Bitterwood

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  • Bitterwood
  • James Maxey
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  • 12 December 2019
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About the Author: James Maxey

Paperback ó Bitterwood PDF/EPUB ´ bitterwood ebok, BitterwoodBitterwood PDFI ve been an avid reader since I first picked up a book Luckily, I was within biking distance of three different libraries growing up I was a skinny kid If only I had maintained that link between biking and reading, I might be a skinny adult I m also a writer I wrote my first book as a kid, an adventure about pirates and ghosts When I was a teenager, I used to write superhero adventures Then I went to college and was steered toward writing literature It took me several years to shake that off, and today I write the sort of books I devoured by the shelf when I was sixteen, fast paced fantasy, SF, and superhero adventures, which I use to explore deeper questions about life My goal is to always be thought provoking and always be funI ve had short stories in about a dozen anthologies and magazines My novels to date are Nobody Gets the GirlThe Dragon Age trilogyBitterwoodDragonforgeDragonseedBurn Baby BurnThe Dragon ApocalypseGreatshadow January A team of superpowered adventurers are recruited by the Church of the Book to extinguish the primal dragon of fire, GreatshadowHush July An effort to complete a quest for a fallen friend, the warrior woman Infidel stumbles onto a plot to kill Glorious, the primal dragon of the sun, and plunge the world into permanent cold and darkness, the elemental domain of the dragon Hush Witchbreaker January A young witch named Sorrow has lost control of her magic after tapping into the spirit of Rott, the primal dragon of decay Her desperate quest to save what remains of her humanity leads to an uneasy alliance with an amnesiatic warrior who might be the legendary champion of the church known as the Witchbreaker But can there combined powers prevail when they trigger the wrath of Tempest, the primal dragon of storms.


BitterwoodPaperback ó Bitterwood PDF/EPUB ´ bitterwood ebok, BitterwoodBitterwood PDFBitterwood 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.

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10 thoughts on “Bitterwood

  1. Terence says:

    Dragons rule the world and subjugate the men living in it Those who aren t enslaved are taxed into poverty The dragons rule forged a man into a dragon killing weapon Dragons took away his family so he takes away their lives His name is Bitterwood Unfortunately it seems the feared Bitterwood has killed the wrong dragon After killing the prince, the king decides humanity must be wiped out once and for all.Bitterwood is truly not at all what I expected it to be The dragons aren t truly the m Dragons rule the world and subjugate the men living in it Those who aren t enslaved are taxed into poverty The dragons rule forged a man into a dragon killing weapon Dragons took away his family so he takes away their lives His name is Bitterwood Unfortunately it seems the feared Bitterwood has killed the wrong dragon After killing the prince, the king decides humanity must be wiped out once and for all.Bitterwood is truly not at all what I expected it to be The dragons aren t truly the massive fire breathing monsters I envisioned They aren t much bigger than men They also live in castles, keep slaves, read books, collect taxes, and do many things ancient rulers were known to do The most surprising thing is it gets weirder The story itself is actually largely science fiction.Some aspects of Bitterwood are just what I envisioned namely Bitterwood himself After losing his family to dragons, Bitterwood turned into a medieval Punisher basically deciding the only good dragon is a dead one He kills all the dragons he can and allows his hate to fuel and guide him.While Bitterwood is the tile character most of the story is told through the eyes of others The varied points of view were overall appreciated, particularly Zanzeroth Zanzeroth is an advisor to the king, but is largely known as a deadly Hunter who is still somewhat feral He stalks Bitterwood throughout the tale and is incredibly dangerous.Bitterwood was a largely enjoyable story with little resemblance to what I initially imagined

  2. Greg says:

    Dragons, dragons, dragons Sky dragons, sun dragons, and earth dragons Wizard dragons that view spoiler control nanomachines hide spoiler and can turn invisible Ninja assassin dragons Philosopher librarian dragons Wandering, robed dragon cults A dragon dubbed the Murder God Then there re little girls who have strange powers over animals Gigantic view spoiler cyborg hide spoiler prophets of Jesus Christ Green skinned immortal humans Genetic tinkering People don t really ride Dragons, dragons, dragons Sky dragons, sun dragons, and earth dragons Wizard dragons that view spoiler control nanomachines hide spoiler and can turn invisible Ninja assassin dragons Philosopher librarian dragons Wandering, robed dragon cults A dragon dubbed the Murder God Then there re little girls who have strange powers over animals Gigantic view spoiler cyborg hide spoiler prophets of Jesus Christ Green skinned immortal humans Genetic tinkering People don t really ride horses as much as they ride gigantic lizards and ox dogs Oh, and the city of Atlantis thrown in there just for good measure.In other words, this book is chock full of stuff Probably too much stuff The Christian stuff appearing in a fantasy book is strange A giant dragon casually thumbing through Darwin s The Origin of Species is even weirder.It s definitely much different than most fantasy books out there, mostly because most fantasy isn t quite this ambitious in regards to packing so much random craziness into one book It wasn t BAD, per se, just a little scattered And the fact that the titular dragon slaying hero gets so little page time really makes him seemlike merely a backdrop or a frame as opposed to an actual character Almost every other primary character seesaction and development than Bitterwood.Not that the aforementioned over ambition leaves a lot of room for ANY characters to really be developed, even at nearly 500 pages Almost all characters seem to be essentially the same from beginning to end, with a few minor exceptions.I wouldn t necessarily recommend this book, but might not take the time to recommend against it, either It s just kind of there It s an atypical fantasy book that manages to be typical fantasy pulp

  3. Loren says:

    From ISawLightningFall.comNew weird writer China Mieville has gained fame not only for his surreal stories, but for calling the inimitable J.R.R Tolkien the wen on the arse of fantasy literature Not exactly a charitable statement But while most of Mieville s attacks could be attributed to differences in personal preference or philosophical conviction one could answer condemnations of John Ronald Reuel s cod Wagnerian pomposity, his boys own adventure glorying in war, his small minded an From ISawLightningFall.comNew weird writer China Mieville has gained fame not only for his surreal stories, but for calling the inimitable J.R.R Tolkien the wen on the arse of fantasy literature Not exactly a charitable statement But while most of Mieville s attacks could be attributed to differences in personal preference or philosophical conviction one could answer condemnations of John Ronald Reuel s cod Wagnerian pomposity, his boys own adventure glorying in war, his small minded and reactionary love for hierarchical status quos at length this point hits home Tolkien s tropes have spread like viruses Of course, this wouldn t be a problem if everyone who populated his works with elves and dwarves shared the Oxford linguist s world building skills But few do, and unfortunately they get lumped in with the scribblers, ignored simply for writing high fantasy Take James Maxey s Bitterwood, for instance I bet many think the novel treads well worn ground simply because it features dragons and archers, wizards and axe wielding warriors But that would be a mistake, because Maxey is interested in upending all the stereotypes.Mankind has been enslaved, but not by your garden variety tyrant For as long as anyone can remember, humanity has been ruled by dragons, cruel and intelligent creatures that control the earth and skies But in past decades, the hand of dragon king Albekizan has become particularly heavy upon the land, levying harsh taxes on wheat and wealth and human life itself One night when Albekizan s two sons, Bodiel and Shandrazel, are hunting human slaves as part of their rite of succession, arrows flash from the darkness and Bodiel falls dead All signs point to The Ghost Who Kills, The Death of All Dragons, the mythic Bitterwood Albekizan burns with vengeance, but how can he kill a myth A plan begins to emerge, one farsatisfying than the execution of a single individual Albekizan won t bother hunting for one man He s going to eradicate the whole human race.One of the things Bitterwood does particularly well is weave a tangled skein of conflicting motivations among its ensemble of characters, looping them every which way before jerking them taut in explosively violent confrontations Also, the plot twists genuinely satisfy, particularly if you happen to be a fan of John Christopher That s not to say there aren t a few missteps Several times exposition occurs through the introduction of minor, extremely short lived characters, and a ranting, fanatical preacher who EXPOUNDETH UPON THE KING JAMES BIBLE IN ALL CAPS annoys Note to authors near and far Please retire this hoary archetype with extreme prejudice Still, it s impressive that Maxey manages to wring an unexpected revelation even out of that character Bitterwood s a consistently surprising and entertaining read

  4. Jason Garman says:

    What It s AboutIn the distant future, a race of intelligent dragons dominates the Earth They have subjugated humanity as slaves and pets, disdaining them as inferior beings Bant Bitterwood is one of those subjugated humans, but when dragons kill his family and burn his hometown, he dedicates the rest of his life to killing as many dragons as he can He kills so many that he becomes a folk hero to the humans and a terrifying legend among the dragons When Bitterwood kills the dragon king s favo What It s AboutIn the distant future, a race of intelligent dragons dominates the Earth They have subjugated humanity as slaves and pets, disdaining them as inferior beings Bant Bitterwood is one of those subjugated humans, but when dragons kill his family and burn his hometown, he dedicates the rest of his life to killing as many dragons as he can He kills so many that he becomes a folk hero to the humans and a terrifying legend among the dragons When Bitterwood kills the dragon king s favorite son, the king vows to kill every human alive in revenge.Why I Like ItThe thing I like most about Bitterwood is the constantly shifting conflict Maxey introduces a fairly large cast of characters with very different, but often overlapping, goals Two characters that are working together at the beginning of a scene may find themselves in deadly opposition by the end after something unexpected happens This multifaceted conflict really pays off in the climax of the book, which feels both totally crazy in an I can t believe that just happened kind of way and totally inevitable at the same time The setup takes a while, but the headlong rush of the climax is definitely worth it.Bitterwood is a good example of what I think of as a Science Fantasy The story has a very fantasy like feel to it, but underneath all the magic is a plausible science fiction explanation The science fiction aspects are pretty light,suggested than explicit, but it makes it feelunique and less like just another dragon story And let s face it, if you re writing a story about dragons at this point in the fantasy genre, you really need something different to make it stand out Bitterwood does.What I Don t LikeAt first I wasn t all that interested in the dragon s viewpoint chapters, since I was expecting the story to focus on the oppressed humans and their struggle for survival But as the story went on its scope became larger than that, and I started gettinginterested in the dragons viewpoints I was also initially bothered by how human the dragons seem, but later in the story there are some hints about the dragons origins that explain why that might be.The Bottom LineBitterwood is a great multi layered adventure story The characters are diverse and interesting, and their often conflicting goals lead to a constantly changing conflict that is a lot of fun to watch unfold The climax of this conflict is one of the best I ve read, with the characters clashing in unexpected ways that somehow seem inevitable once they have happened

  5. Jennifer says:

    Bitterwood was a fun surprise In my endless quest to findbooks to read at night when my husband is at work , in my parked car waiting for my oldest to get out of school and of course the endless waiting in the accurately named waiting rooms I sometimes take a leap of faith and try new stuff from lists This book came from a list of authors who attended Orson Scott Card s Literary Boot Camp didn t realize that Bitterwood was about dragons until I went to orde Bitterwood was a fun surprise In my endless quest to findbooks to read at night when my husband is at work , in my parked car waiting for my oldest to get out of school and of course the endless waiting in the accurately named waiting rooms I sometimes take a leap of faith and try new stuff from lists This book came from a list of authors who attended Orson Scott Card s Literary Boot Camp didn t realize that Bitterwood was about dragons until I went to order it from my library I almost didn t get it on the pure principle that dragon books have been done and frankly if you read books about them you ve crossed a line and lumped yourself with people who have conversations like this Well, that only applies if you have the staff of summoning and you re a 12th level wizard UNLESS you have the blue stone of ultimate blueness and the left shoe of divining. Yeah, not my bag So I picked it up anyway and started in I m glad I did These dragons don t let you make wishes or become the best giant fire breathing pet you ve ever had These guys have elegant high teas at which they eat baskets full of white kittens They keep precise records on everything they own and that s pretty much everything If your village doesn t pay it s taxes well I would ditch the diet and really enjoy your last hours on Earth Normally I hate it when books have multiple POV characters, but James Maxey pulls it off I cared about the cast and I want to read the next book to see how they survive I don t think I can give a better recommendation than that

  6. Lana says:

    A great read where dragons rule the world in a reversal of fortune, seems humans had created them for fun, to hunt them down as prey, then they gave them intelligence so they would make the huntchallenging but these took over and now humans were the slaves and remebered nothing of the time when they were in fact rulers and intelligent however some dragons had sympathy for some humans they formed bonds with, like jandra and pet whilst bitterwood bant was an avowed dragonslayer and when A great read where dragons rule the world in a reversal of fortune, seems humans had created them for fun, to hunt them down as prey, then they gave them intelligence so they would make the huntchallenging but these took over and now humans were the slaves and remebered nothing of the time when they were in fact rulers and intelligent however some dragons had sympathy for some humans they formed bonds with, like jandra and pet whilst bitterwood bant was an avowed dragonslayer and when they all meet one another tragedy strikes the dragon kings favourite son is killed by bitterwood whose family has all been wiped out by the dragons but the king has another son, one who is not in favour of war and is an intellectual rather than a warrior and when the king dies he in turn becomes king and proposes a truce with human leaders and a new form of governance will this succeed when humans are still fighting one another on the bases of religious belief are humans as well developed as dragons in this aspect or will they still mire themselves in superstitious belief following one prophet after another

  7. Kristy says:

    This book sounded like it was going to be a Robin Hood style dragon slayer story, and I thought Oh, cool Unfortunately, it was just plain weird While our main character, Bant Bitterwood, does indeed have a bow and arrows with which he slays dragons, any interest factor stops there The rest is pointless The dragons themselves seemlike dinosaurs, or just really large iguannas There s this prophetto be said on that, but it would definitely be a spoiler who spouts out scriptur This book sounded like it was going to be a Robin Hood style dragon slayer story, and I thought Oh, cool Unfortunately, it was just plain weird While our main character, Bant Bitterwood, does indeed have a bow and arrows with which he slays dragons, any interest factor stops there The rest is pointless The dragons themselves seemlike dinosaurs, or just really large iguannas There s this prophetto be said on that, but it would definitely be a spoiler who spouts out scripture but refuses to help people if it doesn t co incide with his mission At first I wasn t really sure if he was meant to be a slur against Christianity or not, since it did destroy the faith of Bant Bitterwood himself But near the end Bant has a scene where there s sort of a renewal of his faith, so I guess that wasn t the intention Still, the book is blah I couldn t wait for it to end Likely to read the rest of the series absolutely not

  8. Zach says:

    Wow i just finished rereading this book and i have to say it is still one of my favorites James Maxey did an amazing job creating characters and world building Worth a read if you like fantasy and sci fi.

  9. Nick Reys says:

    As is the case with most things in life, it s the oddball that captures our attention Whether it is the sheep in a pack of wolves or the cactus amidst tulips, our attention will be aimed towards that what doesn t seem to belong When it comes to books, it s not that different Not me for, at least When I come across a book with quite a different premise in comparison to what I m used to, I m tempted to give it a try A good example of this is James Maxey s Bitterwood, cause its premise is quit As is the case with most things in life, it s the oddball that captures our attention Whether it is the sheep in a pack of wolves or the cactus amidst tulips, our attention will be aimed towards that what doesn t seem to belong When it comes to books, it s not that different Not me for, at least When I come across a book with quite a different premise in comparison to what I m used to, I m tempted to give it a try A good example of this is James Maxey s Bitterwood, cause its premise is quite peculiar when you put it next to your average Fantasy novel Take everything that you know about man and dragon, and put it on its head, that s Bitterwood for you Man is enslaved and dragons reign in beautiful palaces Cunning, intelligent and talkative, the dragons have everything going for them, if it wasn t for Bitterwood Bitterwood is a dragon hunter, and when he kills the prince of dragons, the king decides that only Bitterwood s death can redeem his crime But the hunter is not the only human who is destined to die The whole aspects of dragons ruling over man got me intrigued, for it is quite a different approach to the relationship between man and winged beast In fact, the dragons that populate these pages aren t much beast any, for they are very much human in character If it weren t for the odd reference to their talons, wings and scales, I would have forgotten that almost every single character here is a dragon This is, of course, a very interesting starting point for a novel and the way it all unravels is pretty mesmerising as well.The books starts with a bang, that much is sure, only to drop the pace in the first few chapters and gradually build up to the big finale One of the things that lead up to that, is the revealing of the world Whereas other novels give you a good idea of the world from the very start, this one keeps is a secret until you re about in it When the world is completely revealed, it is quite a shock when you finally grasp how this has all come to be Throughout the books, certain hints are given to the reader, so you can figure it out on your own I had my suspicions, but I would have never thought that instead of a view spoiler fictional world, this book would take place in a distant future of our world, where dragons are genetically manipulated being, created by man hide spoiler This only made itinteresting and made me really excited for the next two books in the trilogy.Another storyline that slowly builds, is Bitterwood s tale Next to the regular chapters, there are some sort of prologues of interludes which take the reader back to Bitterwood s past and how he came to be the person he is today The attentive reader will not have all that much trouble piecing this together, though.When it comes to the characters, I have to say that Maxey did a pretty good job in giving the dragons their own, unique personalities Still, I found them very hard to like not helped by the fact that most of them are douchebags and I only liked Vendevorex His personality is just so nice and he s a genuinely sweet dragon with humour, that you can t not like him, I think The few humans that populate the story are less evil than the dragons, but it s still hard to like them Especially Bitterwood, the main character here, was very much closed off and didn t come across as nice at all It s the little girl Zeeky that I took an immediate liking to Because of that, I had trouble really caring for the human characters and I couldn t be bothered by them dying or not.At almost 500 pages, this is quite a big book, but it s a very fast read Much is due to Maxey s writing, which is very fluent and well paced He did a really good job at describing things without dumping too much info or description on the reader and maintaining a good balance between description and action One aspect of the book that kept me reading, was the fact that the characters knowthan the reader does They talk about things you don t know jack of, and because they act all mysterious about it, I just kept reading to find out what they were talking about In the end, I quite liked this book It was different and very enjoyable Still, I was left behind with the feeling that there was something missing, but I can t really pinpoint what I felt like it could have been a very good to great book, but know I m stuck at good and very enjoyable That s not a bad thing, though, and I m very much looking forward to reading the sequels

  10. Brian Hodges says:

    This book was my first foray into the world of pure fantasy since Lord of the Rings So I have no idea how well this guy did sticking to or breaking from conventions within the genre All I know is that it was a mesmerizing story Taking place on Earth in the far future, dragons have become the dominant lifeform on the planet and have all but enslaved the human race One man, Bant Bitterwood has made it his life s mission to kill as many dragons as possible But after he kills the king s son, an This book was my first foray into the world of pure fantasy since Lord of the Rings So I have no idea how well this guy did sticking to or breaking from conventions within the genre All I know is that it was a mesmerizing story Taking place on Earth in the far future, dragons have become the dominant lifeform on the planet and have all but enslaved the human race One man, Bant Bitterwood has made it his life s mission to kill as many dragons as possible But after he kills the king s son, an order is put out to exterminate all humans on earth.This high concept set up is the backdrop for some really fascinating characters, mostly dragons, each of whom has their own mission, their own goals, their own arcs Sides are chosen, battles are fought, and the theme of religion and man s attitude toward it are explored in a truly unique way One of the most poignant scenes comes during a horrific battle where the dragons have been set loose on the humans in one city Rather than joining forces against the common enemy, the two rival sects go after EACH OTHER for not following the one true way Only two disappointments for me in this book, one major, one minor The major one is that the character of Bitterwood, for whom the story is named, is really kind of a blah hero I had heard that this book was a Robin Hood allegory But in Robin Hood, the title character is the one who leads the people against their oppressor In Bitterwood, the title character is almost tangential to the story But perhaps that was the author s point all the way My minor gripe is that one of the dragons, Gadreel, is established early in the story as having a mission to prove that he s better than the slave he s been made to be But then they never come back to him Perhaps he s in the sequel.Still, as far as high fantasy goes, this one was quite good It s got good action, great characters, points to ponder and, I thought, a unique take on traditional magic I d recommend it even if fantasy isn t necessarily your thing