James Maxey lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina. His novels include the superhero tales Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn, and the Dragon Age trilogy of Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed. His multi-book epic, Dragon Apocalypse, is an enthusiastic blend of the superhero and fantasy genres (Greatshadow (2012), Hush (2012) and Witchbreaker (2013).
Maxey's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. His short story "Empire of Dreams and Miracles" was a Phobos Award winner, and his ghost tale "Silent as Dust" was included in the Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2009 edition. These stories and others appear in his short story collection There is No Wheel.
Bitterwood has spent the past twenty years hunting down dragons, one at a time. But he is getting old and the hate that he has carried in his heart since a group of dragon-soldiers killed his family is beginning to fade. When he kills the royal prince dragon, the king decides the only retribution is genocide of the human race. Bitterwood is forced to enter the Free City, the grand trap designed to eradicate mankind, with thousands of others. Can he lead from within, or can a select few dragons unite to stop the king's madness from becoming reality.
"There is never a dull moment in Bitterwood, if there is no action Maxey throws in a plot twist that you didn’t expect. I got a certain vibe after reading Bitterwood and I think that this is the message the author intended: “Here you have it, you either like or you hate it”. Bitterwood was for me enjoyable enough, and is in itself a well rounded story with a nice start and finish. Maxey continues The Dragon Age Trilogy with Dragonforge and I’m curious to find out where the story will be picked up from. Bitterwood is ideal for readers who like fast-paced sword and sorcery action combined with a totally unexpected science fiction setting."
Dragonforge proved to be a enjoyable read. Maxey keeps his fast-paced, action filled storyline interesting by combining unseen plot twists, although I must say that Bitterwood had more humor in it (Mr. Hey You) was brilliant. I still don't know how to fully enjoy the science fiction aspects of The Dragon Age series. I like the concept of a world which reverted back to the medieval era due to the cause of the downfall of the human race itself but for me, if Maxey would have just stuck with Burke the Machinist from the get go as the only technological advancement, it would for me have been better acceptable (and the story might have been more livelier still).