In the Service of Dragons

In the Service of Dragons

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by Robert Stanek, Karl Fehr
     
 

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Readers everywhere are discovering the works of Robert Stanek. Robert's books are published in over 20 countries around the world and beginning in 2005 the first of many translations will be published. In the Service of Dragons is the continuation of Robert Stanek's multilayered epic fantasy adventure for young adults begun with The Kingdoms and the Elves of the

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Readers everywhere are discovering the works of Robert Stanek. Robert's books are published in over 20 countries around the world and beginning in 2005 the first of many translations will be published. In the Service of Dragons is the continuation of Robert Stanek's multilayered epic fantasy adventure for young adults begun with The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches and continued through The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches 2, 3, and 4. In his acclaimed The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches books, he introduced us to the story of Ruin Mist, an extraordinary world of magic, adventure and intrigue. Now in the eagerly awaited follow-up, he once again proves himself a wonderful storyteller with a gift for fast pacing and believable storylines. Already hailed as a classic, Robert Stanek's powerful series has been enjoyed by readers all over the world. The Elves of the Reaches returned from exile, bringing grave news. War came to the Kingdoms. Many perished in the turmoil and unrest. An attempt was made to kidnap a princess and assassinate a king. Now, from the ancient past a dark power returns. "The Fourth Wind blows across the mountain tops," they say. And the Twelve Clans emerge from myth and memory. As prophecy becomes reality, the factions struggle for control, only to further divide the lands. Some would say that King Andrew Alder foolishly agreed to support the Elves of the Reaches, sending men to aid their cause when the causes of all Men in all lands were being put to the test of steel. And in the North, men back their words with action. Against a backdrop of treachery and intrigue, murder and mayhem, the price of freedom is high. Many will pay with their lives. Manywill succumb to imprisonment and enslavement. For when alliances shatter, old hatreds rise anew and the plotting and scheming begin. Bold, inventive, brilliantly imagined, In the Service of Dragons is a novel of magic and wonder-a tale of pure excitement you will not soon forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605145860
Publisher:
Reagent Press
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Product dimensions:
4.86(w) x 7.76(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

In spring 2002, Robert Stanek's first books, Keeper Martin's Tale and Elf Queen's Quest, appeared on bookshelves and become instant bestsellers, spending a combined 26 weeks on the Amazon.com Sci-Fi/Fantasy Top 50 list. These stories introduced readers to the fantasy world of Ruin Mist. The name "Ruin Mist" is the common language translation of an elvish word, which means "the lost ages". The stories of Ruin Mist are set in a fictional past of our world.

The popularity of the Ruin Mist books built up through the release of the subsequent books. Readers were taken with the magical realms, the grand adventures, and the combination of classic fantasy elements with a fresh, highly imaginative approach. In spring 2005, Robert Stanek's books were first published in audio and became instant audio bestsellers, spending more than 52 weeks on Audible.com's bestseller lists. In 2005, his book, The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches, eventually became one of the Top 100 all-time fiction bestsellers on Audible.com. The book was so popular, it was featured on the Audible.com home page throughout July and August 2005.

It's been a fairly open secret that Robert Stanek is the name of the more familiar bestselling author William Stanek. The main reason for using Robert Stanek for fiction and William Stanek for nonfiction was the astounding pace at which William Stanek produces books. With nearly 50 published books to his credit by 2002, he had many upcoming books waiting to be released by his current publishers, and was creating more and more fiction as a creative outlet to balance his work in nonfiction.

"I wanted to find audiences for both my nonfiction and my fiction. I love writing nonfiction works that help people learn how to do new things, but I also love writing fiction works that open new doorways to the imagination," explains Mr. Stanek. "The Ruin Mist books have been a part of who I am since I started them in the 1980s and they allowed me to create a magical realm with many levels of reality. I was overjoyed that I finally could share the realm and the books with others."

The Ruin Mist books have afforded Mr. Stanek an opportunity to explore relationships, family stories, epic sagas, myths, legends, and more. His books have been popular with fans both young and old.

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In the Service of Dragons 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
SENIORFANTASYMIND More than 1 year ago
SHORT BOOKS IN SERIES. LOTS OF USELESS JUNK AT END OF BOOKS. STORY LINE GOOD
KenMKM More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, until about a month ago I had no idea who Valam Alder, Vilmos Tabborrath, and Emel Brodst were. There was finally a point when I had heard their names referenced so many times when I had to know what I was missing. My friends steered me to Stanek's first book The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches. I read it in a day, in a single sitting, through a long snowstorm. I read the second one the next day, the third one the next and by friday i was on to the fourth. I've never been a big reader but then I'd never found books I loved so much as these. One thing is clear. Stanek sure knows how to write. These are extremely quick reads and they kept me interested the entire time. I can't wait to start the second dragons book.
StarGazer16 More than 1 year ago
Just a warning here, these books are like potato chips, it's very difficult to read only one... and then you find yourself walking around longing to reread the part where Vilmos plays Edward in King's Mate or wanting to go into the dragon tower just one more time.

I bought this book last Christmas and found the story to be fascinating. As soon as I finished, I found myself reading the next book and then another. After that I was ready for the fourth and final book. (I also recommend the Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches books as the place to get stated.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a pleasure to read. A very well-written story with an intricate plot and believable characters. Get this with volume 2 and have a relaxing reading experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Service of Dragons was really good! i loved it. i couldn't put it down. it was a holiday and i didn't have much to do, so i finished it in two days! the plot was really interesting because it was always changing. i loved the elves their concept about nature was fantastic! how every creature was significant in it's own way even though we may not be able to relate to it. anyways, a fantastic book, i definitely recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Service of Dragons was a great book it includes a lot of secrets and will have you screaming for more! both The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches and In the Service of Dragons were great series i cant wait till the third series comes out
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was awesome. If you are ever bored, pick up this book, and start reading. Usually when I read books, I read in only a few pages at a time. But when I picked up this one, it was different. When I started to read the book, I couldn't stop! It is action packed, and has so many adventures. Plus, it is suspenseful! I highly recomend this book to EVERYONE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now whenever I read a book and find myself getting totally connected to the main character that's when I know I am reading a good one. I must applaud the creator for not overdeveloping the main character and so it seamlessly blends into the rest of the story. I go crazy when I read awesome books so right now I am doing my best to restrain my enthusiasm.  Anyone searching for a solid book to read then this surely it.
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KingdomsElvesReachesFan More than 1 year ago
Excellent. . . most original Fantasy I've read in years. Thank you Mr. Stanek and will catch up on the related books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest book next to the harry potter series you will find hours of enjoyment with this book i reccommend it with a whole heartedness, truly get this book u will not regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say 'In the Service of Dragons' are some of the great fantasy books. Robert Stanek provides such vivid descriptions to give the reader a 'real life' feeling to the book. The suspense is almost unbearable if you have to put the books down. GREAT FOR ALL AGES!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Service of Dragons is just one of those books that makes it hard to put it down after the first page! I was immediately entranced by the book. Though it reminded me of Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings, it had so many unique twists of it own. I recomend this book to anyone who likes books that keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much I could hardly put it down! SERVICE OF DRAGONS is full of exciting danger at every turn. Robert Stanek is a masterful storyteller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Service of Dragons is definitely a must read. If you like fantasy at all, you have to try Robert Stanek's book. The plot is awesome, and the many twists and turns are breath taking. The wizards, dragons and magic will amaze you, and the characters will stun you. Once you pick it up, it is hard to stop reading it. In the story, I think that Amir, Valam, Ansh, and Seth are some of the most heroic characters ever. They didn¿t have to do all that they did. They didn¿t have to risk their lives for others, but they did. They prove that anyone can do so much if they only try. They show strength, courage, integrity, and determination. If you like fantasy and adventure, you will love this book, too. It is so amazing. Robert Stanek¿s creative language makes his book even better. He uses many similes and much more creative language in his book. I think that In the Service of Dragons is so original, and everyone should read it. I know that I will definitely read it many more times. So, if you ever want to read a great, amazing book, try In the Service of Dragons by Robert Stanek.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot say enough good words about In the Service of Dragons. Dragons is a page-turner from beginning to end. The author paints a vivid tale of magic, dragons, friendship, loyalty, sacrifice, villians, and an epic quest for justice. Dragons, 5 stars plus!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is the first book in the sequel series to The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches. This book brings back all the great, realistic characters, lush details, and great scenes. His writing is magnificent and his details imbed themselves into your mind and lets it show you the world. The characters are so real and they always sound like themselves, and evolve throughout the series. This series is a great read for all ages and genders, but to get the full impact of the novels its best to read all of the Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches books but you don't necessarily have to.