Covenant With the Dragons: Volume III of the Carandir Saga
In the conclusion of The Carandir Sage, the dragon Baras waits to wake and spread a rein of terror in vengeance for being confined in the void. Baroness Luja, Baron Womb and Baron Gilyon slam their forces against The crown of Carandir in their civil war to gain control, oppress the rights of women and expel everyone they do not consider to be “Pure Carandirian.” The Karakiens, who they have promised the eastern baronies to, attack from the south. Yearol and Keetala sneak behind enemy lines to conduct a guerrilla war against the traitors in vengeance for the murder of Yearol’s mother and Keetala’s husband and child. Missions to seek aid from Carandird allies are thwarted. Far away, a young princess sheltered from hate and prejudice is tempered to return and face the evil. An appendix contains guides to languages, complete musical scores for all the songs in the series with completer lyrics and the legend of the dragon wars.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.50 out of 10
Plot: The third book in a trilogy, Covenant With the Dragons does a fine job of catching up readers who haven’t read previous installments, but will be better enjoyed in tandem with its predecessors. The plot is linear and the scope of the narrative is epic. The book features thorough appendices further detailing the expansive lore and quality worldbuilding.
Prose: The prose is strong, with vivid descriptive writing, clear exposition, and dialogue that effectively builds characterization.
Originality: The novel’s world is well-imagined and believably depicted. Fans of fantasy will find much familiarity here, while the social values central to the book's themes land effectively and give the book a strong sense of character.
Character/Execution: The characters are distinct and dynamic, with arcs that appear to pay off from previous book installments.
Date Submitted: May 06, 2022