The Confliction – The Dragoneers Saga Book III – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of A Book and A Dish, Think With Your Taste Buds and Stir, Laugh, Repeat
Jenka started looking at a charcoal sketch of a Sarax, with marks and carefully written text detailing sensitive and dangerous parts of the thing’s strange body. Then he saw something else and pointed it out to Lemmy. He was showing Lem a drawing of a bee’s honeycomb full of little tiny Sarax. The queen was larger, ten times as large as the Sarax. It was bulkier, too, formed like a larva, or a giant grub, with several long snaking limbs on each side of an elongated torso. I wonder if they really follow that thing, said Lemmy, as he took the parchment to study it closer. Jenka’s mind had moved on. He was searching for anything else they could use to more effectively destroy the beasts. He found a small wooden chest and forced it open with a sealing blade. Inside were several hundred golden coins with a strange feline animal on one side and two lines with a slash through them on the other. He wondered, for a long time, from where they had come. Then he pondered where the Sarax had come from and a certain fear of the unknown began to creep into him like a chill.
Jenka, Aikira, Zahrellion, Rikky and Marcherion, along with their dragon mounts, are all dragoneers. In books I and II, they have survived the Gravelbone and his magic as he waged war on their land. Through their own magic they have survived the threats of the Sarax that had escaped from their star ship. It was now their duty to guard the ship in hopes of preventing other Sarax from escaping.
But the Sarax was just the first metamorphosis stage of these aliens. They fed upon human met which gave them the strength to cocoon and later change into foul ivory-horned vermin masters like Gravelbone. After becoming aware of this, the dragoneers found themselves being faced with the threat that there was something even more powerful than the Sarax. With this knowledge also came the knowledge that the other being would be many times more powerful than the Sarax and the Gravelbones combined. Then came their job to destroy this being before it destroyed them as well as the people they have vowed to protect. But can they succeed before it’s too late. And will they all survive? The chances look pretty slim.
I’ve read all three of the Dragoneer books and as each came to an end I looked forward to the next. When I saw that this was the last book I felt a bit of disappointment. That is until I read the last line of the book telling me an new book and I hope series will be coming out in 2013. I have to say that Author Michael Robb Mathias has one strong imagination and knows how to put it into words. I look forward to reading any and all of his books.