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Book 4 of The Jelindel Chronicles
A thieving larrikin
. . . and their deadliest foe, the omnipotent Wardragon
""Wardragon is the culmination of The Jelindel Chronicles in a soaring saga. Finally Jelindel, with her allies, Zimak and Daretor, has tracked the alien mailshirt across two radically different worlds. But the journey is perilous when each step is lined with flying beasts, metal wasps, mercenaries and assassins . . . and the mailshirt linked up with the evil Preceptor to create a deadly enemy. All Jelindel has is a little magic, Zimak's wit and Daretor's sword to scrape through and that is not enough.
Collins captures a terrifying, tense world with a touch of humour and holds it to the last shattering battle."
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||What began in Dragonlinks with 14 year old Jelindel, sole survivor of her masacred family, draws to a heart-stopping climax in this the final chapter.
Having become a powerful mage and, with the help of her friends, dispatching the chainmail shirt that threatened to destroy all the worlds, Jelindel is shocked to learn that the cursed shirt has risen to power once more.
The mailshirt, made from a blending of cold science and magic, may be invincible, but the consciousness that inhabits it is not. Drawing on the body of its host, the Preceptor, its plan is simple: eradicate every scrap of magic everywhere. Q'zar, Jelindel's world, is destined to become like ours, a place where magic no longer exists. But only if Jelindel fails to find the mailshirt's weakness. Jelindel, herself, says it best:
" 'Cold science naturally displaces magic, just as heat pushes out cold, or disbelief holds sway over belief. They cannot live together.' "
Jelindel is the quintessential heroine. She has overcome personal tragedy and crushing adversity to fight for what she believes in. Yet, thanks to Collins' obvious skill, she remains endearingly human with an underlying innocence, and more than her fair share of the fears that reside in us all.
While each book in this series is a link in itself - a piece of a much larger story - each volume is also a fully-formed smaller story that stands alone. Anything from the previous books that is needed to enhance understanding of this one, has been artfully woven into the narrative.
Wardragon has it all: rich description, adventure, characters as familiar as family and humour, often at the most unlikely times. Jelindel's story is a treat for fantasy fans of all ages. Highly recommended.
Paul Collins has written over 130 books and 140 short stories. He is best known for The Quentaris Chronicles (The Spell of Undoing is Book #1 in the most recent series), which he co-edits with Michael Pryor, The Jelindel Chronicles, The Earthborn Wars and The World of Grrym trilogy in collaboration with Danny Willis.
Paul's latest picture book is The Glasshouse, illustrated by Jo Thompson. Espionage space thriller, The Only Game in the Galaxy, the final exhilarating instalment of his YA series, The Maximus Black Files, was released in September 2013.
Paul has been short-listed for many awards and won the Aurealis, William Atheling and the inaugural Peter McNamara awards. He has had two Notable Books in the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards.
He has black belts in both ju jitsu and taekwondo - this experience can be seen in The Jelindel Chronicles.