cover image Gods and Dragons

Gods and Dragons

Kevin J. Anderson. Tor, $29.99 (496p) ISBN 978-1-250-30220-5

Anderson knocks it out of the park with the explosive conclusion to his Wake the Dragon epic fantasy trilogy (after Vengewar). The new frostwreth queen sets out to end the conflict with sandwreths, hoping to unite their peoples in time to face the long foretold waking of the dragon Ossus—but to do so, she first must kill the sandwreth queen. Meanwhile, the humans of the Commonwealth are pulled in several directions and must decide whether to focus their energies on combating the wreths, who want to remake the Earth, or their longtime human enemy, the country of Ishara. Ishara faces its own internal strife, as it’s still reeling from the destruction of Priestlord Klovus’s godling and Empra Iluris, who never wanted a war, supposedly lies in a coma. The well-developed characters and frequent heart-racing action keep the pages flying, and Anderson expertly ties the intricate story lines together on the way to a thrilling and surprisingly moving conclusion. Readers will be wowed. Agent: John Silbersack, Bent Agency, and Dan Strone, Trident Media Group. (Jan.)