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Master of Dragons
by Margaret Weis
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Audio Renaissance, 2005 (2005)
Hardcover, CD
* *   Reviewed by Lance Victor Eaton

In her conclusion to her solo trilogy, Margaret Weis weaves together the ongoing subplots of The Dragonvarld Trilogy to provide a significant amount of closure, but always with the hint that more might be said later on. At the end of The Dragon's Son, Draconas was unexpectedly attacked by Anora, the dragon leader of the Parliament of Dragons. Ven (short for Vengeance) had helped his half brother, Prince Marcus, escape with Evelina, the deceitful young woman who stabbed Ven in the chest. Meanwhile the dragon Grald and Maristara continued to make fortifications for Dragon Keep in order to attack the rest of the world.

Rather than picking up where she leaves off, Weis actually starts a few minutes prior to the end of her second novel. She does this to give several accounts from different points of view. Rather than just seeing Draconas attacked, listeners hear from Annora's viewpoint why she feels it necessary to attack him. One also receives insight as to why Ven helps his half-brother, despite the mixed feelings between the two. This works well to catch listeners up to date with what's going on and to get the story moving, which it does constantly throughout this novel. While The Dragon's Son didn't feel as climatic or dramatic as the second book in a trilogy should, Master of Dragons more than makes up for it. Dueling armies, clashing dragons, and magic exploding at every corner make this end piece one to remember.

As Marcus returns home, he must find a way to save his kingdom from the amassing army of magic users at Dragon Keep. Draconas seeks out Ven to help him work out which side of this battle to fight on. While deciding, Ven meets new friends who will change the course of his life and the war. And alas, the Parliament of Dragons will be torn apart in civil war as the dragons too choose sides in this battle. While the dual narration and editing in the previous episode seemed at best lacking, Suzanne Toren does a fantastic job as the sole narrator of this audiobook sequel. Where the previous episode seemed choppy, Toren smoothly guides listeners from beginning to end in this tale. Though she lacks consistency of voice for some of the minor characters, particularly King Edward, she does keep the main characters straight.

As the final edition in a trilogy, Master of Dragons proves the best in plot, character development, voice ability, and excitement. Though Weis started off a little slow with this series, she finished strong, proving her to be indeed a master of dragons.

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