King's Dragon

King's Dragon

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Random House, Inc.
Set in an alternate Europe, a world where bloody conflicts rage and sorcery holds sway, both human and other-than-human forces vie for supremacy. In this land, Alain, a young man seeking the destiny promised him by the Lady of Battles, and Liath, a young woman gifted with a power that can alter the course of history, are about to be swept up in a world-shaking conflict for the survival of humanity. In theNew York TImes bestselling tradition of Tad Williams' epic Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series.
  • Beautiful cover art by Jody Lee
  • Over 300,000 copies of Kate Elliott's books in print!
  • The Crown of Stars series is a powerful blend of fantasy and political intrigue

Baker & Taylor
Set in an alternate Europe where bloody conflicts rage and sorcery holds sway, a young man seeking the destiny promised him by the Lady of Battles and a young woman gifted with a power that can alter the course of history are swept into a conflict for the survival of humanity. Reprint.

Blackwell North Amer
Set in an alternate Europe where bloody conflicts rage, the first book of the Crown of Stars epic fantasy series chronicles a world-shaking conflict for the survival of humanity

It begins with 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, and there are ways to make even the most unwilling lord into a weapon pointed at the heart of Henry’s realm.

Torn by internal strife, Wendar also faces deadly raids from the north by an inhuman race, the Eika. And now terrifying portents are being seen; 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 are about to be thrust into the middle of the conflict.

Liath, who has spent her early years fleeing from unknown enemies, is 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.

While Alain, a young man who may find his future in a vision granted by the Lady of Battles, must first unravel the mystery of who he is—whether the bastard son of a noble father, the half-breed child of an elfin lord, the unwanted get of a whore, or the heir to a proud and ancient lineage. For only when he discovers the truth can he accept the destiny for which he was born.

Liath and Alain, each trapped in a personal struggle for survival, both helplessly being drawn into a far greater battle, a war in which sorcery not swords will determine the final outcome, and the land itself may be irrevocably reshaped by the forces unleashed....

& Taylor

Set in an alternate Europe where bloody conflicts and sorcery hold sway, Alain, a young man seeking his promised destiny, and Liath, a woman with the power to alter the course of history, find the fate of the world in their hands

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : DAW Books : Distributed by Penguin Books U.S.A., 1998
Description: 636 p. : map, geneal. table ; 18 cm
ISBN: 9780886777715
Branch Call Number: Elli


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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.

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...

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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