After some trepidation about how seriously to treat Dragonslayers, and fears that it might be little more than a generic collection of folk-tales, the good people at Bleaseworld were very impressed by the quality of Peter Dennis' artwork, and Joe McCullough's authorship;
'I must say that I am somewhat blown away by how good it is. First off the illustrations by Peter Dennis are amazing... here is nothing silly here in the artwork, you could well believe this was a regular ancient history Osprey if dragons had been real.
However, good as the artwork is, this is a book and the meat of the product is the text and I must say that Joseph McCullough has done a cracking job in bringing together a disparate and varied selection of tales, summarising and then analysing them.
As I said I thought this would be the weakest release of the three and probably would not have bought it but have been more than happy to have my preconceptions proven completely wrong. If you have any passing interest in the subject I seriously recommend picking up a copy.'
You can read the full review here.
Miniature Wargames Magazine also proved to be a fan;
'Writing about Myth 1: Jason and the Argonauts
Artist Jose Daniel Cabrera Pena’s artwork is spot on…What Mr. Smith has done is to take a variety of mythic and fictional sources and turn them into a coherent account...'
And of Myth 2: Dragonslayers: From Beowufl to St. George
Ditto what I said above about Jason…His [Illustrator Peter Dennis] artwork is simply ubercool. …With such a broad set of periods, there obviously less narrative – and no ‘Tolkien’ types – but the tight brief means a few aspects are done well, rather than a lot weakly.'
So congratulations to the authors and illustrators, and let's hope they continue to get a positive reception! With the book in less than a month, you'll be able to make up your own minds very soon...
For more information about the series, please visit the Osprey Adventures website.
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