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King's Dragon

(Crown of Stars #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  8,201 ratings  ·  269 reviews
The Kingdom of Wendar is in turmoil. King Henry still holds the crown, but his reign has long been contested by his sister Sabella, and there are many eager to flock to her banner. Internal conflict weakens Wendar's defences, drawing raiders, human and inhuman, across its borders. Terrifying portents abound and dark spirits walk the land in broad daylight.

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Paperback, 623 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by DAW Books (first published February 1st 1997)
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Morgan I don't know how to answer this except to say I ordered all 7 books (hardcover!) on They sell hardcovers for less than four dollars…moreI don't know how to answer this except to say I ordered all 7 books (hardcover!) on They sell hardcovers for less than four dollars each, which means you can get the whole series from them for dirt cheap. I recommend!!!! (Sorry for sounding like an ad.)(less)
Pamela Cole You asked this question a while ago, but maybe it will help others. There is very little foul language that i can think of in the series. There is…moreYou asked this question a while ago, but maybe it will help others. There is very little foul language that i can think of in the series. There is sex, including same-sex, but it's not graphic nor the central focus. Mostly the book is pretty clean, but if you're looking for 100% clean this wouldn't be it. Even Terry Brooks has sexual situations in his books now.

The series is based somewhat loosely upon Medieval Earth in an alternate universe, with that world's version of Catholicism/Christianity as a central theme. It's seasoned with a fair amount of magic and magical creatures as well.(less)

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Mayim de Vries
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Be bound, as I am, by the fate others have determined for you. That way you’ll remain safe.”

A book that combines Guy Gavriel Kay’s writing finesse with Jacqueline Carey’s opulent world building. And I bet you have not heard about it before. Your bad.

OK. Maybe you are not a seasoned fantasy reader and the names I mentioned do not ring a bell. Additionally, you are quite partial to dragons (welcome, welcome, here is your complimentary Who Cares About Dragons Society membership card) and the hide
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of history and epic fantasy
Shelves: favorites
I'm usually much too lazy to give reviews, but I felt obliged to write one for this series because I believe Elliott's writing is somewhat under-appreciated. Among the plethora of epic fantasy series that came out over the last 30 years, the Crown of Stars is relatively unknown, so I wanted to make it easier for people to decide whether to start on this 7-book series or not with no spoilers attached.

Language style: I guess it's comparable to George RR Martin's ASOIAF, not as intricate as that o
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I'm loving this!! The second one is even better so far!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺💕🦄
I really loved this book. It was one of those rare ones that I took my time to savor without thinking about what I was going to be reading next. As with many books that I've loved, it's hard to explain why. I really just love Kate Elliott's writing. Her world is so vivid and real, with a deep sense of history and of hidden things that will be revealed. At the same time, she also makes me care about and fear for the characters so effortlessly, and because of the characters, the world feels very i ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, garbage-shelf
I'm giving up @ 64%. I'm trying to find something to like but it's so boring. I think the only reason i held on this long is because i own three of the other books in the series. Too many characters and lordly titles and way too much silly sounding religious BS! Not for me.
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I plan to write a fuller review after reading more of the series, but really enjoyed this. As a kid I read the first couple of books in this series, and now I suspect the reason I didn’t finish is that Elliott’s adult novels are geared toward adult tastes and interests, more so than most popular fantasy, which tends to be heavy on the adolescent wish-fulfillment, action/adventure and romance. Not to say that there aren’t elements of that here, but this probably isn’t the fantasy to buy for your ...more
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
No spoilers here.
After reading this first book of a seven book series, I must say that I wonder why it doesn't come up on more lists of finished fantasy series, perhaps for the lack of readers. Thinking it may be the covers, which do not work at all compared to the story itself. This story takes place in a medieval setting where magic looms about, and has a gritty feeling to it. The book is written in two points of view, and later on third point of view is inserted.
You do have the typical youn
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, buddy-read
This book was a pleasant surprise. I had never heard of this series before and have never read anything by this author. If not for the mention of it on my updates feed by GR friend Mayim (see review), I likely would’ve remained unaware of this little gem.

Told in third person, it mostly follows the experiences of two main protagonists, Alain and Liath. Both are sixteen at the start of the book but if you’re worried that this is another YA book, don’t be. Take it from someone who mostly avoids th
Dec 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Finished this in a day! The whole series of The Crown of Starts was a gift from my boyfriend, and I was eager to start in on this. There is so much going on already in this book. It seems a typical fantasy at first, lost elvish nations, scary lizard-ish bad guys, a brother and sister fighting for the thrown, and a couple of kids caught up in the middle. Mostly, I'm intrigued by the religion Elliot creates in it. Clearly, there is a lot of traditional, Medieval basis in it. Fathers and "biscops" ...more
Apr 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2008
I had a really, really hard time getting into this book. I probably would have neither started nor finished it if it weren't a book of the month for a reading group I belong to. I just hate getting into multi-volume (7) epic fantasies. This one took about 200 pages (out of 600+) to get interesting. I was never able to pinpoint quite why it was so hard to get into. For the record, I'm going to list some positives and negatives of this book.

On the positive side:

1. There aren't too many central cha
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 rated it liked it
The Crown of Stars series is well-thought out and obviously well-planned. It's epic in scope and it's got a lot of texture. There are many complex characters who we follow in parallel, as in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. Some of them are very likable, and there are some really excellent villains (e.g., Hugh). Ms. Elliott's creatures are imaginative and enjoyable, and I especially liked the way they interact with the humans. Ms. Elliott uses a lot of description and therefore her plot moves very ...more
May 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy, war
For what started out as a fairly standard entrence into an epic fantasy series, I was quickly surprised.

Elliott spends a lot of time world building and the result is impressive. This book is thick with history, politics and religion which has been a negative to several reviewers I have read online. In my opinion, I enjoyed reading the history, politics and the religion because it made the world so much more vivid and set the foundation for an incredibly complex, realistic series. It really help
Dec 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Kate Elliott's "Crown of Stars" series -- 5,200 pages or so, through seven volumes -- sure is a monster, but it's worth the undertaking. Really, I'd call this one of the most underrated fantasy series ever. Don't be deceived by the generally weak cover art for all these volumes. Elliott's writing, too, is more than it seems at first glance. She writes very, very well. It's sneaks-up-on-you prose, but after you read quite a bit you realize she's very talented.

I won't even begin to try to provide
Jul 16, 2007 marked it as to-read
I want to read this because of what Orson Scott Card said about it:

"Kate Elliott joins my very small pantheon of great living fantasy writers.

"[She is] one of the best world creators in fantasy literature.

"[The readers] are so fully immersed in this world, and its details are created so convincingly and richly, that it's a pleasure to simply live there with these characters.

"[It has] the most wonderfully frustrating villain you have ever experienced in literature. If Dickens had read these books
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Leading up to our wedding, Bethany and I both blazed through Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars series as fast as we could We both adored it. At long last, after five years, I'm returning to it. Prior to this, neither of us had been voracious readers of speculative fiction. So, my reread is for two purposes: 1. Refresh the great characters in my mind; and 2. See if it holds up. The first volume definitely did. King's Dragon shifts the narrative perspective frequently, relying on the observations of a ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Sep 01, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
written a month ago). I do not even know where to begin. I was so booored, but read on, skimmed, and read on. I came to the conclusion that "swears some" I will read this book. I got it, I will read it, not put it back on that darn TBR pile. So I read it, half way through I read reviews for book 7 so I could see what would happen.

It was the characters, I should have felt for Liath's plight. But I just did not. She felt whiny. I should have liked Alain but he was a wooden figure. The Eika prince
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, 2015
Goodreads keeps crashing on me, this is my 89678 attempt to post this review, but here we go again.

This, I think, is the only Kate Elliott series that has been translated into Polish (I might be wrong about some of her early sf, but her later - and to me, the most interesting - novels are sadly unavailable). In fact, I distinctly remember seeing them in bookshops, and on occasion, in a private fee-for-book library, and thinking - this looks just like what I'm not into, fantasy-wise. There were k
I wonder if I'll like this book better when if I read the others. Because there are a lot of lose ends left untied.

There is a story A and a story B, and at times a little A.1 and B.1 as minor characters go off and have noteworthy adventures without the main characters. I expected Story A & B would ultimately converge and am left wondering if they will?

At the beginning of the book, it tended towards a bit of melodramatic use of metaphors, but further into the book it settles down into an easi
Shaitarn .
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
5 stars.

I loved this book. I loved everything about it. It’s very much epic fantasy, so if that’s not your bag than you are not going to like this book at all.

Maybe I’ll write a full review in the future, but don’t hold your breath.
Aug 03, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is really engaging high fantasy. Lots of characterization and world building from the very start. No infodumps. Just good, solid fantasy, complete with doomed loves and huge batttles.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading two of Kate Elliott’s Crossroads books, and then going onto reading Traitor’s Gate, I thought I would have a look at this series at the same time. I have to say I really liked the first novel. Such a shame I could not get a physical copy but I was happy enough with an ebook.

The Crown of Stars series was I think based on a medieval Europe, making it a nice contrast to her Crossroads series, which has a more Asian feel to it. In some ways this was a historical fiction and fantasy hyb
Lasairfiona Smith
May 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: iown
It's okay. This is your basic sprawling fantasy story that happens to be set in a world where there is some war and some invasion but without the single hero that kills everything and wins the lady. No, things are a tad more complicated than that. However, this story does fall to some of the most obnoxious clichés found in fantasy - specifically the love at first site between people that shouldn't have anything to do with each other. Oh, and the death of a family member causes heroine to be sold ...more
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read these a while ago and was one of best sets I read so far, so anticipating all the way through all 7 books omg such good set I wished they never end, one of those where you finish and think "NOW WHAT?! :("
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5. Slow start; enjoyable but predictable read. I will most likely continue with the series.
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
I saw Kate talking about this series on Twitter and had to add it to my TBR, it sounds fascinating.
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it


...and of course to any one who would care to read this lmao

This book was recommended by my wife two years ago. According to her, it is one of the best series she ever read. I read the gist of it, put it in my to-read-list, and then forgot about it. It took me two years to finally give the book a chance. It was nominated for the Nebula Award, and being an avid book reader, that simple advertisement alone made me have high hopes
Oct 02, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Ages ago, I started reading Kate Elliot's Crown of Stars series, but lost track of just which book I had gotten up to, and so kept putting the rest of the series off. I've just started rereading the books to remind myself of what happened.

The general setup of the world is based on actual early medieval history, say around AD 900. The kingdoms of Wendar and Varre (where the bulk of the series takes place) obviously occupy what would be Germany, the Eika (savage non-humans with tough metallic-look
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I should probably finish other Epic fantasy series I'm reading before starting another, but at least this one actually does have an ending already published, so some hope!

The King's Dragon follows several characters; A young man who has grown up knowing he is promised to the Church but yearns for other things, a young woman who has followed her magician father all over the world, always one step ahead of some mysterious thing chasing them, a deacon whose has devoted her life to writing a history
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I was so disappointed in these books, because they could have been so good. The plots were fascinating and multi-layered, the characters were complex, I was truly invested in the outcome of a number of different plot threads -- but I couldn't make it through the series. One of the reasons I like YA fantasy a lot is that the authors pare down the unnecessary parts. Not so in this series. I just couldn't handle the pages-long summaries of the history of the country, or of their religion, or lineag ...more
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As a child in rural Oregon, Kate Elliott made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction, often with a romantic edge. It should therefore come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight.

When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely

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“I am like you, Bloodheart,” he said, his voice hoarse; but his voice always was hoarse now, for he had survived worse injuries than these. The iron collar, and his chains, weighed heavily on his neck. “My heart rests not within me but with another, and she is far away from here. That is why you will never defeat me.” 0 likes
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