Baudino ( Dragonsword ) sets this engrossing fantasy-adventure in a mythical land that replicates the political and religious tensions of 14th-century Europe. The heroine, Miriam, unwillingly gifted with the power to heal, falls victim to a savage Inquisition that condemns her ability as witchcraft, and to a ruthless nobleman who rapes her after she saves his life. Baudino understands the psychology of the persecuted, astutely motivating the self-immolating rage that consumes Miriam and leads her to undergo a complete, magical physical metamorphosis (she becomes tall, strong and beautiful) so
Wings of Doom were spreading destruction across the kingdom of Gryylth. Twentieth-century weapons were raining down upon an unsuspecting land where sharpened blades and pointed spears had always been the only true warrior's tools. And for Suzanne Helling, UCLA teacher of medieval studies, the call of the dragon Silbakor has suddenly come again, transforming her into Alouzon Dragonmaster, Guardian of the land. But even as Silbakor prepares to return Suzanne to Gryylth, they are attacked by another dragon with enough power to rival Silbakor himself. This creature of evil was ready to pursue them
The final volume in Baudino's powerful trilogy tells of a young woman who's transported to an alternate realm to defend its people. Suzanne sets out to stop the flying things that are destroying Gryylth, even though Suzanne was responsible for bringing the fighter jets to Gryylth in the first place.