A prequel to the Pelman series, this book was a fun tumble through the chaotic life of a new Power Shaper and his journey to help create a dragon.
While I finished the novel with a sense of completion, I found the book to be rather disjointed. I often felt catapulted from one action sequence to another with no real ties between them. It's an action movie in book form, but it still had enough heart to keep me turning pages.
"The Forging of the Dragon" explains why Vicia-Heinox came to be -- and is an excellent prequel to the three books Hughes wrote earlier about the One Land (and its various "fragments"). If you read "The Prophet of Lamath" or "The Power and the Prophet" or "The Wizard in Waiting," you're sure to like this book, as the few flaws in those books (mostly dealing with how Hughes dealt with his minor characters) have been rectified. It's not a really highbrow book, by any means, but there is a solid moral and ethical basis that makes this book truly engaging. Only authors I can think of that might be like Hughes are the current team of LaHaye and Jenkins -- but this is far less heavy-handed and far more lyrical to read. Five stars. Highly recommended. Barb Caffrey
Like the Pelewan series, this series is absolutely stellar. A little light, but you won't find a better told story than this series. Isn't that what is all about? If you like Lawrence Watt Evans, you'll love Hughes fantasy books. Just fantastic stories with believable and real characters.