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In the Hall of the Dragon King: Dragon King Trilogy, Book 1 | [Stephen R. Lawhead]

In the Hall of the Dragon King: Dragon King Trilogy, Book 1

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.
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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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©2011 Stephen R. Lawhead (P)2011 Oasis

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    K. Donath LaFayette, NY USA 11-26-11
    K. Donath LaFayette, NY USA 11-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Entertaining"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Rither 09-06-13
    Alan Rither 09-06-13
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    "Appropriate for young teens but not adults"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MICHEAL Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-29-13
    MICHEAL Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Worth the credit."
    Would you listen to In the Hall of the Dragon King again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pace was just right not too fast or slow, I didn't feel bored while I listened.


    Did Tim Gregory do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    For better or worse their were no real extremes, just middle of the road.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-01-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2014

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "IT WAS NOT A FACE TO BE ADMIRED"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Eugene, OR, United States 06-08-11
    Ryan Eugene, OR, United States 06-08-11 Member Since 2013
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    "In The Hall of the Dragon King"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "okay"

    It was very formulaic. Not bad, but not amazing. I really have not much more to say about it.

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    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "A masterful epic!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    docrbk 05-03-14
    docrbk 05-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable, not memorable"
    What did you love best about In the Hall of the Dragon King?

    Twists of plot although the characters are very typical for the type of story.


    What other book might you compare In the Hall of the Dragon King to and why?

    Most any sword and sorcery tale with evil sorcerer, good king and unassuming, naive hero.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, but stilted at times.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Author's Christianity is thinly veiled and occasionally becomes onerous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Vizzier 06-09-12
    Ben Vizzier 06-09-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Not a bad story... But..."
    Would you try another book from Stephen R. Lawhead and/or Tim Gregory?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Tone it down a bit.


    Did Tim Gregory do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. I found his reading pleasant and easy to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 06-12-13
    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2012

    This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different author.


    Has In the Hall of the Dragon King turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No this was just a bad one.


    Did Tim Gregory do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Tim Gregory saved this book on audible. He did a great job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In the Hall of the Dragon King?

    I would make the whole first half of the book more interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Its worth a skip.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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