A Rumor of Dragons
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In its prison in the heart of Ganus, the last of the great dragons exults in its impending release that will shatter the world. Meanwhile, Marc Courtenay swallows his anger as his friends laugh at him behind his back and his father uses him as a pawn in games of political intrigue. After all, what good is a prince born without hands? Better to simply enjoy life's pleasures! But when the kingdom falls to the traitor Balbereth and his wizards, Marc is plunged into a world he has never known - where myths come alive, legends kill, and a rumor about the return of the great dragons will decide the fate of all. As he flees for his life, Marc is aided by a minor wizard, a disgraced empath, and a dwarf dragon who cannot fly, and he discovers that even a handless prince can change the course of history. However, he must first learn to entrust his life to those he comes to love and discover the courage to act when all hope seems lost before he can confront the growing menace that... More > threatens to rip Ganus apart.< Less
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Apr 2, 2008"Reviews of A Rumor of Dragons" "Thought-provoking writing for teenager--a welcome alternative to the lure of computer games." G.P. Taylor, internationally best-selling author of Shadowmancer and the Mariah Mundi series. "Michael A. Heald has created a fresh world with engaging characters and an absorbing mythos. His crisp narrative draws the reader irresistibly along through a richly satisfying tale. A Rumor of Dragons is the best fantasy I've read since Orson Scott Card's Tales of Alvin Maker, and I greedily look forward to the next volumes of Michael A. Heald's Chronicles of Ganus" - C.V. Manning, author of Cyon: Veritas "Set aside a place on your bookshelf for A Rumor of Dragons, right next to Lord of the Rings and A Wizard of Earthsea." Caprice Hokstad, author of The Duke's Handmaid and Nor Iron Bars a Cage. "There is a gritty bleakness to this world; and the characters are not the glossy, superhuman heroes of traditional fantasy,... More > but flawed and insecure souls, with all the issues and baggage we have and more. The reader is taken chapter to chapter, switching back and forth from various character stories, as they slowly wend their way towards one another. This story ingeniously blends the forces of physics with metaphysics; magic and sorcery to tell the tale of Ganus and its people. It was artfully done . . . . I am giving this book the full five medallions for bringing such a gripping, and unique perspective to the Fantasy Genre." Stephanie Johanesen, Odyssey Reviews "A Rumor of Dragons is an exceptional fantasy novel which I found to be most enjoyable. It is quite an inspirational story with a unique hero. Michael Heald is a consummate writer with a creative imagination, and hopefully, one day his name will be included along with Robert Jordan, Jonathan Stroud, and Christopher Paolini as a contemporary fantasy writer." Kaye Trout's Book Reviews "This novel is the first in an addictive series, and I will be sure to read the next book as I know it will have even more delicious twists. 5 Hearts." Crystal Adkins, "Book Reviews by Crystal" "Excellent fantasy. . . . The author has also created an unusual setting of a world that does not spin and opposing forces that hide behind other opposing forces. There are many twists and turns. This has the elements of most great fantasies. We rated it five hearts." Heartland Reviews "I loved this novel; it was absolutely spell-binding from beginning to end, and I cannot wait to read the next installment in The Chronicles of Ganus. Heald has a true gift with words, creating drama and mystery at every turn. 5 Stars." Amber, YA Book Central< Less
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- Standard Copyright License
- December 7, 2007
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.49 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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