A heartwarming tale crafted by Patricia Briggs. Tightly written with fully developed characters and a lavish backdrop, Ms. Briggss latest fantasy delivers a thrilling coming-of-age story.

When the supposedly half-witted Ward discovers a chain and dragons bones hidden in the castle dungeons, he knows his ancestors did something terrible. Considered too inept to assume lordship duties upon his fathers death, Ward runs away to become a war hero, taking his warhorse Pansy, the family ghost and a dwarven prince. Until he can prove his leadership, the king wont let Ward become the new lord of Hurog (i.e. Dragons) Keep. Ward must build his reputation as someone is gathering magical tokens to get power, and the dragon bones are the most powerful of all.

(Mar., 304 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kelly Rae Cooper