|Plot Summary of The Dragonbone Chair|
Shortly after the death of the great King John, his son Elias, whom many say is a pawn of the evil cleric Pryrates, takes the throne, shortly afterwhich the new king's brother mysteriously disappears. Against this political backdrop, Simon, a servant in the great castle called Hayholt, finds himself apprenticed to the good doctor Morgenes, and alternates his time between menial chores and learning reading and writing from Morgenes.
When Simon accidentaly stumbles into the castle dungeons, he discovers that Crown Prince Josua, the brother of King Elias, is being kept there, so he and Morgenes rescue Josua, who flees the castle, but soon Elias' soldiers, led by Pryrates, storm Morgenes' office. Simon flees through a secret passage as Morgenes is killed by black magic.
Simon travels through the woods, where he encounters the troll Binabik, who travels with him to Naglimund, where they meet Prince Josua, and the sorceror Jarnauga. They join a company of soldiers to go to the far north to recover a special blade. They are aided by the fairy-folk, the ancient Sithi, in their quest, during which they reach their destination and encounter a fierce black iceworm.
This synopsis report prepared by Steve Arthur
A naive, young scullion boy, Seoman, is caught up in political intrigue between two royal brothers. He escapes from the castle where he lives only to discover more evil. Plans are underfoot to tear his world apart. Seoman has many adventures and strange encounters as he helps in the struggle to save the land from sinister powers building in the north.
This synopsis report prepared by Jess
A young boy grows up as a kitchen scullion in a great castle. When the king dies, a personal feud between his two sons escalates to murder and betrayal. Young Simon witnesses these events and is forced to flee the castle on his own. During his flight he witnesses a possible evil, supernatural influence behind the feud and he discovers the fate of the younger prince, for whom the new King is searching...
This synopsis report prepared by james carns
|Chapter Analysis of The Dragonbone Chair|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 40%
Tone of book
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
Political power play
- overthrowing govt/kingdom
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a teen
- during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
- descript of kissing
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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