Monday, 26 January 2015

The story continues to grow in strength and subtlety…

It has been my pleasure and privilege to carry out this volume’s final edit: so I can lay claim to having read it very carefully indeed.  Cheryl Matthynssens is weaving an exceptionally strong story here with subtlety and skill.

The life force of a magnificent blue dragon (Renamaum) has become inextricably involved with a young Daezun/Lerdenian mixed-race mage (Alador).  With a dragon’s essence comes its power and temper, and in this case a “geas” that is death to deny (a ‘geas’ in Irish folklore is an obligation or prohibition magically imposed on a person).  Alador must right the wrongs done to dragons by Lerdenian mages under the control of Silverport’s ruthless High Minister Luthian – Alador’s evil uncle – whom he must defeat while also destroying his abominable ‘bloodmines’.  Only then can the geas be fulfilled.

Alador’s powers are extraordinary, but learning how to control them as well as to make best use of them requires rigorous training.  Who better to provide training in dragon magic than dragons themselves? - and where Alador is concerned there could be no more appropriate trainers than Renamaum’s mate Pruatra and her two offspring: sired but not born before Renamaum’s death.  Through Alador, the ‘god-gifted’ blue dragon has a chance to get to know his son and daughter before his spirit is entirely absorbed by the young mage.  That is the way this magic works…

It’s a story about growing up, acquiring wisdom, controlling feelings, conquering fear and fighting for truth and justice for all species.  The characterisation is acutely observed and the different strands of the story sensitively woven.  It’s an epic tale - certainly one of my favourites in this genre - and I am keenly looking forward to further developments in Book 4.

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