The surface is ruled by dragons, so people have to live in caves. Dragon Dodgers is the name of a group of Runners that carry messages across the surface for money. Led by Captain Targon, the Dragon Dodgers have been Surface Running for many years. Targon's dream is to be filthy rich, and he believes he has found the job that will make it happen. Tired and yet to be paid, Targon's Runners, however, are losing their patience.
Readers are introduced to a young Watcher named Enrig. The Watchers guard over a group of farmers who are brave enough to gather food from the surface during harvest season, before the dragons notice them. Yet Enrig's true intention is to be a Runner; being a Watcher is just a stepping stone. Dragon Dodgers (Wounds in the Sky Prequels: Book 1) by V.R. Cardoso has an excellent premise that grabbed my attention instantaneously. With deft prose and flawless narration, it was easy for me to immerse myself in the story.
I easily gravitated toward the characters; Enrig, Targon, and Anweh, just to name a few. Sick of dwelling in caves, Enrig longs to be on the surface, despite the danger. Targon, on the other hand, is struggling with his Runners, and keeping the vital details about the lucrative job from the Company makes it worse. The twist at the end is brilliant; I absolutely look forward to the next installment in the series. On the whole, fantasy fans should not overlook Dragon Dodgers; it will surprise you.