Tor. (Dragonslayer, Bk. 1). Jul. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781250306722. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250306715. FANTASY
In the first book of a new trilogy, Hamilton (The Tattered Banner) returns to the land of Mirabaya, inspired by medieval France, where a group of treasure seekers awakens a dragon, which desires revenge for its slain family and predictably destroys the countryside. Guillot, a disgraced knight–turned–drunken lord, goes to the city for help and rescues Solène, a fledgling mage who must learn to control her substantial and growing powers. Mirabaya’s powerful and scheming prince bishop, Amaury, who seeks forbidden magic of his own, sends Guillot to kill the dragon, but all is not as it seems. Meanwhile, Solène rapidly becomes proficient with her powerful magic and uncovers secrets of her own. The story includes common tropes such as betrayals, ritual magic, an enchanted relic, and lost histories. Although it leans heavily on standard medieval fantasy storytelling, characters, and settings, it is a charming narrative.
VERDICT An entertaining, but not particularly groundbreaking, fantasy. Recommended for fans of dragons and medieval settings.

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