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I won't be here next week - due to scheduling screw up on my part. Happy Holidays and see you in the New Year!!!
But today, I am showcasing a snippet from my just released medieval fatasy romance – The Last Dragon.
Scene Set - Prince Hawkyns is on a quest to slay a devil-demon dragon. He about to bed down for the night.
The flush of anger and the pounding of his heart brought Hawkyns out of his memories. He closed his eyelids and listened. It was nearing dawn. The nighttime creatures were asleep and the daytime beasts had not woken. He was alone.
Behind him, the gurgle of the water trickling over rocks soothed and calmed him. He grabbed his cloak to warm himself after a swim and walked towards the riverbank. The water chilled him as he slipped beneath the surface. Air bubbles streamed back as he propelled himself through the water. Surfacing, he inhaled a gulp of air and released it while he rolled his shoulders relieving the tension built up from fighting the devil-demon. A tantalizing aroma of roasted dragon floated along the breeze. His stomach complained with a loud rumble. The sky darkened as he stood, shook the water off his clothes and hair then walked to the shore and reached for his cloak.
A deepening of the darkness and a soul-freezing scream snared his attention. He pivoted his head right and left as his gaze searched for the reason of the sound. Intense pain permeated his body. He yelped as his knees buckled, but he did not fall. Blackness clogged his vision.
Through the pain-filled dark a light beckoned.
A moan escaped his lips. Sharp spasms racked his body. A warm touch eased the agony as the scent of lavender tickled his nose. Hawkyns forced his eyelids open. Before him was an angel with eyes as green as the deep forest and lips redder than his wine. Her smile soothed his heart with a lightness not felt in many months. A golden fire encircled her face. He tried to lift his hand to touch the angel, but couldn’t find the strength.His hand fell to the ground as she floated upwards and was consumed by shadow.
What do dragons, knights and romance have in common? Grab a copy of multi-published author Daryl Devore’s latest fantasy romance – The Last Dragon and discover the answer.
A sorcerer craving dominance merged with a dragon, the power overwhelmed him causing him to split into three dragons. Demora ruled thought, but was lost in time. Yidithe offered protection, shining like the light of the sun. Ayrradex craved chaos, revelling in destroying souls.
Many knights died, attempting to slay the devil beast. One knight, Prince Hawkyns, did not fear death. He’d lost everything. Away on a mission when Ayrradex attacked his father’s kingdom, Penrythe, Hawkyns returned to find his noble father – feeble and defeated. His wise mother – crazed. His beautiful wife and unborn child - dead. Only a pile of ashes remained for him to bury. He knelt before his King and vowed to slay the devil-beast or be slain.
Derry was born with powers that terrified her parents. They delivered her to a nunnery to be raised in secret. Jathe, a wise sorceress, discovered the young girl and trained her to one day use the secret hidden in her soul.
Legends spoken around campfires hinted the sole way to destroy Ayrradex was when the hearts of a knight and a golden dragon became one. But after a vicious battle with Ayrradex, the golden dragon was thought to be dead.
Can Prince Hawkyns’s bravery and Derry’s powers end the reign of the devil-beast’s terror?
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First Review -
This story is cool. It starts very dark, with Heroine stuck in a horrible life not even she can explain. Then surprises start rolling in and boy, they always get better and better until the end, where it all comes together. I liked the characters, who are always well rounded and honest (but that’s typical for Daryl’s people. She never shies away from the truth of them). This is a story of empowerment, of self acceptance, and of love. And it’s an adventure for the characters and the readers.
Daryl’s writing is straight to the point, no-nonsense way of telling a story that brings you right at the center of it, with no fluffy detours. Dialogue brings the story forward, a style of writing I’m partial too. You’re there for the story and for the people in it, and the tone and language will reflect that. No detour, no BS. Only the adventure with the characters.
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