Tor, July 2004, 25.95, 384 pp.
Dragons would have nothing to do with humans and the Parliament of Dragons enforces that rule very strictly. However, one of the members have gone against the Parliament's ruling and mated with a high priestess, who since dragons can take on the form of a human, did not know who he really was. Two boys were the result of that coupling; Ven is a human from the waste up and a dragon from the waist down while Marcus is raised as the bastard son of King Ildlysisylde.
The two boys do not know about each other; they also are hidden from their father, who plans to rule the world of dragons and humans with his breeding program. He needs Ven for a special role in his plan and it up to Draconis, the Parliament's representative, to make sure the lads grow to maturity because only then will they have a chance of defeating the dragon. Ven has an agenda of his own while Draconis is caught in a trap by one of the female dragons.
THE DRAGON'S SON is a coming of age story of two young men, one living in poverty and the other surrounded by riches. Both share a common destiny if they have the courage to risk their lives to fight the rogue dragon (nobody knows his true identity) when they reach maturity. For now, they must survive and cope with the dragon blood running through their veins. Dragons caused the mess that the world is in and they must find a way to make things right for their own sake and for that of humanity.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner