Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dragon Bones and Dragon Blood

Title: Dragon Bones

Author: Patricia Briggs

Publisher: ACE Fantasy

Copyright Date: 2002

Print Date: March 2002

ISBN: 0441009166

Page: 295

Series: Book #1 in the Hurog series

Book Description (from back cover):


Most everyone thinks Ward of Hurog is a simple-minded fool — and that's just fine by him. But few people know that his foolishness is [very convincingly] feigned. find that it's all that's saved him from death at the hands of his abusive father, who's always seen Ward as a bitter rival for power.

When his father dies, Ward becomes the new lord of Hurog... until a nobleman declares that he is too dim-witted to rule. Ward knows he cannot play the fool any longer. To regain his kingdom, he must prone himself worthy — and quickly.

Riding into a war that's heating up on the border, Ward is sure he's on the fast track to glory. But soon his mission takes a deadly serious turn. For he has seen a pile of magical dragon bones hidden deep beneath Hurog Beep. The bones can be dangerous in the wrong hands, and Ward is certain his enemies will stop at nothing to possess them...

Title: Dragon Blood

Author: Patricia Briggs

Publisher: ACE Fantasy

Copyright Date: 2003

Print Date: January 2003

ISBN: 0441010083

Page: 275

Series: Book #2 in the Hurog series

Book Description (from back cover):


Ward, ruler of Hurog, is striving to restore his lands and people to prosperity, wanting nothing more than a quiet life. But when an old friend, escaping from High Hing Jakoven's torturers, seeks refuge in his keep, Ward can no longer ignore the growing rebellion against the tyrannical High Hing. He realizes that he cannot stand aside — he must join with the rebels.

However, Jakoven has a secret weapon with which he intends to crush the rebellion: Farsonsbane, a magical artifact that has destroyed entire cities. But first, Jakoven needs blood to awaken it. Dragon's blood. The very blood that courses through Ward's veins...


When I hear all the books by an author are good to great — especially when the author has written in different genres — I get nervous. I worry that I'll be disappointed. That was not the case with Patricia Briggs's 2-book Hurog series.

The primary character, Ward, is extremely likeable. I just couldn't help rooting for him. Plus — dragons, magic, the heroic adventure/journey to seek a reputation and save his lands. And to save his family and friends. Overall, it was a pleasure reading these and a shame I agreed to give them up (before reading them, of course). Perhaps I'll see about re-obtaining copies of them.

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