the new instalment of the stunning series from the author of Medalon and Wolfblade.It is eight years since Marla Wolfblade buried her second husband. In that time, she has become the power behind Hythria's throne. But while Marla plays her own political game, Alija - High Arrion of the Sorcerers' Collective - plots her downfall and the destruction of the Wolfblade line. Marla's fortune may not be enough to protect herself and her family ... especially her son, Damin, growing up far away in Krakandar. Damin's uncle, Mahkas, has convinced himself that his only daughter is destined to marry her cousin, but his obsession leads to unexpected and tragic results. Meanwhile, Elezaar the Fool, Marla's greatest confidante, must face his own crisis, and his infamous Rules of Gaining and Wielding Power are of no use to him when his brother is involved ...
In Australian author Fallon's solid second installment of her Wolfblade fantasy trilogy (after Wolfblade), Damin Wolfblade, heir to the High Throne of Hythria, learns "the Rules of Gaining and Wielding Power" from the dwarf Elezaar at the insistence of his powerful mother, Marla, High Prince Lernen's sister. The teenage Damin, along with his siblings, stepsiblings and various other young relatives, find themselves caught up in court intrigue and backstabbing schemes, not to mention an assassination plot or two. As Damin grows to manhood, he learns whom he should hold close, whom he should keep at a distance and just how much of his keen intelligence and political skills he needs to hide. Damin is indeed his mother's son. While this middle book's somewhat predictable maneuvering for position engages the reader's interest, one is left hoping the concluding volume will offer more swashbuckling action.