James Maxey's Bitterwood is reviewed in The Guardian
"Maxey's second novel begins as a fantasy, and then transforms itself into something else entirely. Dragons have ruled the Earth for a thousand years, with humanity reduced to slaves and serfs. Bant Bitterwood, after learning of his family's death at the hands of dragon warriors, vows to exact revenge and begins his rebellion. He becomes a mythic figure as he slaughters every dragon in his path. When he kills King Albekizan's favourite son, he brings down the monarch's wrath: the king vows to wipe humanity from the face of the planet. ... Bitterwood is thrilling, full of plot twists, fabulous coincidences and reversals of fortune that drag the reader towards a neat, affirming conclusion."
— Mark N