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In the Hall of the Dragon King (The Dragon King #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  3,068 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
In the dead of night, Quentin, a young acolyte, is unexpectedly summoned when a mortally wounded knight stumbles into the temple of Ariel. Determined to save the realm of the Dragon King, the dying knight makes a desperate plea for someone to continue his quest. Now Quentin must choose—a life of ease or a dangerous, unknown path.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Lion UK (first published 1982)
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Jun 12, 2009 Drmeow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tried-to-read
Its not that I disliked this book so much as I got to about page 120 and thought, "life is too short and there are too many other good books to read for me to waste my time reading something this lame."
Alex Duncan
Jun 26, 2013 Alex Duncan rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Here's the plot line: A kingdom hangs in the balance as a young boy answers the call of duty and heads out on a fantastic quest. Many twists and turns.

I will admit right off the bat that I am not the target audience for this novel -- I don't generally read YA (though I'm not convinced this was originally conceived as a YA novel); I don't like quest fantasy OR Arthurian fantasy OR Christian fiction; and a coming-of-age story has to be pretty potent for me to be at all interested. Still, I like to keep my opinions of these genres honest, so I occasionally sample them (well, except for the Christian fiction part, but I didn't know this was so Chr ...more
Mar 22, 2008 Werner rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
Untried but willing, a youth is called upon to rescue a magically-imprisoned king, in a land where the worship of pagan gods vies with that of the One True. In many respects (basic plot, characters, and setting), this is a fairly typical coming-of-age fantasy, though well-written; it was one of evangelical author Lawhead's earlier works, and doesn't fully reflect the real flowering of his talent that would develop as he honed his craft. What distinguishes it from the pack, even at this early sta ...more
Nov 24, 2009 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In a post-Tolkien world, there seem to be an abundance of fantasy books that should never have been written. This is one of them. This is an overly-predictable, orphan-turned-hero, good-vs-evil story, the kind which is best read before Christmas, after which (hopefully) you will have better stuff to read. Quentin, a young orphan acolyte at a temple in the woods, becomes the hero of the story after volunteering for a dangerous mission to save the missing King Eskevar. (The logic here bothers me: ...more
** spoiler alert ** This book featured "clunky" writing and a rather heavy-handed religious subtext, but in spite of those issues, I enjoyed the story of Quentin and his comrades in their quest to find and free the Dragon King.

What I liked: The Jher, especially Toli, who accompanies Quentin and becomes both his servant and friend. The city of Dekra and the caretakers who are restoring it. Durwin, ex-priest, ex-sorcerer (who still has a few tricks up his sleeve), ever-seeking enlightenment and p
Matthew Sterner
Dec 16, 2016 Matthew Sterner rated it it was ok
I like some of Lawhead's other books, but this was just too much for me... Full of cliche fantasy tropes, flat characters, purple prose, and overblown dialog. Oh, and ALL "tell", never any "show", so the whole thing is exposition that then awkwardly tells you the characters feelings in bland fact-expository-statements or the horrid use of adverb-verb descriptions of actions to lazily tell you the characters motivations without actually having to show it through dialog or description of the chara ...more
Já há algum tempo que tinha vontade de experimentar um livro do escritor americano Stephen Lawhead, que se notabilizou no campo da fantasia e ficção científica e, mais recentemente, na ficção histórica. Na Casa do Rei Dragão é o primeiro volume dos três que compõem A Saga do Dragão, e foi o seu livro de estreia (curiosamente publicado no ano em que nasci). O próximo volume é Os Guerreiros de Nin.

Na Casa do Rei Dragão é um livro que segue as linhas tradicionais de um livro de fantasia, em que est
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Words that describe this book: amazing, epic, awesome, great, epic, wonderful. Did I forget to say epic? Because EPIC.

In the Hall of the Dragon king is one of the very best books ever. It has everything I could possibly hope for in a story: adventure, battles, great characters, quests, a bit of romance, and a grand plot. And it's medieval fantasy. And it's just plain awesomeness. In other words: I LOVE THIS BOOK.

This book also contains one of my very favorite casts of characters. Quentin is a go
Jun 30, 2009 Kathi rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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James Maxon
Apr 26, 2016 James Maxon rated it liked it
I’m a big fan of Lawhead’s Science Fiction books, and so had big expectations for In the Hall of the Dragon King. While it started out pretty good, I found it bogged down often throughout. So much so that I nearly put it aside to finish another day. But I committed to reading it so I trudged through to the end. There were some good scenes that captured my interest, but there were many others that had my attention drifting. This book has a similar flavor to The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, but ...more
Dominic De Souza
Nov 08, 2016 Dominic De Souza rated it it was amazing
Quentin's gripping entry into the greater, broken world of the Dragon King is richly told in this riveting epic. I can't remember how many times I've reread this book growing up, and consider it to be one of the best I've read. I shelve mine next to LOTR and Narnia.

Although written in a fantasy realm, this feels more like historical fiction. It's theology is refreshingly simple, almost Hebraic. I was fascinated by Lawhead's unique treatment of elves and others in this epic.

The other thing that
Dec 27, 2008 Stefan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
In The Hall Of The Dragon King, is an excellent fantasy novel (book one in a series), by one of my favorite author's Stephen R. Lawhead. A complicated framework of religions, a variety of cultures, and interesting geopolitics makes for a fascinating read in a immersing world. The dialogue was one of the book's greatest strengths, the characters were full-fleshed and fully developed, and the settings wonderfully vivid. My greatest complainant with this book, is the poorly designed map in the begi ...more
Alexander Draganov
Jan 25, 2017 Alexander Draganov rated it it was amazing
The reading of this book was like tasting the Christmas cookies of my late grandmother - it brought me back to childhood, when fantasy was all about heroic quests, noble deeds and battle between Good and Evil. It is ideal for fans of series like "The Chronicles of Narnia" or "The Belgariad", tired of the cynicism of the genre today.
You can read a detailed review, but in Bulgarian, here:
Trey Meadows
Dec 26, 2016 Trey Meadows rated it liked it
Decent book. I wish characters had been bit more unique as many filled a slightly generic roll in bit of a stereotypical medieval novel. I may have appreciated this more of I read it before reading most of Lawheads other books as this seems a bit of a practice run compared to the Pendragon Cycle or Celtic Crusades.
Nov 16, 2007 Jessica rated it liked it
I liked it, because it had some strong Christian themes I identified with.
James Davies
Mar 17, 2017 James Davies rated it really liked it
I read the whole series when I was about 10 or 11 and loved it. 9 years later and I still remember it, I see some comments on here saying it's too typical which, thinking back on the story, I can understand. However when I was 10 or 11 this was the best book I'd read. I even preferred it to the Harry Potter series. With the right audience this book is definitely a hit and it was for me.
Oct 19, 2016 Fanny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ce
Le premier tome de cette série est un cliché d'aventure fantasy : le petit jeune qui part à l'aventure, la belle jeune femme, le guerrier-chevalier malin, le soldat un peu bête, le gentil magicien, le méchant magicien, etc. Bref, rien de très innovant ni passionnant. L'écriture n'est pas génialissime (peut-être la faute de la traduction ?), mais rien de dramatique non plus.
Néanmoins, ça se laisse bien lire et j'ai bien l'intention de lire les tomes suivants et finir l'histoire.
Je crois que j'ai
May 05, 2017 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great storyline

Loved the storyline. Lawhead is one of my favorite authors. His literary imagery is incomparable. Looking forward to the next book in this trilogy.
Quentin, a simple acolyte of the pagan temple, receives the epic quest to leave his life and rescue the Dragon King from an evil sorcerer.

I started to read this several years ago, got distracted, and never returned...until I took the opportunity to make it my book report. Even so, I had no social life the last week before the report was due, because I had neglected reading it. Whoops.

Lawhead is a traditional author, with a traditional style. He writes with no contractions, giving the story a for
Jan 05, 2017 Lisha rated it really liked it
finished book one
Oct 31, 2014 Aelvana rated it liked it
Quentin is an acolyte that suddenly finds himself with a new mission when a wounded knight crashes down at his temple's door. But delivering the knight's letter to the Queen is far from the end of the matter. Nimrood the Necromancer has taken the king captive, and he plans to use king and kingdom in his quest to conquer the world. Quentin, along with a warden, a lord, a hermit, and the Queen, set off to rescue the king. But can they succeed against the might of a necromancer?

Although the back co
Sep 09, 2015 Brandon rated it really liked it

I recommend the book “In the Hall of the Dragon King” by Stephen R. Lawhead for readers who enjoy reading books with constantly changing and developing characters, quest-like plots, and satisfying resolutions. This book is about an orphaned acolyte named Quentin at a temple who answers a call to arms in order to save his king and his kingdom. Quentin is at first meek and shy, but throughout the events of his adventure with the many other people he meets on the way, Quentin changes from a childi
Brandon Wood
Dec 01, 2016 Brandon Wood rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Along with many other books I picked this novel up at a huge book sale where all paperbacks were about .50 cents. It would be dumb to say I didn't get my moneys worth this high fantasy story. I have never read a full fledged fantasy book before so this was unfamiliar territory for me. That being said I was contempt with just reading the first of the three books as it wrapped up it's story enough to where I don't have any dying interest to read the rest. At least at the current moment where my to ...more
Apr 18, 2014 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is for the audio book edition.

I've wanted to read this book for a long time, because I enjoyed Lawhead's Pendragon Cycle series so much. "In the Hall of the Dragon King" was okay, but didn't resonate with me like the Pendragon books. The story seemed uneven, seeming to plod along for a bit, then suddenly a bunch of action, then back to plodding. It's a coming-of-age tale with all the predictable tropes - orphaned boy, elderly mystical advisor, heroic action required by said boy. I h
Sarah Sammis
Apr 06, 2008 Sarah Sammis rated it it was ok
Shelves: released
I really enjoyed the first two thirds of In the Hall of the Dragon King. The story happens on a fully realized world filled with different cultures, different belief systems and complicated politics. The young protagonist, Quentin, sees a way out from his humdrum life and takes it without worrying too much about his own safety.

For those first almost 200 pages, I was enjoying a book happily situated amongst other enjoyable adventures like The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope or the Chronicles of
Oct 21, 2013 Zach rated it really liked it
I read a fantasy novel by Stephen R. Lawhead called “In the Hall of the Dragon King”. It is the first book in the Dragon King Trilogy. In it a young temple acolyte finds himself on the verge of adventure when a wounded knight appears at the temple doorstep. He fulfills the knights mission by taking his message to the King of Mensandor. King Eskevar’s jealous brother, Prince Jaspin was making every effort to overthrow him and take the crown. The young acolyte, Quentin, plays a big role in foiling ...more
Luke Taylor
Jun 07, 2015 Luke Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Adhering to epic fantasy's most classic of tropes with the similitude of a steakhouse's high-backed booths and calligraphy-written menus' unapologetic serving of various iterations and permutations of the same meal, Stephen R. Lawhead's first installment of the Dragon King Trilogy was the first book I remember my mother reading to me before bed, and whilst this coming of age story about a temple acolyte's adventure into greatness is pit-stop heavy and balances a brave band's boundlessly self-sac ...more
Dec 14, 2011 Tyrean rated it it was amazing
Finally, Lawhead writes an awesome story with a strong female character. Queen Alinea isn't the main character, but at least she's a strong Queen, not afraid to fight beside her people, or sacrifice everything to save her husband King.

The main character, Quentin, is called to adventure from a monastary and into the forest, stepping in again and again to save his country, and to search out a right relationship with the Lord.

In this book, there is fantasy, sorcery, adventure, wise men, brave kni
Gene Stevenson
Apr 27, 2016 Gene Stevenson rated it liked it
For some reason, I thought I had read this book back in middle school, but a chapter or so into it I realized I never had. Honestly, my middle school self would've rated this book higher. A few decades (and many books) later, however, has left me a bit nonplussed when it comes to this first novel in The Dragon King Trilogy. On one hand, it's a mildly interesting admixture of melodramatic characters, fantasy clichés, and truly novel plot-points; on the other hand, it's a fascinating account of on ...more
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Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. His works include Byzantium, Patrick, and the series The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, and The Song of Albion.

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Stephen was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA. Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned
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