Dragons rule the world, united under the powerful dragon king Albekizan. Humans exist as slaves, pets, and prey. Yet one man, the mysterious Bitterwood, resists from the shadows, fighting a long, lonely war. When Bitterwood is blamed for the death of Albekizan’s beloved son, the king launches a full scale campaign to rid the the world of the dragon slayer, even if he must kill all mankind.
Revised 2020 ebook edition now includes the bonus prequel story "Tornado of Sparks!"
In the distant future year 1070 of the Dragon Age, to be exact Earth has been commandeered by dragons, who subject their human inferiors to lives of misery and squalor, either as slaves or pets. Human Bant Bitterwood, consumed with thoughts of vengeance against the dragons he believes murdered his family, goes on a dragon-killing spree that makes him a folk hero among the oppressed human populace. When Bitterwood slays the dragons' crown prince, Bodiel, their king vows to exterminate humankind the only way he "can be certain of victory over Bitterwood." To that end, the king enlists his murderous brother Blasphiel to build a city that will serve as humanity's abattoir. Maxey's world is stunningly imaginative, a landscape both familiar and alien, and packed with thoughtful treats for readers. Skillfully examining themes of faith, martyrdom and heroism, Maxey maintains an unflagging believability even while borrowing some of the most generic elements from science fiction and fantasy. The dragons are wonderfully written, as is the tormented hero; it is almost a shame that the story is so self-contained, as many readers will pine for a whole series of Dragon Age titles.
Entertaining page turner
I have had a passion for fantasy books since I was 13 years old, and "Bitterwood" carries on the wonderful Science Fiction/Fantasy of Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke.
This book is very descriptive and I can picture it in my mind. Also it's free.