Niamh, a young, reclusive farm girl, wishes nothing more than to have a quiet, normal life; until she becomes the focus of an outcast Dragon terrorizing the village of Dunmuir. When her farm comes under attack and the Dragon seemingly appears wherever Niamh is, she is thought to be a witch and responsible for calling down the outcast Dragon. The village Administer sends a message to the Dragon Sage, Galddor, to assist with expunging the outcast Dragon. Now, facing the wrath of the entire village, Niamh must plead with the Dragon Sage of Arydd in order to protect her life from the outcast Dragon and the villagers. But, does Niamh have a secret?
A side story adventure in the Realms of Arydd, not directly part of the Dragon Sage Trilogy.
Journey of self discovery. Niamh believes she is a simple farm girl destined to following the tracks of her mother. Tend the farm, get married, do home crafty things, sell works in the market...until she meets and befriends a dragon.
Descent into communal madness. A rogue dragon keeps attacking the Thorns farm and the villagers want it stopped in the old way. The old way is the stupid way. Offer it a tasty morsel and it will go away, right? What do you do when you find a god restaurant?
Galddor reconnects with the people of Arydd. Dispelling old (unmarried) wives tales and getting to the bottom of things, the dragon sage arrives. He speaks with an outcast and determines there is another party toying with the villagers.
Caedmon is a village administrator in training. As the son of the current administrator he thinks in terms of what will be best for the future of the village though sometimes he veers into ‘what will appease the whiners’ mode. He has a love interest that may fall apart due to this mode of thought.
The Scene. The village of Dunsmuir and the Thorns farm are well away from the heady workings of the King of Arydd and the Sovereign Council of Dragons. It may be a good thing that news does not spread fast in the realms.
I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to Blood and Bane. The author is bringing his A-game to world building and adding depth to the people of the realms. Excellent story crafting in that not every element of fantasy must be present to make an enjoyable work. I give this a five star rating. It really is that good.
I reviewed this book in e-book form prior to its release. The content is not changed but the quality has soared due to the rich Celtic voice of Wendy Anne Darling. Available on Audible this is an excellent addition to their catalog as it is a gripping story told in a traditional style. It is maintaining its five star rating.
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Loved every bit of this book and was sad to have it end!!! The author knows how to draw you in and keep you interested! Looking forward to more stories by C.J!
I very much enjoyed this story. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because I was disappointed that it didn't continue the story from Blood and Bane. I was confused as to when this took place in relation to the first story until about half way through the book when it mentions the events of 10 years ago. . Overall it was a good story and kept me sucked in.