The Dragon Empire, a soon to be Federation ally. But only After the wedding of the Heir to the Dragon throne, Chuan-chi and the Green Pearl of Lu Tung, the Daughter of a rebel, the Lord Lu Tung.
The Enterprise is sent to finalize the treaty, and to be official Federation representatives at the wedding, a position Captain Picard thought would be easy. Little did he know, that a hostile lizard race, the Pahk were going to try to sabotage the treaty by killing the Dragon before the wedding. When the away team, consisting of Captain Picard, Commander Riker, Lt. Commander Data, Doctor Crusher and Counselor Troi go down they find a world much like their own, but of the very distant past. They also find the Dragon, the ruler of all the Pai and a man that lives only in the moment with little concern for his safety. Try as Picard might he just cannot seem get the Dragon to talk about the treaty.
As the antics go on there are a number of assassantion attempts on the Dragon, each one (!) foiled by a fortunate move by one of the away team. Something in this bothers Captain Picard, so he orders that the Dragon-heir, The Green Pearl of Lu Tung, and the Dragon be put under constant but discreet surveillance, so they can find out who the assassin really is.
Commander Riker is sent to guard the Dragon heir and the Second son of the
Dragon, and after a fight teaches them all to play poker. An interesting experience in and of itself. Dr. Crusher goes to The Green Pearl of Lu
Tung, to watch after her well being. Captain Picard, will watch over the Dragon himself. And the real fun begins when the Green Pearl of Lu Tung and all
the wedding gifts disappear. But where did they go? And why would someone be so dishonorable as to steal wedding gifts and the bride of the Dragon-heir? You'll
have to read the book to find out. It was a very well written and adventurous book, I highly recommend it.
Title: Dragons Honor
Author: Kij Johnson and Greg Cox
Review by: Diane Dragonsayer