Christmas Book Review Series: Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King
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Guest post by Beulah Mae
Review of Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King, by Brandon Mull
Kendra and her brother Seth Sorenson are the Caretakers of Wyrmroost Dragon Sanctuary in this second installment of the Dragonwatch Series by Brandon Mull. “DragonWatch: Wrath of the King” wastes no time hooking any avid fantasy reader with its magical, fantasy world. The Dragon King, named Celebrant the Just, is still seething over his loss from the first book when he invites the caretakers of Wyrmroost to a feast at Skyhold. To refuse this invitation would be foolish, but to accept also dangerous: it is inevitably a trap.
Kendra and Seth know that they are walking into a dangerous situation, but they know they are obligated to attend– can they do this with success? Many of the leaders of the protected territories don’t think that the Sorensons are fit to be caretaker because of their youth and inexperience; they need to prove differently to the doubters, adding to the complications of the invitation itself: this is more than tradition- this is survival. After quick preparations, they attend the feast. What ensues is a meal and show of a magnitude not seen in hundreds of years!
Celebrant has drawn the lines and now all leaders and creatures must decide on which side they stand. Celebrant wants to be free outside of the sanctuaries and he has a plan to do it. It involves a cursed Castle with a mysterious past, a vanished royal family, and a unimaginable contest where winner takes all… if one can win– to whit, the prize is a powerful stone that can change the fate of those who possess it. Seth and Kendra know that to beat Celebrant they must attempt to win this stone at whatever the cost. The fate of the whole world, not just the dragon sanctuary, depends on it– and they’ll have to do it all without their powers.
Brandon Mull once again weaves a marvelous tale with a plot full of intrigue and treachery. The reader will make new allies that will help Seth and Kendra on their journey, and be surrounded by old friends who perhaps, they can’t quite trust anymore. There are new and appealing characters who you want to love, and some you cannot– making a this delicious tale to be enjoyed on all sides, bumpered with twists and turns that you didn’t see coming. Truly a rewarding rollercoaster ride with great females and males leads! I’m already salivating for the next installment!
Beulah Mae is a mother, teacher, wife, friend and maker of delicious chicken pot pies.