depleted the land of magic, and ultimately failed, after which they disappeared, leaving the world to humans. Many years later, two continents, the Commonwealth of the Three Kingdoms and Ishara, fought bloody wars; desultory raids across the sea continue. Now, astonishingly, Queen Voo and her sandwreths show up to inform Adan Starfall, king of Suderra, that they are resuming their quest. Somehow, they still have magic; worse, they're going to fight Queen Onn and her frostwreths first. Voo offers Adan an alliance against the frostwreths. What to do? Well, nobody's ever accused Anderson of writing bleak, hard-edged realism, and the oft-repeated mantra "the beginning is the end is the beginning" is as profound as he gets. Instead, he builds momentum with a measured but relentless pace, introducing multiple characters and points of view in different locations and steadily increasing complications with glimpses of plots within plots, motives behind motives, and secrets inside secrets. Thus we learn of Empra Iluris of Ishara and her dangerously belligerent rival, Priestlord Klovus. Blood-magic halfbreed warriors called Brava are sworn to protect the Commonwealth and Konag (high king) Conndur, whose son and heir, Mandan, has no interest in statecraft and prefers to paint portraits. Elliel, an outcast Brava, labors in the mines where the wreths' dragon probably slumbers. And so forth. Piecemeal, it's undistinguished. Aggregated, it's seductive. The pages turn almost by themselves, because you absolutely, categorically have to find out what happens next. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2019)
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10781425
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NjBwBT
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1962-
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Anderson, Kevin J.
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813/.6
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maps
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no index present
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fiction
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True
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Wake the dragon
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1
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  • Imaginary wars and battles
  • Magic
  • Serfdom
  • Dragons
  • Gods
  • Imaginary wars and battles
  • Magic
  • Serfdom
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Spine of the dragon, Kevin J. Anderson
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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on1101964294
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25 cm
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First edition.
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526 pages
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9781250302106
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(OCoLC)1101964294
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Spine of the dragon, Kevin J. Anderson
Publication
Copyright
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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on1101964294
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
526 pages
Isbn
9781250302106
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
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(OCoLC)1101964294

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