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By calling a temporary truce, Derek Sagan and the rebels thwarted the alien Corasian invasion. Enemies once again, the rebels have resumed their defiance and Sagan has returned to his campaign to topple the corrupt galactic government. He plans to set up Dion as king of the Starfire dynasty--and to place himself as the ruling power behind the throne. On a remote planetary sinkhole of sin and corruption, a small weapon-barely ten centimeters on a side--is hidden. If activated, this seemingly harmless crystal cube could tear a hole in the universe. . .and destroy the fabric of creation. Sagan wants it. Lady Maigrey wants it. And so does Abdiel, a cruel genius who commands a drugged army of mindless slaves. And now Dion is caught in this momentous struggle as he faces his greatest trial yet in his battle to gain the interstellar throne. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By calling a temporary truce, Derek Sagan and the rebels thwarted the alien Corasian invasion. Enemies once again, the rebels have resumed their defiance and Sagan has retumed to his campaign to topple the corrupt galactic government. He plans to set up Dion as king of the Starfire dynasty--and to place himself as the ruling power behind the throne. On a remote planetary sinkhole of sin and corruption, a small weapon-barely ten centimeters on a side--is hidden. If activated, this seemingly harmless crystal cube could tear a hole in the universe. . .and destroy the fabric of creation. Sagan wants it. Lady Maigrey wants it. And so does Abdiel, a cruel genius who commands a drugged army of mindless slaves. And now Dion is caught in this momentous struggle as he faces his greatest trial yet in his battle to gain the interstellar throne.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553763431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553763430
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,689,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Star of the Guardians series is my most favorite series of books ever. I read them back in early high school and have re-read them about 100 times sense. If you love sci-fi, philosophy, history or any combination of the above, you will love these books. I was so excited to see them newly on kindle, waiting for volumes 3 and 4 to come out soon!

I love classic literature, and each chapter of the book starts with quotes from some of the best, as well as many other sources. It is a truly classic story, a great sleeper I wish everyone in the world could know about and I dearly wish they would make movies from them (or maybe not, sometimes great books get ruined this way). I think non-sci-fi fans would love these as well because the story is so much more.

It takes place in what I like to think of as a future many hundreds if not thousands of years from now, earth has nothing to do with the plot but some small references connect it to home. When I was younger I found myself relating to young Dion, in his true coming of age story. Now here I am many years later at 32, learning to find a connection to the other two leads in the story, star crossed lovers who find that the fear and anger that separated them 17 years before, may separate them again.

Honestly I can't do these books justice, it's an epic story with battles, politics, love, deception, friendship, and philosophy all thrown into one and it's splendid. Just read the first few chapters, I promise you won't wan to stop reading!
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The characters are what make this story one of the best I have ever read. Maigrey, Tusk, and Sagan are some of the most powerful characters I have ever found. Weis excells in constructing an immediate sense of the situations in King's Test. The politician Robes is a villian everyone loves to hate. Especially fascinating is the history of the galaxy that precedes the story. Unusually, Weis seems to have three or four main characters, instead of one. Dion Starfire would qualify as the central figure, but the others are so powerfully written that they almost seem to take over the book. References to Milton, Plato, Dickens enrich an already thought-provoking work. After Lost King, I couldn't sleep until I had read the other three books. I would suggest this book to anyone with an interest in futuristics, or for anyone just looking for a great read.
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In this novel, the struggle for power continues between Maigrey, Derek Sagan, and Dion Starfire. However, a new, deadly opponent comes to the surface. The new opponent is going to try to tear apart the Guardians and Dion. However, Maigrey and Sagan have a few tricks up their sleeves! This novel continues right where the first one ended. It is fast paced and highly enjoyable.
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Read this series years ago in paperback. Very glad to have it in my cloud now. Easy read with an amazing story and characters you can't do without. It is like getting together with old friends!
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King's Sacrifice continues the great story of Dion Starfire and his spiritual struggles. Dion so badly wants to become a man and assume the throne. His interactions with Sagan and the StarLady, as Sagan's men now call Maigrey Morianna, keep tugging at him mercilessly.

Dion becomes involved with the leader of an ancient priesthood from the Order of Dark Lightning. He trusts the man will take him straight to the throne, but Abdiel has plans of his own. Sagan and Maigrey must use everything they've been given to overcome Abdiel and bring Dion safely back to reality.

A whole new group of wonderful characters emerge in this book. Bear Olefsky, a mountain of a man and an ally of Sagan's, Snaga, the brilliant weapons manufacturer, a vapor breather, and an Amazon woman warrior and leader of a powerful plant. Sagan and Maigrey must use all the players in order to bring Dion closer to the throne.

A great tale continued with this book...

Kevin Gerard - Author of the Conor and the Crossworlds Fantasy Adventure Series
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By A Customer on May 5, 1998
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I read the complete saga and I just can't find another word for it; it is just truely brilliant. The characters are incredebly and the entire story NEVER EVER gets boring. A nice balance between action, humor and feelings is part of that. I am just sorry that Magaret Weis did not write anymore Science Fiction books...she would have a great future ( I never read any of her Fantasy stuff)...
I DID NOT MEET ANYBODY YET WHO DIDN'T LIKE THIS SAGA!!!
I hope you'll find the time to read it, too !
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As the second book of the four book sage it is my second favourite the third one being my favourite. I loved this saga, it had everything in it to be a brilliant movie series, but no movie could ever bring these characters to life as Margret Weis did in these books. This is one of the best books I have ever read.
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By A Customer on October 21, 1999
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This was the best book I have ever read!!I'm currently looking for the 5th book, but I can't find it!What I really want to do is buy the whole series together.I need to know: how many books are in the whole series, if she's written them all, and where could I but them?If you know, email me at LanenKae@aol.com
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