In the explosive climax of the Dragon Temple saga, Zarq Darquel has secured a dragon estate for herself, in violation of every law which forbids women to own property. She had not seen herself as a revolutionary, but her enemies have given her no choice in her fight for freedom.
Abandoning the estate where she thought she would be safe, Zarq journeys deep into the jungle in search of an ancient dragon secret that would give her the power to overthrow both Kratt and the corrupt Dragon Temple. She has taken with her some of the female dragons from her own estate, and in the jungle she will once again risk the dragons' highly addictive, hallucinogenic venom-renewing a craving that is becoming an obsession.
Cross's gritty finale to her dystopian feminist fantasy trilogy (after 2006's Shadowed by Wings) finds Zarq Darquel still in search of the safety and security of a home and family-and still struggling with her hunger for addictive dragon venom. In the face of laws prohibiting women from owning property, Zarq has defied the repressive patriarchal system of the Dragon Temple and acquired a dragon-egg producing estate. Harsh circumstances make her a foster parent and force her into several other roles, including those of revolutionary and pawn in a prophecy. Cross puts her heroine through brutal, fast-paced action sequences in a world resembling the Middle East. Without preaching, the author handles challenging themes of addiction, graphic sexuality, racism, slavery and the oppression of children and women. This concluding installment is for adult readers who like their escapism darker than their reality. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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August 04, 2008
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