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Mark of the Dragon Queen [Kindle Edition]

Katie W. Stewart
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 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
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006SH34VG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong plot, strong characters; strong novel January 21, 2012
By Dave
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark of the Dragon Queen January 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A world of fantasy and adventure like no other... July 24, 2012
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Mark of the Dragon Queen is a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Set in an unspecified era a century or so ago, somewhere in Europe (or so one imagines), the reader is transported to a wonderful world where cobbled streets abound and horses are the mode of transportation - unless one is lucky enough to have a dragon for a friend.

The book is peopled with eclectic and wonderful folk. Kira, our hero, is a girl of fifteen whose father Ifor is an eccentric intellectual. Kira's mother died when she was ten and she always considered she took care of him as much as he took care of her. But this kind and playful man has a secret past he has been keeping from her. Feisty and headstrong, when Ifor is arrested for breaking an old oath and sent off to a prison from which there is no escape, Kira decides she must do the impossible and get him released.

Thus begins a captivating tale of suspense that features a villain who wants Ifor out of the way so he can become Lord High Councillor - and use wizardry for nefarious purposes. But the villain has not counted on friendships that transcend transgressions to the depth of putting themselves in danger; magical crystals; and a dragon who owes her life to Ifor.

Ms Stewart has an innate talent for storytelling and her character development, prose and staging are exemplary. The settings are imaginative, the adventure takes the reader down paths that twist and turn - including one or two surprising ones we do not see coming. The ending is strong. We care about what happens to these people and are left wanting to know more of the story.

As with all good books, Ms Stewart's stories always have a message and Mark of the Dragon Queen is no exception. It is a story of trust and faith and honor and loyalty - and finding one's strength against great odds.

The book can be enjoyed by individuals of all ages. I look forward to reading a sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent YA fantasy June 5, 2012
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As the title says, this is a wonderful fantasy for young adults. I would have loved this when I was younger. As it is, it's still enjoyable for me as an adult. There is little (some might say no) romance and the plot is not totally predictable. The writing is very solid. The only reason it's more appropriate for younger audiences is that it is fairly simple in tone, subject, and language. It's a quick fun read for adults, with some novel ideas.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Raine
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark of the Dragon Queen
Kira’s world is shattered when her father saves a boy by levitating him to safety. By using magic her father broke an oath he made eighteen years before. Read more
Published 3 months ago by celticfrogreviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
Away on holidays and thought I would read a book by a person I knew.

Started reading and got hooked, could not put it down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kathy P
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark of the Dragon Queen
A rip roaring adventure, full of twists and turns at every corner. Wonderful new created fantasy world by Katie W. Stewart. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bill Tillman
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking!
What a breathtaking novel! Katie Stewart has an amazing talent; I have now read three of hers, and have loved them all! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Brenda
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding
I had a lot of fun reading this book. It took my mind into a world of dragons and adventure. I can't wait for more to come.
Published 13 months ago by Serentiy24
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying protagonists
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. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Witchmag
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This one was a good read, not a great read, but it was good. Have never read this authors books before, am willing to try some of her other books.
Published 16 months ago by Pam Nielsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and Fun
I enjoyed this book. Although there were a few places the plot was telegraphed a little too early, in most places it flowed well and had just the right pacing. Read more
Published 17 months ago by G. Cox
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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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