Queen of the Orcs: King's Property by Morgan Howell

Queen of the Orcs: King's Property

byMorgan Howell

Kobo ebook | July 31, 2007

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Born into hardship, Dar learns to rely on herself alone. When her family betrays her, Dar is conscripted into King Kregant’s army and its brutal campaign to conquer a neighboring country. Now she is bound as a slave to a dreaded regiment of orcs, creatures legendary for their savagery and battle prowess.
Rather than cower, Dar rises to the challenge. She learns the unique culture and language of the orcs, survives treachery from both allies and enemies, and struggles to understand a mystical gift that brings her dark, prophetic visions. As the war escalates–amid nightmarish combat and shattering loss–Dar must seize a single chance at freedom.

“Original and vivid. I was captivated.”
–Nancy Kress, author of Beggars in Spain

Look for Books II and III in the Queen of the Orcs trilogy,

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Title:Queen of the Orcs: King's PropertyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 31, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345500407

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly gripping!! (In the event the Chapters-Indigo website elects to delete my rating, I mention here that I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars/leaves.) This was a truly gripping book. I just couldn't put the darned thing down to do my work! So I certainly recommend this one. Good points: I loved the main character, who was a truly strong female, managing to survive and even make a name for herself in a world where women counted for nothing. The side characters were also very well done. The world building and adventure were, in a word, fascinating. Bad/not so good points: I don't have anything negative to add here. Also, while I can see how other readers might feel that the main character resembled a Mary Sue, I simply didn't agree with this. To my mind, a great many good novels will have at least SOME Mary-Sueish elements -unless we are writing about individuals who wind up being complete failures at everything (which may happen in certain novels, but MANY books don't take this route!). Quite simply, a great many novels will write about individuals who have talents and/or abilities that are above the norm. This will sometimes open them up the the 'Mary Sue'/'Marty Stu' label being used to refer to them, whether appropriately or not. I also can't help but think that the device of author insertion which results in the typical Mary Sue (i.e. a character who is so 'perfect' that they become unbearable to the reader) in the extreme case is also the source of any good story, in that writers always draw on their own experiences and feelings to make a book truly *live*, which is also a more limited form of self insertion. Anyways, putting aside this somewhat philosophical discourse, the point is that it has long seemed to me that having Mary-Sueish elements in a book does not in and of itself make the book bad, or even an unpleasant read. This book did have some Mary-Sue elements, but I didn't find them to be anywhere near unbearable. (Someone stated that the main character learns knife fighting in a few hours, but this is not entirely correct. While she did learn much faster than others and it is mentioned that the speed with which she learned was 'astonishing', it took her longer than a few mere hours!) Finally, I can see that some will read this and see a general attack on men, or a general dislike of men, in the novel. I didn't see this -while many of the men in the novel are brutes, this is nuanced in many respects. These nuances include: (i) that other men are shown to be good people; (ii) it is pointed out the men who behave in such abominable ways represent the dregs of the army (the other units are shown to be more disciplined and do not systematically abuse women as do the men assigned to the unit in which the main character winds up serving); (iii) many of the women are shown to be awful people as well (again, some are good, some are bad, many seem to be situated rather in between good and bad); (iv) the situation in which the women find themselves is not that unrealistic given what is shown of the king the army serves under, as well as his accolytes (=which generally were themselves situated among the dregs of humanity), and an army certainly takes its traditions, rules, and so on from its leaders, good or bad. So I highly recommend this one. Other books I recommend: -Inda, by Sherwood Smith -Transformation, by Carol Berg -Magic's Pawn, by Mercedes Lackey -Path of Fate, by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Date published: 2012-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasant discovery Kind of strange and sometimes awkward, but overall the trilogy holds its ground and proves to be worth it. Charged with an array of very different emotions and in-between-the-lines.
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Start to the Trilogy! King’s Property is first book in Morgan Howell’s Queen of the Orcs trilogy. The novel starts off with Dar, the protagonist, being taken away from her family by a group of soldiers in the king’s army. Dar learns that the soldiers plan to make her serve the orcs who also fight for King Kregant. Dar is fearful at first, but as she learns about the orcs and their culture, she realizes that they respect females far more than the human soldiers do. When one of the army leaders plans to hurt Dar, she turns to the orcs for protection. Initially I picked up this series because I thought it sounded like an original and exciting take on Orcs, but it delivered a lot more than I had expected. Howell has put a lot of thought into developing a rich and complex culture for orcs including spiritual beliefs, language, etiquette, style, traditions, and more. The plot was fast paced, full of surprises, and enthralling. Putting this novel down was impossible because there was so much unique content provided. There were underlying themes of friendship, trust, loyalty, tolerance, and understanding which were explored during the situations that Dar encountered. While this novel provided a great story, there was more to it than just orcs and armies. The settings and events of this novel were described so well that it was easy to forget that it’s fiction. I was genuinely interested in the wellbeing of certain characters. Dar is one of my absolute favorite fantasy novel heroines because she’s tough, smart, and determined even though she doubts herself at times. I enjoyed “seeing” her grow and change throughout the novel, and I think other readers will feel the same. A lot of the secondary characters were very interesting too. I never felt annoyed or overly eager to return to the plot about Dar while reading about the secondary characters because they had just as much to offer as Dar. One of my favorite things about this book is that it features a small glossary of Orcish terms at the back. While the majority of Orcish dialogue in the novel is translated for the reader, I still found it fun to browse through the glossary. King’s Property ended in such a suspenseful manner that I picked up the second book within 30 seconds because I was compelled to find out what happened next. I absolutely recommend this trilogy to anyone looking for some exciting fantasy. Make sure you have the second and third books ready to go because you aren’t going to want to wait to pick up the next one!
Date published: 2009-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good, has potential. This is the first book in the "Queen of the Orcs" Trilogy. It is about a young woman, Dar, who is taken (maybe given is a better word) from her family to go participate in the war. She is branded on her head to ensure her participation. Apon arrival at her new "home" she realizes that she is enlisted to serve the Orcs, as well as the humans. The orcs are portrayed by the people as butal beasts (of course) and as Dar lives her live their true nature and an understanding of their ways is revieled. Yeah i know, same old story: bad thing is actually not that bad. What set this book apart from others is.... well nothing, really. But i would recomend it. It is fast paced, there is adventure and i really loved that way that things were not over dramaticized. Dar, of course, starts siding more with the Orcs that the humans over the course of the book until she is almost one of them. By the title of the series this is obvious, but still it is a great little story. Dar does not do any overly outragous stunts and acceptance is not automatic. The thing i compare this book to is the difference between a story that is told by the first person, or by the 100th. By the 100th retelling it is so over dramatisized that it is hokey and dumb, but this story is not like that. K, sorry about that, that is just how my mind works on paper (computer). I am not doing this book justice by my rambling so i will say this. It will not take you a super long time to read this so sit down and enjoy it for the fun that it is. It is not a best seller, but not everything can be. Enjoy!
Date published: 2009-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT So, this is the first book in a series recommended to me by one of my customers. I had the book for awhile but I just got around to reading it this weekend past. I'm sorry I waited so long to read it, it was fantastic! The story is about a girl/women conscripted to serve in the army as a cook/servant, ect. Let's just say it's not a great place to be a women. She is forced to serve food to a band of orcs who fight with the humans. At first she is afraid of them like everyone else but as she gets to know/befriend on of the orcs she begins to look at them differently. The story moves along so smoothly that I finished the book in couple of days. There were times I coundn't put it down...I think I forgot a couple of meals just so I could keep reading. I absolutely loved the main character, Dar, and her orc friend/protecter Kovoc-mah. This book is for anyone who likes an epic fantasy with an alternative take on the "usual" bad guys. I have started the second book and so far it's as good as the first. I hughly reccommend this book to anyone who likes a strong female protagonist and a story that has all the elements of "epic" fantasy. I abslutely loved it!!!
Date published: 2008-11-20