1. The theme of this novel is that which one would expect from a story about a knight. Much of the novel deals with the honor of one’s country, one’s countrymen, and one’s god. Huma, the hero of the novel, has a chance to run off with the girl he loves and abandon his mission because he is presumed dead. He overcomes this temptation , however, and continues his brave mission to save his world. Another instance of temptation to take the easy way out, but lose honor, occours at the very instant that he was about to complete his quest. While fighting the Dragonqueen, she offers him the chance to rule by her side for an eternity. He refuses her and eventually dies while defeating her, and maintains his honor.
10. Huma’s close friend and fellow knight, Rennard, had been strangely stricken with the plague earlier in his life. He also befriends Huma when many criticize him. His features were very pale, and he did not show much emotion at all. These things are all common in the followers of the god of disease. Because Rennard had been a Knight for so long, no one thought anything about his resemblance to the god of disease. Later, it is discovered by Huma that Rennard was indeed a follower of the god of disease. Huma discovers this as Rennard is about to kill Grand Master, the knighthood’s leader. The author chose to use this foreshadowing as a complete surprise to the reader. It was only a small hint, but it was enough to make one take notice. In another part of the story, Huma was separated from his friend Kaz , a monitor. Huma found a knight’s outpost on the edge of the forest and hopes Kaz will find him. Later the knights went out to capture a beast that the elves told them was in the forest. To Huma’s surprise the searching party returned with poor Kaz trapped in their nets. The author obviously used this as a good way to re-enter Kaz into the story after Kaz had been lost.
2. Dragon Mountain was a particularly important place in the story. While exploring its vast caves , Huma defeated the three trials of honor. At the end of these trials he became a worthy knight to defeat the Dragonqueen. Also, he met a ancient blacksmith who gave him twenty dragon lances that were used to defeat the Dragonqueen.
5. The novel basically ends in Huma defeating the Dragonqueen. Huma is riding his dragon, who also takes the human form of Gwyneth ( Huma’s love), and drives the dragonlance into the Dragonqueen. The dragonlance breaks off into the Dragonqueen’s body; this does not kill her, but she cannot remove the lance. Huma and Gwyneth are plummeted toward the mountain below and barely survive the inncedent. After a short while , Huma decides it is best to let the Dragonqueen go with the exception that she will never return to his world again. After the queen departs Huma and Gwyneth die in each others arms and go to a form of paradise. The novels ending is a good one in that it ends Huma’s quest to save his world. Huma gains great honor and even becomes a legend for the deeds he did for his world. Also, I must voice my opinion about the deaths of both Huma and Gwyneth. I feel that their deaths were a bad choice by the author. Although this made the story more realistic, it left the story on a downfall that , to me , overshadowed Huma’s victory. I would have ended on a happy note.
One was the shock of Rennard’s betrayal to the knighthood. Rennard and Huma were the Grand Master’s closest colleagues. This was proven to be a false front on Rennard’s part to try to get in close enough to kill the Grand Master. Also, when Huma faced the decision whether to kill or free the Dragonqueen, he found himself with a delima. His whole quest had been based on seeking and destroying the queen. When faced with the opportunity, he realized that he could not kill her. If he did, the balance between good and evil would be altered drastically. This would destroy his world. He was forced to let the Dragonqueen go free on the condition that she never return to his world again.