cover image Vengewar


Kevin J. Anderson. Tor, $29.99 (480p) ISBN 978-1-250-30213-7

Anderson’s heart-pounding second Wake the Dragon fantasy (after Spine of the Dragon) finds war building between humans, dragons, and the wreth—and those who should be fighting together are falling further apart. When half-human, half-wreth Utho murders Konag Conndur of the Commonwealth driven by his desire for vengeance against the Isharans, who slaughtered his people several generations ago, his actions set off a chain of events that could destroy humankind. The Isharan Empra Iluris simultaneously falls into a coma and each side frames the other, setting off the war between lands that Utho was hoping for. Key Priestlord Klovus uses the opportunity to seize control of Ishara, meanwhile the Commonwealth’s new Konag prepares to battle his human enemies—ignoring warnings from the two kings of the Commonwealth that the real threat is not from humans, but from the ancient wreth race who’ve returned after centuries and plan to destroy the world. Large-scale battles, magic, and multiple exciting story lines meld together to create a thrilling adventure. Readers will be hooked from the beginning to the shocking end. (Jan.)