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The Warlords of Nin (The Dragon King #2)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  2,226 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Darkness and destruction have come to the land.

It has been ten years since Quentin helped Eskevar, the Dragon King, battle the monstrous sorcerer Nimrood. Since that time, there has been peace in the land of Mensandor. But everything is about to change.

An urgent message summons Quentin to Castle Askelon. The king, who is dying, wishes to name the brave young man his succes
ebook, 416 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 1983)
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Mar 11, 2009 Nikki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
I ended up giving up on this book. I tend to like Stephen Lawhead's writing, or I certainly did when I was little, but this is really, really purple prose. There's thinly veiled references to Christianity, which don't ordinarily bother me, but which began to build up. There was a terrible love scene, from which I have a quote that makes me die a little:

"There is trouble, Bria. I feel it, though all about me appears peaceful and serene. I start at shadows, and night gives no rest; it is as if the
Oct 11, 2008 Dwer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf
Not horrible by any means, but rather hacknyed, and a strong religous overtone. FSF does require a suspension of belief, but this one just pushed me to much. For example, your country is suffering a major invasion. Villages are fleeing in panic. Yet absolutely no one thought to send word to the king. Get real
Jun 14, 2015 Stefan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The second book in the Dragon King Series, was a sequel to the first book. I enjoyed how the plot played out, yet found that the latter half of the book scrammed large amounts of information into a few paragraphs. Lawhead appears to have done this, because covering every single day would have been boring and tediously long. I felt the characters had developed since the first book, but not quite enough. I also found Nimrood more interesting then Nin, Nin felt a bit flat at times. Nonetheless, for ...more
Aug 01, 2009 Kathi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Bob Hayton
I always enjoy Stephen Lawhead's books. This one continues a series I first started as a teen. I never did finish the whole series. I found this a good book, but not as deep and involved as some of his later works. The excitement of knights and medieval dangers, a story with lots of danger and a hero you can believe in. This tale has it all.
Denae Christine
Awesome book, awesome series. I was apprehensive when I learned that the main characters were in their mid-twenties, but it was still good. I suppose that's not toooo old.:) Still, distrust, strange illness, warlords, an enemy who believes himself to be a god, a prophecy, a sword, kidnappings, deserted villages, a star of doom, and battles of wit and courage. This book is not one to miss. In it, Quentin and Toli and Theido and the Dragon King continue their story in book two as evil once again c ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Libby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Jul 22, 2010 Caitrin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, unfinished
I have higher hopes for Lawhead's other series. I tried with this one, I really did but I couldn't even finish the book. Still counting it on my list since I spent so much time reading it. But the dialogue is not believable in any sense and the characters seem cardboard, especially the women. Romance is alluded to but more said than shown.
Neetha Philip
this is the only book i have of the dragon king series. i vaguely remember reading book 1 and 3. but this one always, maybe because its the only one ive read more than once, was my favorite. when i read it, it was exactly what i wanted to read- adventure! now it seems to be a bit overdone, yet if this is the kind of book you likke to read as a child, you just want to read more of the same kind. so it was fun!
Apr 11, 2011 Loretta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Pendragon Cycle and the Song of Albion so I really, really want to like this trilogy. But after working my way through book 2 I have to say it is just 'ok'. The story seems flimsy at best and I just don't care about the characters in the way that I did with his other books. I'm not sure I'll even bother with book 3.
Lara Lleverino
Stephen Lawhead is known for his adult rendetions of Robin Hood, Arthurian, and other mythic history fiction. In the Dragon King Trilogy Lawhead removes some of his more adult themes from previous series and writes a trilogy that could easily enrapture the 12-14 year old young boy whoes already devoured every King Arthur book he can find. I found the second in this series better than the first as the decisions to serve the one true God in this mythic pagan country (that strongly resembles pre-ch ...more
Oct 08, 2011 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of the series did not disappoint! I absolutely love the characters, and I cannot wait to find out what happens with Quinton and Toli in the last book. Even thought the books are doused with religion, it is not preachy, which I appreciate.

Dec 22, 2011 Tyrean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this second installment of The Dragon King Trilogy, Lawhead continued to interweave faith and adventure brillaintly. As Quentin discovers the meaning of his dreams, and the prophecy he is to fulfill, his humbleness is charming, and fitting his character. The approaching warlords of Nin, and the way that they attack the country in a fourfold approach is interesting, and made this part of the story more believable.
I was slightly disappointed that the female characters in this book had a smalle
Jan 11, 2015 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-sell
I really enjoyed this one better than the first of this trilogy. Fast-paced and suspenseful, I didn't want to put it down. The evil character has still left me wanting as I would have liked to have seen him fleshed-out a little more. While the whole book revolved around his awesome invincible-ness, we really didn't get to know much about him at all. Nothing to explain who he was and how he got to be so invicible. And the end came fast in a neatly tied up package. I had expected a little more fro ...more
Jan 25, 2012 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the first, only better. Further development of the beloved characters from the previous. Well drawn landscapes and a good interplay between the "bad guy" and the forces of good. Fully worth your time if you are into this type of literature. As said before, Lawhead has a brilliant way of writing, incorporating much spiritual truth without sounding preachy or trite. Worth a go.
May 07, 2012 Faye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of my favorites from Mr. Lawhead.

Picking up right where In the Hall of the Dragon King left off, this seconded installment follows the young king, Quentin, and his faithful companion and friend, Tolli as they get ready to face their biggest challenge so far. The Wolf star is rising, prophesying the end of the age, and with it comes The Warlords of Nin, the sinister Hun-like invaders with no mercy for innocents and their pagan religion. Quentin must do all he can to fight against the coming i
Sep 05, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second book in the Dragon King Trilogy, but I hadn't read the previous one first and could still follow the story. It is about Quentin, heir to the Dragon King. When the Kingdom comes under attack by the fearsome hoards of Nin the Destroyer, he must travel to the fabled mines. Here, he must forge the Shining One, a magical sword that will destory Nin.

I have to admit that it took me a while to get into this. The fact that it is written in an old-fashioned, camelot like language didn't
Stargazer R.L.
I thought the first book in the Dragon King Trilogy was epic, and it really is, but there is such a thing as MORE epic. The Warlords of Nin is pure awesome epicness. I love this book so much! I can't even begin to describe all the things I loved about it. It's just so good! The adventures, the battles, the quests, the characters, the world, and just everything combines to make this a wonderful story. It's one of my very favorites!

Though ten years after the first book, the characters don't feel a
Nov 28, 2013 Zach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen R. Lawhead's "The Warlords of Nin" is the second book in The Dragon King Trilogy. It is a medieval fantasy novel. In it, the kingdom of Askelon, the most powerful kingdom in Mensandor, is threatened by a foreign army under the lead of the god Nin the Destroyer. King Eskevar is on his deathbed and sends for Quentin, a former temple acolyte, and because he has no son names Quentin his heir to the throne. As Nin’s army slowly takes over the land and approaches the mighty castle in Askelon, ...more
May 17, 2014 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Similar to the first book in the series in that it was good but not great. The story picks up where the first left off. I'm still enjoying the characters and story enough to read the third book in the series to see how things end. I've read other Lawhead books and found them to be much more complex and engaging which is the reason for three instead of more stars. My main problem with the books is that things seem to come too easily. Whenever the characters end up in a bind and can't make a decis ...more
A good story, but not much of it. Lots of fighting and filler (empty word-calories). I think part of the issue is Lawhead is trying to give it an 'epic' tone.
Ten years have passed since Quentin rescued the King from his imprisonment under Nimrood's sorcery. In all that time the land has been at peace, but it is this very peace and prosperity that brings the shadow of war. The warlords of Nin are marching over the land, bringing blood and fire. Quentin is drawn into this by chance, but his news of the invasion starts the war.

The problems of the last book still plague this one. Flat characterizations, a straightforward plot, a villain too cardboard to
Ryan St george
Aug 01, 2016 Ryan St george rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The warlords of nin. Extremely simple book that's boring at times. Traditional medieval/Christian fantasy. Another book that has great ideas/setting/lore on the surface, but suffers from two-dimensional cardboard characters similar to Earthsea. Some of the dialogue was too much. For example: "can love really conquer all?" Or this gem; "it is said by my people a man of the WHITE RACE will lead the people back to God. However this book wasn't terrible, it's the second book of a trilogy and I plan ...more
O deus, o deus, o deus... "Valha-me Deus"! As constantes referências ao deus único e maior conseguiram irritar-me diversas vezes... Eu sei que o Lawhead escreve ficção cristã mas caraças escusava de ser tão chato! Felizmente sei que a escrita dele melhorou, mas este livro esteve quase a levar 2 estrelas só por causa do deus...
A história é engraçada embora continue a haver a dualidade bom/mau demasiado vincada. Não há personagens que tenham mais profundidade, os maus são mesmo malvados e os bons
Luke Taylor
Jan 25, 2016 Luke Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Warlords of Nin, with its staggeringly tasty title, avoids what impetuously martial minds would hope amounted to three hundred pages of battlefield combat and tactics and any Henry the Fourth parallels found therein at the hands of such a young King-to-be protagonist in favor of the path of oracle prophecy and legendary weapon questing. As the pacing was marginalized by such necessary wayfaring as it split with the throes of battles and skirmishes, The Warlords of Nin doesn’t fail to please ...more
Christopher Rush
I wanted to give this a higher rating, in part because it has a lot of impressive surprises and fine moments, but I couldn't quite bring myself to do so, so let's call this a 3.5 rounded down, howabout. Instead of picking up where we left off from the first volume, Lawhead skips us ahead 10 years, which is more helpful than not, except that many of the characters don't give us the impression they, too, have aged or matured in 10 years. Quentin, our hero again, is more mature for much of it, thou ...more
Apr 16, 2016 Donald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, steven-lawhead
This is the second of Lawhead's King Raven series... I love the character of Quenton, but there were quite-a-few 'detours' that, for me, it took, three-fourths of the book, before they started piecing-together. I'm drawn to the spiritual dimension of the characters (the whole spectrum of evil<--> righteous humans & creatures. There's the romance factor, loyalty to country, king, and God (before) others. I was a little disappointed that the final battle with the evil Nin took a matter o ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Dani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is terrible. I'll write more in depth later, but it had to be said.

This is a review of the book as performed by the amazing people at Graphic Audio, who whenever I see their items for sale in store I buy. So I figured that "hey, a fantasy book by Graphic Audio, I'll try it out!" EERRRR WRONG!!!

Perhaps it was the fact that actual, real-life people had to truly speak the words out loud but the dialog in this book, it just.... if I wasn't laughing at it I was rolling my eyes. NO BODY talk
Mark Buxton
Apr 14, 2016 Mark Buxton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You need to read the first book in the series. I was a little surprised when magic wasn't a bigger part of the plot in this book, as Quentin can't call upon his special abilities whenever he wants. His powers are more spiritual, and they're called upon in times of greatest need. This book had more action than the first one, and the climactic battle scene described the clash between the armies spanned a couple chapters. This series probably appeals more to mature middle grade readers, as most of ...more
Ray Murray3
Mar 25, 2016 Ray Murray3 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the second book of "In the Hall of the Dragon King" which I liked very much. This book was full of suspense as the young hero continues his journey after 10 peaceful years. It keeps the reader on their toes, never wanting to put the book down. Though sometimes the book is annoying where things get slow, and the reader wants to do something else, but is kept from doing so because of the mysteriousness of the storyline. One never knows what to expect next, and thus it builds suspense, ...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.

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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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