Isn’t that just the most awesome cover?
This book is a side shoot from ‘The Book of Deacon’ series, and while it doesn’t form part of the main story line, and is a fairly stand alone story, it is best if you have read ‘The Rise of the Red Shadow’ before beginning this. I also think that reading ‘Ayna’ and ‘The Adventures of Rustle and Eddy’ is a good thing as this story also contains fairies and having a little bit of fairy background makes this story a little more enjoyable.
That said, it can be read at any time during the series, but Joseph suggested that it would probably fit in better before ‘The Crescents’. I haven’t got around to reading ‘The Crescents’ yet, that’s coming soon, so i’ll get back to you on that one.
So, what about the story? Well, obviously from the cover art, we’re dealing with Sorrel, who is a malthrope, and a rather large dragon. Yes, i admit it, i love dragons, and any good story about dragons always gets a big thumbs up from me, and this is a very good dragon story. Malthropes are really interesting creatures that Joseph created for this series and mixing up a story with malthropes and dragons is, quite simply, wonderful.
I say malthropes, plural, because if you have read ‘The Rise of the Red Shadow’ you will remember that when Sorrel left she wasn’t alone, she had her two children with her. So along with Sorrel’s story we also get to find out what happened to the children too.
So a completely new environment, a completely new dragon, fairies and malthropes, and maybe a few other things as well. It’s Joseph at his best and absolutely essential reading for Deacon fans everywhere.
The 11th book in ‘The Book of Deacon’ series.