King's Dragon

King's Dragon

by Kate Elliott


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Set in an alternate Europe where bloody conflicts rage, the first book of the Crown of Stars epic fantasy series chronicles a world-shaking conflict for the survival of humanity

It begins with civil war....

For though King Henry still holds the crown of Wendar, his reign has long been contested by his sister Sabella. There are many eager to flock to her banner, and there are ways to make even the most unwilling lord into a weapon pointed at the heart of Henry’s realm.

Torn by internal strife, Wendar also faces deadly raids from the north by an inhuman race, the Eika. And now terrifying portents are being seen; old ruins restored to life under the light of the full moon and peopled by the long-vanished Lost Ones; dark spirits walking the land in broad daylight.
And suddenly two innocents are about to be thrust into the middle of the conflict.

Liath, who has spent her early years fleeing from unknown enemies, is a young woman with the power to change the course of history if she can only learn to master her fear and seize what is rightfully hers.

While Alain, a young man who may find his future in a vision granted by the Lady of Battles, must first unravel the mystery of who he is—whether the bastard son of a noble father, the half-breed child of an elfin lord, the unwanted get of a whore, or the heir to a proud and ancient lineage. For only when he discovers the truth can he accept the destiny for which he was born.

Liath and Alain, each trapped in a personal struggle for survival, both helplessly being drawn into a far greater battle, a war in which sorcery not swords will determine the final outcome, and the land itself may be irrevocably reshaped by the forces unleashed....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756414139
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: Crown of Stars Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 520,816
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 8.01(h) x 1.65(d)

About the Author

Kate Elliott’s credits include the Nebula finalist novel, King’s Dragon, its sequels, Prince of Dogs, The Burning Stone, Child of Flame, and The Gathering Storm; her groundbreaking DAW science fiction series, The Novels of JaranJaran, An Earthly Crown, His Conquering Sword, and The Law of Becoming; and her magnificent fantasy collaboration with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson, The Golden Key. She now lives in Hawaii with her husband, three children, and a dog. She can be found at

Table of Contents

Part 1The Motherless Child
IA Storm from the Sea25
IIThe Book of Secrets49
IIIShadows from the Past78
IVThe Treasure-House115
VThe Inner Heart162
VIThe City of Memory216
Part 2The Deeds of the Great Princes
VIIIOn The King's Progress279
IXThe Dragons295
XThe Sin of Pride345
XIA Mouse's Hunger386
XIIIThe Shadow of the Guivre511
XIVThe Promise of Power557

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King's Dragon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am a constant reader and i needed a good long book that would at least last me a few days... ive always been a fantasy junkie so i found the title 'King's Dragon' and decided it might be what i was looking for! especially since its a series! the first part of the book was a little bit dull (well... compared to the last part) so i had a little trouble getting into it... but by the time i was half way through i was engrossed! the plot twist at the end was fantastic! yay! i definantly recommend this book and i cant wait to go get the next one (tomorrow)i am off to go read this one again! or at least choice parts of it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am currently reading the King's Dragon, and I must say, this is most likely the best novel I have ever read! The plot is brilliant, and the characters stay true to their realistic personalities. I love the way Kate Elliot described how Alain was not very skilled in combat, and is suddenly thrust into an ancient battle. And Liath's story was very agonizing, yet beautiful. The whole Crown of Stars Series is a force to be reckoned with. This book was seriously amazing, and the whole plot includes sadness,anger,fear,danger, political intrigue, and war concepts. I highly reccomend the King's Dragon.
SlySionnach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book brought me back to my fantasy roots. As I was reading it, I realized just how much I missed series and following multiple points of view, traveling around the world, and seeing the intricate world that authors create.I didn't need the female-slanted version of Christianity being pushed on me on nearly every page, but I could look around that for the story.We follow a few main POVs:Alain - an orphan sent to become a member of the religious order. His life takes an unexpected turn and he goes from the teenager who doesn't want to spend the rest of his life in a monastery to one who has the chance to travel and change the world.Liath - the daughter of a man named Bernard, her life is consisted of running and hiding until she manages to fall in with the right group of people, after almost losing everything.Rosvita - a scholar who works under the King, becoming one of his close personal advisers without any sort of fancy title. Through her, we get glimpses into the castle.We also follow Sanglant, the Prince, and Hanna, Liath's dear friend.The novel itself is a fantastic start to a series that I have a good feeling I'm going to enjoy. I have all six other books already, so it's just going to take time to get through them all. Definitely a good read if you want to pick up a completed sword and sorcery series!
Tilinka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I generally enjoyed this book. The setting is interesting in it's parallels and divergences. It was perhaps surprisingly straightforward compared to other epic fantasies I've read. I am undecided as to whether or not I like that. The series may grow boring if it stays as predictable as this book was, but I will reserve judgement until I've read more of it. The climax and denouement in particular were quite satisfying. (Yes, yes. Giggle if you must.)
willowcove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great series. My only complaint is the ending of the final book. It just seemed that 7 books worth of plot and intrigue came to a very abrupt halt. I still highly recommend the series.
flemmily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm loving the Jaran series but was not as impressed by the start to this series.I'm anti dream sequence, which is part of my frustration.But mostly it just feels like this book is all description. I find how the characters interact with their religion pretty interesting, but I can't stand the endless sermons, poetry, etc that grace every other page.
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allychan More than 1 year ago
A meaty book, good for a long vacation or traveling. Centers around 2 main characters, Liath and Alain, in the imagined countries of Wendar and Varre. Centers around magic and a king struggling to keep his throne away from his power-hungry sister.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
the book has a good plot begging in this book. Yet i think that it has too many Characters in the book. I doesnt seem to grasp my attention as much as other books do. Still it has a Beautiful setting where sorcercy is forbbiden and young unborn heros set out in their life turning adventures. The hidden secrets are so cleverly written that you dont notice it until a certin clue slips out. The books following this are equally great (:
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series and this book was and is probably the best I have ever read. The story comes alive in the writing so that it is no longer a story that is being read, but rather, a story being lived.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great, i didn't think that it would get my attention but after the first page i couldn't put it down. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.