I liked this book very much even though it had a lot of fantasy cliches. The only part that really bothered me was the battle over the regency. It felt like too much of a plot device to get the Dragonlords to the city rather than a necessary part of the plot. Also, Beren looked to be not such a great regency candidate, but in the end he and his wife almost seemed to be different people.
This book is really great! The characters are full. This story has light, dark, a little sad, funny, romance and good dragons (not the destroy the city variety.) I really wish she would write the third one she promised at the end of Dragon and Phoenix. I would buy it hardcover in a heartbeat.
There is a short story by this author as well with some of the same characters. She used to send you a copy for $5 if you asked from her website. Last time I checked however she had stopped for a time.
Dragon and Phoenix is the second story. The books can be read in either order, but it will be more fun (and more surprises) if you read them in order. This one then Dragon and Phoenix.
I read this for the first time about ten years ago, and, honestly, I didn't remember it at all. I didn't buy the sequel in hard cover, but waited for it to come out in paperback. And I'm glad because this one was poorly edited and a little slow... hopefully the sequel will be better, but my hopes are not that high.