Saturday, February 3, 2024

The Dragon's Den (Warders #3), by Armen Pogharian (author), Michelle Babb (narrator)

Armen Pogharian, ISBN 9798868720390, November 2023

The Warders, the secret protectors of the city of Eridan, are facing a new danger. It's alarming enough when an agent working in another city is killed, and a magical artifact stolen. When the local head of the Thieves' Guild contacts the Warders, the message, and one of the messengers, is even more alarming.

The unexpected messenger is a rogue Shaulan assassin, Khelan, and the message concern a plot whose roots are in a centuries-old conflict between two groups of elves. A Chaotic Order sorceress is determined to gain control of the long-suppressed elven magic, and use it to seize power over the entire Federation of which Eridan is a part. 

To stop the sorceress and her plot, they have to recover the stolen artifact, and a matching artifact the sorceress is now after--and then defeat the sorceress, who is powerful even without those artifacts.

Khelan, whom the Warders need but worry they can't trust, the experienced agents the dwarf Draham and half-elven Toran, and budding mage Adara, set off on the hunt. Along the way, they encounter danger, treachery, and magical threats both familiar and new. Demons, dragons, and someone believed to be quite dead turn out to be critical. 

It's a lively story, with both new and familiar characters, and Babb does a lively and excellent job of narration.

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