Bringing the Dragoneers Saga to a satisfying close and leaving the door open to further adventure, M. R. Mathais’ The Confliction is an enjoyable novel, set in a complex and well-imagined world, with the sort of exciting battle scenes that just beg to be seen on a movie screen. Readers should probably start with the earlier books, but, as a reader who very quickly forgets what she’s read before, I can reasonably claim the story will still be interesting without reading them. As a well-planned saga, this series involves a lot of fascinating characters in a world filled with detail. Earlier books have built up the mystery of the dangerous prince, the magic of body-swapped king and adviser, wise witches, fallen druids and, of course, dragons. The dragons and their riders are the heroes of this tale, independent yet tied by allegiances to friends and humanity, powerful yet limited, and pleasingly loyal to each other. New enemies and allies are revealed in each book, and this one’s no exception, building new threats nicely on hints from previous tales, and even adding a hero whose background, though untold, feels perfectly right for the land. Extra details explaining past events are smoothly and satisfyingly woven into the tale. And the final battle is very expertly told. This third novel seems shorter, more precisely edited and faster-moving than its predecessors. For me at least, it reads like the best in the series. I’m looking forward to more, but it’s nice to see the completion of this part of the tale.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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