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Dragon Stones: Book One of the Dragon Stones Saga (Dragon Stone Saga #1)

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From Goodreads: Fantasy is my thing, so I was pleased when I got the chance to review Dragon Stones. This book? Well, I don’t know what to say, I really don’t. I don’t want to say fantastic or awesome, the words don’t have enough meaning. From the start Kristian Alva emerges us into her world. She doesn’t info dump or expect us to pick everything up at once. We start simpl ...more
Nook, 208 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Defiant Press (first published June 8th 2011)
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k.wing
Nov 10, 2014 k.wing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really strong start to the series, just wish there was a bit more action, and all the storytelling wasn't done through the narrator. I am a little biased because I wrote a book with similar elements, but I think Kristian incorporates a lot of interesting characters and character motivations. I'm excited to listen to the next!
Alec
May 11, 2012 Alec rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story crams in as many cliches as is physically possible, and to be honest it seems like a total ripoff of Eragon, which itself wasn't particularly original. To make things worse, it's not even well written, reading more like a plot outline than an actual novel.
All in all it's just not worth the effort, I wouldn't have bothered finishing it except that it's incredibly short.
Susan
I was hooked on this book from the beginning. It starts with a dark scene – the Emperor’s men have been out searching and destroying dragon nests and they have just found one. While not overly graphic, the point comes across loud and clear with the killing of newly hatched dragons. I definitely like my fantasy to have a little bit of a darker side, a more serious side, as this shows there are real consequences for the characters to consider. Then we moved to Elias and his grandma. She was a stro ...more
Erika
Jun 29, 2011 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy read with lots of magic and adventure, and my new favourite mythical creature - dragons! I will write a full review soon.

My official review:
I had a lot of fun with this book. It's fantasy (not our own world) and has lots of adventure. It's also the kind of fantasy that I'm finding I like the best - an underdog who gains powers and is up against a pretty big opponent. In this case, Elias is also running away from his opponent because he really isn't good at using his powers yet. There's t
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David
Apr 10, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An engaging quest fantasy. A young man discovers the abandoned stone that should link a dragon to its rider in a kingdom where the emperor has vowed to destroy dragons and their riders. My one criticism is that it felt like the world and the peoples that populated it were pulled from a D&D rule book, right down to halflings, elves, and dwarfs. Despite that, I found the characters that inhabited the world to be engaging and I thought the ending was interesting. I felt Adam Chase's narration o ...more
Ali
Dec 15, 2013 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
It's lucky to have 3 stars! That was mostly for the twist with Elias' mother which I didn't see coming. I guessed his father almost immediately.

It was good, it kept me reading. I didn't feel I had to put it down. But it is so similar to CP's Inheritance cycle.
Karen
Nov 02, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books about dragons.
Pauline Creeden
Feb 20, 2013 Pauline Creeden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit slow in the start, but very adventurous and intriguing afterward. I'm a bit jaded on dragons and fantasy, but this one gives it a new, original twist, and is worth picking up!
Pamela
Aug 07, 2012 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story! Elias, the grandson of Carina a healer with extraordinary powers, is now involved in an unexpected adventure. Such a good read. On to the next book The Return of the Dragon Riders.
Fran
Jul 10, 2012 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dragon Stones
Book One: of the Dragon Stone Saga

Author: Kristian Alva

Dragon hunters have a special link to their apprentices called a mage who are proficient in protection spells and keep them safe. Dragon hungers are fortunate enough to be protected by this powerful masking spell allowing them to enter and get close to dragons. We meet Dirkla a mage who has been protecting the Emperor’s Wizard’s for two days and has gone without sleep. The Emperor is a sadistic and cruel man and will stop at not
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Dave Neuendorf
This is a typical coming of age wizard fantasy. The writing was decent, if a little amateurish. That isn't a problem for the expected YA audience. There is magic, though as far as I can tell there's no "system" of magic. And of course, dragons and their riders play a major (good guy) role in the story.

The best testimony I can give about the appeal of the book is that this is my second reading of the trilogy.
Starr
Oct 29, 2011 Starr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dragon Stones by Kristian Alva
Defiant Press – July 14,2011
www.kristianalva.com
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Emperor Vosper has this plan to kill all of the dragons. They are driven to the edge of existence, almost forgotten about and only talked about in whispers as a wistful memory.
When Elias Dorgumir finds a dragon stone, he gets more than he bargained for and his nice quiet life is completely shattered. Now he must escape the emperor and find safety with the dwarves.

What can I say? I am so excited abo
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Michelle
Jul 24, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mommy Bookworm’s Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this book right from the get-go all the way through to the end. Like Dahlia states below, I don’t really like having to wait for the next book to come out, but I guess that’s the life of getting sucked into a series!! I tend to stay away from many series type books, but I truly enjoyed Dragon Stones and I look forward to the other books in the series! The descriptions of the dragons and characters in the book are very good and believable! My daught ...more
Michelle
Jul 12, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book right from the get-go all the way through to the end. Like Dahlia states below, I don’t really like having to wait for the next book to come out, but I guess that’s the life of getting sucked into a series!! I tend to stay away from many series type books, but I truly enjoyed Dragon Stones and I look forward to the other books in the series! The descriptions of the dragons and characters in the book are very good and believable! My daughters and I read this togethe ...more
Stephen
Feb 26, 2016 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sequestered deep in the capital, the tyrannical Emperor Vosper weaves a plan to destroy all the dragons. He succeeds in driving them to the very brink of extinction. Only a handful of dragons and riders remain; living in exile in the desert. When young Elias Dorgumir finds a carved dragon stone in the forest, it brings empire soldiers to his doorstep, and puts Elias on the run with a bounty on his head. With some help from his friends, Elias must escape the emperor’s wrath and try to make it to ...more
Jill Swanson-Diaz
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I was extremely excited when Defiant Press contacted me to review this series. This type of science fiction and fantasy usually isn't given enough attention in the Young Adult world. I have been itching to read a good saga with adventure and mythical creatures.
Overall I have given this series a solid four star rating and Kristian Alva definitely deserves it.
As an author she h
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Laura Reading
Aug 23, 2015 Laura Reading rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Held my interest from the very beginning. Characters I want to know more about.
The beginning builds the worlds and different populations.
When the tension is introduced it builds steadily. Danger grows and attacks without advance notice.
The HUGE revelation at the end...I am so happy I have the second book qued up.

Raised by his grandmother after his parents' tragic demise during time of war, Elias does not know his true family history. His grandmother is a healer, mainly with herbs and wild plants
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Kristen
Jan 02, 2017 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Kristian Alva's Dragon Stones, the first installment in the Dragon Stones middle grade fantasy series, this tale would send you on a great adventure with your wildest imagination. For Elias', he lived with his grandmother. But when he discovered an emerald stone in the forest, he had been forewarned about the hidden dangers of it from his grandmother. Though he wished to sell it, it had only brought trouble to their doorstep. When word came about it, his grandmother died with a fire spell, le ...more
Jessica
Jul 05, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Dragon Stones had me hooked from the first chapter. I love reading books about wizards, magical creatures, and anything else magical so it's no surprise that I enjoyed this book. I liked Elias from the moment I met him and how he was so brave and didn't complain about having to runaway with the rare and dangerous Dragon Stone. I also really liked the dwarf who's helping him, Thorin. He always knows what to do and his personality is just so likable. This book kind of reminded me of Eragon, with t ...more
Justyn Simon
Sep 07, 2013 Justyn Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that like eragon like books
Shelves: adventure, myth, dragon
The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it's short. Elias lives with his grandmother. He finds this stone tries to sell it, some empire soldiers come. Then the grandmother blows up the house which allows him to escape. Elias goes back to the place where he found the stone. He meets a dwarf named Thorin, then finds out his father was a dragon rider. They leave to go to the dwarf capital, on the way they stop at this one town Jutland to get some horses, as they leave that town they ge ...more
Gretchen
Jun 22, 2013 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This is a fantasy story about a world where the evil emperor is hunting down and killing dragons and their dragon riders. The dragons and their riders have magically powers and are bonded together by stones that each wears or has implanted in their chests. Elias, a 15 year old boy, is living with his grandmother when he finds a dragon stone. Elias, who has some magical powers, is forced to go on the run when the emperor sends soldiers to capture him and the stone. His grandmother dies saving him ...more
Scott Wozniak
This is a tale of the prophesied boy with magic powers from a small village who discovers a dragon stone and is hunted by the evil emperor. It's far from original and many issues are resolved far too easily. There are little pieces that are clearly not thought through (ease of escapes from trouble, using fire to light the way inside a tree, a mentor who too easily appears and finds the boy, etc). And the writing is often redundant: "'I'm glad we didn't run into a necromancer.' Tallin was glad th ...more
Sasha
Jan 26, 2015 Sasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another one of the ebooks I have had on my kindle for quite a while and finally decided to read it.
This book is somewhere between 3 stars and 4 stars because I think that there is some great potential. But some of the dialogue was strange. It seemed too formal when it needed to be more conversational. The characters were written well enough, with humans, dwarfs and elves. And don't forget the dragons: think Game of Thrones rather than How To Train Your Dragon). They are brutal, dangerou
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Zoe's Book
Feb 20, 2012 Zoe's Book rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dragon Stones is a wonderful book with great characters, my favorite character is Sela. It would be really cool to ride a dragon.

In Dragon Stones a young boy named Elias and his grandmother live in a little town it the mountains when Elias is out getting some honeycomb he finds a strange stone. He shows it to his grandmother and she tells him to hide it. Then the imperials come, he must run.

Kristian Alva wrote a wonderful book with lots of imagination. Anybody and everyone will love this book.
Amit Gupta
Feb 26, 2012 Amit Gupta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author Kristian Alva claims to be born in a family of writers & I wonder if this is the best she can do. Anyone who knows the story of Eragon series & Lord of the Rings would instantly recognize that those two stories have been heavily lifted from to make this "story"!! Its not even as interesting as the other two, atleast not in this part. The least she could've done is to just take the theme & build her own story instead of taking whole scenes & changing them slightly!! WTF ...more
Amanda Besmer
Jul 07, 2011 Amanda Besmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book, however it does have alot of smilarity to Christopher Paolini's the inheritance series. But I enjoyed the characters and I look forward to reading more of this series.
Amy
Apr 16, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captivating story that is written concisely. Short but interesting, so maybe more geared for the YA audience with short focus. Ending made me curious to know what happens in following books.
Bill Tillman
Great adventure Elias is finding he is far more than he thought he was. Both grandson and son of Dragon riders he is hunted from all sides. Great first book in a trilogy.
Nikki
May 07, 2012 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book and series. Well worth the time to read this set of books. The plot is fast paced and fun to read.
Austin
Mar 13, 2012 Austin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a good story. The writing is good and the ending makes me want to read the next book even more.
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Kristian Alva was born into a family of writers and teachers. She worked as a corporate staff writer and a ghostwriter before publishing her own manuscripts. She currently lives in California with her family. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading all genres.
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Other Books in the Series

Dragon Stone Saga (6 books)
  • Return of the Dragon Riders (Dragon Stone Saga #2)
  • Vosper's Revenge(Dragon Stone Saga, #3)
  • The Balborite Curse (Dragon Stones Saga, #4)
  • Rise of the Blood Masters (Dragon Stone Saga #5)
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