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King's Property (Queen of the Orcs #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,129 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
Born into hardship, Dar learns to rely on herself alone. When her family betrays her, Dar is conscripted into King Kregant’s army and its brutal campaign to conquer a neighboring country. Now she is bound as a slave to a dreaded regiment of orcs, creatures legendary for their savagery and battle prowess.
Rather than cower, Dar rises to the challenge. She learns the unique
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2007)
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Beanbag Love
Oct 11, 2009 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing
Got this as a Kindle freebie and finally decided to check it out. I've had a few bad experiences with the freebies, but this was not one of them.

The story is about a woman -- Dar -- taken into the army as a serving wench. The brutality can be disturbing at times, although there is a constant thread of hope with Dar's strength and subsequent triumphs -- small victories, but inspiring nonetheless.

This is a fantasy story, of course, and I've had some problems lately with the bleakness of most fant
Nov 29, 2008 Debbie rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I guess I'd call this "dark fantasy" since there is little hope throughout the book. It's also not a book I, personally, would give to anyone under 15 years old. The book clearly implies, though never actually states, that Dar was raped repeatedly by her father and both Dar and a young girl come very close to being raped on several occasions. While most of the sex, rape, brutality, and killing occur 'off screen' and none of it is explicit or gratuitous, the horror and danger of her surroundings ...more
Hélène Louise
First of all, I'll start explaining why I haven't given 5 stars to this book, which I liked quite a lot: I'm excessively sensitive to turning points of view. In mine (point of view!) it shouldn't be done in the same paragraph, and only with precaution in the same chapter. This book is mainly wrote by Dar's point of view, in such an intimate way that it could have been wrote using the first person singular. Therefore, when the author suddenly throw her readers in another character's mind, it's a ...more
Sep 21, 2009 Miriam rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Dar is a poor country girl conscripted into the army. The soldiers are vicious scum who seize women, whom they brand, rape, and use as slave labor in their camps. The miserable lives of the women, fighting for scraps of food, are generally short and end in violent deaths as they are flogged, decapitated for bounties, perish of malnutrition or childbirth, or are simply killed. Also, the women must serve the Orcs, as well. Orcs are generally indifferent to humans but may strike crippling blows at ...more
Nov 23, 2007 Ben rated it it was ok
King's Property is the first in a series of three books by Morgan Howell. Set in a somewhat generic fantasy setting, the trilogy centers on the character of Dar, a resourceful (human) peasant woman who is conscripted into the king's army to serve in a orcish regiment.

I read this novel as I have been floating for a couple years now the idea of writing something similar, a sort of reinterpretation of the idea of orcs, which coincidentally also had a human woman as the main character (fantasy liter
Mar 17, 2016 YouKneeK rated it really liked it
This is a fantasy book that I downloaded for free almost seven years ago, and I’m sorry I didn’t get around to trying it sooner. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody talk about it, and it doesn’t seem to be very highly rated, but I actually really liked it. It’s not a book I’d recommend without reservation though; it’s pretty bleak.

The story focuses on a young woman named Dar whose family treats her terribly, culminating in the event at the beginning of the book where her family gives her away
Mar 25, 2008 Kathryn rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Dar is a young peasant woman who is drafted into service as a cook and servant for the army of King Kregent. She is told that she must serve the Orc Regiment, since for unknown reasons, orcs refuse to be served by men, and only accept food from the hands of women. Dar is terrified by the orcs at first (naturally), but she has spirit and refuses to let it be broken by orcs or men. She decides to risk her very life in an attempt to forge a kind of alliance with the orcs, and learns all that she ca ...more
Jan 22, 2009 Jean rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The title and premise caught my eye, and while the summary on the back makes it sound 'meh' it was much better then I expected.

It's cliché, but enjoyably cliché. I found Dar charming, if not terribly relatable, and the prose reads smooth and the plot moves forward at a wonderful pace even though the writing isn't the most polished. I love the twist on Orcs, and their culture is the strongest aspect of the book. The weakest part, for me, was the first chapter when the story starts rather abruptly
Oct 28, 2014 Wyrdness rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I liked reading this, the writing was good and I don't remember any glaringly painful grammatical errors, but the story itself paints a pretty unrelentingly bleak picture and means that it missed getting 4 stars from me. I'm pretty sure that's exactly what the author set out to portray, but constant misery and fear just grinds my enthusiasm to dust. I tend to get invested in characters I read about and who wants to know about horrific things happening to "people" they know?

As it was I rather lik
Jun 12, 2012 Mick marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yuck, did-not-finish
I'm only on page thirty-seven of this one and already my jaw is clenched with RAGE.

The brutality against women from nearly the first page raised my eyebrows, and as I read further the incredulity turned to red-eyed rage. At this point (page 37, mind you) I would love to cheerfully take and an axe and help the "heroine" have-at everyone in range, male, female and orc.

I don't wear rose colored glasses about real life. I don't mind grim, brutal, or even horrific events in my reading, but IN MY REA
Sep 27, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it
Although the concept of slave girl turn heroin seem to be quite cliche or even mundane, I personally never get tired of it. Something about a tale of growth in strength and wisdom to defeat ultimate evil that makes reading fantasy a real joy. In this first book of The Queen of Orcs Triology, the author sets a steady pace in the turn of events as a deeper more holistic plot unfolds itself. Dar as a heroine was quite compelling to read, I guess maybe that's because I find girls who have a tough ch ...more
Shera (Book Whispers)
Jan 22, 2010 Shera (Book Whispers) rated it really liked it
The Queen of Orcs series has been floating around the fantasy scene for a while. I had plans to read the series for quite a while, then I read Howell's Servant Worth Ten Coppers. The book was wonderful, so I went out and bought all of her books that I could.

After reading King's Property I can finally justify my purchases and breath easy. The plot is a standard fantasy plot, but the writing is refreshing. Speaking of refreshing, the take on Orcs in this book is too cool. These are not the Orcs we
Apr 14, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it
King's Property is the story of Dar, a woman whose family hands her over to the army of King Kregant to serve the human and orc soldiers. Being a rather spirited woman, Dar makes several powerful enemies among the humans. Instead of allowing herself to be used, she turns to the orcs for protection, a choice which further alienates her from her fellow humans. It's a dark and violent book, often depressing, but Dar's struggle to survive makes for a good story, as does her gradual immersion into or ...more
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
Dec 31, 2009 Shannon (Savhage Temptrest) rated it really liked it
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Jul 05, 2012 Glen rated it it was amazing
This book kept me up way past my bedtime on a regular basis. I haven't immersed myself so completely in a story in a long time, nor have I so readily dove into a sequel. Morgan Howell makes beautiful use of language and culture in this story, and forces the reader to re-think many of their common conceptions about the genre.

It does have a slight "Lifetime Movie" feel ("Men are terrible and will hurt you"), but it's totally worth it, and the theme doesn't appear to continue throughout the series.
Sep 18, 2009 Felicia rated it liked it
This book was written by a man, the first for my "vaginal-fantasy" shelf, cool?

I like this book, I didn't love it, but I really liked it. I think boys and girls could enjoy it equally. I was just sometimes not loving the main character as much as I would like, and some of the motivations got blurried and were confusing. I read this after Firethorn (a similar book in fact with emotionally abused, war-marched women) so if you liked that book you may like this one. I just found the world a bit odd.
Apr 18, 2016 Carien rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Fantasy Literature
Sep 23, 2014 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it
King's Property is the first book in the QUEEN OF THE ORCS series, and Morgan Howell's first novel. For a story in which the author does such a good job of depicting the harsh realities of the setting, he sure lets the main character, Dar, skate out of bad situation after bad situation to a point where it's just a bit too much. The explanations for each magic escape work, but it needs to change to a point where Dar takes fewer risks, or she gets in hot water by having her gambles miss now and th ...more
Aug 24, 2010 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Wonderful world building. A very different fantasy world. This one is not based in any way on the Tolkien mythos. It's raw and gritty and realistic. Realistic that is in any world that includes orcs. ;-) At first you can't imagine how any orc could be a sympathetic character but Morgan Howell totally pulls it off. A wonderful series. I loved all three books.
Jul 18, 2015 Ana rated it liked it
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Apr 07, 2015 Zinyah rated it it was amazing
I had a very hard time putting down this book. 5 star story from beginning to end, I loved it!
Nov 09, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
When I first picked this up, I didn't expect much out of it. The story seemed to have more than its fair share of cliche elements, but sometimes I'm in the mood for that kind of story. I decided to give it a fair shot.

The world Howell created for this story is sexist, racist, and cruel. It's a tough world. It isn't pleasant. But worlds without challenges and hardship rarely make for good stories.

In context, the behaviors of the characters make sense, even though the author ends up putting the m
Nov 20, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
Surprisingly engaging adventure about a hill-girl, Dar, drafted and branded into servitude to a passing regiment, who discovers that her best bet at survival among the rough dregs of the army is to insinuate herself into the regiment's much-feared orc regiment by learning their language and ways.
I was skeptical going in, having grown up with Tolkien orcs, but these seem kind of more like Warcraft orcs. There is more than a touch of Noble Savage-ism involved, and at one point I almost threw the b
Feb 13, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok
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Oct 24, 2009 Awallens rated it really liked it
Born into hardship, Dar learns to rely on herself alone. When her family betrays her, Dar is conscripted into King Kregant’s army and its brutal campaign
to conquer a neighboring country. Now she is bound as a slave to a dreaded regiment of orcs, creatures legendary for their savagery and battle prowess.
Rather than cower, Dar rises to the challenge. She learns the unique culture and language of the orcs, survives treachery from both allies and enemies,
and struggles to understand a mystical gift t
Feb 27, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-reviewed
I grabbed this on impulse, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. VERY pleasantly surprised. This isn't your usual hack and slash and cast spells fantasy book; I hestitate to say it, but the appeal is probably more to females (sadly), simply because of the subject matter. This takes nothing away from the fact that it is really well done, and an excellent read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I wouldn't say this is excellent/deep literature. It's a good, solid read - enjoyable, interesting, and I
Amy C
Aug 26, 2009 Amy C rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this book. Very interesting the dynamics between the Orcs and Humans. Human men in this world are just utterly despicable and women are treated without any dignity, yet Orcs treasure their women, they are Mothers and Mothers rule the Orcs, because they are so valued.

Dar is given to a troop of soldiers who are traveling across a land at war. She is branded on her forehead, labeled as the King's property. She is to serve the men in the regiment, but the reason for her utmost need
Jan 13, 2013 Anorielt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Erster Satz: Unter einer Ladung Brennholz geduckt ging Dar allein einen Gebirgspfad hinab.

Ganz ehrlich, ich hätte niemals im Leben gedacht das ich so ein Buch jemals kaufen oder gar lesen würde. Allein bei dem Gedanken daran ein Buch zu lesen in dem Orks die Hauptrolle spielen bereitete mir bisher eine Gänsehaut und eine ganz starke Abneigung. Wie es der Zufall aber so will, bin ich von einer Bloggerkollegin dennoch überzeugt worden - die Kurzbeschreibung hat auch ihren Beitrag dazu gelistet -
Jan 09, 2012 Miyu rated it liked it
World where men are evil, orcs are disciplined and respect wisdom of their mothers (as they call their women and everything of the nature) and not only they can’t tell a lie, but don’t understand what it means – to tell a lie.

When the soldiers come to Dar’s house to fetch a random highland girl to join the army, her stepmother is more then ready to pack the girls things. And so Dar march with the soldiers, only to be branded and work in a regiment full of orcs soldiers. She soon finds out that
Jan 27, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
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Morgan Howell is the pseudonym of author Will Hubbell. Hubbell uses his own name when writing childrens' picture books and for his science fiction novels published by Ace. He uses the name Morgan Howell for his recent fantasy writing, citing the darkness of the writing.

A graduate of Oberlin College and the Rochester Institute of Technology, MORGAN HOWELL is a full-time writer who lives in upstate
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