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In the House of Five Dragons

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  196 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
He is not the hero they remember. This is not the world he knew. Thirty years have passed since the bloody battle of Njorn Pass, since Rikard Mazrem traded his life away to the Alterra to save his dying men. Defeat became victory and an empire was born. For decades, the people of Carce have revered Rikard as a hero. But now Rikard has returned to find the world changed. Or ...more
Paperback, 520 pages
Published December 13th 2010 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published November 27th 2010)
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Rae Sontheyon
Two Worlds, Blood Pacts, VEIL Knights and Honor

This book is mystical and otherworldly, being reminiscent of ancient cultures in culture conceding life, love, war and honor. The story is an epic novel covering many characters and two worlds. If you are a reader open to fantasy and mythology this book is it.

The linchpin character of story is the great Rikard Mazrem, who sacrificed himself in a blood pact with the Alterra's in exchange for his army to live. Fast forward 30 later Rikard stumbles int
Jan 27, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book! I absolutely loved it. I sometimes feel like I slog through fifty mediocre books before stumbling across one as terrific as this one, and I'm so delighted that I did. I have no idea why it has such tepid reviews, the highly original storyline is tight and interesting with a great ending, the characters are authentic and well developed, and the writing is smooth and professional. The viewpoint bounces around a bit between the main characters, but in a way that enhances u ...more
Mar 14, 2014 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was slow going and confusing at first. I was worried that I had started on book 2 of a series or something and had to check multiple times that this definitely was the starting point. I had started to read it and then stopped because of my confusion, but picked it back up again out of desperation for something to read. I'm overall glad I did. I enjoyed all of the characters.... The likable ones were not TOO perfect (Enders Game- ugh. He could do no wrong) and the villains were evil, but the ...more
Jul 05, 2012 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-lendable
I have very mixed feelings about this book.

The world that is (eventually) built is very neat and I feel like it could have been used in a much better way, but the author took a very long time to introduce what was going on and actually start with some sort of direction for the story. However, there were hints and such as to what the conflict was going to be and I felt like I knew what the biggest problem was going to be long before the characters figured it out. I'm not really sure how I feel ab
Charlotte Anne
Apr 07, 2012 Charlotte Anne rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed much of this book. I thought the characters were believable and I felt drawn in by their individual plights. It was easy to love the heroes and hate the antagonists. The story is of another world where there are knights that protect the emperor and the empire (recently they fought for their country, but all countries joined the empire). These particular knights have a blood pact with another world's inhabitants, the Alterra. Alterra and its inhabitants are not made of form as th ...more
Shadowstorm Norwicca
Apr 16, 2012 Shadowstorm Norwicca rated it it was amazing
The heroes were not your typical heroes and the enemies were not your typical enemies. The story takes place in another world where the knights protect the emperor and the empire, but not for the people per say. The knights all share a blood pact with the inhabitants of Alterra. Alterrans aren't in human form, but are made up of thoughts,ideas, dreams,and memories. The knights share memories with the Alterra in exchange for help on Terra, the other realm in which humankind lives. A woman who is ...more
Sep 10, 2015 Yaara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a long read for me. I was chaperoning a week long field trip at the same time and found myself anxious to get back to the hotel to read another chapter before passing out and feeling elated when I had enough energy for two. I am upset to have finished reading the story but I found I had an active problem with the timeline of the story. The development loses credibility as the whole story appears to take place over the course of about a week.
Dava Stewart
Jul 06, 2011 Dava Stewart rated it really liked it
I had a hard time deciding between three or four stars for this one. I'm going with four for a couple of reasons: the story and the world in which it takes place is pretty original, I couldn't predict it, and it held my interest throughout. There are some problems, though. The characters are flat - either good or bad - and in the two instances the authors tried to add some gray areas they failed to do so subtly. I love free books for the iPad because I am finding ones like this, that I probably ...more
Kyle Zufelt
Apr 29, 2012 Kyle Zufelt rated it really liked it
My 12 year old brother recommended this free e-book, and I actually thought it was really good. It had elements of Mistborn (and if you liked Mistborn, I think you'll like this book), but it also had a lot of original ideas and a plot line that kept me interested throughout. I liked this book a lot better than many other books I've read at a higher price. The characters are believable and well developed, as is the world they are placed in. There were a few spelling and grammar errors, but not en ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Garrett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A rich lore, a diverse cast of characters, an exciting writing style, and a world I'd like to read more of; House of Five Dragons delivers well on a range of writing that I haven't seen for a long time. One man fighting several wars on the ethereal and corporeal, his son struggling to find his own identity, his wife and his lover both playing two sides of different coins, and tales of armies in two different worlds. It's as exciting as it sounds and most definitely worth reading. The writing of ...more
Melissa Lorenzo
May 08, 2012 Melissa Lorenzo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am going to have to be completely honest... the beginning was really slow and I wasn't sure I would even finish this book. BUT, by the end I was fully invested in this world that was trying to regain its morals and revive all the good things that made Rikard's sacrifice equal to what he sought.

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Jan 12, 2014 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this darn thing down...I was up until 4:30 in the morning, biting my nails and flipping through pages like a madwoman.
Keri Salyers
May 27, 2015 Keri Salyers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful character growth, original "magic" system and highly entertaining! I really liked how Rikard, Thainna and Gaius progressed throughout the story- I was really pleased with the ending because I didn't see it coming at all.
H.L. Reasby
Nov 23, 2013 H.L. Reasby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would be a 4.5 star review if I could give it.

I really enjoyed this book quite a bit. I found the world(s) to be fascinating and the characters were generally well written. It's kind of a slow starter and you're not entirely sure what's going on for the first few chapters, but if you stick with it, it's a really intriguing story.
Apr 07, 2012 Tasha rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the story and the universe the story takes place in. There were unfortunately some grammatical errors, places that seemed to be missing words, and a bit of inconsistency when it came to describing certain characters. Overall I am glad to have read it, especially since it was free for my Kindle.
May 28, 2012 Josie rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by how very good this book was. Definitely in the vein of Guy Gavriel Kay's pseudo-historical-fantasy fiction, though rather more clearly fantasy than history. Will try to provide a more thorough review later.
May 11, 2012 Kyle rated it really liked it
Starts out slow, but it eventually gets pretty good. It's a rather different take on fantasy (nothing defined as "magic" in this) but I would still suggest it to fantasy fans.
Dewanna L. Durbin
Dec 31, 2012 Dewanna L. Durbin rated it really liked it
This book starts off slow and I had almost given up on it, but when it took off... It soared. I actually stayed up until 3 am to finish it. It's THAT good!
May 06, 2012 Rocio rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't wrap myself around this one. I was lost from the start and had no clue at times what was going on that i gave up on the book entirely
Paula Hoyal
Apr 22, 2012 Paula Hoyal rated it liked it
Not bad. Really slow to start, but once you get into it, worth the read.
Eric Kasten
Aug 16, 2013 Eric Kasten rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended! I would love to see a follow up book.
Mar 13, 2013 Natalie rated it it was ok
Couldn't finish, though not badly written...
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