- By Storm Constantine

Sea Dragon Heir

  • Title: Sea Dragon Heir
  • Author: Storm Constantine
  • ISBN: 9780312873066
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sea Dragon Heir In a world beyond time the Palindrake family ruled the rocky kingdom of Caradore their right ordained by their allegiance to the power of the Sea But war came to them and defeat at the hands of the

    In a world beyond time the Palindrake family ruled the rocky kingdom of Caradore, their right ordained by their allegiance to the power of the Sea But war came to them, and defeat at the hands of the king of Fire.He had coveted this high, feral land, and now it was his Caradore, and its guardian family, the Palindrakes, had once belonged to the sea Their flags were adorIn a world beyond time the Palindrake family ruled the rocky kingdom of Caradore, their right ordained by their allegiance to the power of the Sea But war came to them, and defeat at the hands of the king of Fire.He had coveted this high, feral land, and now it was his Caradore, and its guardian family, the Palindrakes, had once belonged to the sea Their flags were adorned with the ocean s brutal, yet fragile, monsters sea dragons, proud, attenuated, and coral frail If the mournful cries of their shattered ghosts echoed from the ocean now, no one heard them The flags had fallen and were burned The elements had clashed and fire reigned triumphant.The Palindrakes were defeated, but not lost For the lady of Caradore protected the secret rituals of the family s bond to the sea And in time the power of the Sea Dragons would rise again.And now, five lifetimes later, the Palindrake heir, Valraven V, has a twin sister, a woman who embodies their inheritance of power in a way that no wife ever could Valraven is obedient to his oath to serve the Magravandian Emperor in war and peace, and Pharinet is resigned to her duty as a woman to marry But the tidal power in their blood draws them to each other, into a forbidden passion that could sweep away bonds of fire placed upon the oceanic magic of the sea.

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    1. Sea Dragon Heir is the first book of The Chronicles of Magravandias trilogy, and this is one example that leads me to increasingly avoid trilogies, or any kind of these fantasy sagas altogether. The problem is that I always have to finish a book series, no matter how disappointing they turn out to be… like this one… Well, Sea Dragon Heir was actually palatable but its most distinctive feature was the strong sexual content that mixed incest, homosexuality and the sorts. Other than that it was [...]

    2. It started out interesting, with plots, forbidden passions, and murky motivations. The protagonist of the first bit, Pharinet, is a person of questionable morals and judgment, but interesting. I was very curious to see what all her scheming would accomplish, and how her character would develop - for good or bad. The plot is racing along, but then all the momentum is lost. The POV switches to six years later and another character, and then it's 100+ pages of sitting around doing nothing, waiting, [...]

    3. I loved these books when I was about fifteen. I thought they were fascinating. I think I missed a few things. I can't rate them any higher because I don't remember anything more than a few wonderful turns of phrase. Also, I think I remember finding the plot kind of heavyhanded.

    4. It's more like 3.5 stars. I was about to give it 4 stars, till I remembered that I had to suffer through one of the worst POV characters I've ever read for like half the book. The change of the POV character really redeemed this book in the end and made it so much more enjoyable.Overall this was a typical fantasy story, with all the enjoyable ingrediences the genre comes with: magic, gods, dragons, pretty royal people who scheme to get their candidate on the throne and a curse.Also suffering. I [...]

    5. Sea Dragon's Heir is the first--and strongest--of the Magravandias Chronicles trilogy. It put Constantine's unique and poetic writing style to its greatest advantage, while the subsequent two books dragged a bit.Though the story supposedly revolves around Valraven's decsion (hero or oppressor?), we rarely see anything from Valraven’s point of view; instead, the story flows through the eyes of those around him. First we watch him grow up by following his sister and lover Pharinet. Then when he [...]

    6. In a lot of ways the first half of this this book is like a soap opera. The main character in the first half is Pharinet and she stays home though the entire book while others go off and do stuff and sometimes tell her about it later. There's no fight scenes and no action because the focus is on interpersonal drama. The characters are all flawed in various ways and constantly find new ways to get themselves in trouble though affairs and love triangles. Unfortunately, for being such an important [...]

    7. I picked up this book on a lark - and started reading the first few pages. I instantly fell in love with Storm Constantine's writing style, and bought the book on the spot. The story took a few twists I wasn't the happiest with, but I kept with it all the same because I adored her writing.Then, the plot got wonky. And it seemed to grow lost. But I kept reading, hoping that things would clear up eventually. That's my reasoning for reading the next two novels in the series as well, because I truly [...]

    8. The 2nd half of the book, where the POV changes from Pharinet, twin sister to the heir of a conquered country, to Varencienne, his new bride who falls in love with the land and feels the lost magic of the sea dragons, much more interesting. When I only read the first half, I couldn't finish the book, and my interst in the trilogy was only reawakened when I read the sequel, "The Crown of Silence," which didn't depend on knowledge of the previous book. So my advice is - start with "The Crown of Si [...]

    9. I was thrilled when this book fell into my hands, because I had been hearing raves about Contantine as an edgy, original fantasy writer. Unfortunately, I did not find her to live up to her reputation. The plot of the book is average, and the incest between the main characters is neither shocking, nor were the characters appealing enough to make the incest erotic. While I enjoy dark characters and personalities, these two are merely hateful. Another criticism is that here Constantine clearly inte [...]

    10. So, after finally finding the 2nd and 3rd book in the series, I am able to dive right into the trilogy. This book is slow. A few odd parts, with regards to incest, and it really didn't seem to have a point. The book picked up at the second half, and then ended. There was a whole lot of pointless extra stuff, that really didn't do it for me, and a lot of time jumping, as in childhood to older adulthood. But it did hold my interest, enough to jump right into the second book.

    11. It's been a while since I picked up and enjoyed a fantasy like this. It was an incredibly easy read and I fell into her world with ease. Though I didn't really find myself enjoying the characters that much, I felt that the history she set up was vivid and that is what compelled me to continue with the novel. I'm not sure if I will read the rest of the series yet (simply because I've heard they take a turn for the worse,) but I'm definitely considering it.

    12. I need to re-read this trilogy, I think - I read it probably 10 years ago, and remember thinking it had some really intriguing insights into how magic works, but other than that I'm having a hard time remembering the *content*. (Typical.)I do recall getting really irritated by it (her writing style, I think) by the time I got through the third book.

    13. Couldn't finish it - the incest was off-putting enough, but none of the characters had a quality worth caring about. All of them were some combination of disgusting, vindictive, evil, or whiny, none of which are appealing for me to spend time reading for what's supposed to be enjoyment. It reads like bad fanfic, written purely for the shock value.

    14. Oh I am definately reading this again! I love how Storm weaves her plots and shows that no one is truly all evil or all good. The characters are more believable that way.If you read one of The Chronicles of Magravandias, you will want to read the other two as well. This erotic fantasy fiction at its best!

    15. well writyten and fascinating, Storm Constantine has always managed to build believable worlds and social systems. The characters are well portrayed and, whilst not all likeable, are ones you can still empathise with and understand their motivatiion.I just wish i hadn't waited so long to read this!

    16. Ugh. This book reminded me why I hated reading Storm C. books after suffering through the Wraeththu series. She seriously hates women, there's no two ways to put it. I feel opressed, depressed and plain pissed after trying to read her stuff. Even though I liked the premise of a priestess of a sea dragon how can she screw up a story like that so bad?

    17. I've read this book now for the second time and I still enjoy it. It moves slowly and some of the characters are definitely not likeable but Constatine succeeds in making me sympathise with them. Overall, I love the lush descriptions and especially the way she portrays the sea's restless spirit. The tale is very textured, and perhaps that is what I appreciate the most about it.

    18. Started off interestingly, but it went in a completely different direction than I was expecting with the shift to the princess' perspective My interest died quickly after "Part II" began. For all her flaws, Pharinet was the more intriguing character.

    19. My mom got me this book when i was in high school. Yeah, i tore it to shreds and burned it. Me and my mom both didn't know what was in it till it was too late.

    20. Basic test [yes/no:]: Would I recommend you read this book or not. Was it worth the few hours spent reading it? Am I pleased that I spent the time reading it? --- Yes ---

    21. I read the first half and often times with Storm’s writing I find the language beautiful but the story plodding enough as to grow tiresome.

    22. Uneven, but engrossing. The tone changed considerably from the first half (darkness, brooding, incest, family disasters) to the second half of the book (rather hopeful adventure). Good pacing.

    23. I enjoyed this and am planning to pick up the second in the series. A shame it took me so long to discover this book given that it came out in 2000.

    24. I read this back in the early to mid 2000's. it was interesting and had lots if lust and insets. I do like her style of gothic writing and wouldn't mind reading more of her books.

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