Tor, August 2004 24.95, 317 pp.
Rhapsody and her half-dragon husband Ashe are enjoying the quiet serenity of married life. Both are elated that she is carrying his child and look forward to raising kids together. The calm has allowed their allies King Achmed and Grunthor to make progress on restoring the kingdom of Ylorc. Finally, they celebrate that their ward Gwydion has become an adult.
But vengeance is in the air. Assassins plan to kill Achmed because of his killing of their leader. Anwyn the Dragon has returned with plans to kill Rhapsody who put him into the death-sleep for the past three years. Finally Sorbold Emperor Talquist has a new ally, the evil seer Anwyn. War seems imminent.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner