Seven years have passed since the events described in The Outlanders. The threat of attack from Lon-Ser has been eliminated, but the establishment of trade between Tobyn-Ser and its western neighbor has brought new and disturbing changes to the land. Large tracts of woodland have been logged so that timber might be sent to Lon-Ser in exchange for gold and more of that land's "advanced goods." The leaders of Arick's Temples have purchased land just so that they can enter the timber trade, and as a result, Tobyn-Ser's glorious forests are vanishing.
Many of Tobyn-Ser's mages oppose this extensive logging, but the men and women who wield the Mage-Craft are too concerned with their own conflicts to mount an effective opposition to the activities of the Temples. The Order and the League continue their struggle for supremacy, and a new force, a "People's Movement" has allied itself with so-called independent mages who claim no ties to either the Order or the League.
When Jaryd, who has been unbound for many months, finally binds to an eagle, he fears the worst, for throughout the history of Tobyn-Ser, the appearance of an eagle as a mage's familiar has always been a harbinger of war. And since Tobyn-Ser and Lon-Ser have forged what appears to be a lasting peace, Jaryd can only assume that his homeland is on the verge of civil war. This is confirmed for him when a second mage, a woman named Cailin who belongs to the League, also binds to an eagle. But only when the unsettled spirit of the renegade Sartol takes possession of the Summoning Stone, does Jaryd realize just how grave the threat to Tobyn-Ser really is. Can he and Cailin bring peace to the mages of Tobyn-Ser in time to stop Sartol from destroying everything that they hold dear?
Eagle-Sage is the third and final volume of The LonTobyn Chronicle, David's Crawford Award-winning debut series. It is the sequel to the opening volumes, Children of Amarid and The Outlanders.
"Coe's richly textured world, with its contrasting approaches to magic and science, provides a vivid background for the conclusion of an epic of war and change. Most libraries should add [Eagle-Sage] to their fantasy collections. -- Library Journal
"There's a satisfying wealth of ideas in Eagle-Sage in regard to relationships between people, countries, and contrasting value systems. Happily Coe doesn't shortchange expectations for action sequences as a consequence. Nor does he make it necessary for readers to consume the previous two books in the LonTobyn Chronicle. Eagle-Sage is a text capable of standing alone just as nicely as it does in a series. Background information concerning characters and events is very neatly embedded into the present storyline without any clunky asides. Coe's Eagle-Sage is a most enjoyable reading adventure into two contrasting societies -- perhaps most so when its issues are making you most squeamish." 3 and 1/2 stars [out of 4]. -- Fantastica Daily
"The story begun in Children of Amarid and continued in The Outlanders is concluded in this meaty, epic finale. . . Coe's portrayal of the hawk, owl and eagle counterparts [is] both loving and insightful.. . . This book, this series, is great winter reading. I've read every book in Coe's LonTobyn Chronicle series during the cold months and it seems to fit. These things are thick literary logs that will keep you warm for a long, long time." -- Barnes and Noble Explorations