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Today, I am showcasing a snippet from my latest release – The Last Dragon
Scene Set - Derry was up early and out searching for berries for breakfast when she found an injured stranger. Having healing powers, she healed him. Some of the menfolk arrived and were discussing how the stranger had gotten there.
The pounding of a horse's hooves silenced the group. They made a gap and allowed Hueline Ketel, the sheriff, to enter. He dismounted and stood next to the wool merchant. “Is he dead?”
“No. He lives.” The abbot stood. “But he cannot stay here.”
Hueline lifted his gaze and snapped out orders. “Make a litter. Tie it to those horses. Carry him back to the village. He can stay at the….”
Abbot Jacobus wiped bits of grass from his robes. “There is room in the Infirmary.”
“He will stay with us.” Meliboeus placed his fists on his ample hips.
“To the wool merchant's then.” Ketel flicked his hand towards the village, grabbed his horse's reins, mounted and rode off across the meadow.
After lashing branches together, the men hoisted the injured man onto the litter and secured it to a horse. The owner grabbed its bridle and guided the animal back to the village.
Derry followed behind the crowd, keeping several paces behind. Father Jacobus strode next to her. With shaggy blond curls glowing like a halo, Pariset turned and smiled. As no one else recognized her existence, she cast a friendly wink at him.
At the edge of the village, the Rith sisters met the party. Fairly dancing with excitement, black-haired Ailith peered past the group. “The sheriff said there is an injured man.”
Her younger sister, Isa, motioned the man leading the horse towards their manor house. “This way. This way.”
A veil of darkness shrouded Derry as Ailith stepped in front of her and held up a hand. “No need for ye here. We can best take care of him. Ye scurry back to picking yer flowers.” She turned on her heel and ran to catch up with her sister.
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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