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Richard A. Knaak

Richard A Knaak(1961- )
Richard A. Knaak also contributes to the Dragonlance, Warcraft, Conan, and Diablo series. Visit Richard A. Knaak’s website.

Dragon Mound: Solid but slow

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Dragon Mound by Richard Knaak

Dragon Mound, Richard Knaak's first installment in the KNIGHT IN SHADOW trilogy, chronicles Evan Wytherling's confrontation with long time enemies as he seeks to end his seemingly endless quest.

Evan has been a part of momentous war, nations fighting against nations with magic, dragons and knights all vying on behalf of two master wizards for control of the nation of Rundin. The final battle in that war took place hundreds of years ago, and Evan has been on the road even since. He is worn down, like an old belt that has been tightened so often that the leather has been stretched out of its normal shape and bears permanent marks where the buckle latches on.

In Pretor's Hill, Mardi is an unusually intelligent, educated young woman with ideas, dreams and hopes that don't necessarily matc... Read More

Black City Saint: Magic and gangsters make this a nice start to a new series

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Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak

Richard A. Knaak’s Black City Saint combines 1920’s Chicago crime gangs with pre-Christian and early Christian mythology, serving up an exciting start to a new urban fantasy series. The setting is good and the hero is memorable.

Nick Medea is functionally an immortal. Under a different name, he became the guardian of the portal between the realms of the mundane world and that of Faerie. He is a man with many secrets, and the most deadly is the one he carries inside him, for he shares head-space with a creature he considers a monster.

As a “parapsychologist” Nick makes a living, and maintains the portal, by investigating reports of hauntings. Most so-called hauntings are creatures of faerie who have either slipped through in some way, or have lingered from a major battle fifty years earl... Read More

Black City Demon: This creepy, magical Prohibition-era Chicago comes to life

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Black City Demon by Richard A. Knaak

Black City Demon (2017) is the second BLACK CITY SAINT adventure of 1930s ghost-hunter Nick Medea, who is really Georgius, or Saint George, and who is sixteen hundred years old. Currently living in Chicago, Nick, who is also the guardian of the Gate between our realm and Faerie, combats human evil and the worst of the Faerie influences that come through the Gate. He has very few people he considers friends, but several allies he can’t completely trust... and a strong, beautiful woman who is the current incarnation of the princess he loved when he was Georgius.

Richard A. Knaack’s historical urban fantasy series delves into the history of Chicago and provides a different spin. In Read More

More books by Richard Knaak

Legends of the Dragonrealm — (1989-2017) Publisher: The New York Times bestselling fantasy author Richard A. Knaak brings to print an epic realm of magic and intrigue! In a land ruled by the shape-lifting Dragon Kings, Cabe Bedlam is hunted for both the legacy he represents and the future he may bring. Yet, dragons may be the least of the dangers, for in a land drenched with sorcery, Cabe’s very legacy may be what destroys him!

Richard A Knaak Dragonrealm: 1. Firedrake 2. Ice Dragon 3. Wolfhelm 4. Shadow Steed 5. The Crystal Dragon 6. The Dragon Crown 7. The Horse King, The Shrouded Realm, Children of the Drake, Dragon TomeRichard A Knaak Dragonrealm: 1. Firedrake 2. Ice Dragon 3. Wolfhelm 4. Shadow Steed 5. The Crystal Dragon 6. The Dragon Crown 7. The Horse King, The Shrouded Realm, Children of the Drake, Dragon TomeRichard A Knaak Dragonrealm: 1. Firedrake 2. Ice Dragon 3. Wolfhelm 4. Shadow Steed 5. The Crystal Dragon 6. The Dragon Crown 7. The Horse King, The Shrouded Realm, Children of the Drake, Dragon TomeRichard A Knaak Dragonrealm: 1. Firedrake 2. Ice Dragon 3. Wolfhelm 4. Shadow Steed 5. The Crystal Dragon 6. The Dragon Crown 7. The Horse King, The Shrouded Realm, Children of the Drake, Dragon TomeRichard A Knaak Dragonrealm: 1. Firedrake 2. Ice Dragon 3. Wolfhelm 4. Shadow Steed 5. The Crystal Dragon 6. The Dragon Crown 7. The Horse King, The Shrouded Realm, Children of the Drake, Dragon TomeRichard A Knaak Dragonrealm: 1. Firedrake 2. Ice Dragon 3. Wolfhelm 4. Shadow Steed 5. The Crystal Dragon 6. The Dragon Crown 7. The Horse King, The Shrouded Realm, Children of the Drake, Dragon TomeRichard A Knaak Dragonrealm: 1. Firedrake 2. Ice Dragon 3. Wolfhelm 4. Shadow Steed 5. The Crystal Dragon 6. The Dragon Crown 7. The Horse King, The Shrouded Realm, Children of the Drake, Dragon Tome

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Origin of Dragonrealm — This trilogy is a prequel to Dragonrealm. Publisher: The Vraad, a race of master wizards, rule Nimth with little regard even for the laws of nature, twisting their world to their whims. Their carelessness, though, at last forces them into a desperate plan of escape from ravaged Nimth to a mysterious world. Yet, even if they manage to overcome personal emnities and vendettas, the Vraad will soon learn that their new home, a place of dragons, will not so readily bend and, instead, could prove their master.

Richard A. Knaak Dragonrealm: The Shrouded Realm, Children of the Drake, Dragon Tomerake, Dragon Tomerake, Dragon Tome


Dragon Masters — Related to Dragonrealm. Some two hundred years before Cabe Bedlam became thrust into the machinations of the Dragon Kings, his grandfather Nathan led a band of wizards against the drake lords in the hopes of freeing the realms of their tyrannical rule. Yet, the truth behind that story is not a simple one. Here now, is the dawn of the Turning War, a pivotal moment in the Dragonrealm, and the startling creation of the first band to stand against the Dragon Kings — the Dragon Masters. Here is their tale… Read Pt. 1 of Dragon Masters right now! The Turning War is a three volume saga answering many of the questions concerning the Dragonrealm and the Dragon Masters and how those events yet reverberate in current timeline.

fantasy and science fiction book reviews


Stand-alone:

book review richard a. knaak king of the greyKing of the Grey — (1993) Publisher: They are the shadows we see out of the corner of our eyes, the visions flickering past in the middle of the night. They are the elves, the fairies, and other legends of our creation. The Grey abound around us, are part of us, forever tied to our innermost thoughts. They seek to be truly real, to truly live, and for that they need a human anchor, a false king, who can give them substance. In Chicago, Jeremiah Todtmann is chosen for that unwitting role, but even as he tries to come to grips with the existence of the Grey themselves, he will soon discover that while some represent but the harmless dreams of men…others are their most deadly nightmares.


richard a. knaak review the janus maskThe Janus Mask — (1995) Publisher: With arms and sorcery, Baron Mandrol has ruled Medecia, displaying as proof of his ultimate control his collection of life-like death masks of fallen rivals. Yet one mask more than any other contains some essence of the one it represents, that of the wizard Viktor Falsche. When it is placed on the face of a hapless peasant, Viktor receives one last chance to gain his revenge against the monstrous baron and free Medecia. However, his time is limited, for the mask will soon deteriorate beyond saving…and with its destruction will go the last of Viktor Falsche.


book review richard a. knaak frostwingFrostwing — (1995) Publisher: Grigori Nicolau has been alive for 700 years, haunted by Frostwing, a phantasmic gargoyle who steals his identity and memories as he dreams. Now in modern Chicago, Grigori sees his tormentor’s actual stone image on top of a building and must decipher a sorcerous plot that spans centuries.


book review richard a. knaak dutchmanDutchman — (1996) Publisher: Written by the author of the “Dragonrealm” books, this is the story of the Dutchman destined to travel from reality to reality, helplessly destroying a version of the world as he goes.


Richard Knaak Sylvio Tabet Beastmaster: MythBeastmaster: Myth — (2009) With Sylvio Tabet. Publisher: A reimagining of the beloved epic fantasy of film and TV that centered around the sword-wielding beastmaster battling evil in a primordial world.


 

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