King's Dragon: Crown of Stars Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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It begins with civil war...
Torn by internal strife, Wendar 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.
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...
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|Listening Length||21 hours and 32 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 31 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #109,378 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,461 in Dark Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,933 in Action & Adventure Fantasy
#4,141 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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The story centers around the realm of Wendar, ruled by King Henry. In Wendar, religion plays a major part of everyday life and sorcery is illegal. Of course, since magic is an ability you're born with and need to learn to control, there will be people that learn the art of sorcery in secret. Liath and her father are good examples of this. Liath's father has been teaching her forbidden knowledge and they have a book they refer to as the "Book of Secrets". When Liath's father is killed, Hugh, the local Frater, takes her fathers books and takes Liath as his slave to pay off her father's debts. Liath is forced to endure Hugh's unwanted attentions and try to keep the Book of Secrets hidden from him, which he desires as much as he desires her. While Liath is suffering under Hugh's hand, in another part of the country, Alain, a young man in a foster family and promised to the church is trying to figure out who he is and what his future will be. He has been visited by the Lady of Battles, and he promises to serve her if his village is spared from the horde of Eika that is attacking the nearby monastery that Alain is sworn to. The Eika are human-like creatures that have come to wage war on those they refer to as "soft skins".
Liath and Alain are the main focus of this tale, but Prince Sanglant bears a mention. Sanglant is the bastard son of King Henry, born of an Aoi woman. The Aoi are referred to as the Lost Ones as they no longer occupy the world of man. I believe they are supposed to be Elvish in nature. Sanglant is the Captain of the King's elite fighting force, the Dragons, and it is he that the book is named after. While the King is using his Dragons to try to protect Wendar from the Eika, his older half-sister Sabella is waging civil war trying to gain the throne that she believes was taken from her wrongfully.
Elliot is off to a good start with this book. The second one is even better. This book establishes her world and the basis of the series. Some portions of the book are a little slow, and sections of stories about the various Saints and prayers are written out which seem to have little relevance to the story and I just skipped over them. She's made a good start creating the characters, but the second book gives them a little more depth than the first. My advice to potential readers is that if you read the first book and like it, to continue with the second, as it just gets better.
In this story, King Henry rules over Wendar and Varre (Germany and France) and seeks to maintain his throne in spite of invaders from the north (instead of Vikings, these invaders are the monstrous Eika) and the rebellion of Sabella, his own sister. Against this backdrop, we are told the tale of two youths coming of age. One is Liath, a young girl whose father schools her in astronomy and magic, all the while moving them from town to town, one step ahead of some mysterious danger which stalks her. The other is Alain, a boy who doesn't know his parentage but is called into the service of his local lord and The Lady of Battles.
I was impressed with this story on a number of levels. The most interesting thing to me was how Elliot set her story in a Europe that never was. The map is the same and the general setting is the same (names seem familiar, kingdoms seem placed appropriately, and the church is strong and pervasive), but she deftly weaves a tale of what could have been. I enjoyed looking at the names and trying to figure out their place in real world history. Another thing that I enjoyed about the story was the gender roles. Elliot's world has a woman as Skopos (kind of like the pope) and women as bishops throughout the land. In other arenas we see women leading armies and nations. It seems like she really worked to make her world less male=centric and perhaps could have used a lighter touch at times, but even still I enjoyed the finding out more about her world and characters and look forward to reading the next novel in the series.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves reading fantasy
Top reviews from other countries
I am very happy to have read it and to have 6 more books to go.