Roc, May 2003, 6.99, 480 pp.
The world has never known a musician as powerful as Aidan MacAllister, a man whose voice can make grown men weep. He is the cousin of the king of Elyria a powerful ruler who has conquered many nations and made it part of his empire. He couldn't have done it without the help of the Ridemark clan who control the bloodstones that make the dragons obey them and turn them into a fierce fighting machine. Aidan is not interested in wars only music and travels the world giving his songs to who ever wants to listen.
At twenty-one the king ordered Aidan thrown into the prison of Mazadine where he was tortured until he broke. He stayed there for seventeen years and when he was released, he found out the reason for his imprisonment was that he disturbed the dragons. The long-lived, gender neutral race of the Elhim look upon him as their savior because only he can free the dragons in thrall to humans and right a wrong the Elhim committed against these glorious creatures. Aidan will do his best to succeed on his quest but there are many obstacles in his path, many of them deadly.
Fans of “THE DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN” series by Anne McCaffrey will love this novel and will care more for the dragons than they do for any other character except Aidan,. Carol Berg has written a brilliant and colorful epic fantasy placed in a world that is highly creative and imaginative. Although this is a stand-alone book, this reviewer hopes that there will be more tales written about this wondrous world.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner