Of Huma1. The theme of this novel is that which one would expect from a story about aknight. Much of the novel deals with the honor of one’s country, one’scountrymen, and one’s god.
Huma, the hero of the novel, has a chance to run offwith the girl he loves and abandon his mission because he is presumed dead. Heovercomes this temptation , however, and continues his brave mission to save hisworld. 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. Whilefighting the Dragonqueen, she offers him the chance to rule by her side for aneternity. He refuses her and eventually dies while defeating her, and maintainshis honor. 10. Huma’s close friend and fellow knight, Rennard, had beenstrangely stricken with the plague earlier in his life.
He also befriends Humawhen many criticize him. His features were very pale, and he did not show muchemotion at all. These things are all common in the followers of the god ofdisease.
Because Rennard had been a Knight for so long, no one thought anythingabout his resemblance to the god of disease. Later, it is discovered by Humathat Rennard was indeed a follower of the god of disease. Huma discovers this asRennard is about to kill Grand Master, the knighthood’s leader. The author choseto use this foreshadowing as a complete surprise to the reader.
It was only asmall hint, but it was enough to make one take notice. In another part of thestory, Huma was separated from his friend Kaz , a monitor. Huma found a knight’soutpost on the edge of the forest and hopes Kaz will find him.
Later the knightswent out to capture a beast that the elves told them was in the forest. ToHuma’s surprise the searching party returned with poor Kaz trapped in theirnets. The author obviously used this as a good way to re-enter Kaz into thestory after Kaz had been lost. 2. Dragon Mountain was a particularly importantplace in the story. While exploring its vast caves , Huma defeated the threetrials of honor. At the end of these trials he became a worthy knight to defeatthe Dragonqueen.
Also, he met a ancient blacksmith who gave him twenty dragonlances that were used to defeat the Dragonqueen. 5. The novel basically ends inHuma defeating the Dragonqueen.
Huma is riding his dragon, who also takes thehuman form of Gwyneth ( Huma’s love), and drives the dragonlance into theDragonqueen. The dragonlance breaks off into the Dragonqueen’s body; this doesnot kill her, but she cannot remove the lance. Huma and Gwyneth are plummetedtoward 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 shewill never return to his world again. After the queen departs Huma and Gwynethdie in each others arms and go to a form of paradise. The novels ending is agood one in that it ends Huma’s quest to save his world. Huma gains great honorand even becomes a legend for the deeds he did for his world. Also, I must voicemy opinion about the deaths of both Huma and Gwyneth.
I feel that their deathswere a bad choice by the author. Although this made the story more realistic, itleft the story on a downfall that , to me , overshadowed Huma’s victory. I wouldhave ended on a happy note. 7. There were two big examples of irony in thisnovel.
One was the shock of Rennard’s betrayal to the knighthood. Rennard andHuma were the Grand Master’s closest colleagues. This was proven to be a falsefront 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, hefound himself with a delima.
His whole quest had been based on seeking anddestroying the queen. When faced with the opportunity, he realized that he couldnot kill her. If he did, the balance between good and evil would be altereddrastically. This would destroy his world.
He was forced to let the Dragonqueengo free on the condition that she never return to his world again.