Magic is real. So is betrayal.
David enters the Fire Kingdom and events shift from bad to worse. He learns a shocking truth about the dragons, a truth destined to block his efforts to retrieve the lost magic of Shaylar from the ruling Council. After a cave-in and injuries force a rescue, David finds himself more isolated than before as personal concerns scatter his trusted advisors and the wizard who led him there abandons him.
The head of the dragon Council negotiates separate deals with both David and his father, sowing further discord between them. David's close friend, Lothan, disappears into the caves and doesn't return. A group of dissidents kidnap Wilks, the child empath David is sworn to protect. With no options left, he accepts the Council's demands to help them in their centuries-old conflict, risking a war which might kill them all.
Even if David manages to win, there's no guarantee the dragons will let him leave the region alive. They don't want the Kingdom of Shaylar to rise again and will stop at nothing to see it remain a pile of dust.
A blast of cold hits David and his friends as they enter the Fire Kingdom. The heat comes with the dragons and their politics, as dangerous as the wizards on the Far Isle. The dragon Council is wrestling with a group of clever dissidents and sticks David in the middle of the conflict to earn the magic that he is seeking. Along with the dragons, David must contend with his father and his missing friends. If he survives the battle, there's no guarantee he'll find the magic he needs to help revive the Kingdom of Shaylar.
If you thought the first book in this epic fantasy series was amazing, you'll be blown away by this second installment. Magnificent worldbuilding and characterization. The dragons are fascinating creatures. I'm a sucker for twisted politics. Lies upon lies, yanked around in circles and unexpected turns, not knowing who to trust. Then the layers are peeled back to reveal the rich and shocking tale beneath.
I love seeing the characters we know struggle and grow. The harmony and animosity amongst David and his group. I also like the new additions, especially the priestess. I can't wait to read more of their adventures!
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About the author:
River Fairchild is somewhat odd, brandishes a dry sense of humor, owned by several cats. Lives in a fantasy world. A fabricator of magic. Makes stuff up and spins tales about it. Believes in Faerie crossings and never staying in one place for very long. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you can find your way down the rabbit hole.