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

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  2,496 ratings  ·  119 reviews
A kingdom hangs in the balance...and a young boy answers the call.
Carrying a sealed message from the war-hero Dragon King to the queen, Quentin and his outlaw companion, Theido, plunge headlong into a fantastic odyssey and mystic quest. Danger lurks everywhere in the brutal terrain, and particularly in the threats from merciless creatures, both human and not-so-human.
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Hardcover, 376 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 1982)
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Alex Duncan
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.

Phoenixfalls
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
Werner
Jun 16, 2009 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Nikki
It's really unfair for me to judge this one. The audio book had all sorts of different sound effects and theatrical music, which should have made it more fun. What it did, though, was distract me and hurt my ears (the music was way too loud for the volume of the narrators.) I find I don't really care what happens to any of the characters because it jumped around between so many, so much, without giving any actual explanation that I don't feel any kind of a connection with any of them.
Drmeow
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."
Mary
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
Kathi
Jul 26, 2011 Kathi added it
** 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
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Célia
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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Stefan
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
Jenneth
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
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Aelvana
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
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Luke Taylor
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
Debbie
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
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Josie
This book was slow to get into. I only kept going simply because I didn't have another to listen to. But, it picked up a little about a third of the way through, and I started to actually enjoy it about two thirds of the way through. It's not good enough that I think I will finish the series though. There wasn't any cliffhanger, and so I feel no need to continue when the book was so slow to get into. One thing that bothered me about the book was that things came too easily. I like struggle, hard ...more
Jessica
I liked it, because it had some strong Christian themes I identified with.
Spuddie
First of the Dragon King trilogy, I found this book a little slow-going and difficult at times. I'm thinking, because this is one of his earlier works, that a lot of this is just due to the author not yet hitting his stride. I've read a couple of his later trilogies that I enjoyed immensely. This one? Not so much. The story was rather pedestrian with a very predictable protagonist. It wasn't bad--I've certainly read worse!--but definitely not up to the standard of his later works. Not sure if I ...more
Stargazer R.L.
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
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Damon
Entertaining

This first book seemed pretty basic to me. There was adventure and action a plenty, making it fairly entertaining, just no originality or depth. It kind of reminded me of a Verne adventure story only what was quaint about Vernes tales seemed rather mundane for a modern science fiction writer. Because it is only one third of the story so far and I have some hope for improvement in the following books I gave it four stars when I was really thinking three or three and a half.
Tyrean
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
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Zach
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
Sarah Sammis
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
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Christopher Rush
Howabout a generous 3 stars considering it's Mr. Lawhead's first book. This is pretty goofy, let's turn the dial to Reality FM. It's light, it's frothy, it's oozing with kindhearted fantasy stereotypes. Keep in mind, though, I'm reading this 30-some years after it was written, and a lot of fantasy has flowed under the bridge since then (at the time there was, what, fewer than a dozen official Star Wars stories?). This was before Robert Jordan, before the Runelords, before a lot of Dungeons and D ...more
Libby
I really enjoy reading Stephen Lawhead’s books. This one centers around a young boy Quentin who volunteers for an unknown and dangerous mission, leaving the service of the priest of Ariel forever to do it. Quentin is off on an unexpected adventure and meets the friend of a lifetime: Toli when he needs a guide.

There are several mysterious characters: people that Quentin runs into and who help him on his quest. He often does not discover their significance until later in the story. Another layer
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Brad
This was, like all of Lawhead's books, a great deal of fun. Very entertaining story, covering a great deal of terrain and also a good amount of character development and growth. My favorite part about every Lawhead novel that I have read so far (Pendragon Cycle, Patrick, and the first two of the Dragon King) is his ability to incorporate clearly Christian themes and types without sounding too "cheesy". That is a valuable trait as so many books written by Christians are just written poorly and wi ...more
Linsela
Not near as good as his later 'Hood' series, which I loved. Basic story was great, but too many dialogs which repeat themselves.

This story starts as what I thought a Robin-Hood theme, but that was dropped and went no where. Far too much talk about 'religion', and far too many 'I sense something evil is coming' talks, which get very boring after the fifth person repeats basically the same discussion to the sixth.
Donald
I wanted to step-back from Stephen Lawhead's 'Pendragon Cycle' to an earlier trilogy. 'In the Hall of the Dragon King', the first of the 'Dragon King Trilogy' was a bit-slow-going. I liked the audacity of a young apprentice (servant) to volunteer to just 'go-out-and-save-the-king', not knowing the challenges and evils lurking-and-awaiting him, and his willingness to be accountable to this 'calling' by learning from Toli and others along the way. Durwin's promise of a sequel with the comment, 'We ...more
Whitepixels
Old school fantasy with the well-known theme of a lowly orphan boy learning that he is the Chosen One, and setting out with some fellow adventurers on an epic quest to defeat the evil-for-the-sake-of-being-evil Dark Lord. Having said that, the book is not that bad. There is a strong Christian layer, but it is woven into the story in a natural way, without being overwhelming or preachy.
Louisea
The language in this book was very archaic. I listened to the audio book and found the narration irritating. I have enjoyed Stephen Lawhead books very much in the past so found this a little dissapointing. I'm not sure yet whether I'll continue with the trilogy. The book may work better in print than audio.
Karen
Good but not great YA fantasy novel. Interesting enough story line and characters to continue with the series to see where things go from here. I think my main problems was that there we too many coincidences and really hard things happened much too easily. The main character was always in the right place at the right time and there didn't seem to be any rules where the evil Wizard's powers were concerned. In one part there seemed to be some limitations to what the Wizard could see or do, but in ...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.

Also see his fanpage at Myspace:
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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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The Dragon King (3 books)
  • The Warlords of Nin (The Dragon King, #2)
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