The three kingdoms of Sitrene, Dherrcia and Rhenland are
all changing, descending into chaos and anarchy due to the
machinations of the heir apparent Prince Damon of
Rhenlan. Once his sire dies, Damon plans to rule more
than just his kingdom. He has set in motion plans to
disrupt and ultimately seize control of Sitrene and
Dherrica. Assassination and causing unrest are just two
of the tools in this evil individual's bag of nasty tricks.
The prime known opposition to Damon's thrust comes from
his sister Princess Vray, who was imprisoned, but escaped
her cage and from a traitor within his guards, Captain
Dael, who loves the hidden princess. Other members of the
three kingdoms' realms also work against Damon, but the
key player is the Keeper Jordy who loves his people, the
princess he protects, and the country he wants made
whole. Damon might have the upper hand though his
opponents have the hearts of the populace making his
immoral road difficult.
Book two of "The Children of the Rock Trilogy" is epic
fantasy at its' finest. Ineffective and power hungry
kings almost destroy the world and the next generation
struggles to repair the damage their elders have done as
anarchy seems imminent. Still the key to the tale is the
cast especially the evil Damon (perhaps too malevolent
with no redeeming qualities), the intrepid Vray, the loyal
to his beloved Dael, and the enigmatic Yoda like Jordy.
The secondary cast (royals and wizards, etc.) adds depth
so that the Krause-Sizemore world is a fine place for
readers to visit.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 3, 2003
Princess Vray of Rhenlan, exiled for defying her power-mad
brother Damon, returns to court to challenge his right to
the throne. Unfortunately, Damon's ambition is not the
only danger facing the Children of the Rock. The Dreamers,
who bend the power of the gods to keep otherworldly
monsters at bay, have diminished in number until only a
handful remain. With most of the ruling Shapers intent on
politics and border feuds, and the peasant Keepers wanting
only to tend their fields and raise their families in
peace, the Dreamers and the importance of their magical
gifts are being forgotten.
As the situation in the three kingdoms deteriorates, the
carter Jordy and Dael, captain of the royal guard, see no
answer but revolution. But Damon is a devious adversary,
and it begins to look as if the best efforts of Vray and
her allies will be too little, too late.