Man in Black Review: Annals of Drakis III: Blood of the Emperor by Tracy Hickman

Drakis has been through a lot in a short amount of time. Despite being a slave, he was a respected warrior with friends and a devoted lover. Then the truth came, and his lover went insane, his home was destroyed, and he was forced to set North, not only to survive, but to fulfill an insane prophecy thrust upon him. As he was herded forward, destined to destroy the evil Rhonas Empire or die at their hands, he faced treachery within the ranks of the dragons that had professed to join his cause. Now, he is weary of battle, having faced the death of his beloved Mala- but the world won’t let him leave. The stakes are his own thousands of followers and the tyranny of the Rhonas Elves- not to mention all of the other characters we’ve followed along the Annals of Drakis. Is Blood of the Emperor a fitting conclusion, and does the time we’ve invested in this series pay off?

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