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At the Queen's Command
     

At the Queen's Command

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by Michael Stakpole
 

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The colonies of Mistria are in turmoil. They face wars between the competing empires and and insurrection from natives and colonists alike. Prince Vladamier is a Norillian noble, and Nephew to King Richard. He has little political power, but struggles to ensure the colonists interests are represented back in the court. The one thing he does have is a wurm... one of

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The colonies of Mistria are in turmoil. They face wars between the competing empires and and insurrection from natives and colonists alike. Prince Vladamier is a Norillian noble, and Nephew to King Richard. He has little political power, but struggles to ensure the colonists interests are represented back in the court. The one thing he does have is a wurm... one of the few existing "dragons" from a clutch of eggs discovered in the old world, hundreds of years ago. As Mistria swirl into chaos, Vlad is married off to an old world princess. This new alliance is supposed to help supply money and mercenaries to put down the various insurrections. But, nobody suspects that Vlad's wurm is about to undergo a change that will impact the worlds delicate political balance...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tacking magic onto a colonial New World called Mystria, bestseller Stackpole (I, Jedi) spins a sprawling tale of a French and Zombie War in which colonists, Norillian redcoats, and native warriors must work together to defeat a necromantic Jacobin from Tharyngia. Capt. Owen Strake of the Queen's Own Wurms is given the assignment to map out the frontier in anticipation of a continental war moving to the colonies. Assisting him are local scout Nathaniel Woods and his sworn brother, Kamiskwa, prince of the native Altashee. Escaping captivity and torture, Strake maneuvers amid political intrigues and arrogant military commanders to help the colonists shed their reputation for cowardice and stop the villainous Guy du Malphias and his undead soldiers. Stackpole captures the grandeur and danger of the New World, an effort undermined only by some frontier stereotypes. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Captain Owen Strake, a Redcoat of the Queen's Own Wurms, travels aboard ship to the Crown Colonies of Mystria. Strake is on a royal mission to explore and collect information on the New World as well as on the colonies of the rival nation of Tharyngia. As turmoil in Aurope is echoed in the colonies of Norisle and Tharyngia, Strake and Prince Vladimir, the Colonial Governor-General, become enmeshed in the politics and rivalries of colonial life. The prolific Stackpole ("Age of Discovery" trilogy; "Dragon Crown War Cycle" series) launches a new series that reimagines the events leading up to the American Revolutionary War. Like Harry Turtledove's "World at War" series, which presents an alternate version of World War II, Stackpole creates a fantasy version of 18th-century Europe and the New World, peopled with realistic characters and filled with action and intrigue. VERDICT In addition to the author's fans, readers of alternate history and the novels of Harry Turtledove should enjoy this well-researched series opener.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597802772
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Series:
The Crown Colonies
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
398
Sales rank:
197,483
File size:
737 KB

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Meet the Author

Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning novelist, graphic novelist, podcaster, screenwriter, game designer, computer game designer, and editor who is best known for his New York Times bestselling novels, Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi. Since 1988, he’s published more than forty novels and was the first author to have work available in Apple’s Appstore. He’s the driving force behind the Chain Story Project (chainstory.stormwolf.com). He lives in Arizona, and enjoys indoor soccer and swing dancing during his spare time. To learn more about Mike and to find other stories about the characters of the Crown Colonies, please visit his website at www.stormwolf.com. You can also find him in Second Life, where he holds weekly chats about writing and publishing issues (and where an earlier version of this novel was read aloud to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life).

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At the Queen's Command 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
wiccanwarrior81 More than 1 year ago
great book, Michael Stackpole is a master storyteller.
CraigInMaumee More than 1 year ago
AT THE QUEEN'S COMMAND by Michael A. Stackpole This book is an entertaining read. CC Finlay, author of THE PATRIOT WITCH, wrote "Imagine THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS written by Robert E Howard, with brimstone and muskets, undead and dragons, empire and wilderness." Finlay defines the AT THE QUEEN'S COMMAND well. If you are a fan of historical fiction and fantasy, you will love this book. I did. It's an excellent combination of fantasy, characters, and a storyline closely resembling America's pre-Revolution's history. The characters come off real. The plot makes sense and keeps you engaged. The villain is classic. My only disappointment was the villain's treatment at the end; frustrating. Another enjoyment of the book was the close resemblance of the story to actual history. Different in many ways, yet sometimes I kept wondering if this story was set in America's past. I really enjoyed this book It's a good start for a series and hope to read more in the future.
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NC-Lady_49 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Think the French & Indian War meets the French Revolution meets the American Revolution, with a touch of Last of the Mohicans thrown in for good measure.The characters are compelling, as is the plot, although it left me wondering about the fates of several of the characters. Guess I will have to read the second book in the Crown Colonies to see if any of their fates are resolved.
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