The Dark Citadel [NOOK Book]

Overview

A slave boy named Darik falls in with a pair of spies as the great city of Balsalom comes under siege by the armies of a dark wizard. They flee west to enlist the aid of griffin riders, an order of wizards, and a band of ascetic knights to come to the city's defense.

Meanwhile, a young queen named Kallia leads a heroic struggle to keep both her city and body free from the dark wizard's cruel embrace. After a treacherous attack opens Balsalom to the armies of the enemy, Kallia ...

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The Dark Citadel

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Overview

A slave boy named Darik falls in with a pair of spies as the great city of Balsalom comes under siege by the armies of a dark wizard. They flee west to enlist the aid of griffin riders, an order of wizards, and a band of ascetic knights to come to the city's defense.

Meanwhile, a young queen named Kallia leads a heroic struggle to keep both her city and body free from the dark wizard's cruel embrace. After a treacherous attack opens Balsalom to the armies of the enemy, Kallia assembles an unlikely alliance of palace servants, barbarians, and jealous merchants to retake her city before its people are led away in chains.

The Story continues in Book #2: The Free Kingdoms.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045311021
  • Publisher: Michael Wallace
  • Publication date: 9/29/2013
  • Series: Dark Citadel , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,223
  • File size: 420 KB

Meet the Author

I've trekked across the Sahara on a camel, ridden an elephant through a tiger preserve in Southeast Asia, eaten fried guinea pig, and been licked on the head by a skunk. In a previous stage of life I programmed nuclear war simulations, smuggled refugees out of a war zone, and milked cobras for their venom. I speak Spanish and French and grew up in a religious community in the desert.I hope you enjoy my books as much as I've enjoyed my crazy life.
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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Disappointing. This is the best I can say about this book. The f

    Disappointing. This is the best I can say about this book. The first 71 pages are slow, this is 1/3 of the book. When the battles start the book picks up, but then stalls out whenever there is not a battle happening.

    The prologue of the book reads like a synopsis of a prequel, but it seemed to detract from the story. Royal titles of characters, pasha, khalif, etc., are used in the prologue and then again in the beginning of the book, but the titles are now referring to entirely different characters. This caused me some confusion in the first 3 chapters of the book. The prologue was also entirely unnecessary. The relevant info gleaned from it could have just as easily been introduced in the text of the book in a few paragraphs versus 6 mind numbing pages.The main conflict of the book is easily identifiable, yet the characters are so underdeveloped that we do not feel, or in some cases even see, the motivating factors of the main characters. And then the resolution of the book. There isn't any. The main conflict of the book is still present and now some other smaller sides stories are also left completely hanging in unwritten space. Since the book is only 189 pages it might have been better to combine the sequel with this book; at least then maybe some of the smaller side stories would be more developed. I don't know, as I will absolutely not be purchasing the next book.

    As for suitability for young teens. The antagonist of the story is sadistic, and while we are not walked step by step through the brutality, rape, more violence toward a woman, the beginnings of a sexual tryst and torture they are all referenced in the novel. I think the book is a waste of time and would not offer it to my children.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    My kids liked it.

    My kids liked it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

    Is this book okay for 13 year olds? Thanks (Sorry, I had to rate

    Is this book okay for 13 year olds? Thanks (Sorry, I had to rate the book before reading it in order to ask my questions).

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Very good

    Very good read. Fresh ideas and story line. Looking forward to book 2 and more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Pretty good not great

    Good story but due to the violence and forced sex (not graphic but easily understood) not for early teens or younger. 3.5 - 4 stars

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Enjoyed it

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    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Good book

    You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Good read

    I liked it. I got the second book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Great read.

    Great read.!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    TOWER OF GRIM

    MYTHICAL CRETURES TALK TO ME

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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