Seeing as everything B.V. Larson publishes these days turns to gold, I’ve been tracking this series of sword and sorcery novellas for some time. I finally decided to give the first one a try as a break from my usual fair, since at 25,000 words (or 100 pages), this wouldn’t take long to read at all. And to be honest, To Dream with the Dragons was a fun, fast read.
The adventures of the Hyborean Dragons centers around the young king Therian and his sidekick, the barbarian Gruum, who, after a fairly short introductory passage that details how the two meet up, serves as the POV character for the series, commenting on all that his master, a sorcerer and a king, does. In this first volume, To Dream with the Dragons, Therian and Gruum prepare themselves to solve the mystery of why the sun is disappearing from the earth and attempt find a way to drive the encroaching ices back and rediscover the sun. It is apparent that the sun’s vanishing has nothing to do with the sun itself (i.e. it is not dying), but rather with some sorcerous film or firmament in the sky that blocks out the sun.