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Today, I am showcasing a snippet from my latest release – The Last Dragon
Scene Set - We have met Prince Hawkyns who is on a quest to kill an evil dragon. We met the young lass, Derry, who found a stranger in a meadow. Today we meet the 3rd person.
Derry placed her hand on his chest then watched to see if it rose and fell with his breaths. With a relieved sigh, she rested both her hands above her breast. “Praise heaven, ye still live.” She rocked back onto her haunches and scratched her cheek. “Now what am I to do with ye? I can't leave ye here. And the old woman and I can't drag ye back to the cottage.”
She brushed a stray lock of dark brown hair from his forehead then trickled her fingertips down his cheek. “Clean shaven. Save a day or two.” She traced his full lips with the tip of her index finger. She had not touched many men and none so intimately as this.
She glanced up at the sound of a voice drifting across the field. A group of men and horses advanced towards her. She stood, picked up her basket, removed the headscarf, and tied it over her long hair.
“Here.” A man shouted, waved his arm and ran closer.
Ten men and three horses soon encircled her and the injured man. The abbot stepped forward and smiled. “Ye've discovered him.”
Derry lowered her gaze. “Aye, Father. Only moments ago. How did ye know he was here?”
The corpulent wool merchant, Meliboeus Rith, barged his way through the crowd. “The night watchman saw him fall from the sky in the early morning light.”
“He thought he was an angel.” The blacksmith's son, Pariset, peeked out from behind his father. Frowning, the blacksmith pushed the boy away.
“Is he?” The man who spoke first turned to face the abbot.
Father Jacobus knelt next to the stranger. The sunlight glistened off his tonsure. “I believe him to be mortal.”
“But he fell from the sky. Only birds and angels can fly.” Meliboeus swaggered towards the man and tapped him with his foot.
“And dragons.” Pariset scooted out of the way of his father's slap.
Yes, the 3rd person in this story is Pariset. At first he was a minor character, but he became one of those that demanded more attention.
Blurb and Buy Links
What do dragons, knights and romance have in common? Grab a copy of multi-published author Daryl Devore’s medieval 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?
Amazon - ebook - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08QPW4CVF
Amazon - print - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08QRVJ59P
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