Genre: epic fantasy
Length: 706 pages
Interest: The author was on the podcast DragonPage Cover to Cover that I enjoyed listening to. The podcast died at the end of 2012, but I had picked up the book so I could actually read something by one of the hosts. It helped the book was in the used book store as well. Turns out, you can listen to it online as well at Michael Stackpole’s website. You can find the beginning of the book here.
Summary: Will is catapulted from being an orphan thief to the possible downfall of the evil Queen, Chytrine when Crow and Resolution rescue him from Demondowns. They head cross-country, trying to avoid Chytrine’s armies. We bring in a couple other main characters along the way, including Alexis, who leads one of the armies against Chytrine and has to fight a few battles, and Reese, a great wizard who has no idea how the real world works. He gets a crash course in combat magic when he joins the group. All are united in trying to keep the Dragon Crown fragments from Chytrine.
Final thoughts: A high quality epic fantasy. I had a hard time putting the book down and was disappointed for a moment to realize, when I got to the end, that the book wasn’t a stand-alone novel. Of course, that just means there are more books in the same universe to read.
Title comes from: The final deciding battle is supposed to happen at Fortress Draconis.
Reading challenges fulfilled: None, since this is a review of a book read in a previous year.