291517Continuation of Horselords, Dragonwall shows us what happened to the army of Yamun Khahan once the great dragon spirit was freed from the wall that imprisoned it for centuries and the barbarians continued their march on Shou Lung.

But everything is from the Shou Lung perspective.  A young, brilliant general with Tuigen ancestry and a lust for battle; a beautiful, scheming aristocrat in the heart of the Imperial Palace; her honorable mentor, and the general’s family all take turns telling their part of the Tuigen tale here.

I liked ho it changed the focus like that.  If it had kept with the barbarian army, it would have been one long, boring story of an army on the march day after day.

The older Realms books continue to surprise me though.  I’m always so used to the newer ones to have happy endings with clearly defined heroes.

But Dragonwall has neither.  Our “hero’s” family is butchered and he leaves his homeland to join the barbarian army and tries to help them conquer Faerun.  Not don’t get me wrong, I enjoy these kinds of not-so-happily-ever-afters, I just tend to forget the older Realms are so rife with them.

Going back to something I haven’t read in a long, long time.  Picking up on the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher once more with book #13, Ghost Story.  Yeah…that’s not ominous at all…

8058301When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn’t doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.

But being dead doesn’t stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.

To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic…