With no king on the throne the dragon hierarchy is on the verge of collapse. Chapelion, the sky-dragon who is Head of the College of Spires, has allied himself with the valkyries. His plot to overthrow Androkom as High Biologian is very risky, as it tempts a civil war. With the dragons in turmoil, the humans in Dragon Forge are busy building weapons and stocking supplies. It is only a matter of time until the dragons regroup and begin their attempts to retake Dragon Forge.
Ragnar, who controls those within Dragon Forge, is becoming too superstitious and cruel. Burke the Machinist knows it will not be long before Ragnar no longer needs his help making weapons. There is no way of knowing what Ragnar will then do to Burke, but he knows it will not be good. Burke sends Anza, the niece he raised and is now a walking arsenal, with Jandra's small group to reclaim a genie (Global Encephalous Nanite Interaction Engine) which resembles a tiara.
Jandra is a human girl who had been raised as a pet by the sky-dragon Vendevorex. The tiara genie allows Jandra to control tiny nanites to perform functions, mostly healing, in a manner that many believe to be magic. Before Bitterwood killed the goddess, Jazz had manipulated Jandra's memories. Jandra fears that the memories belonging to Jazz may overtake her own personality. The genie could prevent it.
As for Bant Bitterwood, he is the guardian of a little girl named Zeeky. Zeeky is able to communicate with most creatures, as well as with a village of ghosts trapped within a special crystal ball she carries. They are trying to locate and rescue Zeeky's brother, Jeremiah, who has been sold to the dragons as a slave. Meanwhile, a horrible face from the past returns.
***** FOUR AND A HALF STARS! This is the third book in the Dragon Age series. It also looks to be the last. This trilogy MUST be read in order to fully understand what is going on and why. Otherwise, you will find yourself totally lost several times.
Other than the references to the "Harry Potter biographies", I thoroughly enjoyed this installment. For me, the idea of the Potter series surviving over a century and then being considered as biographies is just too much of a stretch. Had the Potter series been a trilogy only, I might have found the idea believable.
The author does not follow a single character. Instead, the story jumps around to show what is happening with key characters and/or groups. I was able to easily keep up with what was going on with dragons, humans, and even beasts at a few points. The story merges characters from the first two books. Therefore, there are several interesting and well developed characters that kept me intrigued from beginning to end. Highly recommended! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.