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1st edition cover
Author Barbara Hambly
Cover artist Michael Whelan
Country United States
Language English
Series Winterlands
Genre Fantasy novel
Published 1985 (Del Rey Books)
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 352 pp
ISBN 0-345-31572-3
OCLC 13000587
Followed by Dragonshadow

Dragonsbane is a fantasy novel written by author Barbara Hambly and published by Del Rey Books in 1985.

Plot summary[edit]

A witch, Jenny Waynest, and lord, John Aversin, who live in the decaying Northlands are approached by a young southern noble, Gareth, who requests they slay a dragon in the capital city of Bel to the south. The pair agree on the condition the king send troops to the north to fend off bandits. On arriving, it is revealed that Gareth is not a mere noble, but the prince of the realm seeking aid against the wishes of his father. The dragon is revealed as Morkeleb the Black, an ancient and powerful dragon, now inhabiting the caverns of the gnomes. In addition, the sorceress Zyerne is revealed to hold the king in her power, dominating him with the goal of capturing the power of the Stone in the heart of the gnomish Deep. John is persuaded to kill Morkeleb, with Jenny's assistance, but is himself wounded and Jenny is forced to save the dragon's life in exchange for that of John's. In saving Morkeleb's life, Jenny's weak powers are much augmented, allowing her to confront Zyerne but also tempting her to transform into a dragon and abandon the concerns of humanity. Zyrene enters the Deep, attempting to claim its magic, but is defeated when the Stone is destroyed by John, Jenny and Morkeleb. Jenny accepts Morkeleb's offer to transform into a dragon, but later returns to the North, unable to live without her humanity.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Dragonsbane was a Locus award nominee in 1986 and 1987.[1]


  • Dragonsbane (ebook)

Published March 29, 2011, Open Road Integrated Media ebook, 342 pages

  • Dragonsbane (Winterlands #1)

Published March 23, 2011, Open Road Kindle Edition

  • Dragonsbane (Mass Market Paperback)

Published May 12, 1987, Del Rey Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages

  • Dragonsbane (Winterlands #1)

Published December 12, 1985, Del Rey Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

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