227452And so the sweeping medieval epic of good triumphing over evil comes to a close.

Here in the Dragon King, last of the Crimson Shadow trilogy, we see the united, fledgling kingdom of Eriador take its first trembling steps to becoming a great nation.  But cyclopian raids inland and barbaric vikings sacking their shores break the peace before long and test everyone’s diplomatic skills to keep Eriador from being torn apart.

And what’s their great solution to keep their kingdom from folding like a house of cards? Unite and make war against the common foe, King Greensparrow of Avon. (well, untie everyone except the cyclopians and HOW IS A NAME LIKE GREENSPARROW EVIL?!?)

It’s a long shot for the burgeoning kingdom.  They have just as much to lose as to gain with this war, but Lucien and associates of course come out on top and save the day after an epic battle that pits kingdom against kingdom, and Greensparrow shows his true colors with an amazing dragon battle that sadly seemed to end a little to abruptly for my tastes.

But all’s well that ends well, and the victors go home victorious, albeit with heavy loses and scars that will never fully heal.

Lucien also has the added ‘benefit’ of finding his long lost brother, only to ‘lose’ him again to the new life his brother has chosen to live.

I loved the old school feel to this series.  Very medieval, epic, romantic, classic mannerisms and speech patterns.  It took me a bit to get going with it, but other than that it was good and I’m glad I was able to get through the trilogy after having it sit on my shelf for so long.

Next up for Ja No Read Mo, the next in the Harper series, Curse of the Shadowmage book #11.

291678Long ago, the shadow magic transformed an ancient wizard into a being of utter evil, the Shadowking. Now legendary harper Caledan Caldorien–heir to the shadow magic–has mysteriously vanished. The harpers mount a mission to find and destroy…Caledan