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King's Dragon (Crown of Stars) (original: 1997; edição: 1998)

de Kate Elliott (Autor)

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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… (mais)
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Título:King's Dragon (Crown of Stars)
Autores:Kate Elliott (Autor)
Informação:Time Warner Books Uk (1998), 608 pages
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I think most successful Fantasy novels written in the last 15 years have some twist or signature element that sets them apart from the others. This book, 20 years old, doesn't have a particular hook. Instead, it is a competent attempt at telling the typical Hero's Journey archetype with a couple of interesting wrinkles. Language and events from Christianity are borrowed and inserted into the Fantasy setting. For example, the characters talk about "pentekoste", an event at which tongues of flame appeared above the heads of believers and they became able to understand languages they don't speak. The book didn't have any commentary or strong opinion on the real things it was referencing except maybe to highlight how male-dominated Christianity is, and I found its straightforward borrowing of religious terms, stories, and characters to be distracting.

The characters were generally well-formed and worth investing in, but I found the story a little disappointing. This book reads very much as the first entry in a single multi-volume story, with a great deal of setup and background without very much payoff. I haven't decided yet whether I'll seek out the next book in this series.

Words I learned from this book:
Faience - A sort of Earthenware decorated with colorful glazes.
floralegia - From Latin, literally a gathering of flowers, in Medieval usage a compilation of excerpts from other writings.
soughing - To make a moaning, whistling, or rushing sound.
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  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
A fantasy novel set in historical Europe following a young woman and man finding their place in a warring kingdom. The world is a typical historical European setting but with different fantasy races and magic. There is also a strong focus on powerful women. The plot is slow as the characters build and more elements of the world are demonstrated. The main characters are well written and believable, but take time to be enjoyable. The book gets better the farther it goes a long. There are a few romance pieces that I just don't really get. The ending is good and I feel like this book really set up the series. I wouldn't recommend this book if not committed to moving forward as there are a lot of plotlines that are unanswered. ( )
  renbedell | Mar 25, 2020 |
To tell the truth, I found this book to be quite tedious for the most part. There were so many details and extra storylines that in my opinion could be left out, or at least shortened considerably.

The book began really slowly for me, and I was not super interested in the characters – definitely not in Alain's POV at first. However, it did pick up quite fast from there - I found Liath's portions with Hugh to be harrowing but engrossing and I enjoyed them.

Then, around the 300-page mark, I'd say, things began to slow down again and I was more or less forcing myself to read.

Still, the writing was very solid throughout, and the story was interesting though there were certain points of view I just didn't care for. There were many political and religious information that wearied me, or that I didn't find entirely plausible. And again, I was barely at all invested in the characters. I'm not sure why – they just didn't appeal to me all that much, and that's a big let-down, because more than anything, good characters is what I'm looking for when I read a book. Maybe I was just not in the mood to like them, I don't know.

Thankfully, the ending was a saving grace for me, because although I suspected it would happen that way, it left me hoping for a better sequel. So despite my misgivings I am going to continue on with the series, hoping that it indeed gets better even if it doesn't get any more concise (the following books are only getting longer). But high fantasy is never straight to the point, so I'm willing to forge through it and just enjoy the fantasy elements themselves, the strange creatures and magics and worlds - hopefully I will also grow to care for the main characters more.

Reading this review over now, I realize it sounds almost like I did not enjoy this book at all. I did, for parts of it. It was just very long, too long. But for people who like fantasy, it's a pretty decent read anyway. At least, a decent beginning for a series.
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  UDT | May 1, 2018 |
Trigger warning: abuse, sexual assault

King’s Dragon is the first book in a completed epic fantasy series by noted fantasist Kate Elliott.

King’s Dragon focuses on two young people in the Kingdom of Wendar, a fantasy nation that seems to be based on medieval Germany. On the large scale, Wendar is facing a civil war, with the current king’s sister raising an army to contest his rule and place herself on the throne. At the same time, the kingdom is under attack from raiders that seem like a cross between orcs and Vikings.

However, it takes a while for our protagonists to become involved in events of international importance. Both Alain and Liath have their own problems. For his entire life, Alain’s been promised to a monastery, although he yearns to see the world. Just when it is time for to enter a cloistered life, the monastery is destroyed by raiders and his life is saved by a goddess, the Lady of Battles, in return for dedicating his life to her. Meanwhile, Liath and her father have been traveling her entire life, running from something her father won’t explain to her. When her father dies, Liath is arrested for his debts and sold as a slave an abusive man.

I had a lot of trouble getting through the beginning of King’s Dragon, and I nearly quit. I was already stressed due to other things happening in my life, and Liath’s situation was very difficult to read about. Her sections of the first two hundred pages of this book are the reason for the trigger warnings at the top. However, I just couldn’t let this book go, and when Liath’s friend Hanna began on a plan to save her, I felt like I was getting to the end of the worst of it. I was right. Thanks to Hanna, Liath does get out and begin to recover, although I think she’s showing signs of trauma and PTSD.

Liath is obviously the main female character in King’s Dragon, but she wasn’t the only female character. I like for the books I read to include more than one significant women, and thankfully this wasn’t a problem for King’s Dragon. I mean, this is Kate Elliott we’re talking about. Of course there’s going to be women doing things!

As I already mentioned, the world is inspired by medieval Germany. This makes it fairly close to the medieval European worlds you see in a lot of fantasy fiction, but it was well drawn and with just enough variations to keep me interested. The largest difference from actual history is the gender norms and religion. In this world, women are just as likely to inherit as men, and most of the high ranking Church leaders are women. Most of the army is still male, but there are women who fight. While I wouldn’t say that the world is egalitarian, it is a lot less patriarchal than the history it’s based off of.

A lot of the elements of King’s Dragon are fairly standard fantasy fare. There’s battles, political intrigue, hints of destiny and ancient myths come to life, orphans with magical powers, contenders for the throne, elves, ect. While some elements were familiar, Elliott still manages to bring them to brilliant life. I got to the very end and realized I was hooked. Kate Elliott’s got me stuck on a seven book long epic fantasy series, so you can expect to see more reviews of this series in the future.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | May 10, 2017 |
a very enjoyable book of magic, war and the god’s intervention in mens affairs ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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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

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