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The Dragonstone (Mithgar Series (Chronological) #1)

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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 le
Paperback, 576 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Roc (first published 1996)
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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
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
A nice read. It has the kind of pace I like, not too fast and not too slow, although I'd understand if people claimed the latter. The characters have personality, each of them, with extremes like Aiko and Alos (whom I greatly enjoyed) as well as nicer types such as Arin (who is unusually quiet for a heroine).

As for the story, it indeed tries to be like Lord of the Rings, although I don't think comparing the two would do them any good. Third person perspective probably wasn't the wisest move; wh
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
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.
Joe K
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Willson
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.
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.
While the story is captivating, the pace of the book is somewhat slow for my tastes.
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
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.
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!
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.
dean connelly

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

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.
Good, but a little slow, I will read this again whenever I get the rest of these books in the series.
Amanda Hurdelbrink
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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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Other Books in the Series

Mithgar Series (Chronological) (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Voyage of the Fox Rider: A Novel of Mithgar (Mithgar, #2)
  • Into the Forge (Mithgar, #3; Hèl's Crucible, #1)
  • Into the Fire  (Mithgar, #4; Hèl's Crucible, #2)
  • Dragondoom (Mithgar, #5)
  • Stolen Crown (Mithgar, #6)
  • Tales from the One-Eyed Crow: The Vulgmaster (Mithgar, #7)
  • Tales of Mithgar (Mithgar, #8)
  • The Dark Tide (Mithgar, #9; Iron Tower Trilogy, #1)
  • Shadows of Doom (Mithgar, #10; Iron Tower Trilogy, #2)
  • The Darkest Day (Mithgar, #11; Iron Tower Trilogy, #3)
Once Upon a Winter's Night (Faery Series, #1) The Darkest Day (Mithgar, #11; Iron Tower Trilogy, #3) The Dark Tide (Mithgar, #9; Iron Tower Trilogy, #1) Shadows of Doom (Mithgar, #10; Iron Tower Trilogy, #2) The Eye of the Hunter (Mithgar, #14)

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