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The dragon Wearle is in turmoil: A human boy named Ren has bonded with a pair of baby dragons, and their connection has given him shocking and extraordinary new powers. Though some of the dragons suspect he is plotting against the Wearle, his dragon allies will do anything to save him. But Ren has an agenda of his own.
Meanwhile, after the devastating war with the dragons, the humans, or Kaal, have accepted the leadership of a mysterious stranger. The man, who calls himself Tywyll, has an affinity for crows and rides a remarkable unicorn. The band of followers that accompanies him into dragon territory has no idea the danger they're inviting.
Though the dragons and the Kaal are dead set against each other, both will face down an ancient power stronger than any of them can imagine.
About the Author
Chris d’Lacey is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestselling Last Dragon Chronicles series; the Dragons of Wayward Crescent series; the UNICORNE Files trilogy; and The Erth Dragons series, The Wearle and Dark Wyng. Chris lives in Devon, England, with his wife, Jay, where they are at work on his next book.
Read an Excerpt
Gannet knelt and spread a wing low to the ground. Ren was immediately persuaded. A flight on a dragon's back was exhilarating. He hugged both wearlings and told them he would not be away for long. To Goodle, he said, "Guard them with your life." He glanced at Gariffred one last time, then climbed onto Gannet and was lifted away.
They had barely crested the hills when Ren knew it was a trap.
Two Veng closed in, one on either side of the startled roamer.
"Set the boy down," one ordered.
Gannet bravely flew on. "My orders were to deliver the boy to Prime Grynt's eyrie."
"Your orders have changed," said the Veng.
"Gannet, take me back to the cave!" Ren screamed.
But the words had barely left his mouth when he felt himself snatched off Gannet's back.
The Veng banked swiftly to the right and was gone.
As the ground sped by beneath them, Ren could do nothing but tend his anger. But as the Veng pitched sideways again, Ren felt an awareness in his mind that pressed him to look down and not be afraid. Watch. Remember, a voice seemed to say. Her voice. The mother of the wearlings. Grystina. She was often in his mind at moments of danger, trying to encourage him to use his gifts and think like a dragon. Especially so when the Veng changed course and started its swift descent to the ground. They came down over what looked like a quarry, a place dug and burned and scraped and worked, where stones as big as Ren's head and bigger had been tossed aside in giant heaps. A dark spot loomed up. A hole among the rocks with no visible floor. Into this pit the Veng dropped Ren.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A time long ago on the planet Erth, the surviving members of a group of dragons, called a Wearle, are recovering from heavy losses. The dragon Wearle went to explore Erth with aspirations of hosting a permanent colony of dragons, but ended up in a horrible battle against the mutated dragons already occupying Erth. During the battle, the Wearle discovered that the mutation came from eating a mysterious mineral found in the rocks. The mineral improved the dragons’ fire, strength, and endurance, but ultimately made them insane. Why the mineral would cause insanity was unknown. The Wearle’s leader, the Prime, decides to fetch help from their home, the planet of Ki:mera. The dragon that came to assist makes an astonishing discovery leading to rumors of the existence of a dark dragon on Erth. Meanwhile, a human boy who lives on Erth, Ren, has created an uneasy truce with the dragon Wearle on behalf of his people, the Hom, but one that may be short lived. When the dragons find one of their own lying dead, the brittle truce breaks and bloodshed starts anew. Because of their squabbling, both sides fail to see the new threat that rises from the ashes of the old one. Ren and Gabrial, the young dragon that befriends Ren and takes him into his den, must grow out of their childhoods if they are to save their species. Much like the first book of this fantasy series, I found this second book to have the typical subject of dragons and humans, but spun in an amazing new way that is extremely engaging. The author is not afraid to alter the characters in shocking new ways, and I never knew what would happen next. I would recommend this book to mature elementary school children or middle schoolers and older as there is some intense action and dialogue (though no swearing) that may be too much for a younger reader. Reviewed By Alex F., age 15, Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa