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.
A good story with lots of action. Great characters and expect 5he unexpected. I am looking forward to reading book 2.
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.
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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.
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The book is probably 3.5, but I really did not like the reader. Almost all the lines are shouted. The narrative is about the only part that wasn't yelled. As far as the book is concerned it drags a lot. The character names are pretentious, and Tolkein rip offs. I'm listening to this book because the others set in this world were really good. This one is the back story and I keep slogging through it hoping it will pick up, but not so far. And frankly I don't much care if the dark elves kill them all.
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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.
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I fell in love with the obsidian trilogy when I found it, and to have the history of the famed elven queen constantly referenced in the first 3 books made me so happy.
Yes the names are long and a bit confusing but as I listened and didn't focus on them I was able to separate who was who and what was what.
I had to remember that this was before the simplic names from the obsidian series, back when in lore things were long and proper to decern who was who. I personally loved it and it really helped me feel a part of the story. Can't wait for the next!
this is a fantastic book the authors are magnificent and the narrators are just unbelievably talented this book is really great and I recommend it to everyone who loves fantasy
man so many difficult elf name and places. seems like way more than her previous books but maybe thats bcuz ive read them so many times they seem common now.
I read this in print just after it came out. I enjoyed it, but the long, complex Elvish proper names frequently got in the way of the actual story for me. Listening to Kate's excellent performance allowed me to let the names just be names and the story to shine. Hopefully she will perform the sequel due out in October.
I grew up reading the other books in this world by Mercades Lackey and James Mallory. This book is a wonderful start to what I'm sure will be yet another masterful and beautiful story.
this book is a treat to anybody who is a fan of the other books in the series. in particular I feel like it was a very fast-paced book that gripped your attention much better than many of the other books while at the same time expounding upon very interesting setting and characters that had been only vaguely hinted at in previous books. my only complaint is that around two-thirds of the way in there are several transitions from one point of view to another that become difficult to follow and I lost the thread had to release and a certain parts.
it took ages to build up to a rather poor and disappointing ending. poor and a real slog to get through.