"An exciting sword and sorcery tale"
The human, inhuman and ice dragon armies of the Great One
march south causing havoc to an already besieged Rendelsham
and the other southern lands already struggling with
hostile frozen precipitation. To survive the onslaught,
the four great houses of the south must unite in an
alliance against the seemingly invincible Great One.
However, a key player, dowager Queen Ysa, appears in denial
as she continues to divide rather than unite by pushing the
rivalries between the houses.
However, even Ysa ultimately realizes the danger though it
may prove to late when the Ice Dragons begin spewing out
frozen waste at its southern targets. Rohan and his Sea
Rovers with their ships try to unite with the Nodors and
the Bog-folk in an uneasy alliance. Unbeknownst to the
desperate southern alliance is the Great One's most loyal
servant is a sorceress who has seduced Rendelsham's High
Marshal into leading Rohan and his allies into a trap. If
they escape, they still must find a way to defeat the Great
One's superior armies, unconquerable ice dragons, and
ultimately yield magic that none seem to possess to crush
the Great One.
The third Cycle of Oak, Yew, Ash, and Rowan novel, A CROWN
DISOWNED is an exciting sword and sorcery tale though the
story line provides little new from the previous two novels
of this entertaining series. The fantasy contains numerous
subplots focusing on war, intrigue, and betrayal, albeit
the typical fare for an S&S novel. Still the cast engages
the reader especially the enchanting magic gathering the
myriad of fans of Andre Norton and Sasha Miller into the
fold of a fine finale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 19, 2002
A Crown Disowned is the third volume of the cycle of Oak,
Yew, Ash, and Rowan that began with To the King a Daughter
and was continued in Knight or Knave.
The earth is shaking and splitting as the forces from the
North draw nearer. The Ice Dragon Riders are speaking to
the land, and more fire mountains awaken in the Bog. Rohan
seeks to join forces with Tusser, leader of the Bog-folk,
as Queen Ysa raises an army to clear the Bog.
War draws closer until even the Queen cannot deny it any
longer. Raids from the North increase and for the first
time, the Riders of the Ice Dragons appear. It is time for
the Queen to give up her game of pitting one faction
against another. Four great armies assemble and they all
march under the same banner. Though they do not-cannot-
represent the Four Trees, this is nevertheless seen as a
Many good men from all four armies fall in battle, yet the
Great Foulness is still at large. Is the combined might of
the four powers enough to free the land from evil?