“A tale of epic war and sorcery with a strong appeal to dragon lovers of all ages.”—Library Journal
Having proved his mettle as a dragon flier in the war against the Roche, Hal Kalais has earned his place as Dragonmaster of Deraine’s aerial forces. Taking advantage of the enemy’s retreat, Hal leads three squadrons in a combined land and air assault to push the Roche back to their capital and end the war once and for all.
But just as victory appears imminent, the Roche reveal the true strategy of their withdrawal. Digging in behind fortifications on mountainous terrain, they can keep Deraine’s forces at bay indefinitely. The tide of battle turns for the worse when Hal is wounded and captured by the enemy—who are fully aware of the prize Dragonmaster in their possession. Now bound to a prison castle by dark sorcery, Hal plans a daring escape to secure not only his freedom, but also the freedom of his people….
“Bunch does an excellent job of grabbing the reader from the word go.”—SF Crowsnest
“Lots of action.”—Booklist
As shown in the second Dragonmaster fantasy, in which dragonmaster Hal Kailas leads the Derainian army's drive to finally end the war with the Roche, Bunch's work is far more about war than about dragons, who have little personality or individuality. Kailas, now a lord, makes a resourceful hero, managing a daring escape from an impregnable enemy prison, but the rest of the cast are mostly one-dimensional. Good battle scenes and Bunch's grasp of military strategy will please fans of the first book in the trilogy, A Storm of Wings (2003). Though Bunch died in July 2005, he had completed the final volume, The Last Battle, which has already been released in the U.K.