To conclude, as a pit stop on the way to the end "The Dread Wyrm" serves marvelously well. If anything, it is way too short. It does all that it's supposed to do: it enriches the world, expands upon the overall story and its main characters but more importantly, it entertains.
This is not just page-turning entertainment, there are genuine, thoughtful themes throughout this book that are so relatable in todays world. This is a series that is going from strength to strength. A must read.