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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 2, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310205026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310205029
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,613,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lawhead's exciting addition to the Dragon King Trilogy follows Quentin on a medieval quest to save his kingdom from evil and witchcraft, and return it to the rightful ruler. Tim Gregory narrates this epic adventure as Quentin encounters knights, maidens, mythical creatures, and more. Gregory provides an even-keeled reading, drawing the listener into this tale of honor and spiritual awakening. While Gregory’s delivery eventually takes on somewhat of a monotone, the listener can easily distinguish the characters and events. This adventure is a good choice for listeners of all ages." 
J.E. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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A dying knight's urgent plea propels a disenchanted young acolyte into a deadly mission. On the shoulders of the unsuspecting Quentin rests the course of a kingdom; and ahead of him, a quest that will lead him out of the darkness of the old gods . . . and into undreamed-of spheres of conflict, magic, and light.

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Very well written and paced with amazingly engaging characters.
tall media
I would recommend this to anyone that likes Christian Suspense/Mystery/Fantasy books.
james & mary smith
Although the story has some potential, it is just too difficult to read.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the Hall of the Dragon King
I first read this book when I was about nine years old. At the time, I thought it was the best fantasy book I had ever read. I then promptly put the book down and never touched it again until recently.
The story is about a boy named Quentin, who is sent on a mission by a wounded knight to give a message to the Queen. That of course sends him on all sorts of adventures, during which he finds the one true God and saves everyone. It is a very Christian book.
My opinion has changed somewhat since I was nine. Next to other books Dragon King simply doesn't compare. The beginning, though it's supposed to be exciting, is slow. The characters take awhile to develop personality and the overall feel of the book makes me think that it had a really bad editor.
There are lots of reasons why it is still a good book, though. The plot is very original, and once you get past the boring parts, it is very fun to read. The battle sequences are lovingly played out, the connection to God and Jesus is cleverly interwoven, and there are even some funny parts in there.
Overall, for young readers it is a must, and older readers should read it too.
Christopher C., (age, 14), Yokota, Japan
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Maria on March 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
15-years-old acolyte, Quentin is wakened by a commotion in the temple of Ariel one night. A very badly wounded knight had stumbled in to the temple. His name is Ronsard(he is one of my favorite characters) and he has an extremely important message for his Queen Alinea. Ronsard asks if anyone could go and give the message for him. Quentin agrees to go but he can no longer return to the temple. The knight tells him to go to a hermit named Durwin and to give the message without stopping. So, mounted on Ronsard's horse Balder, Quentin rides to Durwin's house. He meets Durwin and also Durwin's friend, Theido. Theido and Quentin rides to Askelon where the Queen was, but they are caught by the crafty coward, Prince Jaspin. The Prince is the King's brother and he wants to have the crown. Quentin escapes and goes to the Queen. The message he gave was that King Eskevar had been captured by the evil necromancer, Nimrood. Then, the Queen, Durwin, and Quentin meets Theido. He had escaped and together they ride to save the King. Quentin learns of a new God, the Most High and he turns away from Ariel and the other gods to worship the true one God. Durwin teaches him more about God on the way.
Can they rescue the King from Nimrood? Can they win the battle with Prince Jaspin's 100,000 men with their 10,000?

This is a wonderful Christian fantasy. The next one, "The Warlords of Nin" is my favorite in the Dragon King Trilogy.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stafford on November 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
Stephen R. Lawhead's book, "In the Hall of the Dragon King" is a fantasy novel. The story is set during what seems like the Middle Ages where there are kings and queens, knights and lords, and battles against good and evil.
Quentin is the main character of the story. In the beginning, he is a fifteen-year-old acolyte to the god Ariel but later becomes a follower of God. He is very headstrong, courageous, and kind. He is always helping others and makes many friends. Durwin the Holy Hermit is the one who teaches Quentin about God. Durwin is a hermit who lives in the woods, healing and helping the sick. He is very helpful and caring and loves to tell others about God. Toli is a Jher, a race of people who live in the woods. He leaves his tribe to be a servant of Quentin. He is not only a servant, but also Quentin's best friend. Toli is a quiet person with a crafty and quick mind. Prince Jaspin is the wicked brother of the Dragon King of Mesandor. He is crafty and mean but also a coward. He plots against the king with the help of Nimrood the Necromancer. Nimrood is an evil magician who calls on the dark side for his powers. He is evil, cruel, and a lunatic for power.
Very late in the night, Quentin awakes suddenly. He hears the priests talking in the temple a goes to find out what happened. A morally wounded knight had stumbled into the temple where Quentin serves as an acolyte to the god Ariel. The knight says his name is Ronsard and that he has a most important message to deliver to Queen Alinea at the city of Askelon. Since because of his injury, he pleads for one of them to send to message. Quentin decides to deliver the message for him. But though that means he can never come back to them temple, he still insists he will go.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Godly Gadfly on July 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you are expecting something like Lawhead's profound and satisfying "Pendragon Cycle" when reading these books, prepare to be disappointed. This isn't typical Lawhead, it's the Lawhead "lite" version, because it lacks the depth of description, character and emotion present in many of Lawhead's other works. Undoubtedly, this is more entertainment than the literary fiction of those offerings. But it would be unfair to criticize Lawhead too harshly for this, because this series was born in the infancy of his career as a writer. Readers familiar with the more polished and developed Lawhead as evident in his later work would do the man an injustice by measuring his first work by the incredibly high standard of his more mature efforts.

As a series geared towards the level of teens rather than adults, and where the reader is not under the false expectation that it contains the majesty and depth of the "Pendragon Cycle", this is still a great read. This first volume i!n the series of three (The "Dragon King" Trilogy) introduces us to young Quentin, an assistant in the temple of Ariel, who forsakes aspirations of priesthood in order to undertake an important mission for the King. This quickly leads to a quest to save King Eskevar from the hands of his evil brother Prince Jaspin who harbours selfish ambitions to take over the crown. Quentin and his great war horse Balder are soon joined in this quest by the religious hermit Durwin, the renowned outlaw Theido, and later by the prison warder Trenn, the good Queen Alinea, the mysterious nomad Toli, and the brave knight Ronsard. But Jaspin proves to be a mere pawn in the hands of the evil necromancer Nimrood, and it is from the clutches of this corrupt wizard that the King must be rescued.
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Stephen R. Lawhead is a multi-award winning author of mythic history and imaginative bestsellers. In over thirty years of professional writing he has established an international reputation and is known for such works as the King Raven trilogy, a re-telling of the Robin Hood legend; and the Pendragon Cycle, an historic retelling of the King Arthur legend.

Other notable works include the fantasy trilogies The Song of Albion, and the Dragon King Trilogies -- as well as the historical works Byzantium, Patrick, Avalon, and the works of science-fiction Dream Thief and Empyrion saga, and his latest, the five-book series Bright Empires. Lawhead makes his home in Oxford, England, with his wife.

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