Ward of Hurog get a friend. She is Tisala, friend, fellow campaigner and warrior and the woman he loves and admires, though he has not told her so. She has been tortured, and war is in the making. For the Emperor has in his possession a weapon forged by the deaths of three dragons, rare, precious creatures Ward has reason to love ('Hurog' means 'dragon'). This weapon has such potential for devastation that Ward once again risks everything to save his home, and the Empire itself.
This report prepared by Tina Loflin
Ace, Jan 2003, 6.99, 288 pp.
The keep of Hurog was torn asunder by magic in order to save it. Now Ward, the lord of Hurog, is seeing to the task of rebuilding the land. His closest friend is Oreg, half dragon and half man, comfortable in either form.
Unfortunately, Jakoven wants Hurog, a land steeped in magic and to get it he arrests Ward and throws him in the Asylum where the king's mages and torturers work on him. They hope to prove that Ward is unfit to rule but the lord has powerful allies who are able to stop the King's plan at the last minute. Free to go home, Ward knows he must join the rebellion and topple the High King from the throne before he can use the powerful magical artifact, the Bane, which can control dragons and destroy empires.
Patricia Briggs is a master storyteller who creates fanciful adult fairy tales that readers will love. DRAGON BLOOD has a charismatic hero who wins the hearts of the audience with his inner strength, compassion and good heart. The use of magical beings such as dragons, dwarves and other creatures of myth and legend don't distract from the believability of the plot. This reviewer hopes that some of the characters in this fantasy get a chance to have their story told.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner