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As a corrupt Commonwealth rules the galaxy through the might of its armies, its most influential general--a renegade Guardian of the deposed Starfire royal line--pursues the rumor of a hidden heir to the throne and searches for a woman he loves and is destined to destroy.From the Trade Paperback edition....

Title : The Lost King
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ISBN : 9780553286007
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Number of Pages : 496 Pages
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The Lost King Reviews

  • Jamie
    2018-12-27 20:24

    This (along with the other 3 books in the series) is a fantastic story. I loved seeing what Margaret Weis did on her own and these stories showed me just what this great author is capable of! I knew her mainly for her fantasy works with Tracy Hickman so it was a shock and treat to read this science fiction series. Being I am a big Star Wars fan this story was right up my alley of interest. But the author definitely showed she own spark of creativity and twist.The story line actually starts before the books beginning. Years prior there was a revolt occurred and the king, prince and princess were murdered. The heir to the throne disappeared. Years later we discover seventeen year old Dion. he grew up in a simple lifestyle and is thrust into a large universe and informed he is the heir by Derek Sagan and Maigrey Morianna (and how I LOVE her character). The two were former guardians and have there own history with each other being mind-linked. There is also Tusk, a mercenary who is initially hired to take Dion away from his home planet and befriends him through along the way. Each character is memorable and wonderful. Initially thought to be a trilogy, it is actually four novels. I highly recommend them all. I first read this series back in middles school and read them so often I quite literally wore through them and had to replace a few of them.

  • Amanda Kespohl
    2018-12-31 00:35

    This whole series reads like a guilty pleasure. As soon as you begin, you're like, "Oh, look, it's Star Wars." And there are some similarities, but there is also unique world-building and some interesting innovations and plotting. Also, I kind of had a thing for the bad guy. (I usually do.) I started reading the last book first when I was about 17 and I adored Derek Sagan so much that I named a teddy bear after him. I haven't reread it in years, so who knows if I would still find the writing as compelling, but what I remember of the story- and Mr. Sagan- still makes me nod in approval.

  • Christine (AR)
    2019-01-03 23:47

    Oh, wow, I loved this series when I first read it. I think I'd have to re-read to make sure it stands up after ten years, but in my memory it is EPIC. (Though, um. A little cheesey.)The set-up:Dion was an infant when his family's galactic monarchy was overthrown. He was smuggled out during the coup and raised with no idea of who he actually is. When the book starts, he's twenty and in hiding, being protected by the remnants of the royal guard who served his family. He's also being hunted by the ex-head of said guard who also instigated the coup. Dion's slightly annoying, but the series for me was all about Maigrey, anyway, who is a far more interesting character. She was part of the guard and part of the group that saved Dion, plus she was also in love with the man who led the coup. Now, she's Dion's sworn protector even though she doesn't really like him that much. She's damaged and powerful and driven and tragic (and beautiful, of course) and in retrospect, I realize she's kind of a Mary Sue. Who cares. She's awesome.There are great secondary characters, too, and everyone runs around saving Dion and trying to restore the monarchy (though they never explain why they want it restored) and battling evil. It's a fun, fast read.The original story arc runs over the first three books, and then the fourth takes place a few years later and focuses on Dion, who grows up a little. There are other books that take place in this universe, but I found them less interesting.

  • Bookwormgirl
    2019-01-03 18:38

    I first read this back in High School in the 90's and I am glad I revisited this work.True space opera with bits of religion, the force, Roman Legions, and Blood Swords that are like light sabres, mixed with a very dark Camelot feel. This is a miss-mash that you wouldn't think works but some how does, entirely do to the character development done by the author.The story is about Dion and how he is the the lost heir to the king. The story however, really revolves around the characters Sagan and his former lover Maigrey and how they interact and try to manipulate events and people (including each other) to control Dion.The fact that Sagan and Maigrey share a mental bond was particularly ironic to me because their entire relationship and decisions come about because THEY DON"T TALK TO EACH OTHER! Really they talk but they keep so much hidden from each other that really only surface communication happens. You have this link to someone that others can only dream about and they still can't communicate. Sheesh!The world building is very light on science and that's okay in this instance because the story is really about the people not the tech. The story ends with a cliff hanger and yet another double cross play between Maigrey and Sagan with Dion right in the middle.A good start to a three book series that turned into four books and then three spin offs.

  • David
    2018-12-20 20:47

    This series was what GREAT Science fiction should be. Reminiscent of Star Wars, full of wacky characters, and enough action to satisfy the biggest "die hard" fan. Perhaps the only book that ever caused me to actually shed a real live tear was the final book of the series.

  • Murat
    2019-01-04 19:35

    It is a science fiction but feels like fantasy. Problem for me is I felt it is neither. Storytelling is good but I did not enjoy a lot.

  • Martina Sanjaya
    2018-12-21 21:34

    I expected no less than rich fantasy, coming from Weis, and wasn't disappointed. The characters, the tech, the wonder; all superb. But somehow I didn't get the real plot. Well, no worries. If this would be the same as other Weis' books I've read, it would all spinned into crazily complicated plot, and solved satisfactorily, if not always happy ending. I'll just continue to the next book.

  • Xitron
    2018-12-18 20:41

    I've read the first 3 of this "Star of the Guardians" series by Margaret Weis, and I've loved them! I've read them twice.I just learned today that there is a fourth book, and I promptly bought it for my Kindle. I'll start reading it today!

  • Pamela
    2018-12-18 00:41

    Nice premise but flat characters.

  • Eilonwy
    2018-12-26 22:23

    Turns out, I still love this book. The danger of revisiting something from half a lifetime ago, not to mention something so formative on my opinions on space opera and science fiction, is the potential for enormous disappointment. Fortunately, for me at least, this book lived up to my memories of it. (Please note, I have not yet reread books 2, 3, or 4; this review is only on book one, The Lost King.)Other commenters/reviewers, I've noticed, have pointed out that Margaret Weis admitted the influence that Star Wars had on this series, and yes, if you look, you can see analogues for a lot of characters and (overall) situations in this book. (To be fair, I hadn't seen Star Wars the first time I read these books. But recently, I described the series to a friend as "Star Wars meets Ancient Rome"). Fortunately, it grows into its own thing very quickly, and its own thing is really good. The world building is well done, but it's the characters that kept me (re)reading. I don't think I understood just how complex the characters were the first time I read these books. (Maybe not Dion so much- he's a petulant teenager, mostly, in this first book. I like him less now as an adult than I did as a teen.) Technically, this book fails the Bechdel test, but both Lady Maigrey and Nola Rian are excellent portraits of strong women. Derek Sagan is an enigma- not just power hungry, not even just a villain. Nothing he does is out of character, but everything he does adds an element to his personality and character that the reader doesn't immediately expect. He's a character that will not stay in a box. I really want to like him, and then he does something I cannot countenance. I really want to be able to write him off as evil, and then he does something brilliant, or something difficult for very good reasons. And the relationship between him and Lady Maigrey is equally complex. Overall, the book is fairly dark, with great world building, just enough tenderness and humor to keep you going, and it holds up very well over the years between its writing and now. I've read other reviewers suggest that the book was written for a young adult audience in mind, and while I was certainly a teenager when I first read it (and appreciated it then) I think adults will get much more out of the complexity of the characters.As soon as I finished The Lost King, I bought and downloaded the next book. I hope they keep living up to my memories of them. (Note: I own a mass-market paperback from the 1990s, but between my still-healing wrist and the fact that the first 50 or so pages in my hardcopy are coming loose, this review is based on a copy I bought from BN.com for my Nook.)

  • Abi Schuetze
    2019-01-06 20:48

    I can see that quite a few readers like this book, so I'll be gentle with my review.I began trying to read this a month ago. About halfway in, I had to put it down. I always hate to do that, however there were just so many blaring aspects that bothered me - the writing style, the plot, the overall cheese factor, and the characters. Weis had a few above-average writing moments in The Lost King, for sure. The opening chapter was particularly nice, and I owe that chapter, I think, to my dedication that persisted so far into the story. But most of the time? I thought a lot of it was dull. If I could compare her to Pierce Brown, whose writing style was engaging, precise and allowed the reader to figure out what was going on without it being spelled out plain as day, she was incredibly unskilled. Maybe this was something she has written in her early years, so I can excuse her to some degree if that's the case.Prior to reading this book, reviews indicated to me that The Lost King was going to be a lot like Star Wars. It IS Star Wars.It is almost exactly the same in every way. The weapons are the same, the ships are the same, the characters' histories are the same, the worlds are the same. And while some might enjoy that, I don't. I like a little originality in my reading. This book definitely did not do that.A lot of novels in the sci-fi genre are susceptible to a certain level of cheese and that's fair. A little cheese can go a long way for me in certain circumstances. However, The Lost King had so much eye-roll worthy dialogue, unrealistic interaction and obvious "let-me-help-the-reader-out-so-that-they-can-follow-along" I could've been sick. I honestly think this is the major reason why I had to stop reading.When it came to the characters, I think they had a lot of potential, but after reading half the book, there was still not one quality among them that could keep driving me to read. I did like Sagan a lot more than the others, but not enough to keep reading to find out what happens with him. Dion was dull, XJ was dull, Tusk was dull, Dixter was dull and Maigery annoyed me. I might be returning to The Lost King someday, if only to say that I finished it. But for now, I can't. I just can't.

  • AliceAnn
    2018-12-31 23:26

    I first heard about this book on Michael's Book Tube channel, Bitten by Radioactive Book. I thought it sounded like fun, so I checked to see if we had it at the library where I work. Sure enough, it was there, so I brought it home and dove into the story. Only a few days later did I discover that I actually own a copy of this, which I bought for a whopping 88 cents, most likely 25'ish years ago. So I not only supported my local library by adding to their stats, I also read my own damn book. Woot!I'm glad to say that I really enjoyed the book. Reading reviews about the book, they mostly mention the Star Wars vibe. I can see that now, although I never thought about it while reading the book. I also loved someone's comment that even though the two main characters have the ability to basically read each other's minds, so you'd think they'd know all about each other; instead, they spend most of the time not using this power. Of course that allowed all the crosses and double-crosses, so it made the story much more interesting. My absolute favorite scenes were between Tusk and his ship's computer XJ-27. They sounded like an old married couple, and always made me laugh. The book ended on quite the cliffhanger, so I'm looking forward to picking up the next one in the series very soon.

  • Lianne Burwell
    2019-01-15 21:21

    The author cites Star Wars as an inspiration for this book, and the comparison is pretty apt.Dion has been raised in obscurity on an isolated planet, but his mentor has suddenly handed him over to a mercenary who deserted from the royal military after the monarchy was destroyed by a revolution that was midway between the communist revolution in Russia and the French revolution. Warlord Sagan has been hunting for the last Musketeers... I mean, Guardians, who are protecting the location of Dion, the legitimate heir to the throne. Lady Maigrey has also been hiding, but has now been found by her former lover/commander, Sagan.Sagan wants to restore the monarchy, but under his control. Maigrey wants to protect the heir. And Dion, the heir, is a sheltered, immature seventeen year old with no real idea of what the universe is really like. Oh, and an alien race is poised to invade.So, Dion = Luke Skywalker. Sagan = Darth Vader. Maigry/Platus = Obi. Tusk = Han Solo with a computer companion instead of a wookie. President Robes = The EmperorThe story is a little generic, and the religious overtones are a little heavy-handed. And while the characters were interesting, I found Dion incredibly annoying, and got irritated at how often Lady Maigrey tended to cry. Still, with the series showing up at my library in ebook, I will probably read the rest of the series over time.

  • Shana
    2019-01-05 02:21

    Seventeen years ago, there was a revolution. Nearly all of the blood royal were killed, along with their protectors, the Guardians.Seventeen years pass, then... The boy Dion, who knows nothing about his origins, is forced to flee his home planet when the Warlord Sagan comes looking for him. Sagan plans to use the boy for his own ends. Dion is helped by the reluctant mercenary Tusk, General Dixter (the leader of the mercenaries), and the beautiful but tragic Lady Maigrey.It does have some elements that are a bit Star Wars, however, Weis puts a lot of creative twists on things to make them different (including that light-saberesque weapon on the cover).I especially love the characters in this series (I especially love Tusk and his computer XJ-27). I love the Star of the Guardians series! If you can find it READ IT. Sadly, I believe that these books are either out-of-print or close to it. I always knew I loved science fiction, because I love to watch Star Trek and Dr. Who, but this is the first science fiction book that I really loved. It got me interested in space opera books (know any other good ones?). Update: I was able to find this series available for sale in the Amazon Kindle book store!

  • Kevin
    2019-01-02 02:29

    The Lost KingI received this novel in a book-lot purchased through ebay. I knew of the Hickman and Weis duo from their vast array of D&D related novels, although I had never read any, I decided it was time to give the duo a go, or part of the duo as it would be.I found the writing style simple, almost too simple for an adult with a higher education to truly enjoy. I had no idea this book was aimed at young adults; if it wasn't aimed at a young adult audience I would have to say Margaret Weis's prose were unfit for consumption.It has been stated in various reviews that this story is similar to that of Star Wars, what most people haven't added was this book is a poor attempt at capturing the feel and excitement that Star Wars offered. For me this novel is nothing more than a rip-off of a good story. I could not recommend this novel to others who enjoyed Star Wars, I would be embarrassed.The upside of stories such as these is they tend to get the younger audience interested in reading and this is a good thing. For this reason and this reason only I give the book 3 stars

  • Melynda Yesenia
    2018-12-23 21:33

    this book, and this series, is dramatic and definitely science fiction. feel free to judge this star-heavy book by its cover; if you don't like the genre, this will most likely not be your cup of tea.that being said, i am not a sci-fi reader. i grew up reading and watching star trek, the original series, with my mother and figured out early on that i'm never going to be a trekkie. but i liked this book. it was recommended to me by a very reliable source, the same person who gave me demian for christmas. this book speaks to the elitist in me. the themes are big, larger than reality. the world, the universe it creates doesn't have to be realistic, this is sci-fi, so the people are free to be egomaniacs and demigods. the first is the best, from a story point-of-view, though if you're in it for the science fictiony goodness, you may look to the other two for your hyper-driven, techno money shot.

  • Graham
    2018-12-24 02:45

    I read the Star of the Guardians trilogy for the first time when I was 17 years old - I had NO idea how much it subtly introduced new ideas into my life.The book list that one of the main characters, Maigrey, works through in part of the book, is one of the reasons I went on to become a book reader myself - Weiss used Sci Fi to open my mind to the world of books out there!To this day, Charles Dickens is one of my favourite authors... not because he was one of Maigrey's favourites, I've grown to appreciate him apart from that fact.It's a sad story, all in all, with some strange theology and a world view that I no longer subscribe to. In fact, I'm not sure I'm going to recommend the series to my own kids some day, and I'm not even sure if it's worth a 4 star rating, to be honest, but the series is certainly one of those that shaped me as a kid, and those are always memorable, aren't they?!

  • Thomas
    2019-01-07 00:43

    I read this off and on when I found time at work. It has strong elements of Star Wars as a foundation, with the Hero's Journey leading the way for most of the book. It felt like a shallow imitation rather than its own thing for probably the first 200 pages. Some of the historical and literary references had me rolling my eyes. I remember adoring Weis and Hickman during my teenage years, and I am now trying to figure out if they changed, or I did. I enjoyed some of the concepts (the blood sword), but others bored me (the Roman motif).I got this and the second book at a Half Price Books purge, so I'll eventually check the second book out. So far I am not convinced I need to track down the rest of the series.

  • Amanda Hamilton
    2018-12-19 02:47

    I'm not sure which characters this cover is showing. Literally, every new character that was introduced with a description of what they looked like, I flipped back to the front cover and they didn't match up, which is kind of...I don't know. A cop-out. Which is a shame, this book has a lot of exciting moments they could have illustrated on the cover. Oh well. After coming off the last sci-fi book I was reading, this is more pulpy and action-y than the last one, though there are some touches to the content that scream "Star Wars" (and it was written after the first one came out, so maybe)

  • Austin Zook
    2019-01-10 01:40

    Really great sci-fi here. Lady Maigrey is the highlight of the series, while Dion, her king, is a little whiny--but maybe that'll change in the coming novels. Sagan, with his obsession with the military stylings of antiquity, is a fascinating character who makes for an excellent antagonist throughout the novel.Cant recommend this highly enough to fans of sci-fi. It's a fully-realized world (galaxy?) with warfare, political intrigue, and aliens that look like globs of molten lava and eat humans. Early on, the fight scenes felt a little weak in comparison to the more dialogue-heavy bits, but they were definitely shored up by the cliff-hanger ending.

  • Jim
    2019-01-13 23:46

    I normally associate these authors with fantasy, but this is a really fun space opera trilogy. A bit depressing, though. Still, lots of action with blood swords & blood space ships - only those of a specific breeding or something can operate these super weapons. If you liked Simon R. Green's Deathstalker series, you'd probably like this which predates it, although only by a decade or so, as I recall. I liked both, but have no urge to re-read them.

  • Ducky
    2019-01-14 21:32

    The beginning of this book, the start of this series, it will draw you in and spit you out wondering whats going on, where did that twist come from? What's really going on, where does their loyalty lay?All in all, fantastic book. One I first read when I was... Oh 10 or so. It is one I will always come back to when I need good scifi fix. It's got love, loads of fighting, in space & in person, betrayal, discoveries that all that a person believed isn't always true, oh and there's a psychic link between a couple of the characters.I may add more when I reread this book again.

  • Darren Blake
    2019-01-11 22:29

    This is not so much a review as it is a comment. According to page count (457) I'm only 92% through this book. Only... there are no more words of this story to read. I could read the two preview sections, but even counting those, I'll only hit 486.I don't know who decided this book has 496 pages in it, but it doesn't, unless you also include the pieces of paper preceding the story.Sigh.I'll prolly be reading the second book, but I don't know when. I'm not in a major hurry to find out what happens next.

  • Jeremy
    2019-01-04 19:20

    Fantastic! I read this for the first time and finished it today. Such a great story, and a fun read overall. I found this series by accident from recommendations in an email from Amazon. Suggesting other books from Margaret (I bought a lot of Dragonlance), in the email I decided to keep an eye out for a copy. Thank you Powell's books I got the whole trilogy, and am thankful for giving it a read. I love the characters , although Dion is a little weak, but it makes sense because of how and who he was raised by. Anyhoo great book highly recommend it!

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-02 02:39

    I love this series, the reason being that I feel Margaret Weis went places that George Lucas is incapable of going as far as emotion and character development. Maigrey Morianna and Derek Sagan are one of my favorite couples in literature and it's the conflict and love between them that drives the story. Forget about Dion and his gee-whiz wonder butt, because he's truly inconsequential in the shadow of Their story.

  • Paul
    2018-12-31 21:22

    Although I thought this was a somewhat interesting space opera I couldn't help but feel from the very first that it was wholly derivative of Star Wars. In fact, every step of the way I was comparing this character or that character to what I imagined their SW counterpart would be. This series as a whole was a quick read, exciting and held my interest. However, I did feel that it began life as an alternate Star Wars saga storyline -- a "what if".

  • Alexander Draganov
    2018-12-21 18:43

    I started this novel with high expectations and, at the first pages, I was delighted from it. I love "Star Wars" and have searched years for a similar story,and when I began "The Lost King", I though, that's it! Interesting concept, interesting galaxy, fun characters. Unfortunately, after a promising start with a dramatic lighstaber fight, the book slowed its pace to a crawl and then continued to slow the pace even more. Only in the end the action begins again.

  • Hazel M Bear
    2019-01-15 21:21

    I've enjoyed Weis' (and Hickman's) writing very much from Dragonlance novels, but especially the Death Gate Cycle. Weis really holds her own in this epic story that is sci fi without being too much sci fi. Dion and Tusk are fun heroes to read about, being not that classically heroic. And in the same vein, Sagan doesn't seem all that villainous at times. A great start of a trilogy, I can't wait to get the rest!

  • RogueHireling
    2019-01-08 21:36

    This really was more like a three and half star book. Took me a long time to get into it. Half way it finally got going for me. Maybe its because thats when the female character finally joins the show. =)Good writing. Story reminded me of StarWars with the Borg thrown in. Would have liked more strong female characters and a little less religion.

  • Jeremy
    2018-12-22 22:41

    Star of the Guardians is one of the only science fiction books out there that does not imagine a religious-free society, but instead focuses on the struggle between religion and secular politics, but set in the future. I really liked it, even though bits of it appear blatantly stolen from Star Wars, which is lame.