Twenty years ago, the modern world collided with the world of Faerie, leaving behind its denizens in a world of cold iron. Unable to work in the modern world of steel, those of the Fallen have been forced into welfare, prostitution, or thievery.
"Fun with accent"
Michael from the mountain clans has a gift - he can hear dragons. A birth defect has made it difficult to speak and he can't walk; his body is wracked with spasms. But if his people - and the dragons - are to survive attacks by the lowland Qing d'Hai empire, he must somehow bridge the gap between his dragon riding clans and the dragons. If he doesn't succeed, both the dragons and the mountain clans will meet a terrible fate.