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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"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"Worth the credit."
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.
"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.
"the story line is winding and not too predictable."
the book is fine. none too subtle with the Christian undertones. the character grows slowly and is easily relatable for sheltered kids.
"Narrative of Serendipity and Honor"
Lawhead's story encapsulates everything needed for good fantasy and he does so in a character driven story. Each person is developed over the chapters to their own conclusions and each decision is easy to understand in character.
The use of the divine Most High creates an undertone of hope fighting to live against trouble and external resistance. The use of God Himself as a directly and indirectly intervening character, through vision and happenstance, respectively, gives the story a bigger feeling. It makes this one kingdom's struggle part of a bigger world.
"A slow start with a strong finish"
I am a fan of Lawhead. Having said that, this book starts slow, almost glacially so. It then continues to drag for far too long. If one can, however, endure the ending is top notch. OK, it is a bit of a fairy tale ending, yet it is done with such skill and verve that one cannot help but look forward to more. Overall I liked it, but it wasn't Lawhead's best.
It was very formulaic. Not bad, but not amazing. I really have not much more to say about it.
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