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A Dawn of Dragonfire
Ahh, it's so good to get back into the world of Requiem. The story begins 300+ years after the last seven survivors from the Song of Dragons trilogy. We now hear of their ancestors, the ancient royal lines descendend from Aeternum, Terra Eleison, Gloriae, Agnus Dei, etc. The dragons have thrived, though of course their numbers are nowhere near where their golden age long long ago was. Nova Vita is the new capital and the Vir Requis have scattered across Requiem.
However, early on we hear of a war that happened 30 years ago, when Requiem's armies attacked the Tiranor, a country that makes it's dwelling in the sands and deserts. No real reason is ever quite given for the war; it almost seems undeserved, like Requiem just attacked a country because they were different. Throughout the book, I often wondered and wished the Vir Requis had learned from the attacks on them not to go out to war against others and to try to extinguish another race.
And now, the Tiranor people have risen from the damage the war had caused. We find out that the true conqueror seeking revenge for the war against Tiranor is Solina; the lost princess that had been adopted into the Vir Requis family as an orphan. Because of her "difference" and inability to shift, she was ridiculed; we never quite know whether she was ridiculed for real or whether she just read between the lines and thought people didn't like her.
The battle ensues as Solina attacks the Vir Requis. Once again the Vir Requis find lost artifacts and go in the search to bring them back to Requiem to save the day! While the story somehow seems very repetitive of the Song of Dragons book (aka, Requiem under attack for being "different" and will be wiped out of existence is the artifacts aren't recovered....and they manage to survive in the nick of time), the book is still VERY enjoyable. It's fun to hear briefly of how the Vir Requis have recovered from near decimation and of their determination to stay alive.
A Day of Dragon Blood
A year later....the Vir Requis have lost 20,000 and are down to 30,000 people. Seems like a lot? No, that's just the size of a small city nowadays. They are repairing their city, reinforcing their battlements and armor, and training everyone that is of age and capable of fighting to the cause. Unfortunately, all the seasoned veterans didn't survive, and this means the new soldiers are farmers and kids. There doesn't seem to be much hope.
They all know Solina is coming back with an even bigger army from Tiranor. They have spies on the inside in the hopes of getting a better heads up then they have in the past. The Vir Requis have reached out to all their old allies from Song of Dragons: the Griffins, the Salvanae, the men of Ossana. All of these allies decline; we don't know quite why. Have they forgotten over the centuries the struggle the Vir Requis have had to stay alive? Do they not want to jeopardize the lives of their own race and countrymen? Do they simply not care? They abandon the Vir Requis in an hour of greatest need, trying to convince them that they have enough people to fight this war, and at the same time forgetting that these "warriors of Requiem" are mere children that don't stand a chance.
So the war begins, and it's heart-wrenching. Vir Requis are dying left and right. There's no hope. I thought part way through "why didn't they send all the mothers and children to live with the Salvanae or Ossana to ensure the survival of their race?" It seems like that would have been an easy request to ask their allies. The Vir Requis always find a way though. Even when trapped with no escape, a new solution ensues.
While at first I was wondering "so what artifact will they find to help save the day?" I was very happy to know there was none. Not because I didn't want the day to be saved, but because the story needed to be new and not the same cycle. A battle. To the death. With no chance of survival. I think what makes the Vir Requis such a powerful race is the fact that they never give up even when there's no hope. When things get tough, the tough get tougher.
Now on to book three to know whether the Vir Requis will survive or whether their numbers will diminish again.
A Night of Dragon Wings
Solina can't be stopped. Even after two battles, she still has not had her revenge against Requiem and King Elethor. She starts the process to release an ancient evil among the land, even though all who hear of her plans KNOW that it's a terrible idea. But she doesn't care because she really is no longer a queen of Tiranor, but is using anything she can to attain her goal of defeating the Vir Requis. It's a wonder the Tiran are still following her wishes and accepting her as queen.
There's not much the Vir Requis can do in preparation. Except that once again, they go make an appeal to their allies. And this time they are met without hesitation. All nations know that this ancient evil that are the Nephilim are not simply being awaken to defeat Requiem, but will come after all. It's so sad that it took near annihilation of Requiem for their allies to finally realize that Solina would not stop at just conquering Requiem.
I do wonder though, where at the Crescent Isles people in all this? I loved their story in book 1 of this trilogy, but they have not resurfaced again, even when the world was near extinction.
Now we get to a big battle, and I was shocked at first because it seemed like it was the battle of the ages and it was all over within a chapter...umm, so much build-up for this? Thankfully it wasn't the end. All nations divide themselves to hit Solina in numerous areas, but that's about all we hear of it. The story mainly shifts to King Elethor and his storyline. Which is fine, but there was a lot more potential.
I think the ending happened a little too quickly, but I am also glad that the author ended the trilogy with the happy note of what happened to everyone after.
Overall review of the trilogy:
I enjoyed it. The first one was definitely better, but that's usually how sequels go. I do wish for Requiem to finally find peace and allies and no more enemies, but what story would that be? lol
I did notice there was a lot more sexual violence in this trilogy, which while not inappropriate, I think some of it could have been omitted. None of it was written in too much graphic detail though (which is also hard to find in books nowadays).