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Dragon Stones (Book one of the Dragon Stones Saga) [Kindle Edition]

Kristian Alva , Isaac Sweeney
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Series Bestsellers! Over 100,000 copies sold

Audience: Young Adult Fantasy

Sequestered deep in the capital, the tyrannical Emperor Vosper weaves a plan to destroy all the dragons. He succeeds in driving them to the very brink of extinction. Only a handful of dragons and riders remain; living in exile in the desert. When young Elias Dorgumir finds a carved dragon stone in the forest, it brings empire soldiers to his doorstep, and puts Elias on the run with a bounty on his head. Is Elias strong enough to halt the evil that is spreading across the land?


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The story is fast paced with delicious dialogue, vibrant descriptions, and mind-bending twists. This is a wonderfully engaging book that stands on its own. I am excited to see what happens next. -Book Garden Reviews

"I really liked this story and can't wait to see what happens next! I give it a 4/5 because it was a great book that I was really excited about after reading it. It's an easy read with lots of magic and adventure, and my new favorite mythical creature - dragons!" ~Erika, 100 Stars or Less

About the Author

Kristian Alva was born into a family of writers and teachers. She worked as a staff writer and a ghostwriter before publishing her own manuscripts. She released her first book in 2007. She currently lives in California with her husband and son. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading all genres, especially epic fantasy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 914 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Defiant Press (December 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CXD76O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,209 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short! February 7, 2012
By Dantes
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The book is very short, so be prepared to almost complete a percentage point every time you turn the page. The characters are ok with little attention paid to character development, but you get enough to move forward with. The storyline is merely set up in this book, and seemed incomplete even for a series. There was very little actual movement in the story. I will get the next one just to see where it goes, but if I am left with the same taste in my mouth as I was with this one, I will stop there.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even mediocre, very bad August 16, 2012
By Zomboni
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I view the whole Amazon e-publishing thing as a roll of the dice when I "open" up a new book from a new author -- that or one of Forest Gump's proverbial box of chocolates. That being said, this book is like rolling snake eyes and opening up the box to find no chocolates whatsoever.

If you're on the fence of whether or not to buy this, save yourself the money, time, and boredom. Don't.

There is no flow to the narrative and the sentence structures are stilted. Everything is cookie-cutter, bland, vanilla, etc. Characters are cardboard cut-outs with no depth to them. There is no engaging plot that builds up to a climax. Instead, the book just .... ends.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great YA Epic Fantasy January 2, 2012
By Mike
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! This one really grabbed me. I was not expecting to get caught up in this so easily but I could not help it. I have already ordered the second book but thought that I would share my thoughts on the first book before reading the second.

I have been going through a bunch of indie Fantasy lately. It has ranged from OK to very good. The OK suffered from combination of editorial, focus or general writing issues. The very good is comparable to the better works put out by the major publishing houses. This one is very good. I did not notice any significant editorial issues. Plot flowed smoothly even with multiple location and point of view changes. I would compare it to Patricia McKillip's Riddlemaster trilogy which is a favorite YA (young adult) epic fantasy of mine. Although, Defiant Press is credited as the publisher, I still consider this an indie fantasy since a quick review of Defiant Press' website shows few other works except the Dragonstone Saga (and some cookbooks).

Kristian Alva has crafted an epic tale of a boy, Elias, who has grown up under the rule of the evil Emperor Vosper. A chance finding of a dragon stone leads to an epic adventure. Elias is forced to flee his village after the Emperor's soldiers coming looking for the boy who found the dragon stone. Elias must find his heritage and develop his mage skills in order to survive. Meanwhile, the only legitimate threat to Emperor Vosper, King Mitca and the dwarves, are finding that the long stalemate might be nearing an end as the Emperor finds new allies. King Mitca harbors the last dragon riders who Vosper is determined to exterminate. Dragon Stones does a good job of building the base for the two major plots. There are hints on how the 2 plots will mesh but that is left for future volumes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Stones April 18, 2012
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I've been picking up quite a few of the $.99 books since I got my Kindle. Some are good, some not so much. This one kind of falls in the middle. It's a quick read and written at about what I would deem a 6th to 7th grade level. Simple and easy to understand without too many characters to remember or too much political intrigue to confuse the younger readers.

I found the story to be interesting but not inspired. Another boy who grows up in a simple village and turns out to be the "hero" from prophesy. Elias believes his grandmother is a simple village healer and that he is simply learning her herbs and small magics with no idea that he is destined for bigger things. Yet, when he takes off on his adventure nothing really seems to faze him. He goes off with the dwarf and just doesn't seem to question what is happening to him.

I didn't feel that any of the characters were well developed but there was enough there to keep them interesting. I don't remember any description of Elias. Does he have green hair, purple, black? I just don't know. There was more information on the dragons then the humans. I at least knew their color and approximate size.

Some phrases are over used; "I'm much older than I look." "Cloaking spells are difficult to maintain." And a couple places where the obvious was overstated; "There was a spring nearby and the horses drank water. . .", I was pretty sure that was what they drank without the reminder. Those things may not bother some readers, but they distract me and I think it's something of which authors should be aware.

If you're thinking Rothfuss or Goodkind, pass. If you are looking for something quick or for a middle/high school age reader, this might suffice. I will read the second book, but since the 3rd one isn't out yet I may have forgotten about the series before it's available.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read this book in 3 hours March 5, 2012
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This book is pretty good but is very short. I would give it four stars if it were the length of an average book. Fortunately, the books are inexpensive so are worth the price. Hopefully the last book will be a little longer.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Ok a confession, I only made it half way through this book. That may not make this the best review if you are one of those people who believe a bad book can be recovered by something brilliant happening in the last ten pages because I wouldn't know about that since I never got there. Now if you have read any of my other reviews you may have realized I don't dislike the use of conventions, i.e. the reuse of commonly held ideas and systems in genre writing. Obviously such conventions are prevalent in all Science Fiction/Fantasy writing for good reason; if every author had to create a world from whole cloth every time then every book would be as long as Lord of the Rings. In point of fact the book from which much of this book, including far too many story ideas, was obviously drawn from Paolini's Inheritance Cycle does a wonderful job of intermixing High Fantasy Conventions with whole new ideas of his own. That is when stories like these are interesting when the strange mixes with the familiar and something new is created. About the only person I could recommend this book to is someone who is just desperate to read more of the Inheritance Cycle because it felt to me like it was pulled from there with only a limited effort to rewrite it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
I have just finished reading book three, and these are all captivating. There is a very good plot and plenty of action. Characters are easy to follow and the editing is good. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Dennis Voss
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!
This whole set has been awesome! It pulls you in and the follow through from one book to the next is great! You never get left wondering what happened in between.
Published 1 month ago by Brandi Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic
I read the first 2 books and this review is more about the experience from both than just the first book. This series is short and simple. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bryce
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Published 2 months ago by Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start
I read this book when I was in between books of another series and needed a little something to occupy my time. It's short and simple to read and I found it really enjoyable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Naomi
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
Enjoyed reading the book and will be looking forward to getting and reading the rest of the series.
Enjoy this type of book.
Published 3 months ago by Mervyn
5.0 out of 5 stars How awesome this book is
I've read this book so many times that's how awesome it is

and hope the rest of the series is this awesome
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Undecided
I know that this is the first of a series but it still could have contained a little more action. For the most part, all it did was introduce you to the different figures in the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by loves to read
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow and fun to read
Written with simple language and no oddball systems to learn before you can just sit back and read. The plot is familiar but not copied identically and is kept simple yet hints are... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Stones
This book did take off in the right way. It kept me interested all the way through and will start the next book as soon as I can.
Published 4 months ago by dale terrill
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Kristian Alva was born into a family of writers and teachers. She worked as a staff writer and a ghostwriter before publishing her own manuscripts. She currently lives in the United States with her family. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading all genres, especially epic fantasy.

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