I really don’t know what to make of this book.
Mostly it’s written in what feels like a children’s story style, but at the same time it is part of the main story line being set many years after the last events we read about in The Crescents.
In this book we are told that the Chosen have only left 3 surviving family lines, that of Trigorah, Celeste and Myn. But the thing is, if you remember, Myn took Trigorah’s place as a Chosen, thus we should have had at least another 3 or 4 family lines, but there’s no mentioned as to what became of them: that of Ether, that of Ivy, that of Lain and possibly that of the original knight that Miranda found.
So we are left with the question, what happened to Ivy and Lain’s lines over in The Crescents? Totally wiped out apparently. Ether, totally wiped out??? The original knight’s family, totally wiped out. But we are given no explanation of how, only that Epidime may have had something to do with it.
And that Halfax is the last surviving dragon — which he must be because he’s never had offspring of his own, which one would think he and the other dragons of Myn’s line would have if, as he claims, the dragons cared so much about protecting the Chosen family lines. So what happened to all the dragons, why’s there only one left?
This book, which i thought would have been tying up the loose ends and living happily ever after, has taken us back to the very beginning of not having all the Chosen ready and the D’Karon beginning to gain a power base, but with no explanation of how we got back here.
So i’m a bit confused, to say the least.
But, i’ll be the eternal optimist and surmise that Joseph has a ton more books for this series planned to deal with everything that’s suddenly gone missing, answer all the questions now being asked, and then tie up the story nicely, destroy the D’Karon completely, and have everyone live happily ever after — just coz that’d be nice.
We shall see.
This book can also be found in The Book of Deacon Anthology.