The Dinosaur Princess (The Dinosaur Lords)
by Victor Milán
Cover Artist: Richard Anderson
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Tor Books Hardcover / eBook ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765332981
Date: 15 August 2017 List Price $26.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The planet Paradise is in a delicate balance, when humans advance too much, they are pruned. When one cut fails, a new tack is taken. If it were just the Angels, the situation might be manageable. Instead humanity is caught between the millstone of two eternal enemies.
Neuvaropa survived the most recent Angel Raguel's Crusade thanks to the actions of Karyl Bogomirskiy, Rob Korrigan, Count Jaume, Princess Melodía, Duke Falk, and Emperor Felipe. Winning was just the first step. There are forces that still want to see the human's brought low, the question is how low. Additionally, although they worked together to beat Raguel, there are fractures and factions in play. The arrival of two matriarchs affects the paths of everyone.
Although the descriptions focus on Karyl, the true focus of the story is Melodía as she learns to navigate the delicate balances of court life. She must grow into her new possible paths, protect her family and love even as she maneuvers with those who have betrayed her trust and want to usurp her family's authority. Karyl and Rob are important as they were the ones who made victory possible, but they are pawns in the schemes of the powerful long before they realize it.
This is the third book of the series with several main point of view characters. As such it isn't the best starting point. That said, this is a good series with a Spanish flair. The inclusion of dinosaur mounts is a bonus. The author includes a tidbit on the world or its creatures at the start of every chapter which are a great addition. I enjoy each of them as they explain the physical description or tactics or culture of the world. This is not the end of a trilogy but the launching point for a new set of adventures as new lands and powers come into play.
This is a series for readers who enjoy knights or dinosaurs. The complex Byzantine machinations of the royals is just the cherry on top. There is still plenty of action packed into the pages as the knowledge of and importance of being a dinosaur knight is detailed.
I look forward to learning more about the world and the mysterious beings competing to control the future of the world. There are still several big questions to answer related to them and how humans came to be here.
There's an old saying about not judging a book by its cover, but the cover art by Richard Anderson is spectacular. His covers got me to look closer at the Dinosaur Lords and I haven't looked back.