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King's Dragon (Crown of Stars, Book 1) Paperback – 2 Apr 1998

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  • 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)

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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)

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The first book in what promises to be a gripping and enthralling fantasy epic' - THE TIMES

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By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
Kate Elliott (the pen-name of American writer Alis A. Ramussen) sensibly starts things off on a small scale with the opening book in the Crown of Stars series. The setting is the continent of Novaria, a fantasised version of Europe in the early medieval period. The opening volume takes place in the unified kingdoms of Wendar and Varre (Germanic states by other names), which through dynastic marriage are now ruled jointly by King Henry. However, his elder half-sister Sabella plots rebellion against him and mobilises the Varren nobles to war. At the same time, the savage nonhuman Eika are heavily raiding the northern coast of the kingdom and besieging the city of Gent, and King Henry's court is involved in intrigue as Henry plots to make his bastard son Sanglant (the result of a union between Henry and an Aoi or elf woman in his youth), his heir, to the displeasure of his eldest legitimate daughter Sapentia.

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.
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By A Customer on 21 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
This was a very good book. It follows two story lines, from points of View from Alain and Liath. Alain who is fostered by Henri, lives a simple life. When he becomes 16 he is to be sent to the Monastery, but things turn out to be different. His character build up was excellent, and I really like how his Dreams and Visions are shown. He does not know who his real father was or his mother. There are many surprises in the box for him, and dilema's.
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.
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An unlikely choice for me, Kings Dragon proved to be a good one. I have never read fantasy and was given this book but have to say it was spell-binding. I was on Liath's side from the beginning, hated Hugh, fell in love with Sanglant, hoped for Alain and was intrigued by Wolfhere, Rosvita and many others. The politics and infighting in this story gave it a realistic feel and the number and calibre of characters give it good pace. Bit too much scripture for my liking but I have gone on to read the 2nd and 3rd in the series aswell as Jaran (which I also consider to be excellent) ... Not bad for a Fantasy Virgin.
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Set in an alter- mediaeval middle europe, this book carefully, clearly (and slowly!) crafts a society on the cusp of profound change, beset by sinister external forces, schism and the dark shadows of a long fallen golden empire.
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.
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