Book Review: Dragon Blood

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Title: Dragon Blood
Author: Patricia Briggs
Publication Date: 2003
Publishing House: Berkley Publishing Group

Sometimes between heavy books you need something a bit lighter and easier to read. After finishing learning about the life of George Washington I decided my brain needed a break. This is a book that has sat on my to-read shelf for a couple of years. I bought it at my favorite used bookstore (Recycled Books) and finally got around to reading it!

Synopsis from Goodreads


Ward, ruler of Hurog, is striving to restore his lands and people to prosperity, wanting nothing more than a quiet life. But when an old friend, escaping from High King Jakoven’s torturers, seeks refuge in his keep, Ward can no longer ignore the growing rebellion against the tyrannical High King. He realizes that he cannot stand aside—he must join with the rebels.

However, Jakoven has a secret weapon with which he intends to crush the rebellion: Farsonsbane, a magical artifact that has destroyed entire cities. But first, Jakoven needs blood to awaken it. Dragon’s blood. The very blood that courses through Ward’s veins…

This is not a difficult read. I finished it in a couple of days, That being said Briggs has always been good at addressing difficult and taboo subjects in her books and this one is no exception. Full of dragons, magic, power hungry mages and cruel kings this book moves quickly and pulls the reader along.

Ward is fantastic character in how he works to protect his family and people. He takes care of those under his protection by putting himself at risk. I do suggest reading this book after having the first book in the series: Dragon Bones. There are references to the first part of the story but can be read separately. I suggest this book for fans of Briggs’ Dragon Bones, for fans of fantasy, and for fans of the underdog. Happy reading!

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