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King's Test (Star of the Guardians #2)

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By calling a temporary truce, Derek Sagan and the rebels thwarted the alien Corasian invasion. Enemies once again, the rebels have resumed their defiance and Sagan has retumed to his campaign to topple the corrupt galactic government.  He plans to set up Dion as king of the Starfire dynasty--and to place himself as the ruling power behind the throne.  On a remote planetary ...more
ebook, 480 pages
Published August 24th 2011 by Spectra (first published March 1st 1991)
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Feb 16, 2017 Xitron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read the first 3 of this "Star of the Guardians" series by Margaret Weis, and I've loved them! I've read them twice.

I just learned today that there is a fourth book, and I promptly bought it for my Kindle. I'll start reading it today!
I read this series back in high school or college and I remember enjoying it but most of the details are long gone.
Nov 17, 2008 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I read the Star of the Guardians trilogy for the first time when I was 17 years old - I had NO idea how much it subtly introduced new ideas into my life.

The book list that one of the main characters, Maigrey, works through in part of the book, is one of the reasons I went on to become a book reader myself - Weiss used Sci Fi to open my mind to the world of books out there!

To this day, Charles Dickens is one of my favourite authors... not because he was one of Maigrey's favourites, I've grown to
Amanda Hamilton
I just remembered something about the first book that I completely forgot about until I read part two.

There's a character named Vangelis (and the author's note mentions the band Vangelis) and one with the last name Sagan (after Carl Sagan) and a character with the nickname Tusk.
The beginning chapter quotes are sometimes too on-the-nose and specific giving what is going to happen in the chapter you're about to read. They quoted a lyric from "Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac. That's a bit too...obvious. I
Nov 16, 2011 Shana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
In this second book in the series, all of the main characters reappear (with the exception of John Dixter) and new characters are introduced. They include Abdiel (who controlls zombies), Snaga Ohme (a wealthy and corrupt weapons dealer), Raoul (a charming man who is an expert on poisons), and the Little One (a small alien empath). Raoul and the Little One appear in the spin-off series, The Mag Force 7, as main characters.

The plot of this story deals with an incredibly powerful bomb. There is a s
Jan 23, 2014 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I normally associate these authors with fantasy, but this is a really fun space opera trilogy. A bit depressing, though. Still, lots of action with blood swords & blood space ships - only those of a specific breeding or something can operate these super weapons. If you liked Simon R. Green's Deathstalker series, you'd probably like this which predates it, although only by a decade or so, as I recall. I liked both, but have no urge to re-read them.
Alexander Draganov
Serious improvement on book one here. The main villain Abdiel is finally introduced, Dion (the cool main character) gets more "screen time" and the relationship between Derek and Maigrey develops nicely. Add to this a super weapon which can destroy the universe and you have a captivating space opera. Another bonus is that the book finishes it story ark, and, although it is obvious that we'll have a third book, Weis does not use annoying cliffhangers. Recommended for fans of Timothy Zahn and Geor ...more
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Oct 31, 2016 Christine Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A deeper glimpse into the universe that Margaret Weis created with the Star of the Guardian series, Dion's character is growing and becoming more rounded as we are brought closer to understanding the motivations of Derek Sagan. The background that is introduced in this novel is captivating and keeps the reader turning the pages to find out more. Abdiel is a shockingly gruesome character, whom we also get to understand more. A wonderfully written science fiction creation. I would recommend this o ...more
I've discovered that I just don't care much for Dion as a character. I also didn't feel the same excitement when reading from Saran's or Maigrey's POV's either. Sigh. I still really like Tusk and Rana, and XJ will always be my favorite. It was good to finally meet the villain, Abdiel, along with some other slimier characters. I almost have a new favorite though: Bear Olefsky. There was enough action to carry the story along, but I think I'm going to wait to read the rest of the series at a later ...more
More like a two and half.
I dont know what happened, but in this book everyone turned unlikable. Which always makes it harder for me to make it through. Everyone was whiny and making bad decision after bad decision. Ugh!
Plus I completely lost track of who I was supposed to be rooting for. I couldn't figure out who the "good" guys were anymore.
But I did make it through the book and liked the ending and am looking forward to the next. Just dont think I will be reading this one again.
Mar 05, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's what I said about "The Lost King" (Star of the Guardians,#1)

True space opera with bits of religion, the force, Roman Legions, and Blood Swords that are like light sabres, mixed with a very dark Camelot feel. This is a miss-mash that you wouldn't think works but some how does, entirely do to the character development done by the author.

The same applies to "King's Test" (Star of the Guardians, #2) but with ZOMBIES!!!!!!!
Jan 18, 2013 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book was a great introduction to the main characters. This book however, is where the real entertainment begins, never quite knowing who the real enemies are and how the story is going to play out. And almost, but not quite ending on a cliff hanger.

A HUGE thank you to my Husband, Chris for introducing me to this series...really is a great series for Sci-Fi fans :D
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Fantasy novelist who, along with Tracy Hickman, was one of the original creators of the Dragonlance game world. I've written numerous novels and short stories set in the world of Krynn, as well as series in other, original worlds. These include: Darksword, Rose of the Prophet, Star of the Guardians, DeathGate, Dragonvarld, Sovereign Stone, Dragonships, and the Dragon Brigade. I also wrote two para ...more
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Star of the Guardians (4 books)
  • The Lost King (Star of the Guardians, #1)
  • King's Sacrifice (Star of the Guardians, #3)
  • Ghost Legion (Star of the Guardians, #4)

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