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The Dragon of Despair (Firekeeper Saga, Bk 3)
The Dragon of Despair - Firekeeper Saga, Bk 3 Author:Jane Lindskold Raised by smart, language-using wolves, far from humans, then brought back to the court of Hawk Haven, young Firekeeper had to learn to cope with human society. Fortunately, for one raised amidst intelligent pack animals, the intrigues of humans are neither complex nor wholly unfamiliar. — Now Melina Shield, the beautiful, unscrupulous, and thoro... more »ughly discredited sorceress whose power-hungry intrigues have already made so much trouble for Firekeeper, has once more used her power to cloud men's minds, and has induced the ruler of New Kelvin to marry her. This is bad news on a lot of fronts.
It's particularly bad news for Firekeeper. Melina hasn't abandoned her schemes to gain power through the use of forbidden ancient sorcery. And the leaders of the royal beasts who watch over this world have given Firekeeper--and her intelligent wolf companion Blind Seer--the responsibility for stopping her.« less
I've read all 4 in the series. They are really interesting, and fun to read. One of the things I like best is that each book can stand alone. Many of the characters are in all the books, but when reading book 3, I didn't feel I was losing anything by not reading 1 & 2, or that they needed to be read in sequence. I also like that her characters are so well developed. ...Whether it's a character for just one book, or some one represented through all of them.
On another note:
Lindskold uses the growth of humanity as a reason why humans are starting to push beyond the Iron Mountains, but with all the wars and the sub-standard standard of living among the majority of peoples, it doesn't really seem reasonable that there are that many people yet/still.
I found it hard to swallow that just when Fire Keeper is found is when the other kingdoms begin their expansionist push, without fighting each other about it?
Good story overall, but little things like that just grate on me and remind me that this isn't the greatest series ever, just a bulky one :-)
I loved this book. I kept wondering want the title foreshadowed and wondered if it would be a real creature or symbolic. It is the third in the series so I knew all the main characters by then. I didn't want to put it down because of all the twists and unexpected turns in the plot.
My favorite of Lindskold's "Wolf" series. This one book had me intrigued and continuously reading from cover to cover. I think it's the best one in the whole series. (Although I really liked the other ones)Don't let the book jacket fool you, this isn't your run of the mill fantasy series. It's better, much better, than the jacket implies.