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Crown of Vengeance

(The Dragon Prophecy #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,415 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Crown of Vengeance begins a new epic fantasy saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

She is the unwanted spawn of a mad king and queen, her lands lost before her birth; her family—her very name—erased from history. Cursed by many, yet protected by an even greater curse.

She was born on a night of storm and terror, raised
Paperback, 651 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Tor Fantasy (first published March 1st 2012)
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I absolutely adored Lackey & Mallory's Obsidian trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed the sequel Enduring Flame trilogy. Crown of Vengeance is the first book of a trilogy set several thousand years before the events of the Obsidian books, and it is not like either of the two other trilogies.

The main reason being: this book, unlike the others, features the Elves. I think that was always going to be the biggest hurdle for this trilogy, simply because a) the Elves in this world live around about a
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
There will be some people that love this and I wanted to be one of them, I really did, but that did not happen. This took almost a month to read, and those of you who know me
( like Sharon) will say WTF took you so long?
Well this thing dragged the everlovin' life out of me.
It's a YA soap oprea novella masquerading as a GRRM rip off, complete with loads of battle scenes, so many I lost count. A heroine who is the fulfillment of a prophesy, kidnapped at birth, sequestered in a special school for
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a Mercedes Lackey book I was disappointed. It was hard to follow.
William Bentrim
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crown of Vengeance by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory

All hail a new trilogy from the mistress of magical stories! Hmm, if you expect dispassionate diatribes you are at the wrong blog. I suppose Ms. Lackey could write something I wouldn’t like but I suspect not! Mr. Mallory is new, to me. Obviously I am not forced to check out his work as this was a wonderful beginning to a new trilogy set in a bucolic world of dark and light where white has no idea that black exists. It is a story of
Loriann Sutton
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
There is much i could say. this is an amazing book. i have always loved merecedes lackey's works and especially her collaborations with james mallory. this one is no exception. my only real complaints are that i felt it dwelled too much on veille's refusal of the call so to speak, but i dont feel that the narrative suffered for it. though i did find myself habing to remind myself that the book took plave over a bast period of time. the characters were well fleshed out and i honestly cant wait to ...more
Fantasy Literature
I finished listening to the audio version of Crown of Vengeance, the first in Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory’s DRAGON PROPHECY series. It tells the story of Vielissar Farcarinon, an Elvish mage who discovers when she is twelve that her parents were killed and her ancestral house destroyed by the people who fostered her, House Caerthalion. She nurses her rage and quest for vengeance as she learns to channel the Light. However, she soon finds out that she is the Child of the Prophecy, a ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this book. It is a long one but it is worth it. I can't wait for the next book in the series. If you liked the other books Mercedes Lackey has written with James Mallory you will love this one. It is a prequel to their other books in the Obsidian Universe. Here is the list of books so far in this series but since this is a prequel you don't need to read them first.

Obsidian Universe:

The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy
The Outstretched Shadow (2003) with James Mallory
To Light a Candle
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I believe I've expressed my skepticism about the second Obsidian trilogy in my reviews of those books, but I'm perfectly fine with this book, and I can't wait for more in the series. Think of the Elves from the original trilogy, only instead of the refinement of Jermayan and Ashaniel, they are a bunch of murderous assholes. The world of this book is structured somewhat like medieval Europe, with feudal overlords on top and the great common mass beneath them. So the legendary Queen Vieliessar ...more
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first book by Lackey that I couldn't at least finish. I had no clue what was going on, there was nothing remotely familiar anywhere, and seriously, I know this is High Fantasy, but that's no reason to give Every. Bloody. Character. stupidly long names that I can't keep straight. This was fine in the Obsidian trilogy, because we saw elven culture through an outside perspective. Here, it's just annoying.
Dawn Livingston
May not be anything wrong with this book but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe it was too creative for me, such unusual races of "people"/creatures, such unusual points of view, such strange names. Maybe I don't have patience for things that are that different from anything I'm used to. So, there's nothing wrong with the book, the problem is more likely me, just not my cup of tea.

I recommend you read it though just to see for yourself what you think of it. Maybe it's YOUR cup of tea.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book describes an Elvish society in a world where knights fight, kings rule, servants serve and the Lightborn are trained in magic. It's a wonderful and intriguing world and one I am looking forward to visiting again. The world the book describes is more Westeros (Game of Thrones) with extra magic than Lothlorien (Lord of the Rings), however the names of people and places certainly aren't. So, first things first: If terribly long, intricate and hard to pronounce names annoy you, then know ...more
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was better than the Enduring Flame Trilogy, but still didn't rate more than 3 stars.

---The Good:---
The magic system was interesting.

I really loved seeing the elven society and seeing the gradual pushing toward the (future) elven society we read about generations later. It was an interesting game almost to pick out which aspects will be kept, and see bits and pieces introduced and know how they are going to eventually end up woven into their society down the line. Honestly, this was probably
Kelley Ceccato
This one took a while. I don't mind spending a good bit of time on a good book, but this one required more active commitment than I generally like; I had to push myself to finish it.

The positives:

1) Vielliessar is a powerful, complex heroine, more than up to any task.
2) Her enemies of the Alliance were not portrayed as thoroughgoing villains; rather, her chief opponent is a man of principle whose ideas about "the right thing to do" diverge crucially from Vielliessar's. I find antagonism between
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, poor-horses
I listened to the audiobook, and maaaaan the narrators were fantastic and the story, though quite long, is pretty excellent as well. I downloaded the audiobook 3 years ago and have attempted to finish it 4 or 5 times (as many times as I tried to take up running), and I've finally finished it. Grit and determination! I am High King of Eventual Follow Through!

This story has a bunch of my favorite stuff. A prophecy, vengeance, cool magic, a strong lady taking the power back, destroying the status
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I *loved* the first 6 books in this series. When I stumbled across this latest entry while browsing through Tor's website, I felt like someone who has been told that Christmas is suddenly going to be held the next day. In fact, I tried to order the next book in the trilogy at the same time, but was extremely frustrated to discover that no matter which venue I chose, including several overseas booksellers, I would need to wait until 2014 to receive The House of Four Winds (book 2).

When Crown of
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-fantasy
This was a little bit hard to get into, but enough of it was interesting that I'm hoping future books in the series will be a little better. The names in this book were alot of times long and hard to remember and the first chapter was a nightmare to wade through long names and term to figure out what was going on. The first part of the book seemed to drag alot when Vieliessar spent a huge amount of time not knowing what to do. The second part was taken up by a lot of battles. I had a hard time ...more
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Wow! It isn't often I get sucked into a book with the intensity of this one. I couldn't put it down and devoured it. It has the great storytelling one expects from Mercedes Lackey but with a much darker twist which must come from James Mallory. The story of Elves and of magery and of light and dark is compelling. The main character is the Elven Queen Vielissiar Faricarnon and the world of war is fascinating. This books tells the story of the prophecy and how she reclaims the Unicorn throne in ...more
Shai August
As someone who has an eleven letter first name; I loathe novels in which every character has ten, twelve or fifteen letter names - especially names that seem like nonsense or three smaller names smashed together with an anvil. Names like this are cumbersome, distracting and useless to the story.

On to the actual story.


Parts of it was like slogging through a river of molasses, other parts moved too quickly and left more questions that will have to be answered in the next novel. I tried
Dec 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-it
What to say? I typically love Mercedes books. This one I had a really hard time getting through. I don't think the story even got rolling until maybe page 200. I stuck through when typically I would have given up on the book just because of the author. Even once the story did get rolling it was a slow mover. I will have to agree with those who complained about the elf names. I know that those come with a book dealing with elves but there were just so many it made the story have a really hard ...more
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was ok, but not nearly as good as the Obsidian trilogy. It started kind of slow but the pace picks up a bit if you power through. It can be confusing until you get the names of the characters all sorted out. If you read it accounting for it being the setup for the trilogy rather than expecting a standalone novel you'll probably appreciate it more. And on that note if you don't like waiting for years for the remaining books of a series/trilogy to be written then don't start reading this one.
Jo Oehrlein
Good, but not great. The story seems to plod a bit at times. I like how the ending feels like an ending, but there's obviously still story left for the next book in the series.

Similar to Harry Potter in that you have a child marked from birth. Different from Harry Potter in that it takes decades for the prophecy to come true.

Lots of politics between the various houses and within the houses.

A nice twist having a pair be bonded that *really* don't like each other and can't be together.
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Good

This book was awesome. I cannot wait for book two. It was a very lively read and other than all the super long names the characters had. I found this to be exceptional.
Kathy Davie
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
First in the prequel trilogy, the Dragon Prophecy Trilogy, in the overall Obsidian Universe series. In this one, we finally meet Vieliessar Farcarinon, who fulfills the prophecy as its Child and prepares her world for invasion.

I suspect the next two will find the Elvenkind at war with the Endarkened and set the stage for the lack of magic in The Outstretched Shadow , the first in the Obsidian Trilogy.

My Take
There were aspects of this that were quite thrilling and others that were just
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
I won my copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.
I enjoyed this book by the end. I found the first few chapters hard to get into, and the Endarkened, the bad guys, were a bit flat for me. They were so entirely evil that they came across as mere caricatures, rather than the sort of evil that orcs and dark elves and trolls often represent. I can at least understand the perspective of orcs, dark elves, evil sorcerers, and trolls, and empathize a tiny bit, but the bad guys in this book aren't
Chromium Kitty
Jan 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars. I'm sorry I had to give it such a low rating, but it deserved it.
Also, I don't believe that Lackey had that much to do with this book. Based on books by her that I have read in the past, this does not feel like her writing style. Therefore, I'm of the opinion that this is almost entirely the work of Mallory. What input Lackey had into this, I can't figure out.

So cliche! All your fantasy tropes are there in all their eye rolling glory. You have the "chosen one" of some ancient
Hanna Salonga
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lackey and Mallory (The Phoenix Transformed, 2009, etc.) begin another speculative allegorical series with the chronicle of Elven Queen Vieliessar of Farcarinon.Royal Lady Nataranweiya, pregnant and pursued, seeks safety within the Sanctuary of the Star. There, she’s greeted by Astromancers, Lightborns and Mages. At the Sanctuary, Nataranweiya dies birthing Vieliessar, a babe who must fight for her royal birthright. She is renamed Varuthir. Oblivious to her heritage, she grows up as the ward of ...more
Erinn Gillespie
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was EPIC! and I loved it ! I am familiar with and enjoy Mercedes Lackey but I have not known James Mallory.

First , the book : The cover art is just STUNNING ! I loved the action and emotions that are felt when looking at the art. The chapters are long enough to add to the journey of the book but short enough that you still feel you are getting the book read.

The story was just epic and so well written . The start of the novel was slow and harder to read but , I think without the slow
Sheri Silver
Sep 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Normally I wouldn't review a book after simply reading the prologue, but I'm making an exception in this case. I do enjoy a fun Mercedes Lackey novel but Crown of Vengeance starts out with Luciferian propaganda. The whole Obsidian Universe is set up with an evil (so to speak) Creator called, "He Who Is" and his first created being (a sub-creating being of Light). "Light" is appalled that He Who Is (consumed with regret of creation) wants to destroy it. Light then creates beings (humans?) too ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
I was going to make a joke about the name getting you most of the way to Fantasy Title Bingo, but it actually wouldn't feel like a joke. Based on other reviews I knew that this book was a bit polarizing, so I didn't expect it to be so generic.

There are a lot of fantasy tropes played so straight that I was honestly surprised there was no big twist. A Chosen One who is better than everyone at everything. The enemy is Darkness that is irredeemable evil. The D&D fantasy races. Words like "month"
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
3.5 Stars. Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory are some of my all-time favorite authors, and their Obsidian Trilogy are my favorite books. This book is the first of a prequel trilogy, and it is well written and engaging, but sometimes difficult to follow. Many, many characters, and all with amazing names that are difficult to pronounce. Lots of battles, and this book sets the stage for the real battle to come. I wish the 2 main characters had more contact with each other, as the dynamic between ...more
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts ...more

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