A kingdom hangs in the balance as Quentin begins his quest. Carrying a sealed message from the Dragon King, Quentin and his outlaw companion, Theido, plunge headlong into a fantastic odyssey that leads them throughout Mensandor. Danger lurks at every turn: from the brutal terrain to deadly encounters with both humans and creatures of unknown origins. As their quest progresses, Prince Jaspin schemes to secure the crown for himself, and an evil sorcerer concocts a monstrous plan for power. In an effort to save the kingdom and fulfill his destiny, Quentin must travel through strange lands filled with brave knights, striking maidens, a mysterious hermit, and a gigantic deadly serpent. And then, his true journey is only just beginning. Brimming with adventure, battles, and danger, Stephen R. Lawhead’s timeless epic will satisfy listeners of all ages.
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It's hard to imagine Stephen Lawhead writing something this cheesy after years of his hits like the Arthurian series, but the target audience must be young teens and not adults. Add to that one of the most melodramatic narrations that I've heard and add a touch of music for good measure and you have a disappointing story.
Something that seemed almost like plagiarism was the borrowing of thematic elements from JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. There were Ringwraiths (the Legion of the Dead) and even an event in a barrow (like where Frodo rescued his friends after being nearly killed by the barrow wight. I could add more, but it was almost like listening to LOTR - the Classics Comics version.
On the positive side, it would be a nice story for a young person who is not yet ready for his grown-up stories.
There are two sequels to this volume and I suppose they follow the development of the protagonist as he grows into manhood and discovers his true giftings. If you like this story, then you'll probably like the others, but I wouldn't be willing to waste my time.
I like most works by Lawhead and this was was entertaining. Not as good as the Pendragon series, but still entertaining. Had a flowery old english style which isn't my favorite - a little too pomp for me. This would be a good book for kids, not too stressful, move a long, and has decent action.
In the Hall of the Dragon King is a masterful epic, Stephen R. Lawhead tells the story of Quentin, a young acolyte who delivers a message to the Queen of Mensandor, at the bequest of the Dragon King. It is a masterful epic, narrated brilliantly by Tim Gregory, full of dark magic, serpents, great heroes, beautiful maidens, a mysterious hermit named
Durwin and a wonderful cast of fantastical characters. A great read and listen.
I enjoyed the audiobook, but I wouldn't listen to it again. The story was pretty good, and I usually really like Lawhead, but it really didn't pull me in. It seemed a little predictable, like I had heard some of it before. This will be the first time in a Lawhead series that I don't intend to continue reading the rest of the series.
The pace was just right not too fast or slow, I didn't feel bored while I listened.
The narrator did a good job, although some of his characters sounded similar, and when he read the part of the necromancer he did go a little over the top sometimes.
For better or worse their were no real extremes, just middle of the road.
I'm not sorry that I took the time to listen and maybe the rest of the books in the series will be better, but I will need someone to highly recommend them before I am willing to risk my credits.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
I could not get into this book, it seemed a little sophomoric to me.
It is aimed at teens, but that is no reason to excuse the bad writing. This type of writing is what turns kids off to books.
Narrator was fairly droll.
One of the best series I have read from Stephen Lawhead. It is well written an very well Narrated. I hope Lawhead soon goes back to creating more fantasy books like this.
Twists of plot although the characters are very typical for the type of story.
Most any sword and sorcery tale with evil sorcerer, good king and unassuming, naive hero.
Yes, but stilted at times.
Author's Christianity is thinly veiled and occasionally becomes onerous.
Yes. I tend to like Stephen R Lawhead books. This book was just over the top. The writing was a little too hyperbolistic. Tim Gregory did an excellent job in the telling, but the combination of his delivery and the style of writing was a little too much.
Tone it down a bit.
Yes. I found his reading pleasant and easy to listen to.
I tried to ignore the climactic music at the end of the chapters and hoped the the over the top dramatic reading would calm down. In the end (at least when I stopped listening) the music did not stop and the reader was still a dramatic distraction. IMO a reader should create distinguishable voices and tones that best capture the characters. I felt that he tried too hard to be part of the story rather then just tell the story.-maybe that is what the writer wanted, but it turned me off. As for the story it was ok.
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