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Crown of Vengeance (The Dragon Prophecy #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  459 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Crown of Vengeance beginsa new epic fantasy saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

She is the unwanted spawn of a mad king and queen, her lands lost before her birth; her family—her very name—erased from history. Cursed by many, yet protected by an even greater curse.

She was born on a night of storm and terror, raised in...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Tor Fantasy (first published March 1st 2012)
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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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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
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.
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This is probably the worst book I have ever tried to read. It is vastly different from both the Obsidian and Enduring Flame trilogies. There is NO action in the whole thing, at least not to the halfway point which is where, after two weeks of picking it up and putting it down, I was forced to stop.
If you enjoy dry, pointless rambles about politics and strategy then this is the book for you. I am reminded of Game of Thrones. Especially with all the talk of 'houses'.
There is very little descriptio...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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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Dec 27, 2013 Brandi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Yes, I would absolutely recommend this book.
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I thought this book was amazing! Ever since I read the Obsidian Trilogy, I've wanted to know this story. In the Obsidian Trilogy Mercedes Lackey references Elven Qyeen Vielissiar Faricarnon whose story this is; this is about how she became queen and all of the conflicts she had to face to unite all of the Elven clans so they would be able to defeat a great evil that wants to destroy them and take over their world. I am so happy Mercedes Lackey chose to write a little about the history of this wo...more
Lackey and Mallory go back to the distant past - the first great war with the endarkened. The elves are divided into 100 Houses that "fight" for territory and status. While most of the battles before the start of the set involve a cross between real battle and a tournament, there is one house that is almost completely destroyed.

I really liked the other six books in this world. The Obsidian Mountain set is maybe 1000 years in the future and the Enduring Flame set 2000. Having read both of these...more
Feb 10, 2014 June rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: High fantasy
Shelves: fantasy, adult, magic
This begins with the dark, his Endarkened, the fall of Farcarinon and the birth of the Child of Prophecy. For 12 years Vieliessar is raised in ignorance of her parentage and House. At age 12 she is sent to Sanctuary. She comes to the light late and finally accepts the prophecy. Can she become High King and topple the 100 houses?

This is on the darker side of Fantasy.
Shai Unfiltered
As someone who has an eleven letter first name; I loathe novels in which every character has ten, twelve or fifteen letter names - especially names that seem like nonsense or three smaller names smashed together with an anvil. Names like this are cumbersome, distracting and useless to the story.

On to the actual story.


Parts of it was like slogging through a river of molasses, other parts moved too quickly and left more questions that will have to be answered in the next novel. I tried t...more
This was the first book I've ever read by ML, and I look forward to the next two. I am also planning to look into the other trilogies co-written with JM.

Thought it was very reminiscent of The Wheel of Time series, but I loved that series so I didn't mind. There's not much that hasn't already "been done".

Some of the battle descriptions were lost on me. I probably couldn't tell a tuathal flank from a hole in the ground, but I enjoyed them nonetheless.

Overall, I enjoyed how it was written. There...more
What to say? I typically love Mercedes books. This one I had a really hard time getting through. I don't think the story even got rolling until maybe page 200. I stuck through when typically I would have given up on the book just because of the author. Even once the story did get rolling it was a slow mover. I will have to agree with those who complained about the elf names. I know that those come with a book dealing with elves but there were just so many it made the story have a really hard flo...more
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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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