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Bitterwood by James Maxey
Review by Paul Haggerty
Solaris Mass Market  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781844164875
Date: 26 June 2007 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Bant Bitterwood was a teenage boy, in love with a teenage girl, hoping that things will all work out and that they'd find true happiness. But this is a world of dragons and magic and all manner of strange beasts and occurrences. But it's not your typical fantasy world. The hints are all there that things are not what they seem to be, but if they're not, then what are they? Bant's life is ripped apart and he spends the next two decades of his life making life miserable for the dragon overlords that now rule the world. Until he kills the king's son ... and now the dragon king has lost all patients with the vermin known as humanity.

From official release/information:

Book Description: 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.

(Source: Solaris)

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