Friday, July 12, 2019

BLOG TOUR: Dragonslayer by Duncan M. Hamilton

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Duncan M. Hamilton's Dragonslayer, the first title in the Dragonslayer series! Today, on our tour stop, we have a review to share! Not only that, we have a cool tour-wide giveaway! So... Take a look at what I thought about this read and grab your copy now!!! Follow the tour, HERE!

Dragonslayer, #1
Publish Date:
July 2, 2019
Tor Books

In his magnificent, heroic, adventure fantasy, Dragonslayer, Duncan M. Hamilton debuts the first book in a fast-moving trilogy: a dangerous tale of lost magics, unlikely heroes, and reawakened dragons.

Once a member of the King's personal guard, Guillot dal Villevauvais spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and child. He’s astonished—and wary—when the Prince Bishop orders him to find and destroy a dragon. He and the Prince Bishop have never exactly been friends and Gill left the capital in disgrace five years ago. So why him? And, more importantly, how is there a dragon to fight when the beasts were hunted to extinction centuries ago by the ancient Chevaliers of the Silver Circle?

On the way to the capitol city, Gill rescues Solène, a young barmaid, who is about to be burned as a witch. He believes her innocent…but she soon proves that she has plenty of raw, untrained power, a problem in this land, where magic is forbidden. Yet the Prince Bishop believes magic will be the key to both destroying the dragon and replacingthe young, untried King he pretends to serve with a more pliable figurehead. 

Between Gill’s rusty swordsmanship and Solene’s unstable magic, what could go wrong?  


Author of one of BuzzFeed 's Greatest Fantasy Books of 2013 

Do you have what it takes to be a Dragonslayer? In this epic, adventure fantasy series, an unlikely hero, Guillot dal Villevauvais, must overcome his disgraced past as a failed member of the King’s guard and hunt down a ferocious beast thought long extinct. A dangerous quest, led by the swordsmanship of Gill, the magical powers of Solène, a barmaid nearly burned to the stake, and the goodness of Prince Bishop. From the critically acclaim fantasy author Duncan M. Hamilton, this fast-moving series is a must-read for fans of epic, sword-and-sorcery adventures. 


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**About the Author**
Photo Credit: Jason Clarke
Duncan M. Hamilton is the Amazon best selling writer of fantasy novels and short stories, including The Wolf of the North and the Society of the Sword trilogy. He has Master’s Degrees in History and Law, and practised as a barrister before writing full time. Duncan is particularly interested in the Medieval and Renaissance periods, from which he draws inspiration for his stories.

He lives in Ireland, near the sea, and when not writing he enjoys sailing, scuba diving, windsurfing, cycling, and skiing.

His debut novel, ‘The Tattered Banner (Society of the Sword Volume 1)’ was featured on Buzzfeed’s 12 Greatest Fantasy Books Of The Year, 2013.

Duncan is a member of The Society of Authors, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). He is represented by DongWon Song of Howard Morhaim Literary.

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

Being a first time reader of Duncan M. Hamilton's book(s), I wasn't sure what to expect. Based on the synopsis, this fantasy is inspired by the history of the Dark Ages/Medieval Ages/Middle Ages (whatever anyone wants to call that time of history). Anyways, I for one have been fascinated by that time period. Oh, there's that dragon(s) part, too, that helped grab my interest... Ha!

Dragonslayer, from beginning to end, has a steady pace as the story, characters, and setting is being laid out; however, there were parts that I felt the pace slowed. Among the character POVs that is an integral part of the story is the dragon's point of view. Yes! I got to "see" through the dragon's eyes. I got to "feel" what the dragon was feeling. Despite all the world building and character development, I still felt like the book started in the middle of an aftermath of some major event that affected all these characters. Hence, all that wondering brought up questions of "whys."  I don't know... Maybe this first book in the series is just setting up for the next books to follow.

Don't get me wrong. I did enjoy this read. I want to know if these questions, or "whys," will be revealed in the following book(s). I just felt that this first book, like most first book in a new series, is pretty much used to introduce readers to the various characters and the setting of the story. I already know that this read is not for everyone. I only say this, because, despite Dragonslayer being an enjoyable read, I really didn't connect or "feel" this read. But, don't let that deter you from reading epic fantasies set in the Medieval Ages.

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