Published: September 27, 1990
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Speculative Fiction
In a war of dominance between the dragons and the humans, even the Dragon Kings are divided as the Ice Dragon hatches an evil plan to cover the Dragonrealm into a frozen wastelandfor eternity. Now it is up to Cabe Bedlam and his forces to form uneasy alliances to battle the insanity of the Ice Dragon and save the Dragonrealm.
The second book in the Dragonrealm series follows Cabe has he struggles with nightmarish dreams as he tries to lead a semi-normal life as a mage of the bloodline of the most powerful mages. Now Cade’s characterization is far better in this novel than it is in the first novel. He doesn’t come off has a character who has no idea of what he is doing and who ispossessed by another character who has a lack of character. Cabe is a far more likeable character as he struggles to live up to the legacy left to him. Unlike most characters in novels who tend to suffer this same problem, he does not whine all the time, instead he pushes past his problems to save the world.
But other than that, it was a slow paced novel. The plot is introduced early on and the lead up to the climatic ending was dull. Most of the action was saved for the ending, and even if the novel more story oriented, the other characters are developed enough to capture the audience. The rest of the characters are seemingly perfect, without flaws or problemsof which they are trying to work on. They do not resonate off the pages and feel real to the reader. Shifting from point of view to point of view, there is no grasp on who the other characters are, and Cabe is not interesting enough to capture the readers.
The dragons were by the far the most interesting parts of this novel. Each dragon was different from the other with their characterization was awesome. The insanity of the Ice Dragon was captured perfectly and was the best part of the novel if you ask me. But the again, I have a love for those dragons.
Overall a decent book but not exciting enough to hook the readers attention. ★★★ (B-)