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Crown of Vengeance (The Dragon Prophecy #1)

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Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory, bestselling authors individually and together, return to the world of their New York Times and USA Today bestselling Obsidian and Enduring Flame Trilogies with Crown of Vengeance.

Here, readers will learn the truth about the Elven Queen Vielissiar Faricarnon, who was the first to face the Endarkened in battle and the first to bond with a d
Hardcover, 605 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Tor Books (first published March 1st 2012)
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William Bentrim
Crown of Vengeance by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory

All hail a new trilogy from the mistress of magical stories! Hmm, if you expect dispassionate diatribes you are at the wrong blog. I suppose Ms. Lackey could write something I wouldn’t like but I suspect not! Mr. Mallory is new, to me. Obviously I am not forced to check out his work as this was a wonderful beginning to a new trilogy set in a bucolic world of dark and light where white has no idea that black exists. It is a story of kingdo
I absolutely adored Lackey & Mallory's Obsidian trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed the sequel Enduring Flame trilogy. Crown of Vengeance is the first book of a trilogy set several thousand years before the events of the Obsidian books, and it is not like either of the two other trilogies.

The main reason being: this book, unlike the others, features the Elves. I think that was always going to be the biggest hurdle for this trilogy, simply because a) the Elves in this world live around about a tho
There will be some people that love this and I wanted to be one of them, I really did, but that did not happen. This took almost a month to read, and those of you who know me
( like Sharon) will say WTF took you so long?
Well this thing dragged the everlovin' life out of me.
It's a YA soap oprea novella masquerading as a GRRM rip off, complete with loads of battle scenes, so many I lost count. A heroine who is the fulfillment of a prophesy, kidnapped at birth, sequestered in a special school for
Just finished this book. It is a long one but it is worth it. I can't wait for the next book in the series. If you liked the other books Mercedes Lackey has written with James Mallory you will love this one. It is a prequel to their other books in the Obsidian Universe. Here is the list of books so far in this series but since this is a prequel you don't need to read them first.

Obsidian Universe:

The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy
The Outstretched Shadow (2003) with James Mallory
To Light a Candle (2004
I believe I've expressed my skepticism about the second Obsidian trilogy in my reviews of those books, but I'm perfectly fine with this book, and I can't wait for more in the series. Think of the Elves from the original trilogy, only instead of the refinement of Jermayan and Ashaniel, they are a bunch of murderous assholes. The world of this book is structured somewhat like medieval Europe, with feudal overlords on top and the great common mass beneath them. So the legendary Queen Vieliessar Far ...more
For a Mercedes Lackey book I was disappointed. It was hard to follow.
Wow! It isn't often I get sucked into a book with the intensity of this one. I couldn't put it down and devoured it. It has the great storytelling one expects from Mercedes Lackey but with a much darker twist which must come from James Mallory. The story of Elves and of magery and of light and dark is compelling. The main character is the Elven Queen Vielissiar Faricarnon and the world of war is fascinating. This books tells the story of the prophecy and how she reclaims the Unicorn throne in pr ...more
Elizabeth Kasprzyk
I started this book thinking I wouldn't particularly like it. However, I quickly got engaged by the plot and I got drawn in.

It's a fantasy epic in the usual style of the battle between good and evil, but set among elves only for a change. The story in the first book shadows a threat that the main character must unite a kingdom of squabbling princedoms to meet. These princedoms, the Hundred Houses, are each independent feudal holdings that we learn a little about and who have developed a form of
J.M. Klees
This was an awesome improvement over the last trilogy set in the Obsidian world. While the dragon books weren't awful, they were definitely younger and didn't have the scope or drama of the original Obsidian Mountain series. Crown of Vengeance is amazing and brings back the moral complexities and double-dealing intrigue I missed, and Vielissar and Rune are people I want to see grow as the next two books progress. The hardest thing now is to wait for book two...
The first book by Lackey that I couldn't at least finish. I had no clue what was going on, there was nothing remotely familiar anywhere, and seriously, I know this is High Fantasy, but that's no reason to give Every. Bloody. Character. stupidly long names that I can't keep straight. This was fine in the Obsidian trilogy, because we saw elven culture through an outside perspective. Here, it's just annoying.
Athena Ninlil
Vieliessar Farcarinon is the daughter of a vanquished dynasty. Sounds familiar? It should. But it serves the purpose to make for a better story where even the heroine is no heroine at all but is just the person she needs to be to combat an enemy greater than any human force. And she's not the only focus of the story, the authors give equal focus to other characters that are just as complex, brutal, and (some) with ulterior motives. The only character I felt wasn't fully explored was Vieliessar's ...more
Brian Jeffreys
I absolutely could not put this book down and found myself reading it way into the night. This is a Obsidian Universe prequel. The heroine Vieliessar starts her life knowing that she wants revenge on one of the Hundred Houses for destroying her family's dynasty. But what she doesn't know is that her destiny is to prepare elvenkind to face an evil much greater than any her race has ever known. A master work by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory: A Prophecy, a demonic evil, an existing religious an ...more
This was a little bit hard to get into, but enough of it was interesting that I'm hoping future books in the series will be a little better. The names in this book were alot of times long and hard to remember and the first chapter was a nightmare to wade through long names and term to figure out what was going on. The first part of the book seemed to drag alot when Vieliessar spent a huge amount of time not knowing what to do. The second part was taken up by a lot of battles. I had a hard time c ...more
Aug 28, 2014 Richard rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Richard by: No one
I and reading through this for a second time. My Nook version has 1391 pages and I've covered 1184 in just 2 days. My first read through was January 8th - 13 of 2013. As the second book should be coming out hopefully before the end of this year, I decided to read it a second time.

This is an excellent addition to the Obsidian Universe created by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. The characters have been very well thought out and developed perfectly. The story moves and a wonderful pace and you r
Kelley Ceccato
This one took a while. I don't mind spending a good bit of time on a good book, but this one required more active commitment than I generally like; I had to push myself to finish it.

The positives:

1) Vielliessar is a powerful, complex heroine, more than up to any task.
2) Her enemies of the Alliance were not portrayed as thoroughgoing villains; rather, her chief opponent is a man of principle whose ideas about "the right thing to do" diverge crucially from Vielliessar's. I find antagonism between
Jeremy Preacher
On the one hand, this is totally competent generic fantasy - tolerable writing, plausible military action, well-established worldbuilding, and elves who are actually assholes for once.

On the other, it is many many pages of mostly-repetitive battles between characters with unpronounceable names and no real closure, as it's the first book in the series. The first third isn't bad, as it's all establishing plot and worldbuilding, but the main character never really develops beyond Gloomy Destined He
Always makes me giggle when I read a thousand reviews from people who complain about elf-names. Hello, what part of "writing about elves" didn't you get the memo on? And the authors were nice enough, after all, to abbreviate some of them or make them memorable enough to differentiate. (Nothing like Fingolin, Fingolfin, etc in Tolkien where it all becomes indistinguishable and I was forced to take a pencil to it to change everyone's names).

That said, I sort of liked the "two whiny teens in a des
Not that great of a read...first of all, I really wasn't a fan of most of the names in the book. I've listed out some particularly atrocious examples below:

--Janglanipaikharain (I kid you not on this's the name of a place)

The actual story was pretty boring too...not much happens until the main character Vieliessar suddenly starts taking up arms, and after that the story devolves to a bunch of battles where she constantly relie
Kylara Jensen
I first have to say that I love this series. It is fun epic/high fantasy, but it is readable, engaging and fun. It's not depressing or pretentious. That's why I love this series, so I was excited to read this new installment.

This book takes place in the early years before the first war with Vieliessar Farcarinon. We have heard a lot about her in the first series, so this was an interesting read. I kept expecting other things to happen that we heard about her doing, but this one was mostly about
Garrick Merriweather
Awesome Book!!
I wasn't a huge Mercedes Lackey fan before reading this book. I am now. What a fabulous story. I can count on one hand how many books I pick up and read straight through. This is one of those books. I like my fantasy to be epic in scope and "Crown of Vengeance" does not disappoint. I am anxiously awaiting Books II & III of The Dragon Prophecy. I love how the prophecy is not easily explained either. I was just as confused as the characters were, concerning the 'Song of Amrethion
This book was EPIC. Literally, an epic high fantasy the likes of which I have not read in some time. Ever since High King Vielliessar was alluded to in the original Obsidian Blade Trilogy I have been curious about her story. Now here it is. And my expectations about this book were kind of met, but mostly they were surpassed.

I expected an epic high fantasy account of Vielliessar Farcarinon's rise to the Unicorn throne of the High King. (Expectations: met.) I expected a courtly tale of elven chiva
Edit: 10/13/14
This is best read before reading the Obsidian and Enduring Flame trilogies. It is MUCH slower paced than the two and you will be bored stiff if you try to read it as a continuation. The beginning is very dry and focuses mostly on strategy and some magical theory. The last few chapter are page turning. I still have trouble keeping up with the vast amount of characters but I am now looking forward to the next part which I truly hope will be more fast paced.

Original post:
This is proba
Kathy Davie
First in the prequel trilogy, the Dragon Prophecy Trilogy, in the overall Obsidian Universe series. In this one, we finally meet Vieliessar Farcarinon, who fulfills the prophecy as its Child and prepares her world for invasion.

I suspect the next two will find the Elvenkind at war with the Endarkened and set the stage for the lack of magic in The Outstretched Shadow , the first in the Obsidian Trilogy.

My Take
There were aspects of this that were quite thrilling and others that were just annoying.
I haven't read a full book by either author before, but I definitely will now! So far, I'm only 60 pages in, but the world-building is amazing and the story is solidly built with intriguing characters and heavy foreshadowing. I'll update when I'm finished, but so far, I'm really enjoying it! Thumbs up to the cover art, which is gorgeous!

Updated 12/11/12:
I'm sad to be done with this book! I had other books I had to read for bookclubs, so I stretched out my reading of this book to about a month, a
Juneau Public Library
Lackey and Mallory are both well-known fantasy authors, but when they work together, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Already having collaborated on the Obsidian Mountain trilogy and the Enduring Flame trilogy, their newest book set in the same world, the first in the Dragon Prophecy trilogy, goes far back in time to detail the life of the legendary elven queen Vieliessar Farcarinon. If you've read the first two trilogies (which isn't required), you know that Vieliessar united the ...more
I always enjoy Mercedes Lackey novels, either solo or in collaberation. I know there will be interesting worlds and generally well written characters. This is the first I've read set in this particular world, my next read will be the Obsidian trilogy to check it out further.

That said, I can see where some of the other reviews are coming from. I particularly agree that the character and place names are unnecessarily awful. Don't we all prefer to be able to pronounce this stuff in our heads while
I *loved* the first 6 books in this series. When I stumbled across this latest entry while browsing through Tor's website, I felt like someone who has been told that Christmas is suddenly going to be held the next day. In fact, I tried to order the next book in the trilogy at the same time, but was extremely frustrated to discover that no matter which venue I chose, including several overseas booksellers, I would need to wait until 2014 to receive The House of Four Winds (book 2).

When Crown of V
I'll admit - it's hard for Mercedes Lackey to get anything other than 5 stars from me for any of her books (although her Collegium series' last book was close to 4 stars). As the start of a new series, the beginning might throw some readers for a loop as there are a lot of LONG names and a lot of players thrown into the mix right away. Like most of Lackey's characters, I came to adore Vieliessar (and yes, even though I loved the book, I had to go look up her name to make sure I spelled it right ...more
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I love Mercedes Lackey, this is the first book of hers that felt it was dragging. As noted from previous reviews on this book, the characters names were hard to remember and know due to the very length of at least 20+ letters long for the majority. I got to about 20% of the book, I may pick this up later in time and try again, but for right now I just couldn't get further past without wanting to skim several pages.
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & ...more
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