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The Obsidian Throne is J.D. Oswald's stunning conclusion to 'The Ballad of Sir Benfro' series - an epic high fantasy tale of dragons, swordsmanship, honour and two of the most unlikely yet extraordinary heroes in all of fiction. There is no war in the northlands, just annihilation. Either the dragons will destroy this world or Queen Beulah will raze it to the ground. Below the city is a secret the House of Balwen have kept for millennia, a treasure beyond imagination. None but a direct descendent of Balwen himself can open the escape routes from this cavern. To do so, Princess Iolwen will need to claim the Obsidian Throne. Meanwhile Errol and Sir Benfro find their destinies drawing closer together, with the future of all life in the Twin Kingdoms resting on these two unlikely heroes. There will be self-sacrifice and terrible betrayals. And the lives of boy and dragon will be forever changed. J. D. Oswald is the author of the epic fantasy series 'The Ballad of Sir Benfro', which includes Dreamwalker, The Rose Cord, The Golden Cage, The Broken World and The Obsidian Throne. He is also the author of the Inspector McLean series. James runs a 350-acre farm in north-east Fife.
The Broken World is the fourth instalment in the epic fantasy series by J. D. Oswald, The Ballad of Sir Benfro, preceded by Dreamwalker, The Rose Cord and The Golden Cage. *** The book, sir. The Llyfr Draconius. You'll find what you need in there, if you know how to look. The war across the Twin Kingdoms rages on. Queen Beulah has killed one sister and ordered the assassination of another. The Inquisitor Melyn journeys though the north-lands of Llanwennog in a merciless bid to overthrow King Ballah. Now in possession of Brynceri's ring, his power seems indestructible. Nothing can stop the invasion. Captured by the travelling circus, Sir Benfro cannot shake their control, more powerful than Magog's malign influence. Errol Ramsbottom, left for dead, follows the trail of his friend's captors - only Benfro holds the key to Errol's beloved Martha's whereabouts. But both sides are set on a path of destruction - dragon against dragon, king against queen, man against man. As the ancient spell that split Gwlad begins to unravel, it may be easier for Benfro and Errol to travel to Gog's world now. But what will happen when the barriers between the two worlds fail entirely? As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? *Parts of the previous eBook edition of The Golden Cage have been used in this work, The Broken World*
Lose yourself completely in this, the third book to the ‘Ballard of Sir Benfro’, the story is growing in vibrancy, in energy, in strength. There are tests aplenty for Benfro and Errol however it’s particularly fascinating to see the journey of Melyn and Frecknock. The tales twist, turn and entwine with each other, Beulah, Clun, Dafydd and Iolwen are also on the move and attempting to strengthen or wrest control of the surrounding kingdoms. As we learn more and understanding grows, sympathy and compassion sprout in unexpected, barren places. The author has previously almost humanised the dragons in this story, now however the essence of dragon is becoming more active and pronounced, there is no doubt that this is a dragon leaping off the page in front of you. The ending is a right royal cliff-hanger and the next book ‘The Broken World’ can not come quickly enough!
A fabulously absorbing sequel to ‘Dreamwalker’ and a gloriously tantalising world to visit. The timescale of the dragon’s fall from grace and the rise of the comparatively short-lived humans is quite mesmerising and effectively highlights their differences. The author cleverly humanises Benfro’s actions and feelings, it’s easy to empathise yet also easy to forget he has scales but when the dragon element is focused on, it increases the dramatic intensity. The adventures undertaken by Benfro and Errol increase in both danger and fear factor and as the chapters skip between the two characters, you are at times left hanging, desperate to know what happens next. The enthralling ending is satisfying yet leaves you impatiently waiting for the next book in the ‘Ballard of Sir Benfro’.
The first in a new fantasy series. Our hero Sir Benfro is a dragon and this is a world where dragons walk upright but have also been hunted nearly to extinction by the men who fear them. A difficult concept to struggle with at first, but once you get your head round it this is a hugely enjoyable fantasy adventure that will have you desperate to read the next in the series and discover what happens next to Sir Benfro and Errol, the human boy with whom his life is inextricably tied. J. D. Oswald also writes a crime series as James Oswald so if you’ve enjoyed his writing then there’s lots more to keep you entertained. Books in The Ballad of Sir Benfro Series: 1. Dreamwalker 2. The Rose Cord 3. The Golden Cage 4. The Broken World Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.