Sequel to Song in the Silence (1997), Scotland-resident Kerner’s fantasy about a clash between wise old dragons and evil sorcerers allied with demons. Heroine Lanen Kaeler marries her beloved, Varien, a dragon in human form (fortunately, he retains his dragon strength). Evil has not been vanquished, however: the sorcerer Berys, now Archmage at Verfaren, rejuvenates himself with the magical lansip plant, and controls hordes of lesser demons. He plans to compel the most powerful of demons and summon up the original, ancient Demonlord, whose still-living heart lies hidden. In a not-unconnected matter, dragonkind has been forced to leave its island home because of terrible earthquakes and eruptions. Lanen is the key to Berys’s plans: he promised her to the demons in payment for their help, and in fulfillment of the usual obscure prophecy. Berys, then, sends kidnappers for Lanen, but, thanks to Varien, ex-assassin Jamie, Silent Service agent Rella, and young healers Vilken and Aral, she evades capture. The episode ends on a cliffhanger involving most of what plot there is.
Once again, the multiple first-person narrators annoy and distract. For the rest, a so-so installment at best, and you’ll have to wait for volume three—at least—to discover how it all comes out.