Dragons of Dirt keeps to the now familiar lead characters, all women, of course, which is part of Dirt's appeal - the female characters are so strong, so independent yet also with that touch of vulnerability that makes Hogan's characters so appealing.
The now nineteen-year-old Silvi, five hundred-years-odd-old Ferret, and the ageless Mistry are still engaged in trying to convert the land of Dirt from that of many, small countries ruled by despots into something akin to a modern democracy - all of them trying to honour and fulfill the original vision of the first heroes of Dirt, Johnson Farthing, and Precious (Pree) Hearting. Allied with two Dirt Kings, they set about establishing alliances and battling old enemies determined to rule Dirt themselves, including the descendant of Johnson Farthing and Pree's killer, Baron Tekkimond.
As always, in the Dirt series, though, it is the Dragons who are the real stars. Hogan has to be commended for essentially making the reader understand and accept the almost impossible (that Dragons are just people too). There are a vast variety of Dragons on display in Dirt, from Desert Dragons to Sea Dragons, to Mountain Dragons, through to the enormous Big Red Dragons. All of them, with one simple ambition in life, to return home and to live again, peacefully in coexistence with humans. But, before that can happen, many battles must be fought and won and many friends and allies must die.
This Dirt Series has quickly become one of my favourite fantasy series and I am very keen to conclude Series Two as soon as possible, with People of Dirt. Hogan has written a real winning formula here and I am happy to be one of the fortunate readers. No question, another 5-Star installment from C.C. Hogan, for Dragons of Dirt.