My good friend and fellow author Daryl Devore has just released a medieval romance that I can’t wait to read: The Last Dragon.
I’ve asked Daryl to talk a little bit about the book and specifically about the dragons in the book. I hope you enjoy her post as much as I did!
by Daryl Devore
Few words invoke a medieval visual as strong as knight or dragon. Dragon lore has existed for eons. Delving into the mythology of dragons is a very deep chasm, in which you can get lost for days. (Been there. Done that.)
But what I discovered, is that because there are so many variations in the lore that the dragons I was creating were within the bounds of mythology.
This is the first time I’ve written a fantasy and I know the lovers of this genre LOVE their knights, maidens, demons and creatures. I knew I had to step-up, or face the wrath of an angry dragon… uh, I meant reader.
In The Last Dragon, the legend states there was a sorcerer who craved absolute power. He merged with a dragon. The power was too great and he divided into three dragons.
Lean in a little closer and I’ll let you in on an inside secret. In the original draft, the sorcerer only broke into two dragons. I teach a beginner’s writers course at our local library and at the end of the course they presented me with a statue of a dragon. (I might have mentioned my story once or twice.)
After thanking them, I said that I’d have to incorporate the dragon into the story and the third dragon, Demora, was created. I love the addition as it adds an unexpected twist near the end of the story.
There is a new story being written, which is an off-shoot of The Last Dragon, and now I’m researching other mythological creatures; faeries, imps, trolls, pixies… the list is endless. So, possibly there are many more stories to come.
Which is your favorite mythological creature?
Hawkyns raised his head. “The dragon is named Demora. He was the first dragon to be called.”
“Or she.” Derry’s voice was playful.
Pariset stifled a chuckle.
“Or she.” Hawkyns glanced sideways at her, a smile hovering on his mouth. “Demora was the protector of a kingdom called… Rothen-Od-Ta. A neighboring war faring kingdom attacked. Their knights stormed the castle. The king was killed. The people attacked Demora, angry that… she… had not protected their liege.”
He turned the sheaf of vellum. “Come look. It is a drawing of the dragon. The tapestry spoke the truth. He…”
Derry lowered her head to hide her smile.
Hawkyns continued, “He… is large and fierce-looking.”
Pariset and she stared at the page. The reddish-brown of the dragon’s scales against the gold and black designs drawn on the page showed a powerful beast.
“It says, he disappeared for many years then returned to Rothen-od-Ta and controlled everyone.”
“How?” Derry wished she could read the scribbles.
Hawkyns shook his head. He flipped between two pages. “See here. Sheafs of vellum have been ripped out. There is a bit here. It speaks of taking the will away.” He looked up and shrugged.
After reading several more pages, Hawkyns raised his head. “Ayrradex and Yidithe are mentioned. Ayrradex is the most vicious. Yidithe is the protector.”
Derry felt the heat of blush on her cheeks.
“The pages continue with stories of battles with dragons, but they become muddled like the hairs on a horse’s tail. Many nights reading ahead with great stories to tell.” Hawkyns closed the book and placed his hand on the cover. “Aye, Pariset. I fear there is another dragon.”
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?
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Two writers in one. Daryl Devoré writes hot romances with sexy heroes and strong heroines and sweet romances with little to no heat. She has several published books available on Amazon in ebook or print book and available at other book retailers via Books2Read.
Daryl (@daryldevore) lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and 2 cats. Daryl loves to take long walks on her quiet country road or snowshoe across the back acres, and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth, and a meteorite. She’s been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter, and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life’s an adventure and Daryl’s having fun living it.
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