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Publisher's Summary

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.

When Kyra comes of age and the local lord comes to take her away, her father wants to wed her off to save her. Kyra, though, refuses, and she journeys out 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 magical 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 saga of knights and warriors, of kings and lords, of honor and valor, of magic, destiny, 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.

©2014 Morgan Rice (P)2015 Morgan Rice

Critic Reviews

" 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)
"An action packed fantasy sure to please fans of Morgan Rice's previous novels, along with fans of works such as The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini…. Fans of Young Adult Fiction will devour this latest work by Rice and beg for more." ( The Wanderer, A Literary Journal)
"If you thought that there was no reason left for living after the end of the Sorcerer's Ring series, you were wrong. In Rise of the Dragons Morgan Rice has come up with what promises to be another brilliant series, immersing us in a fantasy of trolls and dragons, of valor, honor, courage, magic and faith in your destiny. Morgan has managed again to produce a strong set of characters that make us cheer for them on every page.…Recommended for the permanent library of all readers that love a well-written fantasy." ( Books and Movie Reviews)

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An Amazing Surprise

I wasn't expecting much of this book, but then the plot, the characters and magic, it all surprise me. We still have many many questions to be answered on the next books of the series but that's okay. Morgan Rice make you sympathize easily with her characters and her plot pull you in. There's not a single boring part in this book and... I'm eager for the next one :)

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Bob-o
  • CHARLESTON, SC, United States
  • 05-03-15

Excellent!

This is an excellent sword and sorcery tale. I was fully engaged from the start and I can't wait for the next in the series. I hope that's not to far off. I love Morgan Rice's Sorcerers Ring series too, so I'm not suprised that this would be just as great as those books. Wayne Farrell is an excellent narrator and a perfect fit for this story. i highly recommend this one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Wait for second title.

Love the book, and it should be in every fantasy reader/listeners library. But as it sits it leaves to much to a second book. It feels like this is the first part to a much longer book, not series. So for those that don't like waiting for books to come, I would recommend putting this on a your wishlist and calendar to look at when the second book comes out.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Thrilling and left me wanting so much more!

I can't believe how hooked this book had me, it was amazing! I hope they give us another book soon so I don't go crazy!

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Review from Edward L Flanagan

I like it very much the story and the performance was great I would recommend anyone to read The rise of the Dragon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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great read

was a fun read. always better to have multiple voice actors for immersion though. easy to figure out the plot but over all a very fun read.

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  • al
  • Erie, PA, United States
  • 05-26-15

Very Good!!!!

Where does Rise of the Dragons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

8-9 - It is very good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters were very good and easy to follow.

Have you listened to any of Wayne Farrell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I was very impressed. He reads very well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Now I want the next one and they don't have it on audio.

Any additional comments?

Get the next one out on audio ipod quickly!!!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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It was ok

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Use more variety of describing the characters reactions. I lost count of how many times someones heart slammed in their chest.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The main character's situation and the dragon made for good potential.

What about Wayne Farrell’s performance did you like?

He was easy to listen to.

Do you think Rise of the Dragons needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Maybe. It left more to be told.

Any additional comments?

It was ok. I enjoyed it, but if I had paid full price for it I would have been very disappointed.

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Writing was mediocre, but the narrator was great!

i don't believe I would have read this book any other way than by audiobook. Many aspects of the story where very repetitive as if the writer was worried that the reader would forget. But to the ones that remember everything it's somewhat annoying. Other then that the performance was fantastic!

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A great beginning story...

This story has a strong plot and relatable characters. It did not make the mistake that fantasy novels often do of pushing action and imagination over character and scene, but it also kept things moving. While the reader did a fine job of performing, I felt that a female voice narrating for a female heroine could have made it even stronger. The ending absolutely left me wanting to read the next in the series.

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  • P.R.KERRISON
  • 10-09-17

Once started unable to stop listening.

I've listened to more than several fantasy scribes on Audible but this one caught my imagination with both hands. The characters , the dragon
( I love dragons) all seemed to pull you into their space and time.
I'm not a newbie at science fiction and fantasy (I'm 62) but to be able to sit and listen to a quality story and enjoy the narration by a voice that in some episodes has a Burton like sound I'm finding it very difficult to turn it off and sleep. Looking forward to the next book which I've already purchased . If possible I would give a rating of 7 stars. I'm loving it.

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  • Cx
  • 02-11-17

Starts off well, but then falls into simplisticity

I enjoyed the beginning, I thought the premise and characters were nicely set up. However, the story increasingly makes use of clichés and unbelievable subplots at the expense of sufficient complexity. By the time the girl meets Theos, I felt like switching off. I have made it to the end but am unlikely to look at the next book in the trilogy.

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  • Liz
  • 01-17-16

Ok but could be better

The basic plot of the book is good I generally enjoyed listening particularly through the early chapters. However, some of the the events lack any internal logic (I know this is fantasy but there should still be some sense behind the things people do) and I found this a irritating after a while.

There was also something a little irritating about the narration- but more as a matter of personal taste than any real flaw.

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  • Sharon
  • 05-28-17

Rise of the Dragons-loved it!

There are times when a book just grabs you by surprise. I was aware of Morgan Rice, but had never read any of his books, sticking with the Syfy and Fantasy women authors for many years.
I can honestly say this is the first book that I have finished in days, not months. Having suffered from some major health issues, including genetic vision lost, audible has opened up a new world for me, and yes I am one of those "oldies".
The story grabbed me from the beginning, and I must admit I did like Wayne Farrell's ability to give life to the characters.
Just wish the 'bundle' books will be made available for this series very soon.

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  • Peter
  • 06-19-16

great read

easy book to read, i couldn't put it down!! loved it cant wait for more