The third book in Bertin’s Dragonlord series will not disappoint. Both longtime fans and new readers alike should find this book easy to fall into, as Bertin spins an epic filled with fantastic creatures (both dragon and human) and betrayal. Though this book was long in the making, the wait seems to have been well worth it; Bertin’s love for her subject spills from each page. This one should occupy shelf space next to the dragon books of McCaffery and Rawn.
Leet, a master bard, sets out to avenge the death of the woman he loved. In order to accomplish this, he fashions a harp made from the cursed Witch Spruce, which will allow him to compel people to do his bidding. When another bard, Raven, dear to the dragonlords, is ensorcelled by Leet, the suspicions of dragonlord Linden are roused, drawing him into a web of treachery that puts his own family and the ageless legacy of his own kind at risk. (TOR, Dec., 432 pp., $25.99)