Dragonslayer | Duncan M Hamilton | Review

“He hungered for the moment when he burned the first large town to ash. Only then would the humans understand the pain and suffering their greed had caused. Only then would they learn the price of their arrogance.”





Once a member of the King’s personal guard, Guillot dal Villevauvais spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and child. He’s astonished – and wary – when the Prince Bishop orders him to find and destroy a dragon. He and the Prince Bishop orders him to find and destroy a dragon. He and the Prince Bishop have never exactly been friends and Gill left the capital in disgrace five years ago. So why him? And, more importantly, how is there a dragon to fight when the beasts were hunted to extinction centuries ago by the ancient Chevaliers of the Silver Circle?

On the way to the capitol city, Gill rescues Solène, a young barmaid, who is about to be burned as a witch. He believes her innocent … but she proves that she has plenty of raw, untrained power, a problem in this land, where magic is forbidden. Yet the Prince Bishop believes magic will be the key to both destroying the dragon and replacing the young, untried King he pretends to serve with a more pliable figurehead. Between Gill’s rusty swordsmanship and Solène’s unstable magic, what could go wrong?


The title is Dragonslayer, what am I not going to like about this book? It has dragons in it. DRAGONS. Did you know I love dragons?

I really enjoyed my time reading Dragonslayer. It was a slow story that developed at a slower rate over time. However with that we got to know the characters, the world and were really set up to understand exactly was going on. I know a lot of people want action from start to finish but for me that doesn’t always make a good fantasy novel. For me, I like to get to know what is going on and who is in the book before I am overwhelmed with action involved a world and characters I don’t really care about as I haven’t had the time to get to know them. I mean this is just my opinion, but Dragonslayer was ideal for me. The writing style really suited my needs and I just thought it was an excellent read.

I absolutely loved the characters in this book, Gill breaks my heart and I felt such an attachment to him throughout the book. I love his relationship with Solène, he’s not the bad man that he is made out to be in the first few pages and he proves this when he meets Solène. I really liked that we got to know Gill’s background and the reason he has turned to alcoholism. I feel that it was so necessary in order to build up a relationship with the character. I also enjoyed the Prince Bishop, yes he’s an absolute arse but he is an enjoyable character and I found myself wanting to know why he was the way he was and what he was going to do next.

There was no shortage of dragons in this book and I loved it. I loved the vivid descriptions when it came to dragon scenes, it really made the reader picture exactly what the characters were being faced with. I love the sassiness of the dragon character and really enjoyed reading about them. Yes, the inevitable outcome was not ideal when it comes to somebody who loves dragons but I enjoyed the premise non the less. The dragon actually has a POV, this is new to me but I absolutely love it. We need more POV’s of dragons in books! I love how we actually got to understand why dragons were destroying the villages, the reasons behind this and even their feelings based on this. I honestly loved this part. Have I mentioned that I loved dragons.

This is probably the shortest adult fantasy I have ever read coming in at 301 pages. At first I was apprehensive about this, where was the world building or character development going to be? I needn’t have worried. It was definitely there in all of its complexities. What I did notice is I didn’t really come across much pointless information or useless scenes. Everything was to the point, so 301 pages were in fact perfect.

I definitely suggest that you invest in this series. So far I have listened to and read this book and I enjoyed it more each time. I can’t wait to move straight onto the sequel I am sure it won’t let me down.

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