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Because sometimes the more you read, the more you love someone's writing and that's how I feel about Elliott. Over the course of thousands of pages, she has trained me into a reader that really likes her tropes and her characters and her style. King's Dragon takes a while to get going also typical of an Elliott novel, but perhaps a bit more pronounced here than, say, in Crossroads , but once it did, I was hooked.

Let's just say I own it on paper - which is always bad for a book because I read faster on my e-reader, and have more opportunities to do so - so the trajectory was basically that I spent about 2 months reading the first pages, a week reading the next pages, and then the remaining was read in a day, when I came home from work, until 1 am. I don't know what this is about, but I seem to always crush on Elliott's male characters.

I can read 50 novels and historical romances and enjoy the characters without ever getting attached and then give me a female character in an Elliott novel meeting eyes with a male character and blushing and I'm there with her. Except for Black Wolves, those dudes did nothing for me and that's seekritly my biggest peeve Sanglant can womanise me any day of the week. I hate it when diversity with regard to people with intelectual disabilities means a token "innocent" character to whom terrible things happen. Elliott uses it sparingly but craftily, and the guivre I loved the way this was built.

The characters were interesting and well-built, no shortcuts. I don't think the next novel in the series will languish long when I get my hands on it. Which is soon, very, very soon I do not even know where to begin. I was so booored, but read on, skimmed, and read on. I came to the conclusion that "swears some" I will read this book. I got it, I will read it, not put it back on that darn TBR pile. So I read it, half way through I read reviews for book 7 so I could see what would happen.

It was the characters, I should have felt for Liath's plight. But I just did not. I should have liked Alain but he was a wooden figure. The Eika prince written a month ago. The Eika prince seemed interesting, but Sagalant, the half elf prince whatever lost me when he lusted after Liath the second he met her. Instalove and then I was all what? The world, yes the world was the one thing that had me bored. Sure it's fun when worlds resemble our but here it was just too much.

The weird Eika, eh can you say the vikings are coming? The church, the lady and her son. The convents, priest, I do not need that much Catholicism in my fantasy. I want it to differ a bit. You are creating a world, play with it. But here it was just I shall make women strong too, a woman can claim a child came from her womb but a man can't. So let's make women bishops and shit.

Yes again, I did not care. The countries, the name. Yes I give you, there were some elves in another dimension, but hey people thought there were beings in the old days. Yes this book failed on every level for me. View all 9 comments. Jul 15, Shaitarn. I loved this book. I loved everything about it. Nov 02, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: I wonder if I'll like this book better when if I read the others. Because there are a lot of lose ends left untied.

There is a story A and a story B, and at times a little A. At the beginning of the book, it tended towards a bit of melodramatic use of metaphors, but further into the book it settles down into an easi I wonder if I'll like this book better when if I read the others.

At the beginning of the book, it tended towards a bit of melodramatic use of metaphors, but further into the book it settles down into an easily readable pace. It follows the storyline of Liath, who has been on the run most her life, but tragedy causes her to be subjected to the advances of a strangely cruel man. She spends a lot of time being conflicted and confused, about magic, what's dangerous, who she really is. And then it follows Alain, who is promised to the church, and tragedy causes him to become a part of a Count's retinue instead. Both find themselves in a world at war, between Kingdoms, and also a foreign and savage species call the Eika.

Some of the religious statements and concepts, are taken almost directly from the bible, you'll recognize some familiar passages you know, if there are passages that are familiar to you from the bible and then comes some tweaking. But even so, that made it very much like I had to skim, it was simply too painful. And dogs, dogs, dogs everywhere. I'm sure there is some significance, maybe the dogs in story A and B are related somehow to each other.

Thirdly, having a Henri, and a Henry, both with illegitimate sons who look foreign compared with their surroundings, was really confusing. It's not a badly written book, but I had a hard time identifying with the characters, perhaps because the characters don't really know themselves, they are vague, because they both have no real sense of identity, where they came from, where they are going. I have to say I really liked the first novel. Such a shame I could not get a physical copy but I was happy enough with an ebook.

The Crown of Stars series was I think based on a medieval Europe, making it a nice contrast to her Crossroads series, which has a more Asian feel to it. In some ways this was a historical fiction and fantasy hybrid of sorts. At the start of the novel we follow two main protagonists, Alain, a young man promised to a monastery, and Liath, a young woman traveling with her father.

I have to say Liath was my favourite of the two and I really felt for her during some of experiences during this novel. When reading the second half, however, I was gripped throughout, especially during the finale. A good solid read which deserves 4 stars. I look forward to Prince of Dogs. May 15, Lasairfiona Smith rated it it was ok Shelves: This is your basic sprawling fantasy story that happens to be set in a world where there is some war and some invasion but without the single hero that kills everything and wins the lady. No, things are a tad more complicated than that.

Oh, and the death of a family member causes heroine to be sold It's okay. Oh, and the death of a family member causes heroine to be sold into slavery and all the mess that goes with that. Of course the heroine obviously has some special abilities but walks around scared all the time. Not only are there a lot of commas, albeit grammatically correct unlike mine , but she even has to use dashes. It's a very thick book with a lot of detail but full of faults.

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The writing isn't bad. The characters aren't totally one dimensional. I'd call it popcorn reading if it wasn't so long.

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So this series is average at best but there is at least one of the story lines that I am still interested in so I will probably keep reading. It just isn't going to be on my priority list. Sep 09, Kristi-anne rated it it was amazing.

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I read these a while ago and was one of best sets I read so far, so anticipating all the way through all 7 books omg such good set I wished they never end, one of those where you finish and think "NOW WHAT?! Apr 07, Jonathan rated it really liked it. Slow start; enjoyable but predictable read.

I will most likely continue with the series. Aug 03, Wealhtheow rated it liked it Shelves: This is really engaging high fantasy. Lots of characterization and world building from the very start. Just good, solid fantasy, complete with doomed loves and huge batttles. Sep 09, rainbowseverywhere12 rated it really liked it. According to her, it is one of the best series she ever read.

I read the gist of it, put it in my to-read-list, and then forgot about it. It took me two years to finally give the book a chance. It was nominated for the Nebula Award, and being an avid book reader, that simple advertisement alone made me have high hopes for it. I was very cautious though, I didn't want to delve into a long series that in the end would only turn out bad. I have this great passion for reading and for me, reading should never be a chore. I could have taken my wife's word for it, but I could clearly see she is in love with the series so she tends to be biased about it.

So what I did was I looked for negative reviews; and I have to admit, there were scant few negative reviews. Everyone who read it either fell in love with it right there right then when they read "On a hill I have seen how some of them were disappointed at first but had nothing else left to do so they read on and surprisingly fell in love with it. Those who hated it, well, I guess they like me don't like reading to be a chore. This book, it is like any other book, it is either you love it or you utterly hate it.

King's Dragon

And as a reader, there is nothing left to do but read it and really find out for myself. And here is it: Alright, chill, I know you are reading this, deep breathe, don't make me sleep on the couch tonight just because I said that hateful word. Please note it was in past tense. That means something right?

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  5. Anyway, I hated it because there were bits and pieces that were too slow for me and things that were not clear. One moment I was reading about the boy then suddenly it was the girl then some other girl then the savage one. I hated it because it reminded me of the struggle I had in reading Malazan and I swore I would never tolerate that ever again, it was a difficult read for me, because in my heart of hearts, I intended to hate it. Martin's Game of Thrones to name a few, therefore a series like this shouldn't bother me, and how the story evolves shouldn't irk me.

    The book has this kind of slowness, sluggish progress in it that frustrated me to no ends. It keeps leading me to dead ends, without any signs of foreshadowing at hand. It feels like I was Theseus, following the thread of yarn on my way back to the real world only to find out my yarn was cut to bits and pieces that could go on a few meters only to end up with a loose end right in the middle of an intersection all with pieces of yarn going in different directions. It felt like I myself was enchanted and played upon by those daemons they talked about in the story, why?

    Because it felt like we were only going in circles. Alright, don't get me wrong. Well, the characters lack depth, attitude, and well It felt at first note the phrase I used that the author was in a hurry and she needed to shove all the characters at once right under your nose, if an author was to do that with the intention of making a new universe and introducing it to the public then might as well go big Might as well go in details who is who, what is what.

    Might as well introduce all the other stable boys working in Count Lavastine's household, what goes under the chatelaine's command, the cook's scullions, etc. Who is Fell for example? Who were the newly recruits for Lavastine's what role do they play in the story, where did the chatelaine got all the new young ones recruited to be in service to the Lavas household. Why just shove numerous names of Saints and princes and princesses and dukes and duchesses and dukedoms?

    Priests and priestesses too? If you would confuse readers with names that mean squat to them then might as well include the smallest bug's name Too many characters that are bastards. I am not against it, nor was I being ignorant here. I know the medieval times which was her chosen era was swarming with such.

    I know, the medieval times were ruled and governed by passion, love, lust, treachery, deceit. Mix these things together you end up with so many bastards or illegitimate children it isn't funny anymore. But the author took it up a notch, every other character is a bastard in the story.

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    Two of the main male characters already are branded as bastards. I am not so sure what she is. It was like, every spring, ever royalty and or noble born gets twitter-patted or they get the spring bug and off they go getting anything that wears skirts pregnant or getting knocked up by anything with a built-in pogo in their persons. I love hating them, and I love strong villains, and the author managed to provide me with the most annoying bitches and jerks ever to walk Fantasyland. I love how she made the good guys dumb, and the bad guys fucking cunning you just wanna root for them and at the same time wish them 7 years of bad luck if they don't read and repost chain mails!

    I love her villains' inconsistency too. Take for example, Frater Hugh. Idk what he is, if he is good or bad, but I guess he is a jerk of highest order. He did a few vile unspeakable things which you need to know for yourself by the way. Why is he inconsistent? But boy, by the 51st percent of the book? I already knew better. I knew there is more than what I read. There is more of that Hugh. More of the Antonia oh that fucking cunt She makes me want to wipe her Antonia-coddling smiles with dogpoop, I bet Lavastine's hounds poop mountains of that shit. More of Sabella another cunt who lost everything because she is dumb And the gray character, Berthold Villam's son I knew he isn't dead, my instinct screams the boy is alive!

    Fuck it, until it was stated by all and until that boy don't reappear in the very last book I will believe him alive. Lackling is another story I honestly think Antonia bathed in him then fed him to the guivre or ate the simpleton herself. Poor mentally challenged kid. I prayed he gave whoever ate him diarrhea. Who knows maybe those clerics who used to work for Antonia and died died because of Lackling I still would have preferred Diarrhea though All in all, it was good really.

    It grows in you if you would give it a chance and keep an open mind about it. Also it helps to whinge. Hate on it, don't keep it in, and snap at the first unfortunate real life villain who tries to disturb your reading hours. It is worth all the "damn it this doesn't make any sense" mumblings I did for the entire 10 days I read it. One advise when you read this: Keep Calm and Read On P. For you who so pushed me, coerced me, bullied me, threatened me, I love you.

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    I think I found my next Fantasy Project I wanna finish. Guide me while I read this series same way you always guided me through life together. I love you wife. Feb 14, Mei-Lu rated it it was ok.

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    I think before I get into my review of this book I should disclose something. King's Dragon is the first volume of a seven volume series. I read up to page of book five the Gathering Storm and found I just couldn't continue. I was fed up with the story, the characters, the whole thing. If the book didn't weigh a ton, I'd probably have thrown it against the wall in frustration. As is, I refrained for free of denting the walls of my rental.

    In this review, I'm going to talk about the overall I think before I get into my review of this book I should disclose something. In this review, I'm going to talk about the overall series without spoilers in the hopes that it will help you make a decision about whether or not you want to give this series a try. Generally speaking, fantasy series fall into two categories - epic storylines that are told over the course of several books a la George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire and stand alone books that can be read out of order a la Anne McCaffrey's Pern series.

    Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars series falls into the first category. If you like, it's one mega-novel divided into seven parts. She does a pretty good job of breaking her story down into pieces and giving each novel an arc, but the books each end on a cliffhanger which makes clear that the story is nowhere near finished. I've read a lot of fantasy series over the years. In the best cases, I'm so caught up in the characters and storyline I read all available volumes obsessively and then grind my teeth until the next book comes out.

    In the worst cases, I'll read the first book and feel no compulsion to read on, regardless of cliffhanger endings. And sadly, this middle ground is exactly where Kate Elliott's series falls. The problem, for me, was the characters. Kate Elliott obviously gave A LOT of thought to her alternate Medieval European world because the depth in the history and religion of her world was impressive. In particular, her version of the Medieval Catholic Church is so different yet recognizable that part of me really wanted to find out how she was going to pay things off. But the main characters, all of whom were teenagers in the first book, were really, really callow.

    Having read four and a half books of the series, I can see that Kate Elliott did this on purpose - that her goal was to have them "grow up" through the course of the story. Unfortunately, this meant that I found it a struggle to care about any of the main characters. They embodied everything that makes you roll your eyes about teenaged characters - they're overdramatic, they're self-involved and self-pitying, they think that when they love it's an end-all, be-all kind of a thing and they make incredibly bad decisions. As the story progresses, the characters do grow up, but I was still lukewarm about all of them near the end of book four and actually started to feel as if I was being held hostage by these annoying characters for the sake of an interesting story and world.

    In the end, it wasn't worth it for me. The Dwarves hide in their mountains whilst the Elves isolate themselves in the frozen wastes of the north. Neither care for the petty struggles of men. Only the old magician, Medriz, knows the true nature of the force that drives Emperor Salzar. Also, the Dragons have long since disappeared - can the dark forces of Ikur be defeated without them? If good is to triumph once more then Arun, a poor boy from the slums, must unite the Dwarves, Elves and Men into a common force. Arun is the key, but can he survive long enough to become the hero of prophecy?

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    I was at first put-off by the kindle price and the fact that I'd never heard of the author or the series before, but the sample effectively sucked me in. Shari Dean rated it really liked it May 27, Ambra rated it really liked it Feb 01, Samuel Barlow rated it it was amazing Mar 07, Turner Brooks rated it really liked it Jan 05, Katie Maresca rated it really liked it Apr 02, Iain rated it it was amazing Sep 17, Declan rated it really liked it Jul 07, Derek Edgington rated it it was amazing Jan 29, JAW rated it really liked it Oct 18, Horse rated it it was amazing Jul 07, Tihomir Maznev marked it as to-read Jun 29, Mustafa S Javaid added it Jul 23, T1ravis added it Mar 22, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.