Review: Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs

Posted August 12, 2013 by Suzanne in Reviews / 2 Comments

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Review: Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs
Dragon Bones
by Patricia Briggs

5 Stars


Released: February 26, 2002
Series: Hurog #1
Published by Ace Fantasy
Pages: 295

…if you would like something that will have great characters, an easy plot and a bit of action then this book is perfect. ~ Under the Covers

Ward has only ever wanted to be the Lord of Hurog, he has protected himself and his siblings from the current Lord, his own father, with a shield of his own feigned stupidity and brute strength. However, his father has died and the very thing that has protected him, his pretend idiocy, has caused the Lordship of Hurog to pass to another. To protect himself and his sister and to get Hurog back Ward must prove that he is no idiot, and he sets out on a quest to regain his birthright.

Patricia Briggs is better known for her Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series, series that I am a massive fan of, so I am not quite sure why I was so surprised when I absolutely loved this book. It is a complete different genre, Fantasy rather than Urban Fantasy/Romance, and there is little to no trace of romance in Dragon Bones, but that didn’t stop me from reading this book cover to cover in one sitting.

What drew me in and kept me reading so avidly was the characters, especially the main character Ward and Oreg the enslaved “ghost” of Hurog. Ward’s intensity in regard to Hurog was palatable and often mistaken for ruthlessness and I enjoyed watching him struggle into his mantle of leadership. However, the most interesting character was Oreg, enslaved to whomever is the Lord of Hurog he was the spirit of the keep. Sarcastic, tortured and slightly mad, Oreg was both heart wrenching and funny and the book wouldn’t have been half as good without him.

In regards to the world that Briggs has created, it was interesting but also fairly simple in comparison to other Fantasy books I have read, it didn’t have the depth and intricate histories that some authors build and as this is a duology I doubt this is something this series will build up. This isn’t necessarily a bad point, just something to be aware of, if you are looking for an epic fantasy this won’t be the book for you. But, if you would like something that will have great characters, an easy plot and a bit of action then this book is perfect.

I really loved this book, definitely one of my favourites so far this year and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book

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About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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I have this in my TBR pile because I loved Briggs’ other stuff too. You have me eager to get it out and read it now.

Thanks for sharing!


Thanks Suz!