In the province of Ippa, the twin sons of Kojiro, the Black Dragon, contended using sorcery and fire to decide which of them would rule their father's kingdom. After his brother's death, Karadur - who has inherited his dangerous father's shape-changing gift - becomes the master of Dragon's County. Torn between the need to continue his line and a fear of his own perilous nature, Karadur has so far remained unwed and childless. But an encounter with Maia Unamira di Sorvino now leads him to make other choices...Meanwhile, her outlaw brother, Treion the Bastard, is terrorising the nearby countryside. His motive being vengeance against the one who drove his mother and sister from their home. When Treion is finally captured, it is Karadur who must decide his punishment. It should rightly be death - but Maia loves her brother ...Acclaim for Dragon's Winter: 'Utterly engrossing' - "Publishers Weekly"; 'Terrific stuff' - "Starburst".
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Elizabeth A. Lynn is the author of A Different Light and fantasy trilogy 'The Chronicles of Tornor', whose first volume, Watchtower , won her the prestigious World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1980. She lives in northern California.From Publishers Weekly:
In Lynn's fantasy Dragon's Winter (1998), set in the medieval world of Ippa, Karadur Atani was forced to usurp power from his twin brother and slay him. In this engrossing sequel, Karadur, now ensconced as dragon-lord at Dragon's Keep, fears that he may turn into a madman like his father. Karadur tries to find middle ground between being a just ruler and a dragon-changeling whose temperament, by nature, is destructive and vengeful. Hawk, Karadur's companion, is still with him, though she's been maimed and no longer changes shape. Azil, Karadur's lover, plays a smaller role, as Karadur has fallen in lust with a humble herbalist, Maia Unamira diSorvino, who can produce dragon-changeling heirs for him. Maia just happens to be half-sister of Treion Unamira, who's making a great deal of trouble for Karadur—and who may also be Karadur's half-brother. It's in Treion's interest to help Karadur keep his dragon's temper under control, and Treion suffers the most when that temper flares out with righteous anger. Lynn does a wonderful job describing the complexities of castle life, especially the domestic details of running the household. The tale suffers some from middle-book syndrome, though—it's obvious there's at least one more volume to come.
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