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Jo Walton, author of the acclaimed Tir Tanagiri trilogy (The King's Peace, The King's Name, and The Prize in the Game), has written a stand-alone novel that -- similar to Mistress of Dragons by Margaret Weis -- revolves around a family of dragons and the intricate political machinations of the society they live in.
After a powerful old dragon dies, his five children and their families promptly devour him --according to tradition. But one dragon, a greedy brother-in-law, devours much more than his allotted share. One of the dead dragon's sons, Avan, wants to see justice done and demands retribution from the law. But with one of Avan's young sisters forced to live with his evil brother-in-law, the lawsuit puts her and several siblings who are hiding secrets in the path of danger.
Fans of Walton's Tir Tanagiri novels will find Tooth and Claw a dramatic departure. Reminiscent of Richard Adams's Watership Down and Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies,Walton's novel touches on themes of freedom, morality, kinship, and love among animal families. And although this novel doesn't contain the deep allegories of Watership Down, it has a lot to say about the dark side of human nature. With all the legal squabbling, family feuds, and romantic subplots, it's like a reptilian soap opera. Picture a fire-breathing Susan Lucci covered in scales and lying atop a mound of gold, and you won't be far off. Paul Goat Allen