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Mark of the Dragon Queen [Kindle Edition]

Katie W. Stewart
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Kira has led a sheltered life, brought up by her widowed father, whom she adores. When he is arrested and imprisoned for a murder he allegedly committed 18 years before, she is devastated. So when she overhears an ex-student of her father's planning to visit the prison, Kira decides to go, too. However, the student - Arun - is not who she thinks he is, and she soon learns that her father has not always been the man of integrity she has known for fifteen years.

Caught in a rebellion against the Lord High Councillor who would return the country to Wizard Rule, Kira finds that there is one more lesson she has to learn - about herself. Success depends on her, but is she willing to make the sacrifice it will require?

A book for Young Adults, but suitable for all ages.


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About the Author

Katie W. Stewart's first major piece of writing was at the age of seven, when she wrote a ten-page recall of what she did the day she didn't go on the whole-school excursion. Fortunately, she has learned to write about more interesting things since then. Katie is an Australian author of fantasy fiction for all ages. She was born in Lancashire, England and emigrated with her family when she was nine years old. In her non-writing life she works as a library assistant and relief teacher at a small school in country Western Australia. She is also a farmer's wife, mother of three children and carer for a menagerie of pets. In her spare time, she illustrates books, designs book covers, paints pet portraits and plays Celtic harp and guitar.

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  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491226870
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006SH34VG
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong plot, strong characters; strong novel January 21, 2012
By Dave
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I tremendously enjoyed the first novel by this Indie author, called Treespeaker. So I was curious about The Mark of the Dragon Queen and I wasn't disappointed. Although less subtle than Treespeaker, The Mark of the Dragon Queen contains more action which makes it a fast-paced read. The writing is once again very tight and smooth, as well as well-edited.

The story centers around the teenager Kira, who discovers her father's hidden past as he gets arrested for using magic. In a swift sequence of event, Kira's whole life is turned upside down.The intelligent Kira is hindered by her naivety and her stubbornness, but that same stubbornness also helps her. She's a well-balanced character and I enjoyed following her. Other characters, including Kira's father Ifor, his friend and doctor-magician Jan, and the young wizard-apprentice Arun show sufficient depth. The main antagonist, Apharis seemed shallow to me at first, but later on his characterization developed in such a way that I had to revise my view of him as just the standard evil just to be evil villain.

The dragons, whose queen plays a pivotal part in the story, are underdeveloped however. They seemed pretty generic and their characterization fell a bit flat. This is my main criticism on this novel, and that is a pity for an otherwise very strong story.

The worldbuilding is not very exotic, but interesting nonetheless. The novel's main strength is its plot though, which takes a fairly straight but swift path, and has some surprising bends and curves at the end. It kept me captivated and turning the pages.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark of the Dragon Queen January 23, 2012
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Feisty teenager, Kira, is the main human protagonist in this fast-paced, action-filled book which is populated by imperfect, and therefore realistic, characters. Characters that Stewart's writing effortlessly brings you to care about - so much so, that you finish the book wondering, and worrying, about what happens next.

The book would work equally well as a YA or crossover novel. There is enough action and there are enough male characters, to appeal to both male and female readers. Similarly, the beautiful cover, designed by the author, will attract readers of both sexes.

Gripping, and at times very poignant, this book demonstrates a further dimension to Stewart's story-telling abilities already so ably displayed in "Treespeaker" and "The Dragon Box".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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"Mark of the Dragon Queen" is an exciting ride from beginning to end. Stewart weaves an intricate plot around very well developed characters. There's lots of action and plenty of twists and turns, as well as shocking secrets revealed, as Kira fights to save her father from a death she knows he doesn't deserve. The dragons are awesome!! You'll be on the edge of your seat, turning the pages as fast as you can read to see what's going to happen next. There is no lack of energy in this story. You'll be drawn into the story right off and will suffer with the characters all the way through. If you want an awesome read... this is it!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fantasy Read for Middle Grades and Adults October 28, 2014
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The story starts out at a fast pace, as a teenage girl's life abruptly falls apart within the first chapter. The reader is then taken on an epic journey filled with magic, dragons, and adventure.

I give this book five stars. It's a classic fantasy read where good versus a great evil. The author didn't give any secrets away, and the plot is thick and filled with surprises. There's a lot of action, and I don't believe this story was lacking in any way. I can highly recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy reads.

As for my clean rating, I am very impressed with the writing of this author. Although there is death that is to be expected from an epic fantasy, there are no curse words or sexual content-not even kissing. This book is clean enough for middle grade children, yet it's perfect for adults also. It's an adventure you won't outgrow.

If you love stories involving magic and dragons, then I suggest you give it a try. I'm a *cough* older woman, yet I highly enjoyed this book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying protagonists January 24, 2013
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I wasn't that enamored with this story and it took me several attempts to finish it. There were just too many things that annoyed me, mainly someone named Kira. Your typical YA heroine without brains, or at least the ability to use them. And this behavior started right at the start. Cause how is it otherwise possible to think that, when you overhear a person talking about busting someone out of prison, it must be your dad they are talking about? He isn't the only one in jail, you know. She really talked through her hat most of the story. And don't let me get started about her egoistic and oh-my-god-did-she-really-do-that-? behavior, cause that was even worse.

Her father has similar problems, so I guess it runs in the family? Although his problem is that he wants to save EVERYONE. Which usually ends with more victims than when they started. Oh and don't forget Aurun, who also seems to have problems with grasping the consequences of his actions. His biggest mistake is not tying Kira to a tree and instead letting her tag along. So much could have been prevented!

Okay enough about them, let's talk about something more fun: dragons! Dragons are apparently wise and very dangerous creatures that inhabit the world Kira lives in. Then why did I get the feeling they were no more than lap-dogs who arrive at even the slightest sign of danger to save the day? I hoped so much more! Something in line with Saphira from Eragon. That's what I call a wise and dangerous creature. But instead I got large lap dogs. *Sigh*

There also seems to be a lack of feelings for friends and acquaintances who get injured or die. Okay, Kiri is sad for a couple of seconds, before she continues her merry way. Where is the commitment? Those people / dragons died for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I enjoyed reading this. Suspense, family love and support.
Published 9 days ago by Roma
4.0 out of 5 stars YA Fantasy with dragons
What's not to like about this YA fantasy? It has good and evil wizards, magic crystals, a brave and daring heroine and plenty of dragons! Read more
Published 4 months ago by carolynfromoz
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I really enjoyed this well written fantasy with its wonderful descriptions and realistic characters. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Julie Elizabeth Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing story-telling
Refreshing story-telling keeps the reader guessing.
Published 7 months ago by K. A. Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars My favourite authors at the time (and they remain on the ...
I was lucky to get this book for free during a recent Kindle promotion. I have come to know the author through a network of West Australian authors, so when I had opportunity to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lily Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I would call this a young adult or middle grade fantasy that is a great read for many ages. I truly enjoyed it. I liked this author's descriptions of dragons and magic. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Love to read witty and clean
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is a very good book. It is a young adult book I think even preteens could read it. So if you like these kinds of books then get it and enjoy.
Published 7 months ago by Patricia Burleson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This novel is a light-hearted adventure suitable for YA or even children. It has great lovable characters and a well thought out plot that is far from obvious. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nav Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragons on a whole new level
This isn't your normal dragon story. In fact, the dragons don't come into the picture until about half way through. But they are well worth the wait. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lauren Berkenpas
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tale For Further Series
Mark Of The Dragon Queen was a very interesting tale that had all the wonderful aspects of magic, dragons, betrayers and tyranny. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Raine
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Katie W. Stewart's first major piece of writing was at the age of seven, when she wrote a ten-page recall of what she did the day she didn't go on the whole-school excursion. Fortunately, she has learned to write about more interesting things since then. Katie is an Australian author of fantasy fiction for all ages. She was born in Lancashire, England and emigrated with her family when she was nine years old. In her non-writing life she works as a library assistant and relief teacher at a small school in country Western Australia. She is also a farmer's wife, mother of three children and carer for a menagerie of pets. In her spare time, she illustrates books, designs book covers, paints pet portraits and plays celtic harp and guitar.

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