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

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  2,248 Ratings  ·  150 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 isbound 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 c
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Published July 31st 2007 by Random House Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2007)
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Beanbag Love
Oct 11, 2009 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Debbie
Nov 22, 2008 Debbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ben
Nov 22, 2007 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Miriam
Aug 01, 2009 Miriam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathryn
Mar 25, 2008 Kathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
YouKneeK
Jun 27, 2015 YouKneeK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jean
Jan 22, 2009 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lee
Sep 27, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim
Apr 14, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wyrdness
Feb 10, 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
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Shera (Book Whispers)
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
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Mick
May 17, 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
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Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
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Glen
Jun 26, 2012 Glen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Felicia
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.
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Jacqueline
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.
Zinyah
I had a very hard time putting down this book. 5 star story from beginning to end, I loved it!
Astrid
May 19, 2017 Astrid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still remember reading this book, even after seven years, and I remember that I really liked it. Should read the sequel I guess. It's about time...
Anorielt
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 -
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Erotic Horizon
I found this book just by chance and just from reading the blurb I was hooked. Dar is given into conscription by a family that had little materially and even less morally. Without a choice she accepts her fate and marches into the unknown.

Those starts Dar’s journey into a period of her life where she not only has to grow but use the gift of swift thinking and guile to get through the days. From the moment she meet the bulk of the regiment, she is branded and introduced to the harsh realities of
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Coucher de soleil
Jan 17, 2012 Coucher de soleil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-read
(4.5 stars!)

This was a truly gripping book. I just couldn't put the darned thing down to do my work! So I certainly recommend this one.

Good points: I loved the main character, who was a truly strong female, managing to survive and even make a name for herself in a world where women counted for nothing. The side characters were also very well done. The world building and adventure were, in a word, fascinating.

Bad/not so good points: I don't have anything negative to add here. Also, while I can se
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Angela
Dec 15, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebooks
I am very, very glad that I finally got around to reading Morgan Howell's King's Property, Book 1 of his Queen of the Orcs series. The idea of a fantasy series with an emphasis on orcs for once sounded like a winner to me, even if it has to take the route of a young human woman being the protagonist rather than an orcish character.

Dar is a girl of the hills conscripted into serving the King's army, a harsh and bitter existence, one in which she quickly learns that a woman's only chance of surviv
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Sarah
Feb 13, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The Booklover Butterfly
Dec 30, 2009 The Booklover Butterfly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
King’s Property is first book in Morgan Howell’s Queen of the Orcs trilogy. The novel starts off with Dar, the protagonist, being taken away from her family by a group of soldiers in the king’s army. Dar learns that the soldiers plan to make her serve the orcs who also fight for King Kregant. Dar is fearful at first, but as she learns about the orcs and their culture, she realizes that they respect females far more than the human soldiers do. When one of the army leaders plans to hurt Dar, she t ...more
Kim
Mar 04, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those looking for original imaginary world fantasy
I must admit that, although the plot of this book appealed to me, I initially resisted reading it for a couple of reasons, both of them related to the term "orcs." The most famous orcs, of course, are those found in Tolkien's works, and in works derivative of them, especially role-playing games. I wondered if using the term "orc" might even be considered plagiarism of a sort---but a bit of research into the origin of the term quelled my doubts. (It's a fascinating topic---Tolkien attributed his ...more
chucklesthescot
Dar's family abandon her to a group of soldiers where she is branded and forced into slavery. Part of the job is to serve the Orc Army who also fight for the King and his troops and who can only be served by women according to Orc Law. When a commanding officer decides to claim Dar as his, she seeks protection from Kovok-mah, an Orc with a sympathetic attitude who is willing to risk a split in the camp to keep her safe.

Dar is a good strong character who does make mistakes. She goes against all
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Brownbetty
The story of Dar, more or less kidnapped to be a woman for the army, and I say 'be a woman' on purpose.

Dar is a woman in a culture that treats rape as the primary mode of interaction between men and women. Dar has been raped by her father before the book begins, and is very determined not to be raped again, but she has very few resources to do this. The other women for the army deal with the same problem, although most of them in different ways than Dar chooses.

Half-way through the first book,
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James
Sep 22, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah
Feb 15, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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