Lost King by Margaret Weis

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Book Information  
AuthorMargaret Weis
TitleLost King
SeriesStar of the Guardians
Book Reviews / Comments (submitted by readers)
Submitted by 
(Nov 30, 2003)

This was the first of Weis's books that I read, but it encouraged me to look into her work and to discover the other 3 books of this series, which were magnificant. This series illustrates many things that lack meaning in our society:- honour, trust, respect, loyalty, and shows them in their original and raw form. I highly recommend this series as well as the Mag 7 force series and Dark Heart to anyone, sci-fi reader or not.

Submitted by Delsart 
(Jul 08, 2002)

The Lost King was a fine start in an equally fine trilogy. The absence of Tracy Hickman is felt, when reading this book (assuming one has also read Dragonlance, Darksword, Death Gate Cycle, Rose of the Prophet, etc.)but it is still a work of art. If the reader is familiar with sci-fi they will see plenty of things that look really familiar. But the trilogy does have an excellent plot, great character developement, and marvelous ideas. I enjoyed the first three volumes and hope to someday find the "Ghost Legion" book somewhere...

Submitted by Michael Dennis
(Aug 11, 2000)

The Lost King is the first book of Margaret Weis' "Star of the Guardians" trilogy.  In this novel, Weis recounts mankind's continual struggle with the most appropriate form of government:  republic or monarchy.

The galaxy has survived a short "reign of terror" where the monarchy is overthrown, the ruling class annihilated, and a president (and would-be dictator, named appropriately Peter Robes) installed. 

In the previous regime, genetically enhanced humans called Guardians are trained to power to protect and preserve the galaxy and monarchy.  One of their own betrays his king and country to remove the weak monarchy.  Now, decades later, disenchanted with the new rule of law, he searches for the scion of the royal house to be used for his own puppet rule.

Weis has constructed a believable political web.  All of her "evil" characters have rationales for their actions and believe that they are doing good.  They are so convincing that I couldn't decide whether I wanted them to fail or not.

Look for some interesting technological/biological weapons such as the Guardians' "bloodsword" which has five needles in the hilt.  When grasping the hilt, the needles break the skin and a specialized virus is injected into the wielder's bloodstream.  If the swordbearer is not a Guardian, he/she dies soon after.  Else, the Guardian receives enhanced abilities and shielding.

Although I haven't yet read books 2 & 3 (King's Test and King's Sacrifice), this was a very strong start to the story.

Only difficulty is finding the books as they have been out of print for several years.  Most difficult to locate was book two.

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