The Dragonbone Chair Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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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.
The review of this Book 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.
The review of this Book 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...
The review of this Book prepared by james carns

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Plot & Themes

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    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   overthrowing govt/kingdom Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   a teen


Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   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?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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