285208Second and last of the Hurog duology, Dragon Blood follows our hero Ward as he is first kidnapped by the king and tortured.  His blood is used to awaken an ancient, powerful and evil artifact.  He then leads a rebellion after his escape by freeing the king’s brother from prison and sets him up to be the new king.  All this while rebuilding his home, courting a woman, and working on a way to destroy the artifact.

I didn’t really like this one as much as Dragon Bones.  It seemed kind of drawn out and the ending was left very open.  I did like most of the characters, especially Ward and his ancient dragon/human hybrid Oreg.  So while this one didn’t sit well with me I would not have minded seeing a little more of the world, especially considering it’s out with the old king and in with the new by the end of it.

But I’m not really surprised by my review here.  The Hurog duology was among the first books Patricia Biggs wrote, so it’s a different style than what I’m used to and therefore should have gone into it with different expectations.

Ah well.  Live and learn.  We’re going to check out Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings next, so lets see how that one turns out.

7235533Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soiless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

Speak again the ancient oaths,

Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.

and return to men the Shards they once bore.

The Knights Radiant must stand again.