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  • Crown of Stars Series, Book 1
  • By: Kate Elliott
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 21 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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King's Dragon

By: Kate Elliott
Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
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Summary

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...

©1997 Katrina Elliott (P)2020 Tantor

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Dark, brutal, fantasy

This book came out in the same year as A Game Of Thrones and Assassin's Apprentice and those are good reference points. There must have been something in the air that year pushing fantasy authors to really put their characters through the wringer and this is no exception. It features one of the most unpleasant villains I have ever read- and it is worth reading the content warnings. With that said, it's also a match for Martin or Hobbs as a novel and this series, not looking at anyone in particular, has an ending.

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A hidden gem

I cannot believe that this series isn't more popular or widely known. I enjoyed this waay more than some of the most successful fantasy series of the same era and would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves to dedicate themselves to a long read (or listen). I feel like it has aged well.

Bonus points for excellent narration!

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read these books yes ago

so pleased that these are coming on to audible these books got better and better as I read them and I am enjoying the audible just as much!

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