I loved the world of Stonefort, Maine, when I read Hetley's prequel to the series, Ghost Point. When I read the first book in the series, Dragon's Eye, I was even more impressed by the evocation of different worlds brought together in a small, tough place.
As I read Dragon's Teeth, and still more the last-as-yet novelette Dragon's Bones, I understood more thoroughly what Hetley is doing, and how well he is doing it. He is unfolding a complex and multiply interacting world of-- to use gamer terms-- lawful evil, chaotic good, and lawful good intersecting. The various powers present in Stonefort, Maine, are precarious enough without alliances-- but the renewed action of lawful evil there requires alliance to be defeated. And alliance is a prickly matter on both magical and personal grounds.
We learn more about most of the people we've got interested in, in Dragon's Eye, and get to understand them more fully now that so much groundwork is laid. We meet a fascinating new part-time resident who seems to be bringing a paranoid techno-magic to the already-overstuffed hand of dragon, water, earth/stone, and wind/tradition magics.
And in reading this book I realized how much Hetley' series is reaching out to become a full trilogy, quadrilogy, or pentology. Dragon's Eye lays out the world and many/most of the balanced and opposing forces. In Dragon's Teeth, a mighty "little bad" is battled.
But I am really yearning for more works to expand on the balancing of powers-- and for the dragon to act fully, in a way it has not yet done. A dragon is not a costly vending machine for magical charms. That dragon wants to reach out from underwater with a full and muscled limb.
So, folks! Buy more Hetley novels! Justify further writing in this world, with which I'm sure Hetley isn't done!
Dragon's Teeth Mass Market Paperback – 30 October 2007
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- ISBN-10 : 0441015433
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441015436
- Product Dimensions : 11.07 x 2.36 x 17.98 cm
- Mass Market Paperback : 327 pages
- Publisher : Ace Books; Reprint Edition (30 October 2007)
- Reading level : 17 and up
- Language: : English
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