Second entry in Elliott's doorstopper fantasy series (King's Dragon, Feb. 1997) set in the old/medieval-Europeflavored kingdom of Wendar. Following an invasion by the vicious, barbaric, nonhuman Eika and their terrible dogs, King Henry makes plans to recapture the city of Gent--where his immortal bastard son Sanglant, the prince of dogs, is being kept chained and humiliated by the Eika warlord Bloodheart. Elsewhere, young King's Eagle Liath, pursued by her nemesis, Hugh, strives to rediscover her past and master the magic within her. Alain, Count Lavastine's adopted heir, desires only peace but can't disregard his oath to the Lady of Battles. And Fifth Brother, Bloodheart's least-favored son, is developing his own agenda for dealing with both his father and the humans. A solidly engrossing addition to a worthwhile series.