Crown of Vengeance begins a new epic fantasy saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.
She is the unwanted spawn of a mad king and queen, her lands lost before her birth; her family - her very name - erased from history. Cursed by many, yet protected by an even greater curse.
She was born on a night of storm and terror, raised in protected concealment, then banished from the only home she had ever known - an ancient enemy's final stroke in a war begun centuries before.
Secret studies of hidden lore reveal the truth of the prophecy that heralded her coming. Dark dreams teach lessons of war and duty, of strategy and magecraft that she could not learn in a thousand lifetimes.
She does not have a thousand lifetimes. She has just one - and time is running out. For the prophecy spoke not just of her, but of a great Darkness that would destroy the elven kingdoms. A Darkness that is coming ever closer.
She is Vieliessar Farcarinon and she must save her people. Even if she must shatter custom and destroy the world she was born to rule.
©2012 Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
This is probably the fastest pace book I've ever read. It was like a mad Sprint all the way through never faltered. Incredible all the way around and I've been waiting 2 years on the seat of my pants for the next chapter in the story
"Give it time..."
The high fantasy elven language can be a bit much at first. Give yourself time, let the feel and emotion of the story take hold. This was a fantastic start to the prequel trilogy to the Obsidian Trilogy. Being thrust back into this world reminded me of how much I missed it.
"Long battle scenes with longer names"
This is a really great story for people who enjoyed the previous series set in this world.
I agree with the other reviewer who pointed out that the long Elven names could get on a person's nerves. The book could have been half as long with shorter names. However, they are Elven names, and this was to be expected based on the previous series.
The narrator would be better if she would leave a pause of some sort when the story changes setting. In the written books, I imagine there is some sort of line or ellipses marking the change in setting or speaker. It was confusing at points.
"I was sorry I bought this one at first, but not now."
I have been pleased with Mercedes Lackey prior to this. The Vincent Price style reading at the beginning and then, from time to time, made it less than pleasant. I could not listen to the whole book at first, but glad I went back and triedftried. Compelling story, but alien names made following difficult.
"I love M. Lackey. i am returning the book"
perhaps its a good story. I returned it as unlistenable. I even skipped chapters in hopes of it getting better. It does not. If it is produced with a different narrator I may try again.
"Its a good read but takes a little to get into."
I really enjoyed the first two trilogy's but this book fell a little below expectations. All in all still a nice book.
"Surprised at how bad"
I LOVE Mercedes Lackey books. This is the first one that I did not like. The silly Elfin names were impossible to keep track of and I had a very hard time following the storyline. When the book ended, there was no finish. It just seemed to drop off. I was disappointed
She is fighting to rule 100 houses and it seems like there are close to 500 different people in this book. Maybe I am exaggerating slightly but the authors should have streamlined this book...it is hard to figure out who did what and what side the person on, and which side is losing.
The approx 11 minute "Darkness" chapters tossed in here and there do not really even seem tied to the 70+ minute long chapters of the rest of the book. Love Kate Rudd but hate this book!!!!
Love Kate Rudd
Like the main character but
"overall not to my liking"
The endless long elvish names were confusing to my ears. The reader did a marvelous job of reading them. By the end the elves had wrecked their ecology so badly that I started rooting for the Endarken. I couldn't sympathise with the elves at all by the end.
"A disappointing Lackey."
A real story line and less of a made up foriegn language!
The names of the characters and prolonged, difficult to follow geography and political opponents made the story line VERY difficult to follow.
Chris was okay. Kate had a very difficult job, doing well with name pronouncements, but all the characters either sounded the same or were always angry/shouting in their narratives.
Not even sure- I'm not even sure who the characters were. Their names all sounded like the geography.
It is not often that I run across a Lackey book that I don't like. I am suprised that I even finished listening to the book. The names of the characters and the geography were much too long, and much too complicated tongue twisters for me to stay focused on the story line or character development. I have to give it to the readers- they did the best they could with the material they had to read. I would steer away from this tome, and will not even pick up another book that might follow.
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