Dragon Fate, the first novel in J.D. Hallowell’s War of the Blades, is a heroic fantasy adventure in the classic tradition of the genre.
Delno Okonan is a young former soldier eager to put the swords and strife of war behind him, when a chance encounter leaves him inextricably entwined in a tangled web of dragons, magic, and intrigue, as he struggles to find his place among dragons and men, and stave off a plot by renegade Dragon Riders which threatens all he now holds dear.
Amazon.com reviewers call the book “a joy to read,” “truly an excellent story,” “more enjoyable than Pern,” and “a meticulous, well-thought-out adventure.
Dragon Fate‘s sequel, the recently released Dragon Blade, concludes the War of the Blades series.
Excerpt from Dragon Fate
The first thought to flash into Delno’s mind was that the dragon would be the last thing he ever saw. It was obviously in pain and, from the snarl, dangerous. He stood motionless, waiting for the dragon to strike. ‘At least,’ he thought, ‘with those teeth, it will be quick.’
The dragon seemed to be considering its next move carefully. While Delno was sure that only a few scant seconds had actually elapsed, it seemed as though he had been standing in that gaze for hours.
Finally, the dragon said in a snarling voice, “What do you want here, human?”
Without thinking, Delno stated his most fervent desire “Merely to live through this encounter, if you please . . . my lady.” He added the title as almost an after thought, but it seemed appropriate, as he realized from the way her voice resonated that she was indeed female.
“If you wish to live, then why did you intrude on my solitude?” the dragon asked.
“I didn’t mean to intrude,” he said, hoping the dragon would accept his apology, “I thought I heard someone in distress and came to offer what assistance I could.”
The dragon eyed him curiously. Then he felt something on the edge of his consciousness. It wasn’t physically discomforting, but he felt as though he were being watched through a window while naked. After a moment, the dragon actually smiled and said, “You really are offering aid as a simple act of kindness.” Then another spasm wracked her, and it was a moment before she could continue. “Even if you could find a healer willing to come, it would be too late by the time you could return.” Then, in a much gentler voice, she added, “You are very kind to offer though; most of your species would simply have run away when the opportunity presented itself.”
While he didn’t fully understand why, he pressed the point, “There must be something I can do to help you.” If he happened on a dying beast, he would put it out of its misery. The dragon, however, was not just a beast. “You are obviously an intelligent being with feelings. It would be criminal, or at least immoral, to just leave you to your fate without trying to help.”
Again the dragon smiled. “If we are not careful, human,” she said, “I might grow to like you.”
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