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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (MM); Reprint edition (Dec 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441166113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441166114
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #766,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fourth installment of this popular fantasy series continues the adventures of a modern-day man misplaced in an alternate medieval world.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
14th Century grudge match: Dragon vs. serpent? Oh it's on! July 31 2009
By H. Bala - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
No doubt at all that Gordon R. Dickson is celebrated most for his ambitious sci-fi series featuring the Dorsai. But once in a while the man would let his hair down, kick up his feet, and write lighthearted stories about Jim Eckert, a modern day American catapulted to a magical 14th Century. There, Jim finds himself a knight and a Baron (mostly because he lied and said he was) and with the ability to shapeshift into a dragon. And, under the peevish tutelage of Carolinus, a AAA+ rated mage, Jim sallies forth on adventures fraught with enchantment and derring-do. THE DRAGON AT WAR is the fourth book in the Dragon Knight series, and it stays pretty much true to formula: Sir James Eckert righting wrongs, deflecting villainous plots (mostly from the sneaky French), using his contemporary knowledge to come up with innovative uses for his magic, and trying not to foul up too much in the ways of knighthood.

THE DRAGON AT WAR picks up almost right where The Dragon on the Border leaves off, and has that extra kick of being more action-packed than THE DRAGON ON THE BORDER. Jim Eckert has just arrived home from his adventures in Northumbria, having helped to exterminate the Hollow Men, having vanquished a loathly Worm, and thus averted an invasion by Scotland and France and temporarily wrecked the Dark Powers' insidious plotting to offset the balance between the natural forces of History and Chance. But Jim - or as he's known in these Middle Ages: Sir James, Baron of Malencontri et Riveroak - had hardly taken a breath when he's already embroiled in another quest, this time brought about by renowned knight Sir John Chandos and an ailing Carolinus.

France just won't give up in its attempt to conquer England. This time the plot involves an Italian sorcerer and thousands of fearsome sea serpents mobilizing on England's shores. Recently promoted to Class "C" status as a magician, Jim is tasked with unearthing the mastermind behind France's latest scheme. This mission will lead him to a perilous underwater adventure and a consultation with a Kraken, a stealthy excursion into the innermost chambers of the enemy, and a no-holds-barred tussle with pirates on the high seas.

It all culminates with Jim and his friends defending Castle Malencontri and, by extension, England from the sea serpents' onslaught. It's interesting to note that while dragons are some of the most feared creatures on land, they don't measure up to sea serpents in terms of sheer mass and intimidation. That dragons and sea serpents are mortal enemies plays into Jim's off-the-cuff strategies to ward off France and the sea serpents. Still, the main event features Jim all by his lonesome, in his dragon form, engaged in single combat with the head sea serpent.

THE DRAGON AT WAR is a rollicking medieval adventure with heaps of fantasy elements piled on. As usual, part of the fun lies in that Jim Eckert - a contemporary dude, a graduate student, and an assistant college instructor - continues to adapt to the 14th Century, its casual brutality and rigid social customs. As ever, Jim is more the thinking man and doesn't do so well with the martial aspects of knighthood. This, to me, makes him a more intriguing protagonist.

Jim's cast of regulars are back. His wife Angie is back and you can't blame her for getting upset that Jim is gone so much, out gallivanting and adventuring while she's forced to mind the castle and run roughshod over the castle servants. Jim's best pals - the very capable but near destitute Sir Brian Neville-Smythe and the peerless Welsh bowman Dafydd Ap Hywe - pretty much accompany him in all his quests, and again they prove invaluable. Brian once again proves his fighting stones by taking on the impressive pirate chief Bloody Boots. There's a new twist with Secoh, the diminutive but feisty dragon, who this time isn't always a dragon. Sir Giles, another of Jim's friends, shows up but then disappears halfway thru the book, only to casually resurface, as if he'd been there all along (and, to be honest, this threw me off). The mage Carolinus, by the way, is even more unreasonably cranky than the norm. Maybe it's because he's forced into a magical duel with an Oriental magician? The implacable English Wolf Aargh - one of my favorite characters in the series - is also somewhere here and still scoffing at our silly human ways.

Dickson also introduces a neat new semi-recurring character in the form of Rrrnlf, the gigantic, inversely proportioned sea devil who seeks his stolen Lady. Rrrnlf would play a crucial role in the story.

The previous novel in the series, THE DRAGON ON THE BORDER, came skimpy with the action and had a more measured pace, even though it was still a good read. THE DRAGON AT WAR makes for a nice change of pace. It features plenty of nicely-detailed battle sequences, magical encounters, and harrowing situations, all this underscored by Dickson's knack for droll narrative and a touch which is lighthearted but thankfully never too silly. I think it's one of the best books in the Dragon Knight series.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The Dragon At War Nov. 4 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This Book I felt was one of the best books'. Before I tell You about about how I felt how the book was, I would first like to give you a breif Summary of this book. It is about This person by the name of Sir James Eckert, Baron de bois de Malencontri et Riverroak. In this book It was About these seaserpents who wanted two kill the Dragons on england ( Also Sir James Who Has The Power to turn into a dragon at the wave of a hand ). These Searpents were not all that were in this book, No there Was Things like a giant Squid Who wanted to take controle of all the magickians in this world, And a BIG Freindly Seadevil by the name of Rrrnlf. Anyway These magickians were all over the world but one of the most renoun and best loved as a freind by jim is Carolinus. Carolinus Is one of three AAA+ Magickians in this magical domain. He is jim's mentour and advisor as a junior magickian. Now enough about the book before I tell you everything ( I geuss you will have to just read the book for yourself!!!) This book ( One of seven in a series ) is to me one of the best books that I have ever read. It contains More Magickians,Dragons,Kinghts in armour and a 1000 things Than any other book that you have ever read. It has a very intriging plot to this story. What I find is that gordan trie to enter in a few jokes here and there that I believe help perkin up a good book. Thats all that I have to say, and if your intreseted in these types of books here are the names of them. 1. The dragon and the George 2. The dragon Knight 3. The dragon on the boarder 4. The dragon at war 5. The dragon, the earl, and the troll 6. The dragon and The djjin( last word might be wrong!) 7. The dragon And the Gnarly King. These fine books you can find Right here on Amazon.com
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best fantasy series of all time March 26 2008
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I highly recommend this book and all the "Dragon and the George" sequels. IT was a wonderful series, written by an amazing SciFi/Fantasy author!
great read April 22 2014
By oldmanwinter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not gonna say too much. GR Dickson is one of my favorite 3 writers, and espouses all the values that I subscribe too. Just a charming medieval novel set in an alternate world where Dickson is a dragon and a magician. Bottom line...you like a good family type book, where good conquers evil, friends are friends, chivalry is revered, etc etc, buy the book. You will not be disappointed
great series Jan. 30 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'd forgotten what a great series Dickson wrote, I agree with many critics t.hat state that this series might be the best ever! We'll worth the expense to obtain for your Kindle app.


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