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Bitterwood (Bitterwood Trilogy)

Bitterwood (Bitterwood Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

James Maxey
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Dragons rule the world, united under the powerful dragon king Albekizan. Humans have been subdued for centuries, existing only as slaves, pets, and prey. Yet one man, the mysterious Bitterwood, strikes at dragons from the shadows, fighting a long, lonely war of resistance. When Bitterwood is blamed for the death of Albekizan’s beloved son, Bodiel, the king launches a full scale campaign to rid the world of the legendary dragon-slayer—even if he must kill all of mankind to do so.

Bitterwood, Kindle Edition, has been revised and updated from the original paperback release.

“For the sake of humanity, join in Bitterwood’s revolt.” – Kirkus Reviews

“A grabber from page one, a smart tale of adventure and revenge sprinkled with echoes of our own dangerous times. James Maxey’s world of dragons and humans at war is so solidly and engagingly rendered that I never wanted to leave.” – John Marco

“Bitterwood is an unlikely hero in a rich world, with a rich history that holds many surprises. James Maxey tells his story with a sure hand. Enjoy the journey!” – Carrie Vaughn

"Fine action and cool world building. Anne McCaffrey through a mirror darkly." – E. E. Knight

“A magnificent hero story.” – Orson Scott Card


Bitterwood has spent the past twenty years hunting down dragons, one at a time. But he is getting old and the hate that he has carried in his heart since a group of dragon-soldiers killed his family is beginning to fade. When he kills the royal prince dragon, the king decides the only retribution is genocide of the human race. Bitterwood is forced to enter the Free City, the grand trap designed to eradicate mankind, with thousands of others. Can he lead from within, or can a select few dragons unite to stop the king's madness from becoming reality. Full of rich characters and drama, this is an amazingly astute vision of our own culture by way of a feudal kingdom where dragons rule, and humans are used as workers or pets.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 632 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 500 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 184416487X
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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Der Drachenkönig Albekizan regiert mit eiserner Hand über sein Reich. Als es Zeit wird, einen seiner Söhne in einem jahrhundertalten Ritual zum Nachfolger zu bestimmen, will er sich nicht davon abbringen lassen, wie immer einige Sklaven dafür zu opfern. Für ihn wie die meisten anderen Drachen sind die Menschen eine niedere Spezies, die man genausogut ausrotten könnte, auch wenn manche von ihnen wie Haustiere gehalten werden. Allerdings hat Albekizan nicht mit dem mysteriösen Bitterwood gerechnet, der allen Drachen den Tod geschworen hat..

Anfangs liest sich die Geschichte recht interessant: ein Königreich und eine Gesellschaft, die nur aus Drachen besteht und die Menschen als herrschende Rasse auf dem Planeten abgelöst haben, mit allen Folgen und Konsequenzen - eine erbliche Thronfolge, Traditionen und Unterströmungen, die die bisherige Ordnung in Frage stellen. Damit hebt sich die Geschichte zunächst von den vielen anderen Fantasy-Büchern ab, die man zum Thema Drachen kennt.

Leider wird die Umsetzung dieser Grundidee im Lauf der Handlung immer enttäuschender, denn anstatt einer wirklich neuen Welt, in der die Drachen leben, präsentieren diese sich schnell als schlechte Alternative, die nur die weniger attraktiven Seiten der Menschen mit der Herrschaft von ihnen übernommen haben. Die Charaktere sind schwerfällig in Szene gesetzt und in ihren Eigenschaften einseitig überzeichnet. Der König Albekizan ist ein Tyrann, der starrsinnig auf Traditionen und Machterhalt pocht und dafür seine Söhne aufs Spiel setzt; als er seinen Willen nicht bekommt, setzt er eine Hetzjagd in Gang, bei der die völlige Ausrottung der Menschheit ein willkommenes Nebenprodukt ist.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very very cool book! 13. April 2013
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I must say this is one of the most epic fantasy books I have ever read. The world is just so unique and yet so familiar you find yourself abruptly in this world as if it were your own. Dragons have a human like thinking and yet they differ from the humans and cause conflikt. Humans are slaves in this dragon dominated world. I just love this book!
- daughter from Sämi: Julia
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dragon Age, Book One, Outstanding! 5. September 2008
Humans are no longer the dominate form of life. Dragons have held that position now for over a thousand years. Humans live in poverty, eking out enough to keep from starving and serving dragons. To the dragons, humans are a parasite on the planet and should be grateful for what little they receive. But there is one human all dragons fear. Bitterwood.

Bant Bitterwood lost his entire family when the dragons attacked his village. Bitterwood has been fighting a one-man guerrilla campaign ever since. He is the best archer ever with reflexes unmatched. Dragons have many names for Bitterwood. The Ghost Who Kills and The Death of All Dragons are but two. It did not matter to Bitterwood if a dragon is a peaceful scholar or a warrior. If he comes across a dragon, he kills it.

Albekizan is the current king, a tyrant to humans. When Bitterwood slays Bodiel, one of the king's two sons, the king declares it time to destroy all humans. Shandrazel, the king's remaining son, and Vendevorex "Ven", the king's personal wizard, oppose the genocide of humanity. Albekizan is willing to release the worst creature from the dungeon to complete the task. Blasphet, the king's evil genius brother who has killed thousands of dragons via poison in the name of science. Once the humans are taken care of, Blasphet plans to turn his attention to Albekizan's crown.

Unwilling to help the king in such madness, Ven escapes with his human female apprentice, Jandra. Ven has raised Jandra since she was an infant. At the tender age of sixteen, Jandra must quickly learn a different type of magic to survive; the art of magical warfare and defense. The end of humanity is at hand!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Fun Read But... 20. August 2012
Von L. Farina - Veröffentlicht auf
This is a trilogy review, because I found that Bitterwood and Dragonforge did not end satisfactorily on their own. So, if you are going to read one, you should read all three books.

The Pros:
* The book is a fun read. I didn't want my life back when I finished. The prose is clear, easy to follow, and concise, but descriptive.
* The series concluded with an ending that wrapped things up.

The Cons:
* This series is preachy. By that, I mean that it takes an idea and rams it down your throat. It's very clear where Maxey stands in his beliefs because I felt like I'd been hit with an agenda hammer.
* Where other books added twists, this took wild turns. I found myself thinking, over and over again that the series jumped the shark.
* The characters are a bit 2-dimensional and often incredibly close-minded. This is a series about concepts, not about character growth.

I'm giving it a 3 out of 5 simply for how much I enjoyed the prose of this author, not for the story.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting fantasy debut but not without some concerns 26. August 2009
Von Media Man - Veröffentlicht auf
Bitterwood is book 1 in the "Bitterwood" series by James Maxey. The basic premise is humans are enslaved/ruled by a race of powerful dragon-men (whom I basically pictured as the Draconians from the Dragonlance series). The main character is a man named Bant Bitterwood who is striking out against the oppression by killing the dragon-men wherever and whenever he can. He's a ghostly and legendary figure among both the human and dragon races. Renknown for his ferocity, tenacity and cunning against the dragon race. Here are my thoughts on the book;

Pros <Contains Spoilers>

+ Plenty of interesting and likable characters, mostly the dragons however. Every dragon has their own unique personality and Maxey's writing is perfect at describing these characters. Favorites included Shandrazel (the king's scholarly son), Vendevorex (a wizard), Zanzeroth (a grizzled veteran hunter), and Blasphet (the king's murderous brother). I even enjoyed the character of Zeeky (a little girl) and her pet pig. I normally dislike children in fantasy books but her character had an enduring quality. I did also really enjoy Bitterwood's character however was a bit disappointed that he was nearing the end of his life. You want him to be the hero of the book but in actuality he's become nothing more than a bitter old man (pun intended).

+ Well written and fast paced combat scenes.

+ Well described world. Maxey writes the locales with great description making it very easy to picture the story. Although the world starts out rather small you learn through the story that there is much more beyond the boundaries of the initial story.

Cons (these are purely a matter of personal taste and gripes) <Contains Spoilers>

- The mixture of science/Christianity with an already great fantasy setting put an odd spin on the story. Things such as the dragon wizard's invisibility actually being tiny nanomachines that bend light or Hezekiah (an overbearing and self righteous prophet) being revealed as an android that has been in existance for centuries left me somewhat disappointed in the potential of series. Or the fact that Bitterwood although aged has been genetically enhanced to be a superhuman after being critically injured and found by outsiders. Cross story telling like this may seem creative to some but it changed the fantasy feel of the story for me.

- The human female character Jandra, who is Vendevorex's apprentice, went from a likable character to utterly selfess and stubborn upon finding out about her past. This change in personality (regardless of past events/current knowledge) really turned her from the heroine role.

- No world map. Always a con in my reviews.

While I only 3 starred this title I did enjoy the book. It would have received 4 stars if it wasn't for the added science/religion crossovers. I found the story original, refreshing and interesting. You'll probably enjoy the book a lot more if you don't share crossover dislikes as I do in fantasy novels. I would read the rest of the books in the series as there's great potential for a continuing cast of original characters combined with a unique story, just with a few quirks.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome book 14. August 2008
Von Rob - Veröffentlicht auf
I don't usually review products, but after seeing that Bitterwood only has 11 Amazon reviews, I thought I would chime in and give it some support.

Bitterwood is one of the best books I've read in a long time, and offers a great combination of interesting characters, exciting action, and a fascinating world to discover. The book offers new twists on familiar ideas, which I think is what makes it such a great read. Is it literally perfect? Maybe not, but it has a level of creativity that few books can match.

If you like science fiction and/or fantasy, you really should give Bitterwood a try!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I expected something cheesy and light 9. Juni 2011
Von Yoshi - Veröffentlicht auf
Reading the synopsis on the back of the book, I thought this book would be good for a laugh. (It's not the same as Amazon's product description look at the back cover pictures)

"However there is one name whispered amongst the Dragons that strikes fear into the very hearts and minds of those who oppress the human race. Bitterwood."

It makes me laugh even now. The back of the book had me thinking this was going to be Robin Hood with Dragons. And sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes I want a story that is absurd or ridiculous to pass the time between thought provoking and a harsh reality.

Well Bitterwood isn't very silly and it's actually quite good. Some of the smaller characters in it are so interesting I kind of want them to have their own books. Then there is the actual title character of Bitterwood who is part of the beauty of this story about how legends and myth exaggerate the truth. In a way there almost isn't enough Bitterwood in Bitterwood, but there are two sequels.

But boiled down this is a story of revenge between a bunch of characters each for their own reasons. (I am a sucker for a good revenge story)

I have read both sequels they are good. The second one is better better than the third, but I would still read a fourth.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Twist on Fantasy and Worth the Ride 31. Oktober 2011
Von Richard Raley - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
I saw this for the low price on the Kindle (this could obviously change after this review is posted) and saw the different cover and did a double-take.

Yup, same "Bitterwood".

If you decide to buy this one, you're going to have some fun with it. It's actually rather hard to talk about without ruining a key twist that snakes out into everything, be it character, world, or plot. It's a nice twist, suspected and then confirmed and suddenly the story has new meaning and hidden dangers and a very many questions about how this dragon-filled world ended up like it did are asked.

All three books in the series are very much worth checking out, though "Bitterwood" is the best of the bunch.

Robin Hood fighting dragons doesn't even begin to describe what you're about to step into.

Four stars.
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