Tor, Dec 2000,368 pp.
In her quest to find the mythical great dragons, Lanen Kaelar found love (see SONG IN THE SILENCE). Lanen and her beloved Varien, a great dragon in human clothing, are married and bound even closer by the Truespeech or Farspeech (brain to brain communication without the middle “man” the voice) depending in which species' vernacular one uses.
Life should be ideal for the couple, but alas evil still exists. One malevolent demon controlling the sorcerer Berys, strongly believes Lanen is the answer to an ancient prophecy, which he ultimately plans to bend to his benefit. He sets in motion his endeavor by sending his horde to abduct Lanen, who he plans to give to his demons. Only Varien and a few brave individuals stand in the way of the demons completing the opening phases of Berys' quest, but in the end it remains for Lanen to try to save dragonkind and humankind.
THE LESSER KINDRED is an entertaining fantasy tale that diehard fans will enjoy. The story is filled with action although reading Truespeech conversations leaves the audience feeling like voyeurs. The tale ends in a cliffhanger that makes the plot seem incomplete and requires readers to obtain book three if they want closure. Sub-genre fans that relish an intrepid female lead allied with dragons in battle against sorcerers and demons will enjoy Elizabeth Kerner's tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner