Wednesday, October 29, 2008

When Dragons Rage (Dragoncrown War Cycle: Book 2) by Michael Stackpole



As her merciless armies sweep from the north, the tyrant Chytrine pursues her quest to become empress of the world in a brutal campaign of unspeakable bloodshed and unholy sorcery. While cities and kingdoms topple, her agents, both living and dead, search for fragments of the shattered DragonCrown--which, when reassembled, will make her unstoppable.

Opposing Chytrine is the beautiful and determined Alexia, Princess of Okrannel. As she struggles to save the life of Kedyn’s Crow, a mysterious human warrior accused of treachery, she gathers around her an alliance of unlikely heroes, including Resolute, an exiled Vorquelf out for vengeance; Kerrigan Reese, a mage with uncertain potential; and last but not least, young Will, an orphan thief from the slums of Yslin, who may be the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy--or its innocent victim. Alexia and her friends will need all their courage and magick, their only advantage the secret possession of a vital fragment of the DragonCrown. But when Chytrine’s terrifying horde of cruel warriors, voracious minions, and remorseless undead slaves join the battle against them, even courage and magick may not be enough to stem the tide of ultimate darkness. *Blurb source Spectra
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When Dragons Rage (Dragoncrown War Cycle: Book 2) by Michael Stackpole

| Author: Michael A. Stackpole
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Military, Dragons, Adult Themes
| ISBN-10: 0553578537
| ISBN-13: 9780553578539
| Publisher: Spectra (November 4, 2003)
| Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5 Stars
| Excerpt

♥ Mini Review ♥
Tarrant Hawkins (Crow) is on trial for his life, Chytrine is slowly but surely moving south, destroying every city in her path, Will is coming to terms with what it means to be a prophesied hero and Kerrigan Reese is discovering new ways to work with magic. Even Resolute is beginning to see that his only focus should not be on freeing his homeland. Oh but that is not all! We get to meet some interesting new characters, get a much closer look at some old like Prince Erlstoke and of course, there are some excellently rendered battle scenes too.

Epic Fantasy Book Review by Mulluane


This is my favorite book so far and the reason is not really too surprising. This book focuses a lot more on the characters and their development. Knowing that I am a character driven reader, it is no great shock that I would fall in love with this installment in the cycle. In this book, we get to finally meet Chytrine, and discover a new player, her adopted daughter Isaura. We learn more about the dragons, though that comes late in the book, find out some interesting things about Bok and Ramoch and get several huge shocks regarding a few of the main supporting characters as well. There are fewer battle scenes but enough I think to keep you military lovers riveted to the pages. Some romance crops up too. In addition, there is some in depth world building going on, especially concerning the magic system and how it works and a look at how the world itself evolved. This book really mixes well all the elements of great epic fantasy, not really concentrating on one over another. Politics, battles, mystery, romance, character development, and plot twists fill the pages and will keep you up late at night.

The ending is a shocker, well several shockers really but one huge one. It is also a cliffhanger so I suggest having book three at hand, you will want to dive right into it to find out what happens next. This is exactly the type of series that makes me wait to buy a series only once it is complete! I just cannot stand to wait years to find out how a great story ends. I will put it this way, the author, Micheal A. Stack pole, says in his bio at the end of the book that he had to go into seclusion for fear of being lynched because of this ending. Too funny!

There more love scenes in this book, with moderate detail, less violence but only because there are fewer battle scenes. There are many things to keep track of though, the viewpoint jumps around frequently so you need to stay on your toes to follow what is going on. The pace lags at times but only briefly and only because we spend more time exploring character development. Overall, I thought this book was exceptional and I am eagerly waiting to see how it all turns out, especially now that I have a deeper connection with the players in this great drama. I am off to finish this series and seriously looking forward to it, see you then.

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Librarything Rating 3.66/5

Amazon Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Mulluane is a 56-year-old proud grandmother of 4, who is passionate about her pets, blogging, traditional fantasy, and tinkering with webdesign. She is obssesively photo shy but she uses an avatar that accurately represents her dreams. ♥ You can also find her on:

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