Mostly sword, with just a little, rather silly sorcery--in a tediously overblown sequel to the polite, bland In the Hail of the Dragon King (1982). As a malignant star rises in the east, evil again threatens Dragon King Eskevar's realm--in the form of the comic-opera sorcerer-king Nin (his hobby is strangling doves) and his invading hordes. The king's allies wrangle and prevaricate, so the fighting must be done by loyal knights Theido and Ronsard; meanwhile, hero Quentin and sidekick Toli are captured by the enemy, escape, and--amid ominous portents and solemn prophecies--learn that Quentin's task is to forge a land-purging sword, the Shining One, out of a magic white mineral. So, while the king's fortress is besieged, Quentin hammers dutifully; and, in a ridiculously limp finale, he arrives with the sword in the nick of time to kill Nin, scatter his armies, and become the new king as Eskevar expires. Bloated and soggy, with the ideas not even half-worked out: strictly for devotees of Dragon King.