The Children of Daela, Elementals of Earth, have survived for more than ten millennia, and for some seven of them have waged a long and costly war against the Ishada, an equally powerful race of beings who covet their power over the Elements of Earth. Their allies are the Dragons, formed from the union of Fire and Air. Each is sworn to defend the other and the embodiment of their bond is the Dragon Lord, the Children of Daela''s most powerful sorcerer, who with each generation must fight for his title anew. A prequel to The Dragons'' Gift, The Dragons'' Lord recounts Dagnan Te Daelan''s rise to power as the last Dragon Lord of Taera. But how much blood must be spilled for him to hold on to his birthright?