This was the first fantasy series I ever read back in high school In my opinion a must own for anyone that is a fantasy fan Chato Personagens esteriotipadas Primeiro livro que pousei no ch o de um restaurante sem me preocupar se o pisava sem querer Irritou me O enredo superficial, ali s, tudo parece T O superficial N o sei como fez sucesso S cheguei p gina 100, mas j estou encalhada l h 1 ano Desisto A vida demasiado curta para desperdi ar tempo a ler livros destes. In The Dead Of Night, Quentin, A Young Acolyte, Is Unexpectedly Summoned When A Mortally Wounded Knight Stumbles Into The Temple Of Ariel Determined To Save The Realm Of The Dragon King, The Dying Knight Makes A Desperate Plea For Someone To Continue His Quest Now Quentin Must Choose A Life Of Ease Or A Dangerous, Unknown Path Untried but willing, a youth is called upon to rescue a magically imprisoned king, in a land where the worship of pagan gods vies with that of the One True In many respects basic plot, characters, and setting , this is a fairly typical coming of age fantasy, though well written it was one of evangelical author Lawhead s earlier works, and doesn t fully reflect the real flowering of his talent that would develop as he honed his craft What distinguishes it from the pack, even at this early stage, though, is his subtle infusion of a Christian world view into the story. In a post Tolkien world, there seem to be an abundance of fantasy books that should never have been written This is one of them This is an overly predictable, orphan turned hero, good vs evil story, the kind which is best read before Christmas, after which hopefully you will have better stuff to read Quentin, a young orphan acolyte at a temple in the woods, becomes the hero of the story after volunteering for a dangerous mission to save the missing King Eskevar The logic here bothers me why was this king missing for 15 years when it only takes a few days to sail to evil Nimrood s castle Together with the typical band of heroes, he journeys to the other side of the world to save the day Along the way, he picks up Toli, with whom he shares a Robinson Crusoe Friday relationship, and converts to a fantasy based version of Christianity Completing the package is Durwin Gandalf , Queen Aline Arwen , and Theido who, surprisingly, doesn t have a LOTR equivalent This is a great book to read on an icy day when the power is out and you re tired of doing homework Other than that, skip it There s better stuff out there. I like some of Lawhead s other books, but this was just too much for me Full of cliche fantasy tropes, flat characters, purple prose, and overblown dialog Oh, and ALL tell , never any show , so the whole thing is exposition that then awkwardly tells you the characters feelings in bland fact expository statements or the horrid use of adverb verb descriptions of actions to lazily tell you the characters motivations without actually having to show it through dialog or description of the character s inner voice.The evil characters are over the top evil apparently you can t wear red or black in this universe and not end up cackling yes, he uses the word cackling, and only ever for evil characters and twirling your moustache with some plan to take over the world or groveling before those who want to take over the world while secretly planning to backstab them yourself And the good characters are undeniably good the main character runs into two strangers early in his quest and despite accidentally revealing critical information about a secret he was sworn to tell no one about, he quickly reassures himself that their kindly features and aspect that gave him a good feeling on meeting them probably because they weren t wearing red and black, aka Crimson and sable mean they can t be bad And the darnedest thing is that he s right Even though the one actually is an outlaw even, he s basically Robin Hood, so he s totally trustworthy and honorable about the whole thing Oh, and the evil characters are automatically ugly and the good characters handsome, and of course the Queen is especially beautiful Lawhead can t even describe the characters finding her after a shipwreck without referring to spotting a glimpse of a shapely foot.I could go on, but it really doesn t justify than that If you re alright with cliche fantasy in the trademark Lawhead style, you ll enjoy this I ll give it that much towards a second star, but if you re looking for something that isn t just a longer bawdlerized mother goose fairy tale with no non human characters and Lawhead s awkwardly shoehorning God in, which I d otherwise applaud if it wasn t so awkward it makes Ted Dekker look like C.S Lewis , then you ll want to skip this. spoiler alert This book featured clunky writing and a rather heavy handed religious subtext, but in spite of those issues, I enjoyed the story of Quentin and his comrades in their quest to find and free the Dragon King What I liked The Jher, especially Toli, who accompanies Quentin and becomes both his servant and friend The city of Dekra and the caretakers who are restoring it Durwin, ex priest, ex sorcerer who still has a few tricks up his sleeve , ever seeking enlightenment and peace What I disliked The Queen was a bit too unqueenly for me she adapted to her circumstances marvelously well, but that was unrealistic, even for fantasy And the revelation at the end, that Bria is her daughter, the Princess totally unbelievable She never once worried for her safety, nor did anyone else, yet she was left in the castle with Nimrood I can t believe he would not have used her as a pawn in this power game OK, Lawhead never says that Bria is the Eskevar Alinea s daughter, but she is a Princess of the realm, which would imply that. Very good read I think I wanted action but there was no shortage of adventure I loved this book Here s the plot line A kingdom hangs in the balance as a young boy answers the call of duty and heads out on a fantastic quest Many twists and turns. I will admit right off the bat that I am not the target audience for this novel I don t generally read YA though I m not convinced this was originally conceived as a YA novel I don t like quest fantasy OR Arthurian fantasy OR Christian fiction and a coming of age story has to be pretty potent for me to be at all interested Still, I like to keep my opinions of these genres honest, so I occasionally sample them well, except for the Christian fiction part, but I didn t know this was so Christian when I bought it.I gave it a hundred pages, or about a quarter of the way through, and then I was done WAY too much telling instead of showing actually, I can t think of a single scene the story was all exposition , and the part that really bugged me was that the whole world view was far too simplistic the evil characters were evil because they were evil, and reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons they even seem to think of themselves as evil This would not be a problem if they were off screen in other words, if it was only the good characters thinking of the bad guys as evil but their machinations are shown every couple pages, and I just had to roll my eyes as they cackled maniacally.Lawhead probably isn t the worst writer I ve ever read which is why I ve given him two stars instead of one but in addition to the storytelling through exposition limitation he also demonstrated to me that he doesn t really grasp the mechanics of viewpoint and how to manipulate it So all in all, I was happy to give this one up and move on to something better.
was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned a university degree in Fine Arts and attended theological college for two years His first professional writing was done at Campus Life magazine in Chicago, where he was an editor and staff writer During his five years at Campus Life he wrote hundreds of articles and several non fiction books.After a brief foray into the music business as president of his own record company he began full time freelance writing in 1981 He moved to England in order to research Celtic legend and history His first novel, In the Hall of the Dragon King, became the first in a series of three books The Dragon King Trilogy and was followed by the two volume Empyrion saga, Dream Thief and then the Pendragon Cycle, now in five volumes Taliesin, Merlin, Arthur, Pendragon, and Grail This was followed by the award winning Song of Albion series which consists of The Paradise War, The Silver Hand, and The Endless Knot.He has written nine children s books, many of them originally offered to his two sons, Drake and Ross He is married to
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- In the Hall of the Dragon King (The Dragon King, Book 1)
- Stephen R. Lawhead
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