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Bard's Oath(Dragonlord, #3)
The long-awaited sequel to the epic fantasy Dragon and Phoenix
For many millennia, the dragonlords, rare humans who can become dragons, have ruled the world. But over the years their ranks have thinned, weakening their authority. And now a more direct threat to their reign has emerged. To avenge the death of the woman he loved, Leet, a master bard, fashions from the wood of the cursed Witch Spruce a new harp with which he can compel others to do his bidding. Using its power to accomplish his bitter task, he sets in motion events that threaten to end the reign of the miraculous changeling rulers and decimate the humans who have depended on their benevolent rule.
When Raven, a young man favored by the dragonlords, is ensorcelled by Bard Leet to commit a heinous crime, he arouses the suspicion of the respected Dragonlord Linden Rathan. As Linden investigates, he comes to realize with horror the true scale of the treachery. Now he must risk himself, those most dear to him, and the ageless legacy of his kind to put an end to Leet’s conspiracy before it topples society and destroys their world.
This masterful epic fantasy is as exciting and suspenseful as Joanne Bertin’s previous two Dragonlords novels. Set in a fabulous world of wondrous creatures and bitter betrayals, it will capture readers' hearts with its poignant story of innocent lives at terrible risk.