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The Warlords of Nin (The Dragon King #2)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  2,033 ratings  ·  50 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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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
Luke Taylor
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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.
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
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
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
Frans Karlsson
The adventures of Quentin and his friends continue when they face the challenge from Nin and his warlords. An epic tale of heroism and sacrifice.
As with the first book, not a timeless classic but an enjoyable read.
Ryan St george
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
A great continuation and keepinh with a good story.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.

I loved it, great battles and pictures of who God is.
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