The Dragon Waiting
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The Dragon Waiting

by John M. Ford
Release date: 1983
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, alternate history
Tags: world fantasy award

The Wars of the Roses have put Edward IV on the throne of England, Lorenzo de' Medici's court shines brilliantly, and Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza plots in Milan. But this is a changed world, and medieval Europe is dominated by the threat from the Byzantine Empire. Sforza, the Vampire Duke, marshals his forces for his long-planned attack on Florence, and Byzantium is on the march.

A mercenary, the exiled heir to the Byzantine throne, a young woman physician forced to flee Florence, and a Welsh wizard, the nephew of Owain Gly Dwr, seem to have no common goals but together they wage an intrigue-filled campaign against the might of Byzantium, striving to secure the English throne for Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and make him Richard III.

The winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, The Dragon Waiting is a rich and powerful novel, full of swordplay, wizardry, vampirism, political intrigue and passion, that brilliantly explores an alternative world in which Byzantium was not extinguished in 1453.

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