Ooooh, just look at that cover!!! Along with beautiful women in steampunk outfits — our favourite — the Kindle Worm Quality Control team did a quick survey of all the staff at morning tea break and everyone at Kindle Worm HQ agrees that a good dragon picture on the cover is always a good indicator of a really good book — apart from one who doesn’t like dragons so she was promptly given her final written warning for contravening article 16:a:ii of her contract: “Though shalt not be a curmudgeon in the work place”.
But does the story come up to the standard set by the cover? I certainly think so. As fantasy goes, this one’s got most of it: Cheftains, Priestesses, Wizards, Kings, Elves, Fairies, Malthropes, Dwarves, Humans, Dragons, Golems and, in a class of her own, Ether.
The Chosen are asked by the Elven King of South Crescent to visit and sort out a few problems for him and in doing so get him some popularity back amongst his people. In return he offers the Chosen a cure for the blight that the D’Karon spells left upon the land. And so, offered the chance to heal the land, the Chosen jump aboard a ship, along with Garr and Gustrim, and sail off to The Crescents for a wonderful adventure.
It’s a great piece of story telling, and, i think, is definitely one of the better books in this series.
The Story of Sorrel is quite important to have read before starting this as it gives a ton of background to this story.
Anyway, a great read from a great series.
At the time of writing this, this is the 13th book in The Book of Deacon series.