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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory Narrator: Kate Rudd, Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Dragon Prophecy Series Release Date: July 2014 ISBN: 9781491502990
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Crown of Vengeance begins a new epic fantasy saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

She is the unwanted spawn of a mad king and queen, her lands lost before her birth; her family—her very name—erased from history. Cursed by many, yet protected by an even greater curse.

She was born on a night of storm and terror, raised in protected concealment, then banished from the only home she had ever known—an ancient enemy’s final stroke in a war begun centuries before.

Secret studies of hidden lore reveal the truth of the prophecy that heralded her coming. Dark dreams teach lessons of war and duty, of strategy and magecraft, that she could not learn in a thousand lifetimes.

She does not have a thousand lifetimes. She has just one—and time is running out. For the prophecy spoke not just of her, but of a great Darkness that would destroy the elven kingdoms. A Darkness that is coming ever closer.

She is Vieliessar Farcarinon and she must save her people. Even if she must shatter custom and destroy the world she was born to rule.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The great Elven Queen Vieliessar of Farcarinon was the first to lead the forces of the Light against the Endarkened and also the first to bond with a dragon; but until now, her full story has remained untold. Crown of Vengeance fills in that epic story…This series starter promises to enthrall.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “The book strikes the right balance between the struggles of a young girl thought to be the ‘Child of the Prophecy’ and the epic mythology that leads her to embrace a queen’s destiny with Joan-of-Arc fervor…Strong writing and the sympathetic lead keep the pages moving.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “The authors demonstrate once again their talents for storytelling on a grand scale. Strong characters and a compelling plot make this a sure selection for fans.”

    Library Journal

  • “There are spells and incantations, lackeys and varlets, revenge and remorse. The book is ripe with mythical beasts, complex nomenclature, and overwrought descriptive phrasing…all laced into a narrative motif fit for a Technicolor swashbuckler…A fantasy fanatic’s feast.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[An] intricate tale…Rudd’s fluid, lyrical performance eases the reader’s immersion into Viel’s world of political intrigue and war. Though propelled by destiny, Rudd’s Viel is humanized in brief moments infused with loneliness, humor, and earnestness. Interspersed with her tale are the secret preparations of the forces of darkness foretold in the prophecy, narrated by Lane with chilling malevolence, which adds an urgency to Viel’s quest to unite her people and builds anticipation for the next entry in the series. Set in the world of the authors’ Obsidian and Enduring Flame trilogies, Viel’s journey from outcast to leader builds on the world familiar to fans and stands on its own for new readers.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “Narrator Kate Rudd, with her refined, mature tones, shapes our image of Vieliessar as she grows from a young girl who is afraid of the magic inside her to the warrior that she was always meant to become. Accompanying Rudd in this epic is Christopher Lane, whose gritty, rich voice calls forth the old age of evil and sorcery that is destined to manifest in the book’s present time. Both narrators show consistency in the pronunciation of complex names and work together to illuminate this first in a trilogy not to be missed. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author
Author Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times bestselling American fan­tasy author behind the Heralds of Valdemar series, the Elemental Masters series, the 500 Kingdoms series, and many more. She has published over one hundred novels in under twenty-five years.

About the Narrators

Kate Rudd, actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared in several independent films and shorts, as well as in multiple episodes of the television show Perks. As an audiobook narrator she has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration.

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He has been awarded the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration several times and has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards.