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Today, I am showcasing a snippet
from my available for pre-order - releasing Dec 21 medieval fantasy romance – The Last Dragon.
Scene Set - Prince Hawkyns has slain a dragon, but not the one he seeks.
With an attempt to distract himself from his hunger, Hawkyns set up the rest of his camp and laid out his bedroll. He traced his fingers along the golden dragon on his shield's crest and wondered how long he'd strayed from Penrythe. Home no more to him. No one remained for him to protect. His wife dead by the dragon he sought. His child dead. Unborn in the belly of his wife.
Nothing but ashes remained of Celia. The woman who shared his bed. He missed lying with her. Her wondrous body open to him. A pleasure not relived with the wenches he'd since bedded.
A shiver rippled through him as he remembered the day when Celia and he had lain together next to the edge of the waterfall. That afternoon had been filled with glorious bedding. It was then she told him they'd been blessed with the gift of a child.
A full moon later, both were dead and buried. His village destroyed. His mother driven to madness and his father's body broken. Hawkyns marshalled the remaining knights. Several were given orders to track and kill the dragon while others were to remain to protect and help repair the village and the blackened land.
News returned month after month of another knight killed. Two of the knights who did not return, were Adon and Cilix, his younger brothers. When he could stand it no more, Hawkyns knelt by his father's bedside. “My king.” He kissed the royal ruby signet ring. “Ye must retake yer throne. The people of Penrythe need their true ruler. I must find this devil and destroy him.”
King Edwig struggled to sit up. A servant tucked another pillow behind him.
“Nay.” His voice weak and raspy. “Ye are the only son left. Yer brothers have died. Noble deaths fighting this demon. If ye are killed, there will be no one… no… one—”
“My liege, if I do not kill this beast, he will destroy everything and there will be no kingdom for me to rule over.”
His father placed a withered hand on his son's shoulder and gave it a weak squeeze. Hawkyns glanced into the dull gaze of his king. “Father. I fear I am leaving ye with a village in tatters. With befuddled ministers and a wife crazed with some foul evil. But I must go.”
“Go.” The king's voice was feeble. He lifted his hand from Hawkyns' shoulder and signalled his advisor to step closer.
With a deep pain, not caused from physical injury but from love, Hawkyns rose and turned to leave. Loyalty and fidelity surged in him. Spinning, he pulled his sword from its scabbard, then dropped to one knee by his father's side. Holding the sword with the point resting on the floor and the hilt forming a cross, Hawkyns lowered his head until his forehead touched his weapon. “I will hunt down the dragon that did this to yer kingdom and to our family. I swear I will not return until I have killed him… or he kills me.”
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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