Barbara Hambly Ä 5 Free downloadMy first Barbara Hambly book and it is an entertaining discovery An epic fantasy without huge armies clashing without an end of the world as we know it threat without bloated descriptions of dresses or foodstuff It has instead a couple of mature and eluctant heroes with a convincing loving elationship it has a focus of personal introspection and painful life choices it has a well done dragon alien in body and mentalitythe book works well as a standalone and deserves to be considered a classic Occasionally in discussions of SFF you ll see eaders bemoaning the lack of books that feature 1 older women 2 non pretty women 3 mothers who get to do things Dragonsbane has all of these things in interesting ways and while it begins by seeming to be a deconstruction of うそつきリリィ 3 [Usotsuki Lily 3] romantic stories of noble knights slaying evil dragons it is primarily a story of the limits of female ambitionview spoilerWe start the book with Jenny a northern mageescuing a would be noble sprat of a escuer from bandits and taking him home to the local lord and her lover John The home to the local lord and her lover John The is seeking John because he s the only known Dragonsbane and the king has a problem with a dragonThe ballads have failed to convey John s broad northern accent his interest in pigs his spectacles his lack of courtly graces and most particularly that both John and Jenny contributed to the killing of the dragon that earned John his titleJenny s ole as mage or witch as the female mages inevitably get called is the crux of this story Her mentor taught her that magic A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators reuires a singular devotion that to become strong she must meditate and focus her all on her power and not as Jenny has done take a lover and have children by himThis is a book about worklife balance in other words but where the work is the grand passion and life the thing that keeps dragging you away from itMages being devoted to power above all isusted into society so much so that a priest won t perform a marriage ceremony for a mage because the mage will inevitably abandon family for power So Jenny is both happy and unhappy loving John and her children able to spend a fair amount of time away from them and yet never enough to fully devote herself to her powerThe sprat after some time being extraordinarily na ve and idiotic manages to get
John and Jenny south to try to kill the dragon and here they encounter Jennyand Jenny south to try to kill
dragon and here they encounter Jenny Zyerne who is also a female mage who is lover to the local Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival ruler the kingBut Zyerne is beautiful where Jenny is ugly powerful where Jenny is weak as cruel as Jenny is kind and as single minded in her pursuit of power as Jenny is waveringConseuentially the conflict of the story ends up being between the two womenather than Dragonsbane vs Dragon The Lifting resolution of this iseasonably well done although gosh I felt like hitting a few people with a clue bat than once and finally becomes a choice for Jenny between love and power hide spoiler When a huge black dragon descends upon the Deep of Ylferdun young Gareth sets out to find the Dragonsbane the only man alive who has ever defeated a dragon But Sir John Aversin is not what Gareth had hoped for he s a scruffy academic who is less concerned about honor than he is the health of his villagers pigs And Aversin s lady love is not what Gareth had expected either a plain middle aged witch who has borne Aversin two sons out of wedlock and is utterly unapologetic Swallowing his misgivings Gareth conv. When the Black Dragon seized the Deep of Ylferdun young Gareth braved the far Winterlands to find John Aversin Dragonsbane the only living man ever to slay a dragon In eturn for the promise of the King to send help to the Winterlands Aversin agreed to attempt the nearly impossibl. Inces Aversin and his witch Jenny Waynest to travel to the King s Court and battle the dragon But once there will anyone listen to two hicks past their prime without wealth or connections I this book It s a wholly grown up fantasy novel 35 stars though not sure if I should ound up for the subversive narrative and character driven writing style because I feel like I should judge this book by the standards of the time period in which it was written the 80s and not judge it by what I normally likeprefer in high fantasy books written much later in the 90s and beyondEven though it s called written much later in the 90s and beyondEven though it s called and the Dragonsbane is a knight named John Aversin the whole story is told from the perspective of his mageborn partner Jenny It s through her that we see and come to understand this Medieval Scotland inspired world the magic within it and the dragons And it s through her that we see the hardship of the mageborn and we see who holds the true power in this story and in this worldAs for John he s not only a knight but a country knight and a pig farmer too which comes much to the surprise of Gareth the crown prince when he comes seeking the Dragonsbane to slay the dragon John is not at all what he expected and all the hopes and dreams he had of the Dragonsbane as a noble knight in shiny armor are shattered upon their first meeting It s uite funny I laughed all the way through that first scene of them together and afterward every timeThe Dragon And Here They Encounter Jenny
John speaks there s cause for snickeringJohn and Jenny have been together for awhile they have two sons and have slainspeaks there s cause for snickeringJohn and Jenny have been together for awhile they have two sons and have slain dragon together All in all they ve been through a lot together and there s a sense of ease strength and security in their elationship the kind that can withhold all kinds of storm together You don t often see this kind of lasting bond in genre fiction and it s yet another thing that sets it apart from other of its kind Although neither John nor Jenny is what we expect of a knight and mage Gareth the crown prince is exactly what we expect of a sheltered inexperienced starry eyed young prince At least in the beginning of the story he s like that After meeting John and Jenny he comes face to face with the eality of his dragon problem and grows up uickly And then he accompanies them on their uest to slay the dragon and grows up some so that by the end of the uest there isn t that much of that starry eyed young prince left in him for which I was grateful because that guy was annoying especially when looked at from Jenny s perspectiveThe only weak link in this story that I could find is the man eater antagonist Zyerne She s a bit too muahahahaha for my taste I prefer villains to be subtle and to withhold information instead of flaunting it Unfortunately Zyerne is definitely in the flaunt it camp There s not much depth or complexity to her and I wished there had been layers or sides or personality Something to give her purpose than just being the force of darkness out to get our heroes I liked this book a lot upon first finishing it than I do now But now Now that I ve some time to process the story as a whole my interest and enjoyment of it is waning I think it s the combination of the slow pace it took over half the book for me to get into the story and characters and Zyerne s shallow characterization that kept me from being fully engaged But since this is the first book of the series I understand the necessity of the slo. E feat againWith them to guard them on the haunted trip south went Jenny Waynest a half taught sorceress and mother of Aversin's sonsBut at the decadent Court nothing was as expected Rebellion threatened the land Zyerne a sorceress of seemingly unlimited power held the King under. ,
s the Dragonsbane Still Gareth had not spoken aversin interpreting his silence and the look on interpreting his silence and the look onthe Dragonsbane Still Gareth had not spoken Aversin interpreting his silence and the look on his with his usual fiendish accuracy said I d show you my dragon slaying scars to prove it but they The House That Had Enough re placed where I can t exhibit em in publicIt said worlds for Gareth s courtly breeding and Jenny supposed the peculiar stoicism of courtiers that even laboring under the shock of his life and the pain of a wounded arm he swept into a very creditable salaam of greeting When he straightened up again he adjusted the set of his cloak with a kind of sorry hauteur pushed his bent spectacles a little firmly up onto the bridge of his nose and said in a voice that was shake but oddly determined My lord Dragonsbane I haveidden here on errantry from the south with a message for you from the King Uriens of Belmarie He seemed to gather strength from these words settling into the heraldic sonority
of his ballad snatch of golden swords and bright plumes in spite of the smell ofhis ballad snatch of golden swords and bright plumes in spite of the smell of pigsty and the thin cold The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field rain that had begun to patter downMy lord Aversin I have been sent to bring you south A dragon has come and laid waste the city of the gnomes in the Deep of Ylferdun it lairs there now fifteen miles from the King s city of Bel The Kind begs that you come to slay it ere the whole countryside is destroyedThe boy drew himself up having delivered himself of his uest a look of noble martyred serenity on his face very like Jenny thought someone out a ballad himself Then like all good messengers in ballads he collapsed and slid to the soupy mud and cowpies in a dead faint Buddyead with Beth Full The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division review to be posted at the end of the month when our buddyead ends I finished early because I m bad at buddy Pimpinella Meerprinzessin 1: Ankunft im Muschelschloss (German Edition) reads Cross posted at Dragonsbane is a fantasy book written by the underrated Barbara Hambly It covers about 3 to 4 days for most of the book and the magic in them comes from witches But theeal magician here is the author She spins her yarn patiently letting us wait until the things that are simmering come to a boilThe influence of Tolkien is obvious although younger Das kurze Leben der Sophie Scholl readers might find it subtle But is this book for youngereaders The main characters are grownups with grownup problems I found Jenny charming The entire story is viewed from her POVJenny is a lazy witch She didn t study hard to complete her magical SAT Now she doesn t know whether she s Défendre Jacob ruing it or not But we aseaders know the fact that she is Darfur's Sorrow: A History of Destruction and Genocide ruing it There is aoad trip involved a journey to the capital city of the kingdom I m happy to say that this part of the book merited 5 stars It was truly a hardcore experience to accompany these people You could feel each ache and sympathise with each complaint Most of which came from Gareth some nobody whom the King sent to persuade Jenny and John especially to kill the dragon in their Black Gold in North Dakota realmI m being a tad unfair when I gave the book 3 stars Most of youeaders and you women will like the book a lot But I decided to give the book 3 stars because it s not ereading material This is my first book of the author so naturally I m curious about her other works But she blew the climax big time There s too much mind battles going on for me to like and try to eread it So now you know. An evil spell and he Nestle Toll House Recipe Collection refused to see them Meantime the dragon fed well on the knights who had challenged himIn the end Aversin Jenny and Gareth had to steal away at night to challenge Morkeleb largest and wisest of dragonsBut that was only the beginning of the perils they must face.