Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (1 April 2004)
The second volume after Storm of Wings, this continues the War is Hell/Dragons as Air Corps mixture of the first book. However, the war is stretching, and our protagonist (one Hal Kailas, Dragonmaster) undergoes much in this one. Well, there's perhaps a little more of World War II mixing into this one, with a castle prisoner of war camp (can we say 'Colditz, ladies and gentlemen), not to mention the development of heavy bombing.
In the end, England and France must defeat the Boche ... Deraine and Sagene must defeat the Roche. This leads to a bitter war becoming yet more bitter, and the death toll among both extras and named characters climbs. By the end of it, Hal has become a pretty cold-blooded character: not without some mercy, but prepared to take the decisions that condemn large numbers to their fates. It's exciting, but although it's a development on its predecessor, the story gets as bogged down as the soldiers on the ground.