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“For classic fantasy, there is no better author” (Jennifer Roberson) than Dennis L. McKiernan, who created the legendary realm of Mithgar. Now the national bestselling author of Dragondoom returns to his most beloved fictional world to reveal the untold history of the rightful heir to the kingdom—the War of the Usurper....  For more than a hundred years, a bitter dispute o“For classic fantasy, there is no better author” (Jennifer Roberson) than Dennis L. McKiernan, who created the legendary realm of Mithgar. Now the national bestselling author of Dragondoom returns to his most beloved fictional world to reveal the untold history of the rightful heir to the kingdom—the War of the Usurper....  For more than a hundred years, a bitter dispute over how the High King had been selected simmered in the dark halls of the royal family whose line had not been chosen. They held fast to their anger and bitterness through generations. Finally one of their sons, Arkov of Garia, seized the throne through treachery and by force of arms, claiming it as rightfully his. But in his haste to see the king and queen slain, Arkov failed to confirm the death of the young prince, Reyer, who was spirited away to safety. On a distant and mysterious island ruled by elves, where he was raised and trained by a trusted Captain of the slain High King, Reyer has now come of age. He has learned of his lineage—and those loyal to the bloodline of the true High King have rallied to his side. And though the forces of his enemy are far superior, Reyer will gather an army and lead them against the Usurper—to gain back the crown and kingdom stolen from him and to restore Mithgar to its rightful rule....

Title : Stolen Crown
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ISBN : 9780451419880
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 512 Pages
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Stolen Crown Reviews

  • Josh
    2019-02-04 18:05

    Disappointing.McKiernan's early work in Mithgar was highly derivative, charitably described as a Tolkien homage (less charitably, a blatant ripoff) but his later work had evolved into something a bit more original and interesting. While still very much beholden to JRRT, it was at least branching out into newer territory with works that were occasionally fun and sometimes added something to genre.This one? not so much. This one pulls out an unexplored bit of history of the world, where the high king is murdered in a coup, but his young son escapes to be raised in a faraway land to someday reclaim his crowd. Not the most original story, but there are enough variations on the theme to give it possibilities. Unfortunately, McKiernan avails himself of essentially none of them. It's a checkbox novel, filling in various blanks in the history of the world, but nothing much more than a travelogue.The characters don't really get much development, the powers of the magi add too much deus ex machina to maintain any tension, the villains are cartoonish...it's just not very good. Its not awful, really and it certainly reads fast enough. For long time readers there's something mildly interesting about visiting this era and seeing how parts of the world that havent been very involved in earlier works fit together. But it's not enough. McKiernan may have run out of ideas.

  • Ray
    2019-02-18 14:16

    I've been reading Dennis McKiernan's books since 1993. Pretty much read them all (except the short story ones), and I'm a huge fan. Here, with The Stolen Crown, the author comes through again with a fascinating vision of a time in the Kingdom of Mithgar, where all sorts of things are going on, and of the great consequences that effect the realm. Told from multiple points of view, both the heroes and the villians, McKiernan masterfully tells his tale. Reading it on a Kindle, when I got up to the climactic battle, I was already at 91% and thinking, "when the hell is the war coming?", but it finally arrived and was handled well. I look forward to more of this author in the future.

  • Jen
    2019-02-21 21:02

    Terrible. I was a huge fan of Dennis Mckiernan and Mithgar back in the day. After reading this disaster I'm now questioning whether my tastes have just gotten more sophisticated or if this book is really just that terrible

  • Scott Block
    2019-02-22 19:04

    Not the best Mithgar novel but still a great story.

  • Joe Aguiar
    2019-01-25 15:17

    I am a very big fan of the fantasy books of Dennis L. McKiernan and was very excited to find he had written another, especially after hearing his musings about retiring the series more then once. Stolen Crown is not quite up to the best of his imaginative works but, it is still a fast paced and fun read set once more in his world of Mithgar. The story is simple, brutal usurper Arkov of Garia has murdered the High King Valen and his family and taken his throne. But, a ruse has allowed two year old Reyer,son of Valen to escape and be hidden away so, when he comes of age, he can return and take back what is his and avenge his family. The book chronicles his growth and training on the island of Kell, surviving a few attempts to take his life by enemies who have found him, to his march as a young true-king to meet the forces of Arkov who allies himself with former enemies of the kingdom. There is also sorcery and creatures of fantasy involved, as well as ,heroic deeds and bloody combat. It is a well written and entertaining fantasy loaded with action, villainy and heroism aplenty. And there are a few appearances by familiar characters from other tales. The only flaw that holds this book back is that, by McKiernan's own admission, the story started out from a short tale and grew into a book. And it shows. Each chapter starts with a mini history lesson and it's not only obvious filler but, covers material that fans of his books already know. It's not boring or bad, just obviously there to expand the tale to proper book length. If this is your first McKiernan book, then it probably would be more interesting and less obtrusive. As for longtime fans, we are already familiar with this material. Regardless, it is still a fun book and despite the author, once again, considering this being the last tale from Mithgar, I can only hope the writing bug bites him once again.

  • Dakeyras
    2019-02-23 14:13

    I'm an unabashed McKiernan fan. I've loved most of his books but the last few haven't had the same magic for me.Good things about Stolen Crown:- Clear direction for the characters, everyone had a purpose and filled it with the appropriate mix of humor and gravitas.- Characters were awesome and McKiernan has a knack for writing about people you will grow to care about.- The rising tension for the final battle as the armies moved toward each other was excellent. McKiernan built up the climax to a gigantic level but.......(see below)Not so good things about Stolen Crown:- Not as much development of Rigan/Reyer and Alric as I would've like to have seen. They were young children in one chapter, pre-teens in another, 15/16 year olds and finally the High King/loyal warrior friend. All in a short, short span of the book. There was no real growing pains as Reyer learned how to be the High King he needed to be. He was just "the man" and people followed him.- .....(continued from pro's) it was over before it should've been. Forces are engaged, battling, despair is hitting the good guys.....then just as they seem doomed to lose.....re-inforcements arrive from every direction and the battle is over.One final thing that really bugged me but was a publisher's decision regarding the paperback... The paperback measured 518 pages which is a lot of pages to enjoy a nice epic fantasy. However, each chapter title had it's own page and the page on the opposite side was blank as well. Depending on when the chapter ended, there might've been basically 3 blank pages in between chapters. So the 518 page story....became about 350 pages.

  • Chelsie
    2019-02-08 14:23

    This book starts off a little tedious and I really wasn't a fan of the description of every area they were in or intending to go into before getting into the chapter but it started to get better as I got deeper into the story. I enjoyed the build of the story itself without the annoying narratives of the layout of the land and the connection between Reyer and Alric. It was more focused on humans than some of McKiernan's other books which tend to focus on Elves, Dwarves or Warrows. Very good read as are all of his others books. I highly recommend this book especially if you are a lover of the Lord of the Rings.

  • Michael Brown
    2019-01-25 21:59

    Not as good as previous books in this series. Mainly because this was not really a novel with story development and charactizations to complete the plot and tell a tale. This was more like a diary where each chapter told an event or presented a description of something being observed or discussed. There was not a lot of narative as with a normal novel. This tale was given to use a bit here and there and was only so so. Hopefully if more stories come along they will return to the standard format and old narative style.

  • Brad
    2019-02-12 19:04

    McKiernan breaks from his traditional format of a long detailed account by summarizing events with a quick pace. Some readers may enjoy the rapid story but I prefer the longer method. McKiernan also started each chapter with a geography or history lesson that led into the current chapter's setting. I found this disruptive to the flow of the plot and quit reading these intros about half way through the book. Overall, I was disappointed, hoping for more depth, but was able to get into the story enough that it was a quick read.

  • Kyle Bell
    2019-02-22 22:00

    I was really disappointed by this book. Dennis McKeirnan got me started on fantasy and I have always loved his books. This one though got me dreading the beginning of each chapter because they began with a geography lesson that didn't really enhance the story. The story also lacked, something, the magic that McKeirnan is able to weave into his stories just wasn't there this time. Hopefully this was not his last foray into Mithgar.

  • Eric Berry
    2019-02-22 19:23

    Another fine read in a long series of fantasy novels. If you like standard good vs. evil, humans, elves and dwarves vs evil spawn these books are for you. Character development sufficient to enable the reader to get to know the main characters, plenty of action and intrigue. One complaint - I would have loved to see the final battle that culminated the story be longer and with greater detail.

  • Brian
    2019-02-24 15:58

    I'm a huge fan of McKiernan's work. HUGE. He's the only author I have signed books from. It's with a heavy heart I had to rate this 2 stars. It didn't hold up to his previous works. There was too much jumping around between characters and locations. I couldn't really get attached to any character or their fate. This is less of a review, and more of a suggestion to start with the authors earlier Mithgar works.

  • Leo
    2019-02-20 22:06

    The read was very slow with very little action. For a book that may or may not be the conclusion of a series there seems way too much world building both locations and race descriptions. I expected more from such a known author. This book was written after he'd supposedly ended the series which might explain why I didn't care for it as much.

  • Gerry
    2019-02-15 18:01

    Trying to give us a novel with a story that should be new to us, however it seems as if there is still a lot here whereby the author is playing to those who are already fans. How omnipotent can Dalavar be?

  • Dave Rhoden
    2019-02-21 13:59

    Liked it but not as much as previous books. Maybe because I tried to make it last as long as possible , but I wasn't as attached to the characters as usual. There was no real character growth so it felt more like the set-up to a bigger story.

  • Steve Herrley
    2019-02-04 18:00

    As a fan of his previous books I will not be overly harsh with this review. I will simply say it felt as though he was trying to write as many pages as possible to meet a quota. It was disappointing and uninspired.

  • Stuart
    2019-01-30 21:23

    Started slow but was interesting enough to keep reading. Was good in the middle and towards the end but. Was very lackluster and ended very quickly. Overall the story felt undeveloped and incomplete

  • Bruce
    2019-02-15 14:17

    The first really great read that I have enjoyed in a while! McKiernan is the master of creating wonderful characters; his good guys are really good, and his bad guys are really bad! McKiernan is in my top three fantasy writers of all times.

  • Brian Palmer
    2019-02-22 19:58

    This is very traditional high fantasy; dwarves and elves almost straight out of Tolkien, pseudo-medieval characters, blackhatted, mustache-twirling Necromancers and mysterious Mages. It should be perfectly decent as summer reading, but unfortunately this one didn't grab me.

  • Jeanette Thomas
    2019-02-22 14:23

    The story was good, but I think the description of all the places in the kingdom could have been tied in better with the story.

  • Peter Fiske
    2019-02-19 15:13

    Marvelous high fantasy. McKiernan has never disappointed me. All of these books are great.

  • Major Doug
    2019-02-05 18:09

    Good story. Written a bit too 'academically'; with too much detail in some places, and not enough in others. Will probably read another Mithgar novel.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-05 16:54

    I just couldn't get into it. With so much to read if a book doesn't grab me within the first 50 pages it gets put down

  • Barry
    2019-02-17 15:19

    Though others call him a Tolkien clone I have always enjoyed the Mithgar tales by McKiernan. This was far from the best but still readable.