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Elizabeth A Lynn
M/M (M/F implied at the end)
PG-13, sex does occur but no details are given.
Karandur's talisman, which enables him to transform into his dragon shape, is stolen by his resentful twin, Tenjiro. Not content with that betrayal, Tenjiro heads into the northern wastes and plots with an evil sorcerer for Karandur's throne.
Although the bare outline of this novel may sound clichéed, Lynn's elegant and assured style lifts it out of the ordinary.
She deals compellingly with the themes of loss, betrayal and redemption. I find that I re-read the book frequently for the tortured satisfaction I get from Karandur and Azil's relationship. This is not a "happy" book: Karandur, Tenjiro and Azil are heroically tragic and the events that shape them are dark.
Secondary characters like Wolf and his wife Thea are more human and help bridge the distance between the reader and the main characters.
There is an epilogue that feels quite unlike the rest of the book, and points to a possible sequel.
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This is a dark and gritty world in which several characters are tortured and several die.
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