Outcast (Book 2 in the Dragon Sage Chronicles)
Written by CJ McKee
Narrated by Wendy Anne Darling.
Journey of self discovery. Niamh believes she is a simple farm girl destined to following the tracks of her mother. Tend the farm, get married, do home crafty things, sell works in the market…until she meets and befriends a dragon.
Descent into communal madness. A rogue dragon keeps attacking the Thorns farm and the villagers want it stopped in the old way. The old way is the stupid way. Offer it a tasty morsel and it will go away, right? What do you do when you find a god restaurant?
Galddor reconnects with the people of Arydd. Dispelling old (unmarried) wives tales and getting to the bottom of things, the dragon sage arrives. He speaks with an outcast and determines there is another party toying with the villagers.
Caedmon is a village administrator in training. As the son of the current administrator he thinks in terms of what will be best for the future of the village though sometimes he veers into ‘what will appease the whiners’ mode. He has a love interest that may fall apart due to this mode of thought.
The Scene. The village of Dunsmuir and the Thorns farm are well away from the heady workings of the King of Arydd and the Sovereign Council of Dragons. It may be a good thing that news does not spread fast in the realms.
I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to Blood and Bane. The author is bringing his A-game to world building and adding depth to the people of the realms. Excellent story crafting in that not every element of fantasy must be present to make an enjoyable work. I give this a five star rating. It really is that good.
I reviewed this book in e-book form prior to its release. The content is not changed but the quality has soared due to the rich Celtic voice of Wendy Anne Darling. Available on Audible this is an excellent addition to their catalog as it is a gripping story told in a traditional style. It is maintaining its five star rating.