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- Publisher: Moonclipse (August 3, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 3, 2013
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Having read the two previous Requiem Dragons trilogies, this one takes a very different villain spin. This time, Requiem's worst enemy is itself. A tyrant, Frey Cadigus, has overthrown the Aeternum royal family and has made Requiem the ruler of the world. He has trained Requiem's civilians into killers and attacked all our favorite allies from around the globe. Now, in order to maintain a rule of tyranny, he forces all 18 yr old citizens to commit to a 5 year servitude in the army. The enemy? This so called villainous resistance. Stories spread, and the citizens of Requiem find themselves rallying to defeat this Resistance movement, even while they are dying of hunger in their villages under the brutal and fear-driven tyranny of the Cadigus Regime.
However, we soon discover that the Resistance is not truly all it seems. Rune Brewer finds himself thrown in battle, needing to make decisions that he doesn't understand. Who can he trust? The Resistance or the Cadigus Regime? Allegiances are formed, and friendships are shattered. Requiem is at war with itself and it will be a long brutal and painful battle for the Resistance to fight to reclaim Requiem and bring about the old age of peace.
A BIRTHRIGHT OF BLOOD
If you've read the other two trilogies set in the Requiem universe, then you will find that this Dragon War trilogy is much darker. The land of Requiem is in Civil War, with the small band of renegade Resistance members battling the Cadigus Regime. While many are dissatisfied with the Regime, they are afraid to do any other then hail the Red Spiral, because to rebel means death....and not a fast one at that. The Regime maintains control by spreading lies about the Resistance's true motives and by torturing innocents.
Rune continues to grow as the Aeternum heir, both battling an intense hatred and desire for revenge, as well as a softer side that wishes to end the suffering of the innocent citizens of Requiem. Emperor Frey gathers up his legions to eradicate the Resistance, but will the tens of thousands of Legion soldiers cause the Resistance to flee or fight?
A MEMORY OF FIRE
What an epic finale! The resistance has scattered and is doing their best to regroup and come up with a plan. Anything they come up with is likely going to be suicide though. This tale depicts the lengths an oppressed people will go through to overthrow an evil tyrant. They realize that Requiem will never be at peace until Frey Cadigus is gone, along with his regime.
They've retreated to an island, and everything seems at peace. During their exploration, they discover that certain secrets of the past are not lost and their hope is refueled for the fight at hand. The resistance flies towards certain death, with the slim hope of success. The battle for Requiem will end in much tears, but will Requiem finally be free? Or will Frey succeed in overthrowing and gaining total control?
The characters throughout this series have grown and changed and struggled with who they are/what they are becoming. Requiem as we loved it from the past two trilogies has been torn apart.
Book One – A Legacy of Light – 5 stars
In the land of Requiem, ruled by the bloodthirsty Emperor, Frey Cadigus, two friends, Rune Brewer and Tilla Roper have grown up together in the coastal village of Cadport. They change into their dragon forms and flying together over the ocean at night, even though it is illegal for anyone but the Emperor’s soldiers to shift into dragon form.
On a certain day the soldiers, headed by the Emperor’s daughter, Shari Cadigus, come to Cadport to induct six hundred of the town’s young people into the army. Tilla is taken with the other youths, but Rune is not old enough yet. He expects to join the army the next time they come for recruits.
But both the Emperor’s people and the Rebel Resistance fighting against them have other plans for Rune, for it turns out that he is really Relesar Aeternum, son of the previous Emperor, who was killed by Frey Cadigus. The Cadigus family wants to kill him. The Resistance wants him to be their nominal leader.
Tilla is sent to a military training camp where she comes to the attention of Frey Cadigus’ son, Prince Leresy, and his fiancée, Nairi Blackrose. She is assigned to the Black Rose Phalanx, the group commanded by Nairi. Nairi sees her as a rival because Leresy wants to take her. And so Nairi trains her Phalanx harder than anybody, and she punishes Tilla even worse than the others. When the recruits finish their training, they are truly formidable.
Tilla has vowed from the beginning that, no matter how unpleasant it will be, she will endure the training and become a good soldier. Otherwise, she knows she will be killed. For a long time, you wonder whether she will remain loyal to Rune, or cast her lot with the Emperor. On their graduation day, she swears loyalty to the Emperor along with the other recruits.
With the Resistance, Rune undergoes some military training as well. He thinks he is training hard, but the Resistance leaders are not the sadistic torturers the Emperor’s people are.
Finally, the Resistance attacks the Emperor’s forces at Castra Luna. How will the dedicated Resistance fighters hold up against the ruthlessly trained Imperial forces?
Book Two – A Birthright of Blood – 4.5 stars
The Resistance has taken Castra Luna and destroyed it. But they can’t hold it. They return to hiding in the forest.
Rune and Valien visit a Lord Cain who lives in a canyon and who once rebelled against Frey Cadigus. Rune has to fight one of his thugs to win Cain’s help and his army for the resistance.
Meanwhile, Tilla has been trained into an officer of Cadigus’ army. When Erry Docker transfers into her command, Tilla refuses to recognize her publicly. Erry deserts and wanders the woods until she runs into Leresy Cadigus and his men. Leresy has been banished by his father for conduct unbecoming … anybody. They have no women (bad situation for an outfit known as Leresy’s Lechers), and Leresy latches onto Erry for the usual purposes Only when she threatens to leave him too is he willing to admit to himself that he loves her.
The resistance, with the help of Cain’s people, takes Cadport, which they call Lynport and prepare to battle the Empire there. Leresy and his Lechers show up and offer to help them.
The Resistance puts up a phenomenal fight, but so many dragons are killed. And there is a major betrayal. The Imperial forces indicate that they will destroy everybody unless the Resistance surrenders Rune to them.
Book Three – A Memory of Fire – 5 stars
Rune is a prisoner in Nova Vita, the Imperial Capital. Shari Cadigus has Tilla torturing him, trying to get him to swear loyalty to Frey Cadigus and the Red Spiral. Tilla is convinced that if Rune will say what they want and join them, Cadigus will allow him to live and he and Tilla can be together again and fight for Requiem. It never occurs to her that it is unlikely that Frey Cadigus will allow the heir of the previous ruler to remain alive and free where he could still be the focus of rebellion.
Meanwhile, what little is left of the Resistance has left Requiem to hide on a group of islands in the southern seas where they are trying to regroup and recover from their wounds. They meet with a crazy human named Bantis who has been inventing weapons to kill dragons since Cadigus’ forces destroyed his country years ago. He leads them to the remainder of his people on another island. With some difficulty, Valien and Kaelyn manage to convince them to help their dragons of the resistance to try to depose Cadigus once again.
Leresy digs down to uncover the secret weapon Bantis has been searching for for years and manages to invent a way to use it that won’t destroy the wielder as well. And Erry discovers her long-lost family.
The Vir Requis of the Resistance and the remains of the people of Tiranor fly to attack the Cadigus empire one last time. They begin with some 3,000 dragons and 2,000 people. By the time they have finished the initial battle at the shore, they are down to maybe 4,000. But they have annihilated the imperial force of 10,000 sent against them. Leresy has insisted on carrying one of the Genesis scopes, but he will not follow Valien’s orders and fly methodically protecting the rest of the troops. Instead, he just flies around at random, holding the scope himself, causing confusion and leaving the Resistance troops unprotected at critical points. Because of this, casualties are higher than they needed to have been. After this battle, he loses his scope and steals one of the others. Valien banishes him from the Resistance army too. Leresy vows to get revenge.
By the time they reach Nova Vita, the Resistance is in tatters, and for all the damage they do to the Imperial troops, the more than 100,000 troops of the emperor still vastly outnumber them. When they penetrate to the castle, it is with the near-certain knowledge that they are all doomed. But they are resolved to die trying to rid the world of Frey Cadigus.
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