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The Dragon Apocalypse, #2

Mr. Maxey again delivers a tightly constructed plot interwoven with engaging characters. He could have made a typical story about how unrequited Stagger’s love is for Infidel. Instead, he took unusual characters and created a strong story-arch which is a pivotal standalone force to be reckoned. A more thoroughly enjoyed novel in a series is seldom seen by this reader. The characters are just as fully-developed as the plot.

Hush starts where Greatshadow left Infidel: a vulnerable, pregnant warrior. Either situation could make Infidel walk a tightrope, but it’s the vulnerable which is most noticeable to all who knew her. When Infidel starts to bruise up and bleed, many witnesses cannot believe their eyes. Stagger is a ghost-turned-golem (a hastily constructed driftwood body, whose soul is controlled by another). He has no mouth, but can write for a few minutes until instructed otherwise by his “boss.”

Stagger realizes he has more regrets in terms of missed opportunities with Infidel. One of the most telling is his lack of verbalizing his love; and again, when he acknowledges his “missed” opportunity with writing a love note to Infidel. Stagger ends up with plenty of time on his hands to think about his shortcomings and his love for Infidel and his daughter.

A better dragon story I’ve yet to find. It has all the elements of a great story: a tight plot, a wide band of bizarre characters, and a love story on several different levels. This novel is very interspatial in terms of religious views, space, time, and love. I’m looking forward to the third novel (already in the works). Regardless of whether the third novel is ending this series, Hush can stand by itself, but it’ll play better if Greatshadow is read first.

Book Blurb for Hush

The invulnerable, super-strong warrior Infidel has a secret: she’s lost her magical powers right at the moment when she needs them most. To keep a promise to a fallen friend, she must journey to the frozen wastelands of the north. Her quest leads her through the abstract realms of the Sea of Wine, where she uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all life. Hush, the primal dragon of cold, has formed an alliance with the ghost of a vengeful witch to murder Glorious, the dragon of the sun, plunging the world into an unending winter night. Without her magical strength, can Infidel possibly survive her battle with Hush? If she fails to save Glorious, will the world see another morning?

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2012 4.50