October 4, 2013

The Crown and the Dragon: The Paladin Cycle

The Crown and the Dragon: The Paladin Cycle
The land of Deira burns. Two decades of war have laid waste to this once-green paradise . . . but even more destructive than rampaging armies is the wrath of the dragon—an uncontrollable living weapon unleashed by the invaders. Some brave rebels struggle against impossible odds. Others turn outlaw just to stay alive.
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About the Book

The land of Deira burns. Two decades of war have laid waste to this once-green paradise … but even more destructive than rampaging armies is the wrath of the dragon—an uncontrollable living weapon unleashed by the invaders. Some brave rebels struggle against impossible odds. Others turn outlaw just to stay alive.

Like many of her people, Elenn of Adair has lost family, lands, and possessions to the brutal realities of war. To save her people, she seizes a desperate chance to defeat the monstrous dragon, break the occupation, and see the rightful king crowned. She must protect a sacred relic from enemy soldiers, bandits, creatures of darkness … and the implacable Magister Corvus.

Elenn’s reluctant guide is Aedin Jeoris, a bandit escaped from the gallows. These two must rely on each other to survive mortal danger and dire magicks. And both must decide what sacrifices they are willing to make in order to achieve their destinies.

About the Author
John D. Payne

John D. Payne was born on the prairie, where tornadoes and electrical storms come to play.  Small wonder he grew up imagining himself as everything from a leaf on the wind to the god of thunder. Today, he and his family live near Houston, where he suspects that the clouds of mosquitoes in his yard are not just sentient but malicious.

John writes sword and sorcery, sci fi, and contemporary fantasy.  His debut novel, The Crown and the Dragon, was published in 2013 by WordFire Press. His stories can also be found in places like Tides of Impossibility: A Fantasy Anthology from the Houston Writers Guild, the cover story in Leading Edge (issue 67), and the WFP anthologies shown below.