Cassandra Clark contributes to the medieval-fantasy genre a fast-paced and mystery-laced fifth installment in her series. “The Dragon of Handale” features the fair and feministic Abbess Hildegard, a relinquished nun who risks her life and limb to cast torchlight on the dark affairs of man and beast. Presenting a world where men are bested against one another by suspicion and brutality, Abbess Hildegard hails from a land in the 14th century, where history and fiction collide in an overlapping dimension.
Clark’s dauntless and out-casted heroine endures the glares and clutches of arch-villainous nuns and assailants in her quest to find her place among the clergy order once again. However, Hildegard faces danger when a young man is discovered slashed from head to groin by a creature more than human. Could a dragon have killed the young man?
In her quest to learn about the murdered man and a hidden secret tower, Hildegard undertakes the mystery of the dragon in a search for truth.
Cassandra Clark’s “The Dragon of Handale” is a test of female endurance. Vying for control over her own wits, the Abbess fights to maintain her authority during her climactic confrontation with death and dominating confinement.
Kimn Hinkson is like most over-caffeinated, introverted bibliophiles: indifferent to most other items on the planet.
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