The Dread, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Summoner-King Tris Drayke takes what remains of the Margolan army north to fight a war Margolan is ill-prepared to fight, as reports from spies confirm Tris' worst fear.

A new threat rises across the sea: a dark summoner who intends to make the most of the Winter Kingdoms' weakness. And in Isencroft, King Donelan is assassinated and Tris's wife, Kiara, will now have no choice except to return and claim the crown.

But the rogue mage's agents will go to any length to prevent her from reaching her goal. Kiara and Tris must discover the truth behind the dark summoner, the mysterious power surrounding their infant son, and face the awesome power of the Dread as they rise from their barrows for the first time in over a millennium.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781841499147



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It left me satisfied, I did waver between 3.5 and 4 stars for it but overall I think it did score a 4 for me at the end. I would like to revisit the world and see more of the characters but the current story has run and I liked how it worked itself out. It took me a while to get into the story but the last half flew.Kiara's father is assassinated, so she has to return to claim the throne, Tris is fighting a war that is doing serious damage to his people and may be feeding the evil and they both will have to make choices that will echo.I like the characters in this series, they are complex and you're left wondering occasionally if they think that survival is worth it. You can see that they're getting older and war is starting to wear on their bodies and their minds and they would just like a break for a while. But their conscience will not let them go and they just have to keep going until they can't any more.You can also see that the relationships they have with each other echo and change motives.

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