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Blood of an exile

by Naslund, Brian,

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First in the Dragons of Terra series, Brian Naslund's Blood of an Exile is a fast-paced adventure perfect for comic readers and fans of heroic fantasy

Bershad stands apart from the world, the most legendary dragonslayer in history, both revered and reviled.

Once, he was Lord Silas Bershad, but after a disastrous failure on the battlefield he was stripped of his titles and sentenced to one violent, perilous hunt after another. Now he lives only to stalk dragons, slaughter them, collect their precious oil, and head back into the treacherous wilds once more. For years, death was his only chance to escape. But that is about to change.

The king who sentenced Bershad to his fate has just given him an unprecedented chance at redemption. Kill a foreign emperor and walk free forever.

The journey will take him across dragon-infested mountains, through a seedy criminal underworld, and into a forbidden city guarded by deadly technology.

But the links of fate bind us all.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "At first glance, Naslund's debut appears to be a by-the-numbers epic fantasy: a nobleman who has been exiled as a dragonslayer is called back to court to rescue a kidnapped princess, earning a royal pardon if he succeeds. There's even a parallel plot, in which his ex-fiancée, now the queen, must contend with power-hungry nobles trying to steal the throne. But it's not all kingdoms and politics: there is also the underlying framework of a looming global ecological catastrophe precipitated by over-hunting of dragons. The backdrop of destroying a significant part of the Terran ecosystem and the unrelenting pursuit of poorly understood technological progress adds an appealing depth to the story and adds some tricky complications to both major plotlines. Bershad, the dragonslayer, is cynical, pragmatic and revenge-minded, but nonetheless an appealing character to follow. Ashlyn, the new Queen, thrown into the very messiest of political situations, is likewise engaging. Readers will be equally drawn to the natural history of this world and the political twists as they wait for the next volume in this promising series.--Regina Schroeder Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Naslund's debut wraps action, a mystery, and the environment into an impressively tight knot of classic fantasy. The ironically nicknamed "Flawless" Silas Bershad was a lord until forced exile turned him into a dragonslayer. But when he doesn't die as expected--due to a strange ability to heal--Ashlyn, the princess he once loved, and King Hertzog, who exiled him, make a dubious offer: they'll let him return home in exchange for rescuing Ashlyn's kidnapped sister, Kira, and assassinating an emperor who plans to slaughter nearly all the remaining dragons. Naslund's prose in the scenes with Bershad, his faithful companion, Rowan, and his donkey Alfonso is as intentionally rough-hewn as Bershad himself, a distinctive counterpart to Ashlyn's ornate language as she narrates her own engrossing fight against treason and environmental devastation. Amid the story's ecological concerns, the landscape presents as many dangers and opportunities for Bershad and his companions as the human characters do. This opener makes a solid start for what readers will hope is an expansive series. Agent: Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Assoc. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Series Naslund, Brian. Dragons of Terra ; 1.
#1 - Blood of an exile
Subjects Dragons -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York :[2019]
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Description 409 pages : map ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9781250309648
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