Audience: Young Adult Fantasy
The Balborite Curse is the fourth book in Kristian Alva's bestselling Dragon Stones Saga.
After five years of fragile peace, things are changing rapidly. The dwarf kingdom is crumbling into civil war in the midst of the worst clan schism in a thousand years. With the clans weakened by infighting, the entire dwarf kingdom is vulnerable to attack.
Tallin Arai, the dragon rider, must leave the desert and the city he loves when someone puts a bounty on his head. He suspects the Balborites-a fanatic cult that trains deadly mageborn assassins. He sets out on a journey to save the dwarves from civil war and stop the Balborite assassins once and for all.
Is Tallin strong enough to save them all?
About the Author
She currently lives in California with her husband and sons. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading all genres, especially epic fantasy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I did not read the first three books in this series. However I really liked this book. I am going to read the rest of the series as soon as I can, and I think more will be coming out. I play MTG, (Magic the card Game), and have for years. This book fits right in with Dwarves, and Dragons, and Earth spells. The Dwarf "war" was an interesting read because the author took me all over the land to learn about the different factions and I felt like I was a part of the strategy of saving the dragons. I also really liked when Tallin met his aunt. She had me laughing. The assassin was really strong, and I didn't think that Tallin was going to win. The author did a great job of describing Tallin's world. At the end there is also a list of spells and what they do. What I liked the most was Tallin and his friendship with his dragon. The fact that they could talk to each other and communicate for the betterment of the other people in the story kept me reading to the end (in one day) to see how they were going to work together. The ending was a sweet surprise, and I hope that there is more to come of the same in future books. If Tallin survives after this book. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
After I finished reading Vosper’s Revenge and I heard that Ms. Alva was going to write more books about some of the characters, I thought that maybe they would be backstories or prequels to the original 3 books or even side stories that occurred at the same time as the first three books. Therefore, it was kind of surprising to discover that this book is set 5 years after Vosper’s Revenge. However, it still provides a lot of insight into Tallin and his history and life in a way that it could still help readers understand the character more, especially if they go back and re-read the first three books. Since the book is set in the future, it was kind of interesting to read and not discover more about Elias other than a few references about him and what he was doing now. Despite not following Elias, the book was just as intriguing learning about Tallin and Duskeye (Tallin’s dragon). I especially enjoyed learning things about Duskeye and other dragons and their customs. The book is also written in a way that it is not absolutely necessary to read the first 3 Dragon Stones books first in order to understand what is going on in this one. Ms. Alva does a good job at mentioning some instances from the first books to tie them in for those of us who have read them, but it could also be enjoyable to read for those who haven’t read the first trilogy yet. Just like those first 3 books, I didn’t want to put down The Balborite Curse when I was reading it! It is a fairly easy read, but it packed full of details, action, suspense, and intrigue throughout its rather short 240 pages. It is short enough to be read quickly for most people and not be too daunting in length, yet it captures your mind and heart just as much as longer books! I’m already anxiously awaiting the next book in Tallin’s story because now Tallin has captured my attention just as much as Elias did in the first books and it is amazing to be able to have a much more well-rounded knowledge of this land and the various people and dragons in it now.