Already hailed as a classic, Robert Stanek's powerful series has been enjoyed by readers all over the world. The elves returned from exile, bringing grave news. War came to the Kingdoms. Many perished in the turmoil and unrest. An attempt was made to kidnap a princess and assassinate a king. Now, from the ancient past, a dark power returns. "The Fourth Wind blows across the mountain tops", they say. And the Twelve Clans emerge from myth and memory.
Bold, inventive, brilliantly imagined, In the Service of Dragons is a novel of magic and wonder, a tale of pure excitement you will not soon forget.
The beginning totally blew me away! This is an amazing start to the series. In this book, the mighty titans and great eagles have returned from the ancient past to help thwart the darkness. Noman, the mysterious keeper of the City of the Sky, has seen the signs and knows now is the time to act and he sets about gathering those who can stop the darkness. Meanwihle, Prince Valam Alder returns to his beloved southlands. His company has a strange encounter with a trickster named Eldrick. This book is so cool I've listened to it twice in one week!! It is a great book. The time starts flying, flying right from the start. If you like scifi/fantasy like I do you will love this book too. The best book for any Eragon, Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings fan to read!! It's not Tolkien, but it is very good!!
19 of 22 people found this review helpful
Discovering Robert Stanek first through the text version of the Kingdoms and the Elves, I was instantly hooked onto the series.
When I discovered that there were audio versions of his books after finishing the fourth kingdoms book, I instantly knew I had to listen to an audio version of his sequel series, the first book of which is this one, In the Service of Dragons.
The audio performance is great, as is the story, and it will keep you entertained the whole way through. Definetly worth your buy, although if your new to the series you'll want to start with The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches book 1.
18 of 21 people found this review helpful
Amazing, I absolutely loved the book! In the Service of Dragons is captivating, imaginative, and enjoyable. I read this in paperback and got it in audio as soon as I saw it. The story was even more enchanting in audio and I couldn't stop listening. This book (and series) continues the adventures of the characters from Robert Stanek's amazing The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches books. The story takes place in the world of Ruin Mist, a world once ruled by titans and dragons. Through the many ages of Ruin Mist, the lands and peoples have changed. In this age, many of the ancient peoples are gone from the world, elves and men are bitter enemies, and a great change is taking place which may signal the end for all. This is definitely a book where you'll want to have the sequel, In the Service of Dragons 2, at hand. This is must read for Everyone.
18 of 23 people found this review helpful
This is a terrific book. Page turner, non-stop action, great for fantasy fans or just anybody. More along the lines of 'LORD of the Rings' than Harry Potter. Great characters from the young hero Vilmos, to the mentor Xith, to the allies Noman and Amir, and the lovely Adrina, and of course Valam and his men. Great writing, terrific adventure. I think everyone should read Robert Stanek's Kingdoms and Dragons books!!!
11 of 14 people found this review helpful
Out of the many hundreds I've listened to, "The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches" books were the best Fantasy I've found. Robert Stanek sweeps the reader off to his fantasy world and his writing keeps you there enthralled till the end. The "In the Service of Dragons" books begin a new chapter in the fantasy world and are equally as compelling. If you enjoy fantasy or simply listening to a good book, this is a must. The other three "In the Service of Dragons" books are just as good.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
Robert Stanek quickly became my favorite author since I started reading the Kingdoms books last year. I was hooked from the first and could not wait to go on to the other books. Then when I found out there were more books, I could not wait to start them. This a great book for pretty much all ages and the performance is good.
In this book, ancient legends and heroes are reborn at a time when the world is at its darkest hour. I have listened to a ton of audio books, because my wife is a big fan of them, but these are hands down my favorites. A fantastic experience. The characters are real, and despite some predictability, the books kept me very hooked. I could not wait to get the second, third and fourth books.
Start with this one, go on to the second one and the rest to get the whole experience.
9 of 12 people found this review helpful
"In the Service of Dragons" is a four-book cycle and a follow up to "The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches," also a four-book cycle. For those who have not picked these books up: Find out what all the talk is about, and discover this magical, enchanting world. Adrina, Vilmos, Seth, Xith, Emel and the others are amazing characters, and I loved joining them on their adventures.
While the Kingdoms books predominantly take place in Great Kingdom, the Dragon books take place in many locations around the fantastic world of the author's imaging. I truly enjoyed journeying with Valam to East Reach, traveling with Vilmos, Xith, Adrina and the others as Noman gathered the companions.
With heroes you will love, villians to hate, and many others in between, there's lots to like here. Certainly, I haven't listened to anything this good or anything this enthralling since Lewis's stories of "Narnia." Any Harry Potter, Narnia, or Eragon fan that hasn't read this is missing out big time. Stanek has done a great job in weaving their differing points of view into a highly coherent story.
Plus the story appeals to just about any age-group, which is why I highly recommend this for all readers of fiction. I loved it!
9 of 12 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this book, and with its other parts offers the opportunity to live in the colorful and well described world of the Kingdoms and the Reaches. This is a treat if you haven't read it before, and if you keep in mind it's meant for young adults it is great for adults too. The series together is absolutely amazing and there is no doubt Stanek is telling a worthwhile epic story. There's a large cast of interesting characters, far-ranging landscape, an extensive back story, and lots of intrigue and mystery. I think how much this story works for you will largely depend on how much you care about the characters, so its a good thing there are more than a few really great ones. The story is entertaining. As for the narration. The narrator is excellent. This is something that will be listened to and read over and over again in our house. Thank you for having it Audible!
11 of 15 people found this review helpful
My son started reading Stanek's Kingdoms and the Elves books a few years back and he loved them so much everyone in the family has read them now. If you liked the adventures in The Kingdoms and the Elves, you'll like the Service of Dragons books just as much for their action sequences.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful
What would have made In the Service of Dragons better?
No, I punished myself to get through this one, actually all eight only because I had already paid for them. Karl is a great narrator, but the story was so incomplete and full of holes.It reads like this. ""Step into my tent, I have a plan." The plan was so beautiful that they won without effort and moved out onto the plan to continue their quest." - Huh? What was the plan about. The book lacks detail. It is multiple groups of characters that continually get into situations that resolve themselves in confusing and unknown ways. The characters refer back to conversations that were had, but not given details about. It makes me think of someone coming up with a story outline, filling in some of the story, and then pulling out the story outline. All you have left is some of the in between.
Save your money and make a better choice.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful