Daryl Devore's Blog

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Sunday, 24 January 2021

Meet the Hero - Prince Hawkyns - from Daryl Devore's The Last Dragon on Weekend Writing Warriors. #8Sunday #medieval #fantasy #romance

Let me start with apologies to everyone who visited last week and ended up - somehow - at the Nov 10, 2020 Book Hooks post. Absolutely no idea how that happened. This is the repost of last week. If you were here last week - thank you for somehow finding your way.

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors! Where writers share an 8- 10 sentence snippet of their writing on Sunday.  Visit other participants on the list and read and comment on their 8sunday posts.

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This week's 8-10 sentences are from my newly released medieval fantasy romance – The Last Dragon.

(I repeated the post because it is sort of important that you meet the hero!)

Hawkyns picked up his sword and ran the flat side of his blade across his breeches, erasing the loathsome-smell of dragon’s blood. The night sky moonless and cloudy, and offering no light, he held the weapon close to his nose and sniffed, examining it for traces of foulness.

Another dragon slain, but not the one for which he had searched for many months. This was only a fire-breather, the spawn of the one he hunted Ayrradex.

He gritted his teeth as a memory surged forward.

Ayrradex was a feared and vicious dragon, ravaging villages and darkening the sky throughout the kingdom of Penrythe and the known lands. Hawkyns had knelt before his father, the king, and sworn he wouldn't return until Ayrradex was defeated.

He glanced at this corpse lying before him, spilling its blood onto the meadow. The grass sizzled as the liquid dribbled through the blades. Kicking at the short spike on the end of the tail, Hawkyns snarled in frustration.

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 fathers 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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  1. Love the blood sizzling through the grasses! What an awesome image.

    1. Thank you. There is a lot of imagery in this book.

  2. Sounds like he doesn't have time to celebrate this dragon's defeat, as he must find Ayrradex.

  3. I like your hero, Daryl. He's committed, determined, brave and skilled. What more could you ask? Well, a damsel for him to rescue maybe. :) I'm sure we'll get there. Great snippet!

  4. not sure who is going to rescue who.

  5. He has revenge on his mind. That might come back and bite him.

  6. If the dragon's blood sizzles through the grass, I wonder what it will do to his breeches!

  7. As said before, excellent imagery!

  8. He certainly has his mission and his reasons...

    Good use of the sense of smell. One more "foul" thing about dragons in the eyes of Hawkyns. :-)

  9. He sounds very determined and quite skillful at killing dragons! Enjoyed the snippet...

  10. Great description! I especially liked the sizzling blood.

  11. Sounds like he's got a huge task ahead of him. Great excerpt!

  12. Hello! I'm just stumbling onto your blog via "Weekend Writing Warriors" - kind of clicking around and checking out everyone's site. Have you thought about adding a follow button? I would like seeing updates in the Google Reader. Anyway, keep up the good work!