Blood Storm by Steven Harper
“I am Prince Hamzu, son of Kech and Halldora, TruthTeller from Under the Mountain, Nephew to Queen Vesha of the Stane.”
A man of many names, Hamzu, TruthTeller, Trollboy, Danr;
Danr and his companions are the renowned heroes of the Battle of the Twist. They have united Kin, Stane and Fey when it was believed the three would never live together in the same city. Danr is hated by many and adored by many, but all he really wants is to be left alone. He longs to become a farmer and lead a calm, predictable life with his lady love, Aisa.
Aisa is troubled. She loves Danr but now she has seen his monster unleashed, and the memories haunt her. While she is also being hailed as a hero, she finds herself being carried along in the wake of Danr and his friends, taking her further away from her dreams of the ocean. Her dreams keep calling to her and she’s becoming restless for more.
Danr and Aisa first visited Death last year when she sent them after the Iron Axe. Death rewarded them handsomely and she has since called for Danr and company’s assistance a few times. Now as Death sits knitting, she tells Danr of the power of the shape, a gift once wielded by the Kin before the Sundering, sacrificed in order to destroy the Axe.
Danr longs to find the power of the shape, for with it, he could become fully human and live a normal life. But others want the power of the shape just as bad. They will force Danr to find it whether it is for his use or theirs. Before it’s over Danr and Aisa will have to confront a giant wyrm known as Grandfather Wyrm, along with the Three Gardeners, the Fates known as Nu, Tan, and Pendra. They will find themselves sailing the stormy seas, and Aisa will actually get to see those mermaids she’s longed to keep company with.
This is a fun romp with characters that I’ve grown fond of. The series is just travelling right along on the high seas of adventure…and you know it’s gettin’ good when the mermaids show up!