"Adult fairy tale"
A year and a half ago, graduate student Ben Collins
followed a rat into a storeroom and wound up in the Kingdom
of Barakhai. In that land, all humans except the Royal
Family were cursed, forced to shape shift into other bodies
for half the day or night. When Ben left that world for
his own, he was badly injured and needed medical
treatment. Now Zylas the white rat says Barakhai needs him
once more. Ben feels like Barakhai is home and Earth is
just the orphanage where he was raised so he must act.
There are two young dragons held prisoner by the king and
they have the power to remove the curse that force the
humans to shift into another form. Zylas and Ben concoct a
dangerous plan that includes using an old enemy who has the
THE LOST DRAGONS OF BARAKHAI is an adult fairy tale with a
handsome hero (make that bumbling grad student), a fair
maiden (who spends half her life as a fair horse) and a
rebel leader (who remains human even when he turns into a
rat). Mickey Zucker Reichert is a fantastic storyteller who
provides fantasy readers with some of the better tales.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 15, 2002