Author: Jeff Stone
Ying succeeded in his revenge against Grandmaster only to find a new–and far more formidable—opponent in Tonglong. But Hok helped him out of prison, and every time Ying tries to repay his debt to her, he finds himself indebted again. The lone eagle may find himself in need of more than a few friends as he flies against Tonglong to reach the treasure promised by the dragon scrolls.
Ying has always had his point of view crop up in the other stories, but here’s the first time he gets to lead. He’s egotistical, arrogant, and blunt, but he’s also handicapped by his old injuries (and a few new ones) which leaves him much more dependent on Hok’s treatment and her goodwill than he would like to be.
And that’s the real draw of this volume. Hok puts herself on the line for Ying, which he doesn’t understand. The little Crane proves herself more than a match for the Eagle. And Ying learns more about her, about himself, and about his history than he ever would have suspected.
It will be curious to see how this wraps up. With two volumes left, and plenty of room for things to go wrong, the series continues to forge firmly ahead. I rate this book Recommended.