At the end of the Huri Wars the Dragons were betrayed and locked in crystal orbs by Duman, an elf who had been seduced by the Black Arts. However, one of the Dragons evaded capture and hid his power until centuries later it found its' way to a young orphan girl.
Together with a small band of friends, Alyse must find a way to free the Dragons and unite the Races against Duman. In the age old battle between good and evil will her suffering and sacrifice be enough against the arcane might of the Dark Elf?
If you enjoy well written fantasy with well written characters, well written heroes and villains and well written swords and magic, please read this excellent book.
The main characters are rich and well formed. I cared about the people in the story. I cared when they suffered and I cared when they succeeded. I was happy when things went well and sad went things went badly.
There is some borrowed theme and structure but it is delivered in a fresh and well developed way.
My one complaint is that Tantse can’t help but put her own voice into the book. For example, once in a while we get a 'dear reader' comment (but wait dear reader there’s more); or we get a blatant foreshadow sentence (they thought the worst was over but it wasn’t). Tantse builds tension beautifully, only to sometimes spoil this by interjecting as the story teller. My other complaint is the ending is rushed.