8111047Second in the Brotherhood of the Griffon quintet by Richard Lee Byers, Brotherhood of the Griffon returns us to Aoth, Jet and the rest of Brotherhood in Chessentea where they have found their fabled red dragon king of old and have reinstated him to his throne.

Tchazzar was trapped in the Shadowfell for centuries, being kept barely alive as a food source for an undead dragon who sucked out his life essence.  After unwittingly blundering across the border between the Shadowfell and their world, two officers from the Brotherhood found and freed him.  The only problem is, now he’s as mad as a hatter.

Determined to lead a war against an ancient dracolich enemy, the mad king employs the Brotherhood to fight in his army, and along the way Aoth and the other discover that a long dead game of dragon chess has been resurrected and is currently being played again, using the lesser mortal races as pawns….

Two down, three to go for this series, but before we continue on let’s revisit the Old Mage and see what he’s up to shall we?

 Bury Elminster Deep by Ed Greenwood is next.

9952999Elminster’s archenemy, the vampiric Lord Manshoon, thinks he has destroyed Elminster at last. But Elminster survives in the form of magical ash, and with the help of his scion, a fop who is growing into a true nobleman, and his longtime companion Storm, he still has a chance to counter Manshoon’s insidious plots.