King's Dragon

King's Dragon

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"From one of Fantasy's shining new lights comes this first volume in a magnificent epic set in a richly realized land and culture where bloody rebellion may soon destroy the kingdom, while sorcerous confrontations and the secret workings of an otherworldly race could transform the very land into a place in which no mortal was ever meant to dwell." "It begins with the threat of civil war. For though King Henry still holds the crown of Wendar, his reign has long been contested by his sister Sabella. There are many eager to flock to her banner, whether from their belief in her cause or the hope of personal gain. And there are ways to bring others under her command, methods to make even the most unwilling lord into a weapon pointed at the very heart of Henry's realm." "Torn by internal strife, Wendar also faces deadly raids from the north by an inhuman race, the Eika, and from the east by the "winged" riders, the Qumans. And terrifying portents are being seen by many; old ruins restored to life under the light of the full moon and peopled by the long vanished Lost Ones; dark spirits walking the land in broad daylight." "And suddenly two innocents - Alain, a young man who may find his future in a vision granted by the Lady of Battles, and Liath, a young woman with the power to change the course of history if she can only learn to master her fear and seize what is rightfully hers - are about to be thrust into the midst of the conflict."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : DAW Books, c1997.
ISBN: 9780886777272
0886777275
Characteristics: xii, 532 pages ;,24 cm.

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JihadiConservative
Feb 18, 2016

Complex politics, well thought out magic system, clash between religious and secular powers, an ineluctable catastrophe looming, long lost creatures walking the lands once again, GREAT characterization. What more can you ask for in a fantasy saga. Plot? Good enough to taste. My only complaint is that the series, which clocks in at 7 books long, is several books too long. Still, the series is one of the better epic fantasy sagas out there and well worth the read.
Edit: The series completely disappoints by the end. Its ambitious and the first couple books in the series hint at great things, but Elliot gets lost in her world and things just dont end up moving along. Whats 7 books should have been 3. By the end of things, I didnt much care about the characters or plot, I was so bored.

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mandanza
Jul 22, 2012

King's Dragon is a somewhat jumbled but very engaging start. Make no mistake, it definitely feels like the start of a long series: Many characters are introduced, along with many mysteries and questions. Plenty of stuff happens, but it all very much has the feeling of getting the story set up for even bigger and better things, and in a lot of ways you as the reader are not really sure what's going!

Still, Elliott sets up a fascinating and clearly well-developed world, with interesting characters who are easy to root for (or, in some cases, against). Despite the length, it's an easy read. It's a multiple-POV book, alternating chapters for different characters, so often the desire to find out what's happening with your favorite character will keep you reading way past your bedtime...

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LaCh1pmunkL0ca
May 11, 2011

This is a book that I would recommend for teen fantasy fans and those who enjoy Mercedes Lackey and Garth Nix. The characters are startlingly realistic, each suffering doubts about themselves and others around them. The protagonists provide their own view to the story, even if they are sometimes opposing. This gives a unique outlook on the war that is about to happen and the kingdom itself. However, for all their differences, the protagonists are all driven by a common purpose. They all want to live and blend in with the new circumstances they find themselves in.

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