The Silent Dragon: Children of The Dragon Nimbus #1

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In a realm on the brink of war, will an unsuspected heir to the kingdom of Coronnan and to magic long-banished from the land offer the only hope for survival?

Glenndon—son of witchwoman Brevelan and Jaylor, Senior Magician and Chancellor of the University of Magicians—has never spoken aloud. He has no need because his telepathic talent is strong and everyone associated with the University can "hear" him. He can throw master-level spells, but because he will not speak, Jaylor has...

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Overview

In a realm on the brink of war, will an unsuspected heir to the kingdom of Coronnan and to magic long-banished from the land offer the only hope for survival?

Glenndon—son of witchwoman Brevelan and Jaylor, Senior Magician and Chancellor of the University of Magicians—has never spoken aloud. He has no need because his telepathic talent is strong and everyone associated with the University can "hear" him. He can throw master-level spells, but because he will not speak, Jaylor has refused to promote him from apprentice to journeyman magician. Still, everyone knows it is only a matter of time until Glenndon will take his rightful place at the University.

Then an urgent missive arrives from King Darville. The Council of Provinces is near rebellion over the king's lack of a male heir. Rather than see his fourteen-year-old daughter, Rosselinda, married off just to procure an heir, he orders his illegitimate son Glenndon to Coronnan City to become his successor. And suddenly Glenndon's world is in chaos. The man he's always known as his father is not. Instead he is the son of the king. But in this city where court politics can prove deadly and where magic is forbidden, the young man must hide his talents even as he struggles to find his voice and his destiny.

And one slip could see Glenndon, Darville, Rosselinda, and even Jaylor doomed, for the lords and the people fear magic more than potential invasion, legendary monsters, and civil war.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Radford returns to the fantasy setting of her Dragon Nimbus series with this middling tale of political intrigue and troubled young wizards. The magicians of cod-medieval Coronnan depend on dragons like the matriarch, Shayla, for their power. Kindly King Darville, holder of the Dragon Throne and Dragon Crown, rules Coronnan with the Council of Provinces, but can’t convince the council to allow the restoration of legal magic to the land, even though magic itself seems to be fading. Worse yet, the council wants him to marry off his 14-year-old daughter, Rosselinda, to get a male heir for the throne—increasingly important as near-deadly accidents begin to look like assassination attempts. Darville calls his bastard son, Glenndon, to court to stand as heir, but Glenn’s magical talent and inability to speak out loud make him a target. There’s nothing new, but undemanding fantasy fans will find Radford’s effort satisfactory. (Feb.)
Affaire de Coeur (for THE GLASS DRAGON)
“An incredible story of courage and belief...will soon take its place among the greatest of the fantasy epics.”
Romantic Times (for THE DRAGON'S TOUCHSTONE)
“Ms. Radford continues to grow in stature as a storyteller, weaving an intricate tale of magic, politics, and romance to keep us spellbound.”
VOYA - Betsy Fraser
Glenndon, the eldest son of Jaylor (master magician and chancellor of the university), has grown up with the expectations of his father, although his healer mother has a greater understanding of the illness that almost killed him as a child but instead left him mute and largely unwilling to communicate except from mind to mind. On the other side of Coronnan, King Darville finds himself under a different sort of siege, as his lack of a male heir becomes a more pressing problem among his council. Glenndon, Darville's illegitimate and previously unacknowledged son, will find himself in the middle of a court in turmoil in order to keep Darville's fourteen-year-old daughter, Princess Rosselinda, from being wed solely to produce a male successor. Glenndon and Rosselinda's stories are tied somewhat together by the interjection of a shadowy, albeit identifiable, villain who hopes to destroy all magic—Glenndon—while trying to romance Rosselinda. Readers unfamiliar with earlier volumes set in this world where magic exists and human intrigue revolves around its control may well find this a solid place to start. This new Children of the Dragon Nimbus series and its accompanying introduction to Coronnan and its politics will provide enough information for both new readers and fans of the original series, as Glenndon and Rosselinda are given history lessons and learn about the current court and politics from their parents, providing continuity from familiar faces of older series titles for diehard fans. Reviewer: Betsy Fraser
Library Journal
As the son of the Senior Magician and Chancellor of the University of Magicians and the witchwoman Brevelan, Glenndon possesses powerful magic, but has never spoken a word, relying instead on his strong telepathy to communicate. When he receives a summons from King Darville to come to Coronnan City to become the successor to the throne of his true father, Glenndon becomes embroiled in a world where his magic is forbidden and, somehow, he must learn to break his silence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756407940
  • Publisher: DAW
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Series: Dragon Nimbus Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 378,286
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Irene Radford, author of the Dragon Nimbus (The Glass Dragon, The Perfect Princess, The Loneliest Magician, The Wizard's Treasure) and the Dragon Nimbus History (The Dragon's Touchstone, The Last Battlemage, The Renegade Dragon) series, often appears at conventions in the Oregon-California area. She is the author of the Stargods and Merlin's Descendants series as well, and is also one of the founder of the Book View Cafe. She can be contacted via her website, www.ireneradford.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    excellent read

    would recommend for anyone who loves dragons and magic

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Great read BUT...

    Two stars removed because of the agravation of all the broken links between pages. Some stick you on the same page some send you back none forward

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