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Dragon Stones: Book One of the Dragon Stone Saga [NOOK Book]

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From Goodreads: Fantasy is my thing, so I was pleased when I got the chance to review Dragon Stones. This book? Well, I don’t know what to say, I really don’t. I don’t want to say fantastic or awesome, the words don’t have enough meaning. From the start Kristian Alva emerges us into her world. She doesn’t info dump or expect us to pick everything up at once. We start simply, with some people slaying dragons in the intro. Then we leave this scene to our main character, a 15 year old named Elias and his ...
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Dragon Stones: Book One of the Dragon Stone Saga

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Overview

From Goodreads: Fantasy is my thing, so I was pleased when I got the chance to review Dragon Stones. This book? Well, I don’t know what to say, I really don’t. I don’t want to say fantastic or awesome, the words don’t have enough meaning. From the start Kristian Alva emerges us into her world. She doesn’t info dump or expect us to pick everything up at once. We start simply, with some people slaying dragons in the intro. Then we leave this scene to our main character, a 15 year old named Elias and his grandmother. Quaint, some description, quite comfortable. I would say I thought it would be something like a modern Lord of the Rings book.

It’s more than Lord of the Rings, this has a lot of that special zing I loved from Harry Potter in it. After Elias finds a Dragon Stone, some history is revealed through his grandmother to him. He doesn’t heed her advice, and terrible things occur which start the adventure the reader awaits. We also start to switch off to the King Mitca and his Dragon Riders, to see what’s going on on the other side of the coin.

And then it ended.

This book made me cry and ‘feel’ in a good way. I haven’t felt such an old fashioned tug from a book in a long time like this one had on me. This gets a solid 5 from me! ~Melanie Ray's Reviews, Goodreads

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DESCRIPTION: Sequestered deep in the capital, the tyrannical Emperor Vosper weaves a plan to destroy all the dragons. He succeeds in driving them to the very brink of extinction. Only a handful of dragons and riders remain; living in exile in the desert.

When young Elias Dorgumir finds a carved dragon stone in the forest, it brings empire soldiers to his doorstep, and puts Elias on the run with a bounty on his head.

Is Elias strong enough to halt the evil that is spreading across the land?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013610170
  • Publisher: Defiant Press Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: Dragon Stones Saga , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 125,511
  • File size: 762 KB

Meet the Author

Kristian Alva was born into a family of writers and teachers. She worked as a staff writer and a ghostwriter before publishing her own manuscripts. She currently lives in the United States with her husband and son. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading all genres, especially epic fantasy.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Wonderful adventure from start to finish!

    Mommy Bookworm's Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this book right from the get-go all the way through to the end. Like Dahlia states below, I don't really like having to wait for the next book to come out, but I guess that's the life of getting sucked into a series!! I tend to stay away from many series type books, but I truly enjoyed Dragon Stones and I look forward to the other books in the series! The descriptions of the dragons and characters in the book are very good and believable! My daughters and I read this together on our Nook Color and took turns reading each time. They were able to increase their vocabulary and we had fun reading it. We laughed and cried along the way and were shocked at some of the things revealed in the story. It was a great page-turner, full of dragons, dwarfs, humans, dragon riders, sprites, evil necromancers, close calls, magic and mystery with every chapter!

    The information received from the publisher has this classified as Young Adult/Fantasy. However, I believe that children ages 8+ would truly enjoy the story. Daisy is 7 years old and she did sometimes get distracted as we were reading aloud, but she still enjoyed the parts she did listen to and pay attention to along the journey. Teenagers could definitely read the book on their own and enjoy it - if they enjoy dragons and magic!

    Dahlia Bookworm's Thoughts (11 years old): I like how the book caught my attention right from the Prologue and kept my attention through the whole book. I like how the map is in the front of the book so we could look at the map when it mentions different places in the book. I do not like that there is a cliffhanger and I have to wait a while before the next book comes out. I like how they had troubles in each place they went and still got away. I like the dragons and characters in the book. I can read it mostly on my own with a little help with some words and names. I would recommend it to kids of all ages and grown-ups too, especially those who like dragon stories.

    Daisy Bookworm's Thoughts (7 years old): I like how there were dragons in the book. I like the adventures they went on. I like some of the surprises in the story. I don't like how I have to wait for the next book to find out what happens. I think the names in the book are funny. I got to learn some new words because we took turns reading the book. I would recommend it to other kids too because it is a fun story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Great YA fantasy!

    Dragon Stones had me hooked from the first chapter. I love reading books about wizards, magical creatures, and anything else magical so it's no surprise that I enjoyed this book. I liked Elias from the moment I met him and how he was so brave and didn't complain about having to runaway with the rare and dangerous Dragon Stone. I also really liked the dwarf who's helping him, Thorin. He always knows what to do and his personality is just so likable. This book kind of reminded me of Eragon, with the whole dying Dragon Race and the fight of evil vs. good. I felt like Dragon Stones was just the opening book, like there wasn't really a whole lot of things going on but it was necessary to build up to the next book. It was never boring, but it was just too short and I wished that it went on a little bit longer. The ending was a great twist and cliffhanger, so I really can't wait for the next book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    I can hardly wait for the spin off to come out in 2013!!

    Very entertaining! Had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. Definitely a fantasy story but with a moral. Once I read the first book, I had to read the other two. When I finished the third book, I was disappointed that I didn't have more to read! That's when I saw that the author is writing a spin off on this story to be published in 2013. It can't be soon enough!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Dragon

    Ok for you, /\/\&kappa$†!(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Eragon is better

    I dunno... complete copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    "!!!!!!!!"

    Author is new to me ,enjoyed the storytelling ,on to the next book the return of the dragon riders

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Good story

    This book, and the whole series so far, has me torn. It truly is a good story, the author took many classic fantasy ideas (dragon riders, dwarves, evil emperor, etc.) and put her own flair to them. I truly enjoyed the book.

    However, there is one major flaw that if the story wasn't so good it would have made me put the book down after the first 3 chapters or so, let alone continue on to the next books. The writing style. The author uses dialogue do describe everything that is happening. One character will describe something to another character that both can see clearly. Instead of allowing the reader to truly see and imagine, the characters tell one another everything. "I'm exhausted, it was much more difficult with the horses" or something along those lines, whereas the author could have described it in such a way that truly brings it to life without having her character have to say it.

    So, because of the flaw, even though its an awesome story and I actually enjoyed the book a great deal, I can only give it three stars. When I read a book I don't want to fight to read it, I want it to make me not want to put it down.

    So even with all that being said, I would still definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good fantasy series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    Good book.

    I only read the sample, but I can tell it is a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    O

    I dont know because it wont let me read it

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    I was extremely excited when Defiant Press contacted me to revie

    I was extremely excited when Defiant Press contacted me to review this series. This type of science fiction and fantasy usually isn't given enough attention in the Young Adult world. I have been itching to read a good saga with adventure and mythical creatures.
    Overall I have given this series a solid four star rating and Kristian Alva definitely deserves it.
    As an author she has a great, imaginative writing style. Her writing is simplistic yet engaging. Any middle grade or young adult lover of sci fi and fantasy will enjoy reading this series.

    Dragon Stones was a definite strong start to the series. All though it was shorter than I would have liked, it set great groundwork for the next two books in the series. You are introduced to the inner workings of Durn slowly throughout the novel. The plot easily builds on itself and becomes increasingly more interesting as it progresses. Alva has created some memorable characters. Most importantly is the main character Elias. He is a endearing, brave and unabashed by anything that is thrown his way.
    I loved how there are several sides to the story going on at once. It allows you to gain a full understanding of the story without being overloaded with information and details all at the same time. The action is fast paced and full of surprises leading you straight into the second book of the saga.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Good book

    I liked this book. It is just over 300 pages. The writing is solid, the story line is interesting and flows at a nice pace. Liked it enough to get book #2. Recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Good book

    This is a good book bit it kind of prolonged. This is book about a boywho is to over throw a king with his dragon. But it takes untill the second book for it to mention his dragon and has yet to learn all of the abilities of being a magitian. All they do is say wo that is a talent you have but they do not apply it orreach him it. But all in all its a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Nope. Different Completely

    Its a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    I really just have a question! Is this book the same as the Era

    I really just have a question! Is this book the same as the Eragon series? It sounds like the same plot.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Anomous

    Amazing

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    Zoe's Book Reviews

    Dragon Stones is a wonderful book with great characters, my favorite character is Sela. It would be really cool to ride a dragon.

    In Dragon Stones a young boy named Elias and his grandmother live in a little town it the mountains when Elias is out getting some honeycomb he finds a strange stone. He shows it to his grandmother and she tells him to hide it. Then the imperials come, he must run.

    Kristian Alva wrote a wonderful book with lots of imagination. Anybody and everyone will love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Wonderful book

    I love stories like this. It is nice to read a well writen clean book. I cant wait to read more from this author.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

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    Very good book

    It was a very easy read i finished in three days could'nt set it down . I hope the new book is out real soon

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Good, Solid YA Fantasy

    I'm not usually one to gravitate toward the fantasy genre. Nor do I read much YA (Young Adult). But I seem to be reading a little of both as of late. Unlike other fantasy or YA books I've read, this one is heavy on both fronts. This is not fantasy light like "A Game of Thrones". There's magic and dragons and elves, oh my. It's got it all. And the writing and themes are more in line with what I would expect from a YA novel, unlike "The Hunger Games" or "The Book Thief". Simple writing, nothing fancy, easy for younger readers to grasp. And nothing too heavy in the way of violence or adult themes.

    All in all, Dragon Stones it is a good solid YA fantasy novel. You root for the good guys (Elias), and you root against the bad guys (Emperor Vosper - even though we don't officially meet him). There are some plot turns regarding Elias' lineage that will keep you interested. One gripe however: the book is quite short and ends abruptly. I know this is the first book in a forthcoming multi-book saga. I know there is more to come. Perhaps the first book could have been longer to better establish the plot and characters. And perhaps the first book could have ended after more had happened, for lack of a better word. It cuts off without anything all that significant occurring, which is good for future sales but leaves me feeling cheated on this book.

    That being said, I still liked it. It was engaging and, as far as my limited knowledge of YA fantasy goes, unique. Give it a read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

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