Carrying ancient relics, a blue-cloaked dragon knight has arrived in Hearthing. The minstrels give him a bigger swagger than he knows he deserves. The crown prince is furiously jealous of his fame and respect. The king secretly plots to bring him down while welcoming him at court. Does the dragon knight, Bjorn Horsa have what it takes to outwit the king, or did he just get lucky with the dragon?
Wary of the mysterious tenders of lake and stream, terrified of the immortal prince Vodan’s plagues and storms, and alienated from the Dreamsender by their efforts to appease Vodan, Kandians seek a deliverer.
A five hundred year-old prophecy brought Bjorn Horsa north over steep, mountain passes past a vicious dragon to confront Vodan. Before he can be anyone’s deliverer, he must first take up the mantle of Eiathan’s Heir, and ascend the throne of Astarkand.
Just one little problem: Olaf is king. Has he ever got it in for one Bjorn Horsa…
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
When writing fantasy, your book can only be as good as the fantastical world that you build. It can be struggle, particularly with Fantasy, to build a world that is unique and special in ways that appeal to the reader.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write not just what you know, but what you love. If you’re reading a lot in a specific genre, try writing stories in that genre first before branching out into other types of fiction.
Get with your peers, and create a face-to-face critique group. Swap pages and take turns reading each others’ work out loud. There is no better tool for learning where your writing needs to improve than hearing someone else read what you have written.
Whatever you do, don’t laugh at your friends’ writing. They may not return, and your group will be the poorer for it. Be sure to give them honest critiques and honest praise when their writing is very good.
Krystine Kercher is a former MK (Missionary Kid) from West Papua, Indonesia.
She grew up in a fantastical landscape, with 200 and 300 foot tall trees, huge, winding rivers, and wildlife running, well, wild! She didn’t have a television, so books were her choice of entertainment when she wasn’t off exploring the jungle (and finding trouble of one sort or another).
Now she lives quietly in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she reads, writes, gardens, and creates artwork, and loves on her children and her tuxedo cats.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired to write this book because I love to read fantasy that is clean, fast-paced, without a lot of dubious moral content, and I wanted my children to be able to read that kind of fantasy too.
Another source of inspiration was the story of David and Saul from the Old Testament.