A Guile of Dragons
By James Enge
(Pyr, Paperback, 9781616146283, 279pp.)
Publication Date: August 24, 2012
Categories: Fantasy - Epic
It's dwarves vs dragons in this origin story for Enge's signature character, Morlock Ambrosius! Before history began, the dwarves of Thrymhaiam fought against the dragons as the Longest War raged in the deep roads beneath the Northhold. Now the dragons have returned, allied with the dead kings of Cor and backed by the masked gods of Fate and Chaos. The dwarves are cut cut off from the Graith of Guardians in the south. Their defenders are taken prisoner or corrupted by dragonspells. The weight of guarding the Northhold now rests on the crooked shoulders of a traitor's son, Morlock syr Theorn (also called Ambrosius). But his wounded mind has learned a dark secret in the hidden ways under the mountains. Regin and Fafnir were brothers, and the Longest War can never be over...
James Enge is the author of Blood of Ambrose (nominated for a World Fantasy Award), This Crooked Way, and The Wolf Age. His fiction has appeared in Black Gate, Flashing Swords, and everydayfiction.com. He is an instructor of classical languages at a Midwestern university. Visit James's Web site at www.jamesenge.com.
"[E]fficiently excellent epic fantasy… Enge's engaging portrait of Morlock…will have readers hunting down earlier books to learn more about the adventurer and his history."
- Publishers Weekly starred review
"Providing a back door into the Arthur/Merlin mythos, Enge creates a fascinating counterpoint to the familiar legends."
- Library Journal
a delightfully thoughtful fantasy. Instead of recycling tired old tropes with dragons, dwarves, and general magical folk, he creates a new context for a son of Merlin story….Put simply, James Enge presents us with a must-read for anyone who enjoys elegant ideas converted into pure adventure."
- City Book Review