"Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer." —Silerian Proverb
For a thousand years, fire and water have fought for ascendancy in Sileria, the mountainous island nation wherein dwells Dar, the destroyer goddess. The Guardians, Sileria's mysterious ghost-talking fire sorcerers have been enemies for centuries with the powerful waterlords of the Honored Society. Now, as the conquering Valdani empire spirals into defeat in Sileria, ancient rivalries are rekindled, and Sileria plunges into the inferno of civil war.
When mystical sea spirits, a volcano goddess, and half-human subterranean sorcerers all demand a stake in Sileria's fate, then Mirabar, the fire-eyed prophetess, and Tansen, the reluctant new leader of the mountain rebels, are torn between love and duty. Now everyone in Sileria, allies and enemies alike, must choose between history and destiny—and must fight for victory or face annihilation.
* The second book of the critically acclaimed epic fantasy trilogy which began with In Legend Born and concludes with The Destroyer Goddess
* Year's Best list, Publisher's Weekly
* Year's Best list, Voya
* Best Epic Fantasy, Romantic Times Magazine
"A suspenseful mix of vague prophecies, startling revelations, constantly shifting loyalties, and the occasional divine intervention, this stunning novel tantalizes right up to the last cliffhanger page."
—[starred review] Publisher's Weekly
"Vivid descriptions, three-dimensional characters, and a story filled with echoes of a distant past make this a stand-out addition to a fantasy series that belongs in most libraries. Highly recommended."—Library Journal
"We are drawn ever deeper into her complex and interesting created world... There's violence and humor and mystery and surprises and plenty of action..."
"Resnick has complete control of her craft. Not a word is wasted. Still, it's not a light read. The characters are complicated and real. There are plenty of twists and surprises, and the pace quickens as you go. Resnick's world is dangerous and exciting, yet it has a history and many hidden facets."
"Atmospheric world-building, dry humor, and appealing characters make The White Dragon an epic fantasy not to be missed."—Romantic Times
About the Author
Laura Resnick is the author of the popular Esther Diamond urban fantasy series. She has also written traditional fantasy novels such as In Legend Born, The Destroyer Goddess, and The White Dragon, which made the "Year's Best" list of Publishers Weekly. An opinion columnist, frequent public speaker, and the Campbell Award-winning author of many sf/f short stories, she is on the Web at LauraResnick.com.
Anyone who thinks that the career of John W. Campbell Award winner Resnick gets its steam from having a father in the business had better think again. Even better than the author's first book, In Legend Born (2000), this romantic fantasy leaves no doubt that here is that rare gem: a new writer with serious and already polished talent. Resnick builds her tale on a solid foundation of consistent mythology and magic, well-rounded characters and a collection of completely believable cultures. When the warrior Tansen and the prophet Mirabar learn of the betrayal and death of their friend and goddess-blessed leader Josarian at the hands of their one-time allies Elelar and Kiloran, they must gather their wits and forces. As Tansen and Mirabar attempt to unite and free the eternally feuding and conquered people of Sileria for the first time in a thousand years, their steps are dogged by Zarien, an earnest young man convinced that Tansen is the destined consort for a sea-goddess who saved Zarien's life. These characters curse, bargain with and defy the deities who attempt to guide their lives, taking control of their destinies in an utterly human way even as ominous portents shine in the sky and a holy mountain begins to crack open. A suspenseful mix of vague prophecies, startling revelations, constantly shifting loyalties and the occasional divine intervention, this stunning novel tantalizes right up to the last cliffhanger page. FYI:Resnick fans disappointed by the three-year wait for this one can look forward to her third book in December,The Destroyer Goddess: In Fire Forged, Part Two.