- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (2 April 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857236092
- ISBN-13: 978-1857236095
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.6 x 17.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
King's Dragon (Crown of Stars, Book 1) Paperback – 2 Apr 1998
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This could be the breakout book for Kate Elliott . . . what really counts are her characters. Well-drawn and vivid, they come alive as both people from a very foreign place and people we care about. They keep the plot irresistibly moving forward and draw us into her work. The book is solid, exciting and engrossing - a grand and powerful piece of writing all in all. (Katharine Kerr, author of DAGGERSPELL)
Entirely captivating... an indispensible technique in conjuring convincing fictional worlds. (PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY)
enough adventure, suspense, and character development here to reward most readers. (STARBURST)
I look forward avidly to the next volume. (INTERZONE)
The first book in what promises to be a gripping and enthralling fantasy epic' - THE TIMESSee all Product Description
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This opening novel follows three principal characters. Alain is a foundling, raised by his foster-family and promised to the Church. However, the destruction of the local monastary by Eika raiders sets Alain on a new path as his destiny intersects with that of Count Lavastine, who coincidentally once had a bastard son sent to be raised by freeholding family, a decision he now regrets. Readers may groan at this cliche and it is rather predictable in this opening volume. However, Elliott cleverly subverts this expectation in later volumes in the series.
The second POV character is Liath, a beautiful young woman who has spent much of her life on the run with her father, fleeing from unseen, unknown enemies who desire her father's immense knowledge of astrological magic.Read more ›
Liath and her father have been running away from place to place since her mother was killed 8 years ago. she has knowledge which cannot whatever the matter been put into the wrong hands. Her story line at the begining is a bit too slow, though near the end gets much more interesting.
The characters in the book are superbly worked out. The supporting characters are also well drafted. But the two main character's have there own destinies, but who can they trust with there secrets. I was hoping the two characters would end up meeting but they don't in this one. The only downside to the book is, it can be a bit too slow in certain parts of the book, which makes you want to skip some pages so its speed can pick up, but that way you may end up mising important information. The other problem about this book is, that it gets way too carried away with the religious stuff. Overall I really I liked this book, and have already order Prince of Dogs the follow on. The book finishes and you cannot guess which way the book will go next. I really wanted to give this book 4.5, but as I can't I gave it 5.
Into this volatile setting are pitched a trio of young protaganists , each in turn wrestling with their inheritances, characters and destinies. Their struggles to come to terms with themselves mirror, and influence, the unfolding disintegration of their kingdom and the unfolding of a new order.
Well, OK, pretty standard fantasy fodder in outline. But, the leading characters are rounded out and well differentiated, the supporting cast crisply portrayed, the matriachal society and religion lovingly (if a little too, sometimes) detailed and the monsters, magic and violence sparingly and effectively deployed.
What it all adds up to is a book, like early Modesitt, Donaldson, or perhaps most closely, the Fionovar trilogy, that portrays an almost tactile sense of living in a profoundly different world; it draws you in and leaves you craving more. In fact, I'm off the buy the follow up (Prince of Dogs) on Amazon right now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this series a few years ago. I am re-reading it and I still find it well written.Published 11 months ago by Millicent Cryne
very enjoyable easy reading. Good storyline. looking forward to reading the next book. would recommend this book and hope the rest of the series is as good.Published 14 months ago by anonymous
I have read this series of books in paperback. A really good read. Liked them that much am now getting them on my kindlePublished 16 months ago by sandra59
did not enjoy this book as much as the other series I read, seemed to drag on to long and jumped about a lotPublished 21 months ago by Mrs. J R Brockman
Great books, especially the 2nd one. I have hard copies of them all, but it is sooo much easier to carry them around on my kindle. Read the whole series every couple of years.Published on 16 Jan. 2014 by S Simmons
This was recommended to me by a friend, I started reading it and it is ace. Usual fantasy sort of thing, over 7 books or so, no brainerPublished on 2 Dec. 2013 by Ms. J. Ashton
Again, I love Kate Elliott's books and like i said before, i'm hoping she's on Kindle books, so thank you!!Published on 16 Aug. 2013 by Patricia Mordue