He Must Fly to Save His World
After naming Druid the Dragon of Destiny, his parents abandoned him in a swamp, and he bitterly vowed to never fly again.
Now his destiny is looking a lot like death. Malvern Frost, a cunning and malicious opportunist, wants to destroy the swamp and turn it into real estate. Only the dragon’s presence prevents him from realizing his dream of wealth and power.
Exploiting a centuries-old fear of the allegedly vicious creature few have seen, the would-be tycoon tries to ignite the humans’ terror into murderous rage. Enthusiasm for killing the dragon builds, and Frost realizes that with his rising popularity, he could topple the current government and establish himself as dictator.
Druid needs allies, but those he meets—a kitten who hasn’t learned diplomacy and a young woman who’s afraid to reveal her psychic gifts—don’t know how to save him from death and the nation from tyranny. They must overcome communication difficulties, mutual mistrust, and delusions of human superiority before it’s too late. And Druid must abandon his vow and fly.
Who will like this book and this series?
- loves animals, especially if you are owned by a cat.
- Wants to be able to stop reading for the night without the fear that a crazed killer is hiding beneath the bed.
- Doesn’t want beloved characters killed off except for very good reasons.
- Likes books with humor.
- Can happily read a book without a single sword fight, epic battle, or buckets of blood.
- Likes characters who are ordinary beings learning that the magic of love can make them heroic.
What makes the Dragon’s Guide to Destiny series special?
I wanted to write the kinds of books that I like to read. My childhood love for mythology turned into a love for fantasy fiction. I particularly enjoy reading and writing those stories that transplant the essential human issues to other worlds, thus giving us a different way to view them.
In The Dragon Who Didn’t Fly, people believe that the dragon is a rabid killer who hungers for human flesh. They think he breathes fire, a misconception that creates a near-fatal misunderstanding. In truth, he’s a peaceful, water-breathing dragon who puts out fires.
When I recently re-read The Dragon Who Didn’t Fly, I was surprised that some of the subplots seemed to foreshadow the present. Where did this unscrupulous but crafty real estate mogul and would-be dictator come from? One reviewer called the book a cautionary tale. This was perhaps truer than he knew.
It didn’t take any psychic ability to write about the condition of the environment and nature and the need to recognize that we humans share the planet with other species whose right to thrive is as great as ours. I do not get heavy-handed about this, though. I’m as tired of lectures as you probably are. I want the books I read to entertain me and have humorous elements. The same is true of the fantasies I write. I want to enjoy writing them and for you to enjoy reading them. Inspiration is optional.
In what order should the books be read?
The Snake Charmer’s Daughter (prequel)
Book 1: The Dragon Who Didn’t Fly
Book 2: Dance with Clouds
Book 3: House of the Moon
Book 4: Book of Sorrows
Book 5: The Rainbow Dragon