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Rise of the Red Dragon (Tales of the Lorekeepers #1)

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Samuel Osmond opens his eyes in a world he has always dreamed of, where legends are more than bedtime stories and fabled heroes battle fearsome foes. In his hand are the mysterious dice that brought him here, to this world called Metverold. He remembers casting the dice in his bedroom, and the red light that engulfed him, but has no idea why he has been brought to this pla ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Martin Rouillard (first published February 6th 2012)
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Jeffrey Poole
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lorekeepers, teleportation, legendary characters... You can't beat that!

As an official reviewer from IndieBookBlogger.blogspot.com, I was given a copy of this book to read/review at my leisure. However, I had the book read in only a couple of sittings.

First and foremost, since I have written a couple of novels about characters teleporting from one place to another, this book struck a few chords with storylines I'm very familiar with. Settling down, I began to read about the adventures of a teen
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OpenBookSociety.com
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Annabell

I have always been in love with a good mythological story. There are just so many that are dark and twisted and enchanting. Rise of the Red Dragon, the first installment in the Tales of the Lorekeepers series, explores storytelling of myths and legends in a fun and exciting way.

Samuel has just turned fourteen years old and as a gift his parents take him to his favorite store to go on a shopping spree worth two hundred dollars. Samuel happens upon a set of w
...more
Scott
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-reviews
4.5 stars

Rise of the Red Dragon is a very entertaining story focusing on an Arthurian story arc. The premise of the story is a bit unique while still being somewhat familiar. When a young man, Samuel, gets some money for his birthday he heads to his favorite store for RPGs and LARPing gear. While perusing the shelves he sees what looks like a very authentic set of white bone dice that he feels amazingly drawn to. When he purchases them and takes them home he begins to believe there is something
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Galinor
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think that Rise of the Red Dragon is a very good and interesting book to read. It caught my attention from the beginning to the end, and had many funny moments where I found myself laughing along with the characters.
It was interesting to see how the relationship between Samuel and Malloy grew in the book. I generally liked all the characters introduced in the book like Ambrosius and Myrrdin as well as the evil characters of the book like the Yfel man. The dice transported Samuel into another w
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Jim
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Okay for a freebie in iBooks. A few typos and grammatical snaffoos (there/their/they're). Plot sequences are a bit rough and the dialogue often isn't realistic or believable (doesn't match the time period where the story takes place). Very interesting concept for a series, if a bit elementary. I'll read the next one just to see if the author shows progress as a writer and researcher.

Decent read if you're stuck in an airport or subway and only have your iPhone handy.
Lisa Cox
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning: there are no plot spoilers in this review, but there are some "atmosphere spoilers."

The best part of this story is the imaginative, inventive use of the Arthurian legends. From what little I know of them, the bits of legend were used accurately, yet originally, and there are all sorts of unexpected twists. The description of the land makes me wonder where the Lady of the Lake will figure into future books. We meet Merlin as a child, we meet Uther as a supportive brother to the true king
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Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

This wasn't technically the book I won, but I received it along with book two, so I guess it kind of counts.

As I've probably said many times before, I like myths and legends. So this book was quite a good one for me to read. I actually liked Samuel, as well as many of the supporting characters. Malloy was probably one of my favourites, as well as 'the fatherless boy' and Uther and his br
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Zachary Roner
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, first-reads
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

The book “Rise of the Red Dragon” is a tale of a young man who has been transported from his comfortable life of D & D playing and LARPing into the dangerous world of our legends.

As you start the book it feels like it is moving a bit slowly. The characters aren’t being developed and the plot feels stagnant. It was in this moment that I was a little worried for this book. Luckily for me the young man was finally transported and the story began in earn
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Eric
Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dragons, first-reads
This book had a rather slow start, but picked up the pace once it got into the legend proper.

The book is based around an interesting concept (saving legends from forces that would interfere with the story). This book, in particular, focuses on Arthurian legend. It nicely fleshed out much of the legend when Myrddin is introduced and the events surrounding his itroduction.

My biggest problem with it is that it almost seems that the secondary characters are more important than the protagonist. They
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Deborah
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book moves quickly.
It is well written, the action moves the story at a brisk pace.
The main character is very likable and his "problems" are realistic, although it is a fantasy
book.
I like the way the author weaves in myth without giving away too much of the story...allowing the reader to figure out what the main character is supposed to accomplish at the same rate
the Character figures it out.

I read that there is a 2nd book in the series, coming the fall of 2012.
I look forward to reading it.

O
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Scott
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads
Received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Took me a while to get around to reading this, then wondered why i waited so long.While the cover and title are true to the book i felt it was a bit of a spoiler in its own right, might have been better leaving this as more of a surprise and concentrated more on the saxon angle as they take up more of the middle of the book.

But overall i really enjoyed this as an opener for a series, sword and sorcery, time travel, dragons, Arthurian legen
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Chris
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I found this book to be intriguing and a quick read. The story was slow to start, and the main character, at first I found a bit annoying, but the story picked up the pace once it moved to the legend and the main character also improved. I enjoyed the book and the idea behind it was great. The idea of an ordinary person being transported to another world to watch over ancient legends to make sure they play out correctly. It was entertaining, and a great way to start a series by using an Arthuria ...more
J.
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Second time proved to be the charm with this story, meaning I started this one once before but put it aside when I couldn't get into it then. But it intrigued me sufficiently to earn a second chance, and this time I read it in one sitting. Clever story, lots of rousing action, and I'm a sucker for both dragon books and intelligent retellings of the Authurian legends. Despite some grammatical lapses and irritating verb goofs, this book qualifies all around. Four strong stars.
Valerie
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent story and it was unique in the way it was told. Love the fact that it is like the pre-story to another excellent story. (don't want to say too much to avoid spoilers). Definatly looking forward to more like this and hope this is a series.
RogueThreads
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved every second. Fantastic. Can't wait for more. Perfect for fantasy lovers. I usually don't read books with a male protagonist, but i am glad I did. Couldn't put it down. A wonderful book that i recommend to anyone who likes fantasy. :)
Angela
Apr 06, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, free, kindle
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Lisa Godina
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A good book for a teen looking for a book of adventure/time travel.
Daniel
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great action/adventure book, putting a new introduction to the Arthur and Merlin legend.
Annabell
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have always been in love with a good mythological story. There are just so many that are dark and twisted and enchanting. Rise of the Red Dragon, the first installment in the Tales of the Lorekeepers, explores storytelling of myths and legends in a fun and exciting way.

Samuel has just turned fourteen years old and as a gift his parents take him to his favorite store to go on a shopping spree worth two hundred dollars. Samuel happens upon a set of white dice he likes the look of and decides to
...more
Graham Downs
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The premise of this story was rather good. A teenager, who's heavy into roleplaying and cosplay, buys a pair of (unbeknownst to him at the time) magical dice, and gets transported to a fantasy world.

Once there, he discovers that he has been chosen as a "Lorekeeper", and his job is to make sure that the legend in which he now finds himself goes off without a hitch.

The legend, in this particular case, is the Arthurian Legend, and having recently read Shadowland: A Tale From The Dark Ages by C.M. G
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Yoda Bor
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Petit livre sympathique, Les Gardiens de Légendes m’a fait passer un excellent moment malgré un début de lecture un peu compliqué.

Samuel est un garçon charmant qui achète une paire de dés dans un magasin de jeux et se retrouve propulsé dans Metverold, un monde parallèle où les légendes se répètent inlassablement malgré les tentatives de l’Yfel d’interférer dans leur déroulement.

Dans cet univers étrange, il est aidé par sa fata Angeline et se rend compte qu’il est tombé dans une histoire qu’il co
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Jeri
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I usually like fantasy and this was #1 of a saga but for some reason I didn't pursue the "lore keepers". The "hero", Samuel Osmond finds himself in the world called Metverold where there is danger all around, a Briton King Vortiger, on the run from Saxon invaders, and Samuel must find a dark sorcerer who threatens to change his story before a force from a early time is unleashed Maybe it was just my mood as the storyline sounds like something I'd enjoy more...but I didn't, so just three stars. . ...more
Khalyus Barnes
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Un livre extrêmement long avant de débuter, un univers dès plus simpliste, prévisible et quelconque ! Du déjà vue réchauffé et encore c'est peu dire... Bref, un livre à mettre dans les mains des jeunes profanes uniquement, sinon déception il y aura !
Karen Chong
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I found the main character quite interesting, and the story seemed to move at a decent pace.
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Martin Rouillard is the author of the best-selling series Tales of the Lorekeepers, which includes Rise of the Red Dragon (2012), The Giants of Albion (2013), and The Last Prince of Troy (2014). The first books in the series have been among the best-selling ebooks in France since publication, making their way into the Top 100 on Amazon France and other retailers. The series will include three more ...more
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