Long ago, the citadel of Bloodrock fell. Now the dragons of Bloodrock are scattered across the desert and the mysteries of the past have been forgotten. But nothing lies hidden forever. When cruel Viscero brings terror to the land, Abalone — the last member of a knightly order known as the Peregrines — vows to bring the ruthless dragon to justice. To do this, he must first unravel the secret history of Bloodrock. As past and present overlap, Abalone and his new-found companions embark on an extraordinary journey in which every choice they make could affect the future of the entire dragon world.
I’m thrilled to announce the publication of my new fantasy novel The Dragons of Bloodrock. It’s out now in paperback and for Kindle, available exclusively from Amazon.
I’ve been working on The Dragons of Bloodrock on and off for the best part of ten years, though I must confess that includes long periods where it sat idle. I wrote about its progress occasionally in an earlier incarnation of this blog. Finishing the novel this year felt a little like coming home. To explain why, here’s an extract from my introduction to the new book:
My first novel, Dragoncharm, was published in paperback by HarperCollins in 1995. Set in a mythical prehistory before humans walked the Earth, it tells of an epic clash between two dragon races: the magical charmed and the ordinary naturals. Two sequels followed — Dragonstorm and Dragonflame — after which I was fairly sure I’d said everything I wanted to say about these big romantic creatures with their big romantic wings.
Now, twenty-five years after urging my first flock of dragon characters into the sky, I find myself taking to the air with these enchanting creatures once more. There are more stories to tell, it seems, not about the characters I introduced in Dragoncharm, nor even their descendants, but about the dragons who came before.
So, is The Dragons of Bloodrock a prequel to Dragoncharm? Yes. And no. I can tell you that the story begins some fifty years before the events of Dragoncharm, but that’s really all I’m prepared to say on the subject. What I will say is that I’ve worked hard to ensure The Dragons of Bloodrock stands alone. If you’ve read my earlier dragon novels you’ll certainly find some familiar echoes here, but I hope you’ll find just as much — perhaps more — that’s wholly new. If you’re new yourself to this world, have no fear. You can read The Dragons of Bloodrock without that nagging suspicion that there’s a whole bunch of backstory you’re missing out on because you’ve come in halfway through.
But never mind all that. Those aren’t the questions I want you to be asking. As you settle back to read The Dragons of Bloodrock, there’s only one question I want you to consider, and it’s this:
“Do you swear to do all in your power to see that the world to whose skin we cling will now and forever turn true?”
Because the world will turn, have no doubt about that. The world will turn and everything will change.
So there you have it. If you’re a fan of the original Dragoncharm books, I hope that reading The Dragons of Bloodrock might feel a little like coming home for you, too. If not, you have opportunity to explore an entirely new world. Either way, if you order yourself a copy, come back here when you’ve read it and tell me what you think. Even better, write a review on Amazon.