Here Be Dragons

The Tabula Rogeriana, an ancient world map drawn by Muhammad al-Idrisi for Roger II of Sicily in 1154. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The Tabula Rogeriana, an ancient world map drawn by Muhammad al-Idrisi for Roger II of Sicily in 1154. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Synopsis

𝑰𝒇 π’šπ’π’–'𝒓𝒆 π’„π’‚π’“π’“π’šπ’Šπ’π’ˆ π’ƒπ’‚π’ˆπ’ˆπ’‚π’ˆπ’†, 𝒅𝒐𝒏'𝒕 π’•π’‚π’Œπ’† π’Šπ’• π’Šπ’π’•π’ 𝒂 π’…π’“π’‚π’ˆπ’π’'𝒔 π’π’‚π’Šπ’“.

Prentyse Brassard, teenage bookworm, unwillingly accompanies three nobles of Waldemar - his genius father, a powerful priest, and a heart-stoppingly beautiful warrior maiden - on an unprecedented quest to kill a dragon.

All Prentyse desires is a quiet life of scholastic research. But with the group facing external peril, internal division and rapidly failing health, he must quickly learn who are the hunters and who are the prey.

Surviving the journey will be hard enough but, down the end of a long, dark tunnel, a dragon awaits.

What readers have said:

"[...] what an incredible imagination [...] especially I was impressed by the way you envisioned the dragon. It was something completely different from any ideas of dragons I have ever heard before. [...] wow!" - Revd. Sharon Gardner, reviewer

"[...] an excellent story. What a fabulous world you’ve created. There is so much potential, so many unanswered questions [...] The airships - fabulous. The political machinations, that were cleverly told without becoming boring (as politics can). The tunnel as a metaphor - brilliant! And the dragon [...] Incredible." -- David Bowmore, author of 'The Magic Of Deben Market'

"Yes, this story is great, love your style, easy to read, keeps you wanting to read more, not wordy either, succinct which is great. Loved the story; loved the action, great characters and the pace its good . Yes, fun to read but keeps you guessing, what is going to happen next?? Well done." -- Hazel Reed, Nova Publications

A stylised dragon's head supimposed on a fireball. Photos by SkitterPhoto from Pexels  and Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay.

Episode 1 - Draclings & Danger

Prentyse Brassard, a 17 year old bookworm, is a passeneger in an airhip, riding -unwillingly- to an unprecedented dragon hunt. But the problems start piling up fast.

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A man stands on a high mountain ledge looking at the flat world below him which slopes down away from him. Background by DW Brownlaw, using GEOMORPH and POVRAY. Foreground by Suman Halder of Pexels.

Episode 2 - Potion & Perspective

Prentyse disembarks, drinks a potion and looks down from the edge of the world. But what exactly is he seeing?

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Image of a cave in a mountainside. Photo by Athena of Pexels.

Episode 3 - Priest & Praise

Prentyse finds common ground with the priest, Zubin, who offers unexpected encouragement.

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Image of a cave in a mountainside. Photo by Athena of Pexels.

Episode 4 - Preparations & Politics

The group make final preparations to enter the Dragon's lair and Edrei Brassard gives a final briefing. But there is more going on than first appears. The fault lines in the group begin to widen.

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The dark view ahead inside a tunnel ahead. Originally: a detail from from 'Hawaian Lava Tube' by Dave Bunnell on Wikimedia Commons.

Episode 5 - Tunnel & Temptation

Prentyse quizzes Zubin about dragon and their lairs, and receives a suggestion which is as surprising as it is wondrous. But β€” and there's always a 'but' in Waldemarian politics β€” what is really going on?

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An armoured warrior takes his rest in a dark tunnel.  Foreground: A lithographic print circa 1849-1862. Print made by Adolphe Mouilleron. Supplied to Wikimedia Commons by the British Library.  Background: A detail from from 'Hawaian Lava Tube' by Dave Bunnell on Wikimedia Commons.

Episode 6 - Rest & Recreation

With the party taking a much-need break, Prentyse gets close to Flammia and tries his hand at Waldemarian politics. Neither turn out as expected.

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The dark view ahead inside a tunnel ahead. Originally: a detail from from 'Hawaian Lava Tube' by Dave Bunnell on Wikimedia Commons.

Episode 7 - Resumption, Reprimand & Reality Check

The gruelling descent continues. Prentyse receives a dressing down, a lesson in Waldemarian politics and a glimpse of his future β€” none of it to his liking.

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