Complex politics, well thought out magic system, clash between religious and secular powers, an ineluctable catastrophe looming, long lost creatures walking the lands once again, GREAT characterization. What more can you ask for in a fantasy saga. Plot? Good enough to taste. My only complaint is that the series, which clocks in at 7 books long, is several books too long. Still, the series is one of the better epic fantasy sagas out there and well worth the read.
Edit: The series completely disappoints by the end. Its ambitious and the first couple books in the series hint at great things, but Elliot gets lost in her world and things just dont end up moving along. Whats 7 books should have been 3. By the end of things, I didnt much care about the characters or plot, I was so bored.
King's Dragon is a somewhat jumbled but very engaging start. Make no mistake, it definitely feels like the start of a long series: Many characters are introduced, along with many mysteries and questions. Plenty of stuff happens, but it all very much has the feeling of getting the story set up for even bigger and better things, and in a lot of ways you as the reader are not really sure what's going!
Still, Elliott sets up a fascinating and clearly well-developed world, with interesting characters who are easy to root for (or, in some cases, against). Despite the length, it's an easy read. It's a multiple-POV book, alternating chapters for different characters, so often the desire to find out what's happening with your favorite character will keep you reading way past your bedtime...
This is a book that I would recommend for teen fantasy fans and those who enjoy Mercedes Lackey and Garth Nix. The characters are startlingly realistic, each suffering doubts about themselves and others around them. The protagonists provide their own view to the story, even if they are sometimes opposing. This gives a unique outlook on the war that is about to happen and the kingdom itself. However, for all their differences, the protagonists are all driven by a common purpose. They all want to live and blend in with the new circumstances they find themselves in.
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