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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 26 December 2011
This is the second book in the trilogy The Year of Rogue Dragons. In the first book, the dragons appear to be randomly attacking; and there is dark sorcery afoot - to what end, we're not sure. But none of it is coincidence. Dragonslayer Dorn and his companions must do what they can to save their world from dangers unknown.

This is great stuff, yet again diving straight into the action, as various bands seek either to hasten or to stop the destruction of their world, and the dark magic wielded by Sammaster. There are at least three separate threads of action all rapidly moving along in this story, with Dorn and his companions, Pavel and Will, and Taegan all working to combat the dark magic threatening to envelop their world.

This is action-packed, with fight scenes occurring frequently throughout the story - well-paced, well thought out action, with great impact and resonance for the reader. Thoroughly looking forward to the last book in this trilogy which promises to bring together all the storylines to a great conclusion.
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on 27 January 2005
This continues the story of the previous volume (The Rage) with the same characters, as they struggle to find a cure to the draconic madness. It is again well written, with a detective theme in one section, and lots of dragons mixing it up. The Draconomicon is raided for monsters, but there is nothing wrong with that. Perhaps slightly less compelling than the previous volume, in that there is less revelation and more straightforward action. But I enjoyed it nevertheless, and look forward to the final installment.
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on 13 October 2010
The Rite, by Richard Lee Byers, is Book 2 in The Year of Rogue Dragons Trilogy set in the Forgotten Realms universe. The book continues the adventures of the band of dragon hunters from The Rage (Forgotten Realms: The Year of the Rogue Dragons, Book 1) (Forgotten Realms), as well as the Song Dragon Kara, the Faerie Dragon Jivex and the Avariel Bladesinger Taegan, as they continue to follow the liche Sammaster's trail of notes in an attempt investigate the causes of the Rage.

The book is primarily split into three section or story-lines throughout the book which are all adequately developed. In addition due to the characters being split up into smaller teams which allows for more character development than in the previous book, particularly Dorn the half-golem who is struggling against a lifetime of repressed feelings and Taegan who is coming to terms with his heritage. The character of Jovex is also developed to a much greater degree in this book which adds a touch of light-hearted humour to the novel.

Overall, this is a great sequel that will definitely appeal to any Forgotten Realms fan or anyone who enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, The Rage (Forgotten Realms: The Year of the Rogue Dragons, Book 1) (Forgotten Realms).
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VINE VOICEon 12 November 2007
The second book in the Year of Rogue Dragons Trilogy sees the half-golem Dorn and his dragon hunters searching for a way to quell the Rage. The group has split into three, each searching ancient sights across Faerûn for the secrets of the Rage. Pavel and Will hunt for ruins in Thar; Dorn, Kara, Raryn and Chatulio travel to the Monastery of the Yellow Rose to hunt through its libraries while Taegan and Jivex help the mages of Thentia decipher Sammasters notes.

The Rite is a good middle trilogy book but it does suffer from a rather mediocre middle section and is in desperate need of proof reading in places. Despite this the book is generally quite exciting with some good battles, treachery and massive dragons tearing each other apart. Overall Rite is a solid book that has its faults and sets the scene well for the final book.
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