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The Dragonstone (Mithgar (Chronological) #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  1,060 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Welcome to Mithgar, Dennis L. McKiernan’s classic bestselling fantasy series of adventure where legends are forged in the fires of sorcery....
For as long as she can remember, the Elven Lady Arin has been besieged by visions from the past—or the future. But none has ever left her so shaken as the one that foretells the fall of Mithgar: images of raging dragons and brutal l
Paperback, 576 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Roc (first published 1996)
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Todd R
Oct 27, 2016 Todd R rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a good read, interesting characters and settings that kept me enthralled the way a Fantasy hasn't done in a long time. I like Mckiernan usually, it's classic fantasy with settings that are incredibly detailed and events and people that are always exciting to explore.

It's a nice long fantasy that stands on its own - which is another thing I like about McKiernan's work; you can read them separately and in no particular order, for the most part, and have a rich experience.
Sep 18, 2015 M rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I definitely liked this the best out of all the Mithgar novels I've read thus far, but it still only rates about three or three and a half stars. There's some fun world building, since the plot involves characters from fantasy Japan and fantasy Scandinavia. Plus, I got to meet Mithgar's wizards for the first time, which was interesting. I like the idea that they come from another dimension, even if it is somewhat like Tolkien's wizards originating in Valinor. The bit about dragons and krakens ma ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Natalie rated it did not like it
As the prophecy goes there is a egg-shape jade colored stone that could bring about the destruction and ruin of all the people in the land. It holds the power to bring the dragons out of their solitude, wage open war with all races (human, elf, golden warriors, etc) and bring them all under a tyrannical rule of an evil dark mage. This was received through a fire-vision from by an elf, Arin, where she learned that she must start a quest to find the people (or things) that fit the riddle she was g ...more
Apr 04, 2014 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I have avoided this writer for decades--multiple references to him by reviewers and readers as a "Tolkien derivative" and akin to Terry Brooks in writing ability. Well, sometimes you just have to try for yourself. I received this book as a gift and felt compelled to read it. Yes, he is not the writer Tolkien was and yes, it is very derivative. However, I found out that the first books in this world (the Iron Ring Trilogy) he wrote were meant to be "continuations" of LOR, and that he is a fan. We ...more
Ryan Gower
Oct 02, 2015 Ryan Gower rated it it was amazing
This book(and ALL of the Mithgar series) was given to me by my best friend over 20 years ago. The world of Mithgar played a pivotal role in my imagination and was the backdrop for all of our D and D games. This book baptized me into this world and for that I owe Mr.McKiernan unending thanks. I cannot give this work enough praise. It is wonderfully written and is appropriate for all ages. Parents can feel good about their children reading this and need not worry about anything overly graphic or s ...more
Apr 21, 2014 Brad rated it liked it
This is a good fantasy tale with a long adventure. I don't have a problem with an author building off another author's ideas and don't see why McKiernan isn't more popular. His writing is solid and Mithgar has wizards, dragons, trolls, elves, dwarfs, and an host of other creatures with creative abilities and limitations. My biggest complaint is that his stories are often slow. In the Dragonstone, McKiernan accounts for all the time that transpires during the more than two year long quest. The at ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Gerry rated it liked it
I was distracted at first because so much of the early stuff digresses into elaborate explanation of different stuff related to Mithgar and it's peoples. Though perhaps the first time (or three) that I had read this that would have been a exciting piece of the read, as I would be totally new and now I have a lot of that backstory down, so I can't hold that against him. My nostalgia is screaming 4 stars but I think 3 is fair--it is a fine fantasy/adventure tale, but the love stuff is a little clu ...more
Brian Allen
Aug 02, 2016 Brian Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
An amazing book, The Dragonstone follows elf Arin and her human companions as they seek to retrieve the Dragonstone, capable of controlling all dragons. They seek it with the intent of capturing it and preventing it from being used to bring about a great war and the apocalypse. For fantasy lovers and Lord of the Rings, I highly recommend The Dragonstone. The book contains feats of magic, dragons, elves, wizards, dwarves, warriors, demons, romance, action, and a satisfying ending.
Feb 26, 2009 Henry rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It's been a long while since I read this book, but I still think fondly of it. This story is very interesting and the characters are, to put it simply, cool. I like how everything in the author's world seems somewhat familiar yet is a whole different world. Besides the characters, I enjoyed a lot the descriptions of all the lands the characters traveled through and their adventures as they search for the Dragonstone.
Oct 08, 2009 David rated it it was ok
I read this book without knowledge that this was supposed to be prequel to other books so my impression was devoid of any relation to earlier books. I think the book had interesting characters but the story itself is a somewhat cliche story about a band of heroes coming together and going off on a somewhat generic quest - this probably comes from a background of playing a lot of D&D.
May 11, 2014 M rated it liked it
Liked it. Author really made the scenes come alive. Could have used some editing. I felt like he put a few unnecessary scenes in the book, that though they were well written and interesting did not add too the story. It also made the book overly long, causing me to skim or skip pages altogether just to get to the end.
Andrew Willson
Jul 14, 2010 Andrew Willson rated it really liked it
This is my second read through of this novel and I enjoyed it both times. McKiernan creates characters you can understand and feel along with as well as tells the stories with a delightful sense of humor. As well as with a pace that keeps the reader interested, despite the length of the novels, something I believe that sets him far above Tolkien.
Sarah Ehinger
Aug 10, 2014 Sarah Ehinger rated it really liked it
I liked this book better than the eye of the hunter. I felt that book was overly verbose and descriptive causing me to not be able to become engrossed in the story. This I've was much better and only seemed wordy for the sake of pages a few times.
Mar 12, 2016 Isabelle rated it it was amazing
Slow start, but after around 100 pages of background setting for the story, it really hooked me. It is a great adventure, without any big wars but with couples forming in the company of 7 that makes the story. Really good fantasy.
Dec 30, 2010 Starbubbles rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
i read this a long time ago, and it took me a long time to read. my favorite line in the book was 'the first rule to life is to live.' quite nice. lots of twists and turns, and events to keep up with. a goodie for anyone who loves fantasy and dragons
Aug 18, 2009 Richard rated it really liked it
Ah finally. Read this book years ago, I remembered one character's name from it and a very vague story, was impossible to find that way. And now after returning to my home town public library and taking a look, I finally found the book I had been searching for for the past 6 months or so.
Nov 16, 2010 Trippoint rated it liked it
Not my cup of tea. I can appreciate the book... the detail and phrasing is nice, but the very simple, primitive dialog really irks me. It's like listing to children speak. I understand that it was a simpler time, but Homer seems to add complexity.
Jul 30, 2008 emily rated it really liked it
it's been a while since i read this book, and sadly i don't own it, but i remember it, and i remember liking it enough to reread.
dean connelly
Apr 06, 2014 dean connelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I can say that when I read the first mithgar novel I was hooked the next best thing since middle earth

May 11, 2012 Kari rated it really liked it
It took a while to get into, but after the first fifty pages or so it became extremely interesting and I didn't like putting it down often.
Jul 29, 2015 Joe rated it it was amazing
New author for me - I like the way McKiernan writes. Keeps the reader intrigued and the action flows well. Looking forward to reading the remainder of this series.
Feb 11, 2012 K. rated it really liked it
Another one that I read a while ago and really liked. The descriptions are good and so is the dialogue, which is sometimes pretty funny too. Check it out if you like dragon books!
Jul 13, 2008 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Good, but a little slow, I will read this again whenever I get the rest of these books in the series.
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Jul 18, 2008 Amanda Hurdelbrink rated it it was amazing
The best of his books
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McKiernan was born in Moberly, Missouri, where he lived until he served the U.S. Air Force for four years, stationed within US territory during the Korean War. After military service, he attended the University of Missouri and received a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1958 and an M.S. in the same field from Duke University in 1964. He worked as an engineer at AT&T, initially at Western Elec ...more
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