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In a realm on the brink of war, will an unsuspected heir to the kingdom of Coronnan and to magic long-banished from the land offer the only hope for survival? Glenndon--son of witchwoman Brevelan and Jaylor, Senior Magician and Chancellor of the University of Magicians--has never spoken aloud. He has no need because his telepathic talent is strong and everyone associated wi In a realm on the brink of war, will an unsuspected heir to the kingdom of Coronnan and to magic long-banished from the land offer the only hope for survival? Glenndon--son of witchwoman Brevelan and Jaylor, Senior Magician and Chancellor of the University of Magicians--has never spoken aloud. He has no need because his telepathic talent is strong and everyone associated with the University can "hear" him. He can throw master-level spells, but because he will not speak, Jaylor has refused to promote him from apprentice to journeyman magician. Still, everyone knows it is only a matter of time until Glenndon will take his rightful place at the University. Then an urgent missive arrives from King Darville. The Council of Provinces is near rebellion over the king's lack of a male heir. Rather than see his fourteen-year-old daughter, Rosselinda, married off just to procure an heir, he orders his illegitimate son Glenndon to Coronnan City to become his successor. And suddenly Glenndon's world is in chaos. The man he's always known as his father is not. Instead he is the son of the king. But in this city where court politics can prove deadly and where magic is forbidden, the young man must hide his talents even as he struggles to find his voice and his destiny. And one slip could see Glenndon, Darville, Rosselinda, and even Jaylor doomed, for the lords and the people fear magic more than potential invasion, legendary monsters, and civil war.


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In a realm on the brink of war, will an unsuspected heir to the kingdom of Coronnan and to magic long-banished from the land offer the only hope for survival? Glenndon--son of witchwoman Brevelan and Jaylor, Senior Magician and Chancellor of the University of Magicians--has never spoken aloud. He has no need because his telepathic talent is strong and everyone associated wi In a realm on the brink of war, will an unsuspected heir to the kingdom of Coronnan and to magic long-banished from the land offer the only hope for survival? Glenndon--son of witchwoman Brevelan and Jaylor, Senior Magician and Chancellor of the University of Magicians--has never spoken aloud. He has no need because his telepathic talent is strong and everyone associated with the University can "hear" him. He can throw master-level spells, but because he will not speak, Jaylor has refused to promote him from apprentice to journeyman magician. Still, everyone knows it is only a matter of time until Glenndon will take his rightful place at the University. Then an urgent missive arrives from King Darville. The Council of Provinces is near rebellion over the king's lack of a male heir. Rather than see his fourteen-year-old daughter, Rosselinda, married off just to procure an heir, he orders his illegitimate son Glenndon to Coronnan City to become his successor. And suddenly Glenndon's world is in chaos. The man he's always known as his father is not. Instead he is the son of the king. But in this city where court politics can prove deadly and where magic is forbidden, the young man must hide his talents even as he struggles to find his voice and his destiny. And one slip could see Glenndon, Darville, Rosselinda, and even Jaylor doomed, for the lords and the people fear magic more than potential invasion, legendary monsters, and civil war.

30 review for The Silent Dragon

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathi

    7/10 Slow-going and somewhat aimless at first, but then it settled into a better pace, with more direction and action. A bit predictable but enjoyable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carol (Kimiko)

    It was hard to put down.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    Okay awesome.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    A very fun fantasy read. I first began reading the Dragon Nimbus books as a high school student and was surprised and thrilled when I discovered that Irene had returned to that world in a new trilogy. It was fun to reunite with familiar, beloved characters like Darville, Jaylor, Brevelan and Rossemikka while also reading about the adventures of their children! The story starts off a bit slow and doesn't really pick up for about 80 pages or so. After that I kept turning the pages (staying up past A very fun fantasy read. I first began reading the Dragon Nimbus books as a high school student and was surprised and thrilled when I discovered that Irene had returned to that world in a new trilogy. It was fun to reunite with familiar, beloved characters like Darville, Jaylor, Brevelan and Rossemikka while also reading about the adventures of their children! The story starts off a bit slow and doesn't really pick up for about 80 pages or so. After that I kept turning the pages (staying up past my bedtime!) until I reached the end. Some parts of the story are a bit predictable; I figured out very early who the villain was, but some of the subplots concerning the University of Magicians and Glenndon's own personal quest kept me interested enough to overlook this. The characterization of the main characters is quite good, but some of the supporting cast aren't very well developed. Overall, this is an entertaining read and an obvious setup for a trilogy. Personally, I can't wait to pick up the next one and I have thoroughly enjoyed my return to the world of Kardia Hodos. I think that new readers would do best in beginning with the Dragon Nimbus and Dragon Nimbus History series before picking up The Silent Dragon.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    This is the first book in a series, but it's a follow-on to other series. I think it would be better if this weren't the first book you read in the universe. That said, I like the characters. Linda seems mostly real, although her little sisters and her ladies in waiting have little to them. Darville, Mikka, Brevelan, and Jaylor have some substance, too, although most of it comes from tales of old. Glenndon is cool, although I think his return to speech and eventual throat healing come a little to This is the first book in a series, but it's a follow-on to other series. I think it would be better if this weren't the first book you read in the universe. That said, I like the characters. Linda seems mostly real, although her little sisters and her ladies in waiting have little to them. Darville, Mikka, Brevelan, and Jaylor have some substance, too, although most of it comes from tales of old. Glenndon is cool, although I think his return to speech and eventual throat healing come a little too easily. One of the things I really liked is that no one is perfect. Even the good guys trust the wrong people, mess up because they're tired, angry, and frustrated, and just make incorrect decisions.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    This was a cold-buy for me, as in I bought it based on the back cover blurb alone. Normally that's risky, but the risk paid off with a good read. Though it seemed to be making lots of references and nods to the other books in that universe, it stands alone quite well and I never felt lost. Like the hints that this fantasy world has a scifi origin. It actually made me want to go back and read the older books, just to get caught up. It wasn't a really mindblowing book, it seemed to be mostly setup This was a cold-buy for me, as in I bought it based on the back cover blurb alone. Normally that's risky, but the risk paid off with a good read. Though it seemed to be making lots of references and nods to the other books in that universe, it stands alone quite well and I never felt lost. Like the hints that this fantasy world has a scifi origin. It actually made me want to go back and read the older books, just to get caught up. It wasn't a really mindblowing book, it seemed to be mostly setup for a series, but I enjoyed it. Nothing like a good old scifi/fantasy novel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell

    An okay fantasy book I read for the Endeavour Award. This is a new series in an existing series so as such it has a lot of baggage. And as someone who had not read any of the other books, I found this one readable but not particularly enjoyable. I didn't buy the characters or their relationships or their transformations. I liked details of the world and specific scenes and some of the magic system, but not the dragons.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This is part of an interesting world and story, but I felt there was too much dramatic irony. For example I would have preferred not knowing basically right away who the bad guy was and other details like that until it is revealed to the main characters.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Thomas Schmidt

    A charming read. Fun with strong character and story arcs, an interesting magic system and plot, and a well developed world and backstory; epic but half the size of most fantasy novels. Well worth a read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jaye

    Couldn't get into the author's writing style. It felt awkward to me. Stopped early on.

  11. 4 out of 5

    [redacted by S.H.I.E.L.D.]

    Whoooaa what. I remember these from high school! I thought she had abandoned these.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I really liked this book, and can't wait to read another of the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aims

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kibayami

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

  17. 5 out of 5

    deborah drago

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amber Spagehtti

  19. 4 out of 5

    Diane

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Jane

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maryank3 Yano

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cody

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Faris

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fabi The

  26. 5 out of 5

    SaraCat

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan

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