Prophecy of Kings Trilogy: Book Two: Dragon Rider
When waking up from a deep sleep most of us would try and shake off the tired feeling, wash our faces and try to refresh ourselves and figure out why we slept so long. But, when Kaplyn, Lars and Lomar are awakened from what they thought was a few hours or days rest, they are struck by the remarkable changes within each of them, their surroundings and the person that caused them to be able to reenter the world. The site of Tumarl was quite compelling and their awareness of what really happened to them, Vastra’s betrayal and where they go from next quite compelling. In a world filled with wizards, dragons, Krells, wars, turmoil, hate and revenge the Prophecy of the Kings: Dragon Rider continues the saga and allows readers to know that our world and their world are any different. Warring factions fight for control, deceit, lies and betrayals often win out but the end result just might surprise you.
Book Two begins allowing readers to hear the voice of Drachar, see handiwork and understand what some would do in order to become part of his minions and honor him. One young boy would sacrifice his life.
So many have died while they were asleep, many tortured and even burned to death at the hands of the Krell, peace has yet to be fully achieved and the enemy still awaits them. What will happen when they learn the fate of their loved ones. What about the world that they left and how will they deal with the one they now live in?
Rested, fed, reenergized and in better shape both mentally and physically the four realize that they must leave the sanctity of their cave.
Their journey is dangerous and the end result is startling as they arrive at their destination, Thrace, only to be held captive as spies. Meeting the King and his staff, the distrust for the four men runs high and their story seems bizarre, for they bring with them a tale of sighting an army of Krell. Astalus begins to have some doubts? Just who can be trusted? Kaplyn then creates a shock wave when he reveals his true identity. However, the King remains wary and his son, the Prince distrustful thereby sending Kaplyn to go on a forced peace mission that ends up anything but peaceful.
The Shaol of Drachar has it been summoned and will the Prophecy some true? We hear his voice, we see his handiwork and we learn from a stranger that an army from Trosgarth means Drachar is not far behind. Will the true king come back and what happened while these three were frozen in time? When Kaplyn realizes the truth behind what Vastra did and the fact that his stone is missing will he and the other three survive what happens next? The nightmare that follows will horrify the reader as Lomar has an outer body experience that is most terrifying but revealing adding more suspense to what will happen next.
Betrayals and lies seem to run within this world too as it does in ours today. Kaplyn faces nightmares, Lomar faces his past, and his life and his hope to save his family and town but can his experience do that? Are dragons really hunting Kaplyn? What do his dreams really mean? What about the Tallin Crown and what will the end result be? Terror, fear, violence, uncertainty and a war that is going and could destroy not only Thrace and his homeland Allund but others too. Is Drachar behind what is going to happen? What about another war with the Krell?
One wizard named Astalus would risk it all to save so many but can he? What he learns will enlighten the reader and the history behind the Eldric just the tip of the burning and charred bodies that were left in their wake as the hope of finding the portal to the other world seems dim and the final battle has yet to be fought. What happens at the end of book two is just part of what is yet to come in Book Three: Shadow of the Demon. Just where is Drachar? Is his shade rising? Will the Prophecy be fulfilled?
A novel that reminds us of what is going on in the world right now where countries fight against countries. Enemies try to destroy the good and overtake the weak. Where terrorism seems to rule and the demons are out in full force in this fantasy world and in the world today. There are so many lessons to be learned by readers as author David Burrows takes us into the hearts and minds of four men who strive to find the answers to many have failed to learn. Where are the Eldric? Will the answers be found in what Astalus has learned? Will the end result bring the Eldric back? Who is the true ruler? What about all of the other Kingdoms? Will they unite and work together or is it every Kingdom for themselves? Will they learn they have a spy in their midst and will that spy succeed? This is one novel/ Trilogy you won’t put down until the final sword takes out the last demon, Krell, and the enemy is finally laid to rest and that’s only up to our amazingly talented author.
Fran Lewis: reviewer
Let’s give this one : FIVE GOLDEN CRYSTALS TO FIGHT THE KRELL AND WIN