Legends of the Dragonrealm
An omnibus of the first three novels in New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak’s “endlessly inventive” (Glen Cook, author of Chronicles of the Black Company) epic fantasy series Dragonrealm—collected in one incredible volume.
In addition to writing one of the bestselling Warcraft novels of all time, Day of the Dragon, Richard A. Kaak is the author of the legendary fantasy series Dragonrealm that is “full of energy” (R. A. Salvatore, New York Times bestselling author of The Legend of Drizzt series). Now available in one fantastic collection, the first three novels from this riveting series include:
Firedrake: In the ultimate war between humans and fiery shape-shifting beings, Duke Toma has unleashed every conceivable evil upon the world of the Dragon Kings. Only one dares to challenge him: Cabe Bedlam, a youth with a magical sword that promises its bearer total mastery over man and beast alike.
Icedragon: Pitting his magic sword against the Dragon Kings’ glittering scaled armor, young Cabe Bedlam drove the shape-shifters back to their origins. But from the Northern Wastes, the merciless Ice Dragon implements a lethal scheme to sweep mankind into oblivion. Now Cabe must embark on a perilous journey toward epic confrontation.
Wolfhelm: The Death of the Dragon emperor leaves both the Dragonrealms and human kingdom in ruins. Tomorrow’s hope—the Emperor’s hatchlings—live, protected by the human warrior Cabe Bedlam. But the future teeters on the brink of disaster, and only Cabe and his good friend, the Gryohon, can save the dragons from losing their magic forever.
Veteran fantasy author Knaak opens a new installment of his multivolume Dragonrealm saga with this less than rousing quest adventure. The ancient sorcerer Shade attempted to achieve immortality; now he suffers one horrid death after another, reborn each time to alternating careers of good and evil. Seeking to end his curse, Shade is caught up in an ugly war brewing in the Land of Lochivar and involving wizard Cabe Bedlam, a descendant of an old foe of Shade's. Cabe's sorceress daughter, Valea, rebels against her parents and allies herself with the "living magic" Darkhorse, a supernatural ebony stallion, to save Shade, whom she envisions as a "tragic, romantic" hero. Readers new to this conventional sword-and-sorcery world could use more background than Knaak measures out, and while he maintains a wicked pace, driving Shade through one cliffhanger after another, his characters seem mired in post-Tolkien imitative routine dangers and a facile resolution.
I love this lengthy well written read. I believe it is a must to experience this book in its entirety! I couldn't put it down! Hope every epic fantasy reader picks this one up!
Absolute gem in my fantasy novel collection, my only regret is not reading this during the original printing