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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 636 pages
  • 116.84 x 172.72 x 50.8mm | 317.51g
  • DAW BOOKS
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0886777712
  • 9780886777715
  • 164,452

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Praise for King's Dragon "In the Jaran series, Elliott proved herself good at setting up conflict on a grand scale.... Here she creates a complex fantasy world with intriguing parallels to European history, colorful characters, and plenty of action and magic." --Locus "The saga's world is extremely well built, its pacing is brisk enough to keep the pages fluttering.... This certainly could become one of the best multivolume fantasies--fans, take note!" --Booklist "[King's Dragon] proves an entirely captivating affair.... Elliott models her world from a thorough understanding of medieval European history, leavened with imaginative twists of perspective." --Publishers Weekly "Three young protagonists will win teen interest in this multi-layered fantasy.... It will be loved by die-hard, dedicated fantasy fans who liked the lengthy Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy by Tad Williams." --VOYA "[King's Dragon] is the first book of what promises to be a gripping and enthralling fantasy epic.... Very promising." --The Directory "A master storyteller, Ms. Elliott paints a vast panorama filled with striking characters and a mesmerizing storyline." --Romantic Times Magazine (now RT Reviews)show more

About Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott's credits include the Nebula finalist novel, King's Dragon, its sequels, Prince of Dogs, The Burning Stone, Child of Flame, and The Gathering Storm; her groundbreaking DAW science fiction series, The Novels of Jaran--Jaran, An Earthly Crown, His Conquering Sword, and The Law of Becoming; and her magnificent fantasy collaboration with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson, The Golden Key. She now lives in Hawaii with her husband, three children, and a dog. She can be found at kateelliott.com.show more

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7,303 ratings
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4 36% (2,647)
3 28% (2,016)
2 7% (535)
1 2% (168)
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