5.0 out of 5 stars Knaak reveals to us the little known Minotaur empire
This thrilling novel shows us a whole new world of Krynn. In this first book of a long awaited trilogy, Knaak shows us a whole new culture of Krynn. Although this book mainly focuses on the upsurping of Chot and the beginning Hotak's rule it also shows us some of the Minotaur culture never really told in detail till now. It also brings into light an empire never really...
Published on April 18 2004 by Michael Ruddy
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this Krynn...or what?
I fell in love with Richard Knaak after he wrote the Legend of Huma. In that book, he was able to humanize the minotaur race through Kaz. Unfortunately, I was not able to read the sequel, Kaz the Minotaur.
This book however, fails me, a fan of the Dragonlance sage. And I mean, I have a read a lot of dragonlance books from Dragons to the Kagonesti to the War of...
Published on Dec 18 2003 by bombet
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good start...,
The first book mainly focuses on the political aspect of the minotaurs but Knakk does a fairly good job of it. I'll be honest however, the first 100 or so pages are rather tedious (as Hotak sets up his empire) and you wonder if there will be any action to come. But it comes I guarantee you! The last part of the book is especially enthralling and I had a very hard time putting it down.
I can't wait to read Tides of Blood as it seems NoB was just a warm-up for what's to come. A must have for Dragonlance readers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Knaak reveals to us the little known Minotaur empire,
This review is from: Night of Blood: The Minotaur Wars, Volume One (Mass Market Paperback)This thrilling novel shows us a whole new world of Krynn. In this first book of a long awaited trilogy, Knaak shows us a whole new culture of Krynn. Although this book mainly focuses on the upsurping of Chot and the beginning Hotak's rule it also shows us some of the Minotaur culture never really told in detail till now. It also brings into light an empire never really shown in DL books. Sure there may have been hints here and there, but it was never shown in detail. This book is an excellent guide if you're a Minotaur fan. And if I may be permited a cliche, this guy has a real Knaak for story-telling.
The story is also amazing! At first you see Chot's reign as a time of decline and think Hotak will improve the empire. Basically, at first you think Hotak, the usurper of the Minotaur throne, is the good guy. After a while you see that during Chot's reign at least they had freedom while Hotak is the defintion of tyrant.
The usual problem facing empires is also known here in the Minotaur realm. The temple and the throne are at unease with each other. Hotak's wife, Nephera, is the starter of this eerie temple where she has a legion of invsible undead ghosts at her command. Also the heir to the throne, Ardnor, is a devout follower of the temple and that's a problem. I am not going to continue the thread here for fear of spoiling the story.
The rebels are an interesting bunch. It is amazing how they can survive opposing an empire bustling with undead ghosts. These undead fellows are constantly informing Nephera about the rebels locations and identities.
This is a wonderful book and was my first Richard Knaak book. It is a must read for all DL fans. I have high expectations for the sequel! This is also my first reveiw! Enjoy! --Kendergod son of mruddy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, different, I loved it,
I suggest u read it when u have the time
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this Krynn...or what?,
This book however, fails me, a fan of the Dragonlance sage. And I mean, I have a read a lot of dragonlance books from Dragons to the Kagonesti to the War of Souls. I can devour one book in one sitting. In The Night of the Blood however, I have to drag myself to finish it. And right now, there's no compelling reason for me to further read on the series.
I think the reason lies on the race. I believe that one of the foundations of the dragonlance is magic. Whether it be Fizban, Dalamar, Magius, the silver dragons, Elven mages, Raistlin, Fistandatilus, etc. - a book should have magic. If there's none, might as well read a John Grisham of Michael Crichton book. This one however, concentrates too much on the politics and deceit of the minotaur regime - which is not uncommon to what we see in corrupt governments all over the world - which made me think, am I reading a Robert Ludlum novel.
Thus, the fantasy world Krynn that we come to love is not present. No dragons. No elves. Not even kenders who give the readers comic respite. The race is only about minotaurs...and to a certain extent, for now, the ogres.
The novel is just a pure testosterone-filled book. And it's about to get a notch higher when the ogres become more apparent in book 2.
The legend of Huma is much better than this.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting adventure, well written and interesting,
Although Hotak has eliminated most of the resistance, a few minotaurs remain unbowed. General Rahm, somehow protected from the priestess's magic, gathers a small force committed to destroying the pretender-emperor. Captured and worked as a slave in the mines, Faros plots eventual revenge. Yet their efforts, weak though they may be, are constantly undermined by the priestess's control over ghosts themselves.
Author Richard A. Knaak writes an exciting fantasy novel. The violent and headstrong minotaurs make intriguing protagonists. Hotak is surprisingly complex, wishing to serve his people and empire at the same time as he ruthlessly suppresses anyone who dares to oppose him. His wife and oldest son, in contrast, are purely self-interested, yet intelligent enough to know that supporting Hotak will serve their own interests as well--at least until Hotak finds family obligations at odds with his duty to his nation. Knaap's writing is approachable and his characters distinctive and interesting.
Fans of the DragonLance universe will find a lot to enjoy in NIGHT OF BLOOD.
5.0 out of 5 stars Next Chapter in the Dragonlance Saga! Beware the Minotaurs!,
Dragonlance readers would remember that the minotaurs were last invading Krynn, namely Silvanesti back in the War of Souls. Night of Blood deals with a bloody coup which puts minotaurs in power who feel that the time for expansion has come at last. The second book, Tides of Blood, is eagerly anticipated next year. It will probably involve war with the Elves of Silvanesti. Knaak has done it again, and the Dragonlance series is alive and well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to a great series,
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Novel,
4.0 out of 5 stars The first step into a new age and new world.....,
This is the first book in the next stage of Dragonlance, the Age of Mortals. The God's are no more and now it is up to the people of Krynn to watch out for their own. This book takes a very specific look at a race that hasn't very much been explored or even mentioned in Dragonlance History. "The Minotaur Wars - Volume 1 - Night of Blood" is just the first book in the 3 part series and while this does end at a cliffhanger it's worth it. The book specifically deals with the inter-relations and civil war disputes of the Minotaur nation as it struggles to set itself right among the other races of Krynn. This book explores much about the race of Minotaurs: politics, religion, social structure. The only negative thing that I might mention about this book is that it inter-slice many different scenes and at times might seem a bit overwhelming, though this is done for the end result, which is weaving many different story lines as they are merged into one towards the end. I like it quite a bit and would suggest this book as a must for any fan of Dragonlance.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read...,
I don't wish to give too much of the story away, but the inside jacket does say most of what I'll type.
From the insurrection within the Minotaur Empire, this new trilogy sets off a bang. Knaak has a talent for both portraying Knights and honour (from his previous novels dealing with the Knights of Solamnia) and with showcasing a Romanesque type of society, much like the Minotaur Empire. The scenes that take place within the Great Circus brought to mind certain scenes in the Roman Colosseum from the movie Gladiator, flush with trap doors and feral beasts.
Of course, this being the first part of a new trilogy, it does end with a cliffhanger, but I don't mind too much. The main character definitely developed throughout the course of the story, from the drunk and revelling son of a distant Imperial relative to a young man (minotaur) who has turned dourly introspective on himself and his currect situation.
All in all, I was quite impressed with this novel.
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Night of Blood: The Minotaur Wars, Volume One by richard a. Knaak (Mass Market Paperback - Feb 1 2004)
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