At the beginning of last year, I enjoyed reading The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller as an escape from the bitterly cold and dreary weather of February. So, later in the year, when the cold weather returned in December, I reached for The Dragon’s Blade: Veiled Intentions, the second book in Miller’s epic fantasy trilogy.
This book kicks off exactly where the last finished. The dark lord, Rectar’s demonic invasion of the west is gaining momentum and now, only the undermanned Splintering Isles lie between the demons and the human kingdom of Brevia. If the islands fall, the rest of Tenalp will soon follow. So the Three Races must work together if they are to survive, but they have another problem… Castallan, the traitorous wizard, has declared himself King of Humans from his impenetrable Bastion fortress, but Darnuir, now King of Dragons, intends to break those walls at all costs.
All the while I continued to feel for Danuir – balancing the strength and authority of his former self, with the fairness and humility of his current reincarnation – as he battles to bring the Three Races together. Knowing that to face the double threat of Rectar and Castallan, all dragons, humans and fairies must truly unite; yet old prejudices undermine his best efforts, again and again. It’s bad enough fighting the endless succession of Rectar’s mindless demons and Castallan’s super, red-eyed humans, let alone dealing with infighting with your own allies. I could’ve totally understood him giving up, but to his ultimate credit he doesn’t!
In a new thread to the story, Danuir puts his new passion for unity into practice. Sending his old, hunter friend, Garon in charge of an army of the Three Races to aid the Kazzek Trolls, who find their home in the Highlands besieged by Rectar’s demons. The poor trolls have been largely ignored by the humans and villainised by the fairies for generations, so Danuir’s choice is controversial. However, I for one am very pleased, because I loved this thread and the trolls! As with the dragons, Miller has put his own twist on them: having them as hairy giants with tusks – rightly or wrongly, I pictured them as similar to the common image of the Yeti!
After the bloody, last battle in the first book, it is cheering to have new characters to root for, but to also see the return of familiar faces too. Including, Danuir’s old friends, the wizard, Brackendon and human hunters, Ballack and Garon; Blaine, the Guardian of Tenalp; the shape-shifting witch, Kymethra, and the imprisoned princess, Cassandra. However they now find themselves scattered across the land – having their own trials and adventures – as the continued war pulls them off in different directions. Which gives us, the reader, the chance to see more places and different perspectives.
So, overall, I thought The Dragon’s Blade: Veiled Intentions was another extremely fun, fantasy adventure, that again helped me to escape from the miserable weather. Now I just need to know how it ends! Fortunately, I believe the third and final book will be available later this year. Good read.
Thank you to the author for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Have you read this? Or any of the other books in the trilogy?