The Four Kingdoms
‘You have only one part of the Summoning Ring,’ said the dragon to Fianna. ‘And neither the knowledge nor the strength to use it even if it were complete.’
Fianna is the only child of King Stannard and Queen Fiona, and has always expected to become the next Keeper of the Dragon Throne. She exiles herself from the court when her father decides to take a second wife. Recalled to Secondus castle after Stannard’s death, she has to contend with the split loyalties among the royal knights. In desperation, she agrees to summon the dragons to support her claim to the throne. Their challenge sends her to meet them in their Sacred Mountains.
In the woods of the unicorn herd, the Prancer loses his milk-brother to an attack by a dragon. He travels across the human kingdoms to seek the killer, discovering the complexities of human relationships and the delights of ale along the way.
They meet at the Sacred Mountains. And so begins a story of love, friendship — and betrayal.
Fianna has been crowned as Keeper of the Dragon Throne.
But the Queen faces many challenges both within and outside the Fourth Kingdom. Some of her own knights still hold her four year absence from the royal court against her. The Prancer serves her willingly as Queen’s Champion, but only because he is unaware of the secret she is keeping from him. The dragons have not forgiven her for refusing to sacrifice the unicorn. And she finds herself torn between Deian, the pig herder she had known during her exile, and Jeremy, her squire.
Fianna searches for the third part of the Summoning Ring, hoping that the control this would give her over the dragons could help her kingdom in the coming war. And Deian has his own journey to make, as he is drawn deep into the lives and time-bending plots of the dragon Family.
Whether human or unicorn, the greatest wars are not fought on the battlefield, but in the heart.