Book Talk II…10/27/17
Rage of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford. Oct. 24, 2017. I was given an arc by the publisher.
David and Charlotte paid their dues. They traveled to another realm, battled the Dragon King, recovered the all important magic key to the mage tunnels, and found the heir to the throne of Hirth, as promised. Now it’s time to go home. There’s just one problem: the powerful crystals needed to activate the tunnels have been stolen…and David’s parents have mysteriously disappeared along with them. Guess who’s not going home to Havendale anytime soon.
Eric Hamden, squire extraordinaire, survived the poisonous knick of a shadowmorth’s blade, rescued the king of Hirth from the bowels of the dragon’s lair, and confronted a heartbreaking betrayal that nearly got him killed. Still reeling from the news, Eric sets his sights on a daring rescue only to wind up in a prison of his own with David and Charlotte at his side. But rescues come in strange ways, and before they know it, the three end up in David’s hometown of Havendale…and Eric gets a quick schooling in Modern Life 101. He’d rather fight a dragon.
With secrets, lies and betrayals meeting them at every turn, David, Charlotte and Eric soon discover that Havendale isn’t the sanctuary they’d hoped for. Even their best-laid plans can’t prepare them for the danger that stalks them. This time, no amount of magic or prayers can save them. War has been declared, and in the final battle, someone must make the ultimate sacrifice. Let the battle begin.
David and Charlotte think the fight is over, that the dragon king is behind them, but no matter what they do, all roads lead back to him. His allies and he are gathering for more war, this time determined to destroy David, Charlotte, and the young heir, Eric. When events lead the trio back to the hometown of Havendale, they find that their enemies are closer than they fear and there are secrets to be unraveled. Secrets that may cost everything.
With the whole town searching for David and Charlotte, they must find a way to prevent the dragon king from entering their town and destroying it as it once did centuries before. That time, is was stopped by an alliance, can this time fare as well? Or will all be lost?
I have been waiting for a while for J. Keller Ford’s second book in this series. No need to read the first, you get caught up right away. It is a tale of friendship, love, and not knowing what you have inside of you until it may be too late. The characters shine and these are some of the nastiest villains out there. I can’t wait for the conclusion, though this one brought me to tears. If you love dragons and all things medieval and otherworldly, try this series you won’t be disappointed.