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Rise of the Dragons (Kings and Sorcerers--Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The #1 Bestseller!
From #1 Bestselling author Morgan Rice comes a sweeping new epic fantasy series: RISE OF THE DRAGONS (KINGS AND SORCERERS—Book 1).
Kyra, 15, dreams of becoming a famed warrior, like her father, even though she is the only girl in a fort of boys. As she struggles to understand her special skills, her mysterious inner power, she realizes she is different than the others. But a secret is being kept from her about her birth and the prophecy surrounding her, leaving her to wonder who she really is.
Just as Kyra is coming of age, the local lord comes to take her away. Her father wants to wed her off to save her. Kyra, though, refuses, and she quests on her own, into a dangerous wood, where she encounters a wounded dragon—and ignites a series of events that will change the kingdom forever.
15 year old Alec, meanwhile, sacrifices for his brother, taking his place in the draft, and is carted off to The Flames, a wall of flames a hundred feet high that wards off the army of Trolls to the east. On the far side of the kingdom, Merk, a mercenary striving to leave behind his dark past, quests through the wood to become a Watcher of the Towers and help guard the Sword of Fire, the paranormal source of the kingdom’s power. But the Trolls want the Sword, too—and they prepare for a massive invasion that could destroy the kingdoms forever.
With its strong atmosphere and complex characters, RISE OF THE DRAGONS is a sweeping, romantic saga of knights and warriors, of kings and lords, of honor and valor, of magic, action, adventure, destiny, sorcery, monsters and dragons. It is a story of love and broken hearts, of deception, of ambition and betrayal. It is fantasy at its finest, inviting us into a world that will live with us forever, one that will appeal to all ages and genders.
Book #2 in KINGS AND SORCERERS is also now available!
“RISE OF THE DRAGONS succeeds—right from the start…. A superior fantasy…It begins, as it should, with one protagonist's struggles and moves neatly into a wider circle of knights, dragons, magic and monsters, and destiny.…All the trappings of high fantasy are here, from soldiers and battles to confrontations with self….A recommended winner for any who enjoy epic fantasy writing fueled by powerful, believable young adult protagonists.”
--Midwest Book Review, D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer
- ASIN : B00PQRJJY0
- Publisher : Morgan Rice (22 December 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 3105 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 219 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,346 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Other than these two seriously annoying flaws in the story, I found it to be a standard fantasy read with the child gains a power or is a subject of prophecy and they go on to conquer everything without meeting any real hardship that can't be fixed in a chapter.
Read it - if you are ten years old and want everone to win.
Don't read it - if you care about real fanstasy writing.
PS - Never use the word "Suddenly" ever again Morgan Rice
This book, however, is much more realistic. Yes we have a 15 year old girl, Kyra, wanting to be a warrior, and then there's 16 year old Alec who's part is yet to be determined, BUT, and this is a big but, we also have adults forming the armies. Adults training the youngsters.
There are a couple of silly, and very unlikely, incidents, but nothing as bad as The Sorcerer' s Ring.
Although this is written for the younger market let's not forget the other books that became massive hits with the adult market (e.g. The Hobbit and the Harry Potter books). Morgan Rice should also keep this in mind (J.R.R.Tolkien never needed an editor his English was so good.)
This book has the beginnings of a good Fantasy series: birth prophecies, a dangerous forest, a witch, a dragon and a feisty young heroine, with the promise of a young hero to come.
Give it a go - young or old.
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Despite the novel being called 'Rise of the Dragons' - now, call me a fool, but one might expect to see a few dragons pop up here and then - we don't even meet (or have any mention of!!) dragons until 46% through the book, for a brief cameo before disappearing again. I don't know if it ever came back because I never finished the book, but I battled up to 75% of the way through, and have decided the novel should be renamed 'Rise of the Robotic Yet Ridiculously and Inexplicably Talented Teenager With a Side Helping of Other POVs Who, Frankly, Nobody Cares About Because They Get So Little Exposure and Are Also Pointless and Boring'. Not quite so catchy, but I feel it would lessen the blow of disappointment after purchase. (At £0.00 it's still bad value for money - was this even proof read?)
What exactly were my criticisms, you ask? Well, buckle up...
The characters are cardboard cutouts and it's hard to sympathise with any of them at all. The abilities of Kyra are frankly ridiculous and the question 'who is she' is asked ad nauseum until I started to wonder who, indeed, I was after putting up with this much drivel. The only other named female character we meet is named Lyra (really??). The other POV characters seem added in as an afterthought and don't advance the plot in any way, and I actually forgot who they were, the gaps between segments is so large. In fact, one of their segments begins with several pages of plain infodump, where our valiant mercenary (I forget the name) reflects on his life while rambling in the woods (double really??) The world building is cliched, tropey, lazy...I could go on.
But instead I will settle for this: save yourself a few hours of your life and don't read this damn book. We deserve better than this, people. What a flaming disappointment.
Get annoyed by spelling/grammar mistakes in books.
Want the book to be able to stand alone: with a final conclusion.
Prefer the method of showing rather than telling.
- Then this is not a book for you.
Enjoyed the writing style of 50 shades (without the porn)
Want to read a series - this is the first of six books
Want an easy read in simple language.
- Then maybe give this book a try if it's in the sale.
I don't want to say it's a bad book but I will say that it, wasn't for me, I feel like I'd want to go through and edit some more, crossing out at least 80% of the word 'suddenly'. I was a little annoyed after getting most of the way through, then realising that it clearly wasn't going to finish: it really is set out as a first instalment rather than a complete story. It seems a shame, as this book has some nice touches in the writing but they don't carry all the way through: it was almost like there were two authors, or that there were filler parts of the story, that were rushed and repetitive.
For me personally, I had to push through this book and even though I'm curious to see if the characters ever do cross paths, I really don't think I'd get through the books as this one was a struggle.
Book 2 was just not of the same calibre. The story became less and less believable and more repetitious. The good guys would find themselves outnumbered by at least 10 to 1 and resign themselves to an honourable death, just at the end of the chapter. Then a few chapters later we return to find that they miraculously defeat all their enemies. Then it would happen all over again with the next set of enemies; always on the point of defeat at the end of a chapter yet always victorious in a later chapter. The heroine’s fabulous weapon would be irretrievably lost and then in the next battle she would have it to hand, with no explanation. The book became boring and I started skimming to find out where the story was leading. I have to admit that the basic storyline is good enough to make a decent book but the execution is deplorable.
Having already purchased the third book I started skimming that too and it didn’t get any better. I no longer care what happens next!
Kyra has trained with her fathers men, and by herself, for many years and is thus skilled and experienced in fighting, though lacking the strength of the men she relies on speed and agility when fighting, which she does using a bow and a quarterstaff.
After fleeing from the fort following an argument with her father, Kyra stumbles on a injured Dragon, which she saves from being killed by the Lords men, who are the occupying force of her country. All the men are killed except a squire who escapes to inform the lords governor of what has happened.
Killing the lords men is against the law and retribution comes in the form of the lords governor coming to the fort with a small army to take Kyra and any unwed girls over fifteen away with them. Kyras’ father refuses and a bloody battle ensues where most of the governors army is killed. Kyra’s father knows a larger force will come and wipe them out so he tells Kyra to leave and go to her uncle who will train her and reveal a secret about her mother. Kyra, however, is tricked and betrayed by one of her fathers men and is lead into the hands of the governor. Kyra manages to escape by using her fighting skills, skills as a girl she was not expected to have.
Fleeing the governor, who is casing her with his army, Kyra runs into her father and his men, who have come to attempt to rescue her, having discovered the traitor. Expecting to be wiped out, Kyra, her father and his men are saved when the Dragon Kyra rescued appears and destroys the governor and his army.
There are other characters who are introduced, but they and their story line are only developed enough to make you intrigued about how they will fit into the overarching tale.
These characters include the troll king, Vesuvius, who is determined to get past “The Flames” and enslave the humans, and no one and nothing is going to stop him.
Merck, who is a former assassin/ mercenary who has become tired of that life and is trying to change, but circumstances keep drawing him back.
Alec, a farm boy who takes his lame brothers place in the draft for recruits to help as guards at “The Flames”. The occupying force do the drafting of recruits and it turns out they do not care what happens to them, leaving the recruits to fight the trolls who get through “The Flames” but do not provide any weapons. This, along with the fact criminals are drafted as well, leads to the recruits fighting amongst each other for any weapons available. It is during one such fight a troll makes it through “The Flames”, causing enough confusion to allow Alec and his friend Marco to escape.
Theos, the Dragon Kyra rescued and who she seems to have some mysterious connection to her.
The story moves along at a nice pace giving you information about past events and characters backgrounds that give events that happen, except perhaps for the trolls handling of the giant, a natural and believable feel.
The action scenes are well written without being overly descriptive or lengthy, which sums up the whole book in effect. The author gives you enough information to visualise the action and events unfolding but allows you to use your imagination to add in the finer details, if you so wish.
All in all a very enjoyable and engaging read leaving me looking forward to the next book and the further development of the secondary characters, I hope.
It primarily follows Kyra, a 15 year old girl, daughter of a famed warrior, who wishes to become a warrior herself. She trains alone, perfecting her skills with a bow and a staff, with occasional help from some of her father's friends who encourage her to reach her goals, despite the fact that women are not to fight.
Her adventure begins when the local evil lord wants to make her his wife, and her father's alternative (to marry a local boy first) is not what she wants either, so she runs away with her wolf Leo by her side.
I enjoyed this book. Though I haven't yet bought the rest of the series (I really am trying to finish my challenge of reading the alphabet - this being my R book) I have added it to my wishlist, as I would like to know how it progresses and finishes.
This book is a book about girl power and the fact that women, even in a fantasy world, don't have to be restrained to living a life that society considers feminine, but are able to forge their own pathways through the world for life. Added to that, there are the usual fantasy staples that we love - battles, dragons, trolls, magic, loyalty and treachery.
The blurb says it will appeal to all ages and genders, I would say this really is aimed at teens and young adults, as it is probably too simplistic and easy for more mature fans of this genre of literature.