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How can anyone be tricked twice? Isn't there even a saying about that? Zaria Fierce is determined to get things right this time and with the Drakeland Sword in her possession she's ready to take on trolls, dragons, and whatever else may come...but first she and her friends are going to have to figure out just how much trouble they're in at home.
This installment is all about family, the good guys', the bad guys', and everybody in between. Old relationships are renewed and new contacts are made. Family ties are weakened, strengthened, tested, and sacrificed for. Contracts, and deals are made and broken. Also, as always, words have power and mistakes have consequences.
There is a great deal of family and political history explained in this one, including why Lady's footwear is so important. As always the narrator does a great job, and the mysterious singer from the last book also returns for a repeat performance. The one problem is the singer's voice is a lot louder than the standard narration, so it can be a bit startling when it first begins.
I truly enjoyed the roles of the humans in this book. Many times in heavy fantasy novels, normal humans are treated as fodder, or supporting cast. In this case however, those with no magic in a land full of magical beings and creatures have to use technology and tactics to overcome challenges. Interestingly enough their lack of magic and magical experience means that they don't know what they can or cannot do according to the "rules of magic" that everybody else knows. This makes for some unexpected experiences and outcomes.