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Dragon and Phoenix (1999)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0812545427, Mass Market Paperback)Created by a misuse of magic in a shaman's war, were-dragons mediate between the five "truehuman" kingdoms and between truedragons and truehumans as well. In The Last Dragonlord, Bertin told of Linden Rathen, who spent 600 years without a "soultwin." (Each Dragonlord is made from two souls--one human, one dragon--so for each there is a match created from the "extra" halves.) He found his soultwin, Maurynna. In Dragon and Phoenix, the second book in the Dragonlords series, Maurynna's draconic half, Kyrissaean, won't speak to other Dragonlords or even another dragonsoul, and won't let her Change, which would give her the greater magics of the Dragonlords--healing fire and flying.
Linden and Maurynna are at Dragonskeep when Maurynna's great-uncle, the bard Otter, and her cousin Raven arrive with a man who claims he escaped from Jehanglan, a kingdom resembling Imperial China. There they have imprisoned a truedragon, using his magic to hold a phoenix captive. The phoenix provides magical power protecting Jehanglan and maintaining the Emperor's rule at the price of agony and madness for the dragon. The Dragonlords plan a daring rescue. The plan hinges on Maurynna, for her "hidden" dragon half will enable her to elude the priest-mages yet destroy the magical wards binding him.Bertin shifts between Maurynna's story and that of Shei-Luin, a barbarian concubine of the Phoenix Emperor who is scheming to gain power and protect her sons.
Bertin delivers a colorful setting, engaging characters, complex plotting, and an intriguing magical system. Fans of Anne McCaffrey's Pern stories and fantasies using Oriental elements like Barry Hughart's Master Li novels will find plenty here to enjoy. --Nona Vero
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:46:39 -0400)
After freeing the kingdom of Cassori from the evil specter of The Fellowship, Linden and Maurynna journey high atop the crown of the world to Dragonskeep, home to the unique creatures who can become human or dragon at will. A slave recently freed from the Empire of Jehanglan, has a tale of sorrow to tell the Dragonlords. Every thousand years the fabled Phoenix of Jehanglan burns itself to death only to rise, reborn from the ashes of its nest. At the moment of the creature's rebirth, vast magical powers are unleashed, and the Phoenix is at its most vulnerable. For millennia the emperors of Jehanglan have tried to capture the power of the Phoenix's birth, and finally one, Lord Jhanun, has succeeded, and at terrible cost. In order to hold the awesome power of the Phoenix in check, Jhanun has chained the might of another magical creature that might be a dragon...or a Dragonlord.
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