Dragonsbane [ epub ] ✓ Barbara Hambly

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An evil spell and he 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. A very nice traditional fantasy story that deliberately throws over a handful of clich s for instance our heroes are middle aged lovers prosaically named John and Jenny and the dragon slayer is wry and academic rather than imposing and martialMore typical is Gareth the indignant court messenger who comes seeking a hero out of a ballad and finds a man as much involved with pig farming as lording Also the beautiful yet evil witch who has enthralled the king is a predictable villain But I liked the characters very much especially Jenny who is torn between her magic and her humanity There is terrific chemistry between her and John Twisted perils they must face. A very nice traditional fantasy story that deliberately throws over a handful of clich s for instance our heroes are middle aged lovers The Exploration of the Male Anatomy prosaically named John and Jenny and the dragon slayer is wry and academic rather than imposing and martialMore typical is Gareth the indignant court messenger who comes seeking a hero out of a ballad and finds a man as much involved with All Night Long (Nannies, predictable villain But I liked the characters very much especially Jenny who is torn between her magic and her humanity There is terrific chemistry between her and John

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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. 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 convinces 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 and without wealth or connections I loved this book It s a wholly grown up fantasy novel Icebergs power held the King under. 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 The Line pigs And Aversin s lady love is not what Gareth had expected either a Your Naughty Playmate 3 - Cuckolding Fantasy plain middle aged witch who has borne Aversin two sons out of wedlock and is utterly unapologetic Swallowing his misgivings Gareth convinces 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 Haute Chinese Cuisine from the Kitchen of Wakiya past their Twisted prime and without wealth or connections I loved this book It s a wholly grown up fantasy novel

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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 return for the promise of the King to send help to the Winterlands Aversin agreed to attempt the nearly impossibl. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Dragonsbane is a novel I read upon release back in 1985 Obviously the world was a different place back then I was a different person young teenager and fantasy was of a different flavor Even at the time though I knew that Barbara Hambly had gifted her readers with a refreshingly mature fantasy which would stand the test of timeIn the northlands Jenny Waynest is a not so young any sorceress half trained who splits her time between learning her craft and raising her children The father of Jenny s brood is Sir John Aversin and he isn t your typical backwoods noble Rather he is a man of learning who prefers studying old scientific tomes on engineering and pig farming than fighting Be that as it may he and Jenny have been forced on occasion to slay some vicious monsters including a dragon And now John is widely known as John the Dragonslayer though it hasn t changed his and Jenny s life very muchThen young Gareth shows upGareth is a southerner from the Empire The Empire which abandoned the northlands once the mines dried up leaving their old subjects to the mercies of the northern savages Now though a huge black dragon has taken the Deep of Ylferdun killing or enslaving all its inhabitants Gareth having been sent on a uest to bring the only known dragonslayer back to the Empire to save his people Only Sir John isn t uite what Gareth expected in his shining hero and he certainly never expected him to be involved with a plain looking plain spoken witchDesperation finally leads Gareth to accept John and Jenny for who they are the three braving a dangerous journey back to the Empire to confront the dragon But once there they find that Sir John and Jenny are viewed as a huge joke by the royal court the king might be under the sway of a beautiful witch and the dragon could be much than a savage beast Traditional fantasy I hear some of you saying to yourselfSo why do I recommend Dragonsbane so highlyWhen I was a teenager I loved the book for its escapism and adventure Simple enough right Because Ms Hambly takes the traditional fantasy tropes twists them about a bit adds some complex characters like the dragon He was a favorite of mine at the time and turns this familiar dragon slaying uest story into a new and exciting adventure Pure sugar coated fantasy funAs I ve matured ie become middle aged what brings me back is the depiction of John and Jenny These guys are so familiar to my own real life two middle aged people in a committed relationship with kids Yes they still love one another even though they drive one another crazy but they are both struggling with regrets specifically the realization that due to circumstances they are never going to achieve their lifelong dreams Yes that causes Dragonsbane to be sad at times though John and Jenny s plight went over my head when I was thirteen depressing even but Ms Hambly handles it all so deftly so delicately that there is joy and hope than doom and gloom as this couple lives their life togetherI m pretty tough on books Hard to impress Difficult to sway once my mind is made up Perhaps my lifelong love of Dragonsbane is so deeply ingrained in my psyche that I can t see its faults but in my eyes this is as close to perfect as a traditional fantasy adventure can get and I d encourage everyone to give it a try


10 thoughts on “Dragonsbane

  1. says:

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Dragonsbane is a novel I read upon release back in 1985 Obviously the world was a different place back then I was a different person young teenager and fantasy was of a different flavor Even at the time though I knew that Barbara Hambly had gifted her readers with a refreshingly mature fantasy which would stand the test of timeIn the northlands Jenny Waynest is a not so youn

  2. says:

    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 the real magician here is the author She spins her yarn p

  3. says:

    Hambly writes adults a rarity in the fantasy genre; in particular Dragonsbane is a depiction of middle aged regret of people who because of historical circumstances and personal situations will never achieve what they dream of and somehow Hambly writes it in a way that's not depressing and that appealed to me even as an ad

  4. says:

    35 stars though not sure if I should round 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 80

  5. says:

    I had never heard of Hambly but I am impressed In the world of sword and sorcery most authors find it convenient to go the hack and slash route with the beautiful maiden thrown in to make the hero extra heroic Few are willing to invest what Tolkien did in creating a whole world that has humans and other intelligent creaturesHambly is than able in this regard giving us both a deep study of relationships and a threat to the order of the worl

  6. says:

    When a huge black dragon descends upon the Deep of Ylferdun young Gareth sets out to find the Dragonsbane the on

  7. says:

    I was advised to read this in terms of Never mind the blurb the key hooks are the loving adult relationship of the protags and the 'subversive' take on SS I agree with the recommenderNew word cicisbeo Lots of unfamiliar words tooher anger had no hate in it offering him no hold upon herthe blood red and buttercup hues of

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    Occasionally in discussions of SFF you'll see readers 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 romantic stories of noble knights slaying

  9. says:

    A very nice traditional fantasy story that deliberately throws over a handful of clich├ęs for instance our heroes are middle aged lovers prosaically named John and Jenny and the dragon slayer is wry and academic rather tha

  10. says:

    My first Barbara Hambly book and it is an entertaining discovery An epic fantasy without huge armies clashing without an end of the world as

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