Overall Review: 4/5-Very Good
H. Wolfgang Porter’s Tales From The Long Road series returns, after the whodunit mystery of The Gray Man, going into full-blown fantasy adventure mode with Book Of Dragon’s Teeth. While this book is technically a sequel to The Gray Man, it can be easily picked up and read by any newcomer to the series.
When a cadre of elemental sorceresses loses a magical artifact of utmost importance to a cutpurse, when South City officials and other people in positions of power begin to drop like flies and even the Gray Man finds himself in a situation that goes way over his head, then South City begins to slowly but certainly descend into utter political (and later on sorcerous) chaos, which threatens to envelop the world.
I was glad to see the return of some of the series’ staple characters (Cloud Dancer chief among them) and I particularly enjoyed Porter’s fast-paced style. His presentation of a fantasy world that is thankfully not plagued with the usual sequelizing power-creeps that have become a staple of the genre was indeed a breath of fresh air, as well as his choice to move deftly away from the grim noir tone of The Gray Man and sashay into the colorful world of high-fantasy adventure. Also, telepathic evil water-godesses, flying ships, hot elf maidens and the good kind of magicpunk, the one that doesn’t go on forever with pseudoscientific theorems.
Once again, the cover work falls a bit short, a sore point that I hope will be remedied in future publications of Tales From The Long Road. The minimalistic effect unfortunately hurts a book that is otherwise chock-full of wholesome fantasy goodness. If you want something other than grimdark fantasy novels and have gotten tired of overpowered individuals spouting cryptic foreshadowing, then this book is for you.