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Dragon Stones (Dragon Stone Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kristian Alva , Isaac Sweeney
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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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: 1325 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
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short! February 7, 2012
By Dantes
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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27 of 32 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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even mediocre, very bad August 16, 2012
By Zomboni
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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7 of 7 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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4 of 4 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good April 6, 2013
By Botch
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My wife enjoyed it and that's what counts. She couldn't put it down once she started reading it, which says it all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Developing story, introducing characters
Hoping next book is less basic. Understand building background for story, but maybe developed too many too briefly. Something off with the story flow.
Published 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars Not bad at all
I would have given it an amazing score if the characters were well developed but i think this book was rushed anyway I do hope the second book will do more justice than the first... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rosy Person
5.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Start to an Fun and Engaging Fantasy Series
Dragon Stones is an engaging and easy-to-read YA fantasy that those who enjoy the genre or are looking for something to read for entertainment purposes are sure to love. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dorathea
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The saga begins!
A little confusing at times but _well written. Fantasy at its best. I am disappointed that book 2 is not available leg yet.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Doan
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent fantasy
This book is great for younger readers into fantasy novels. It grabs you which I didn't expect to happen since fantasy isn't usually my genre. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hugh Kinnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it! Fast paced story that will leave you glued to your place.
Published 2 months ago by Mohammad Tauseef
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Captivating and compelling. Can't put the books down.
Published 2 months ago by awesome
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 2 months ago by TwiztedKitty
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Follows the basic plot pattern of most sicfi / fantasy books targeted for a young audience .I found it entertaining and it kept my interest enough to invest in the two following... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Anshutz
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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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