KIRDAI: Spark and Dagger

by Kay Murky

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For an introverted scholar like Dai, there could be only thing worse than having a rare soul-bond with an equally rare black dragon. That would be to find yourself playing a part in an ancient prophesy that speaks of adventure and great deeds. When he discovers this bond, he will find that there is no difference between the two situations at all.

Growing up in the background at Amery castle, and known as 'The Bastard' or 'The Ghost of Amery', Dai has no memory of the time before his arrival ten years ago in the company of a dying man - a man they say was his father. But in his dreams his father wears another face - not the one of the man in the portrait hanging in the Great Hall. Dai wants to know what he is, but how can he if he does not even know who he is? All he knows is that he is not the grandson of the Duke of Amery - no matter what anyone else believes. Then there are the nightmares that haunt him, and the niggling feeling that there is more missing in his life than just his memory.

As happened ten years before, the nations of The Alliance have to mobilise against the threat of an Essian invasion. Travelling as the Duke's secretary cum personal guard, Dai's life in the shadows seems at an end. He finds himself privy to War Council meetings, and makes friends with princes and mages... and one young journeywoman mage in particular. Events keep pushing him to the foreground, putting him in situations that challenge his intelligence and his reserve.

Black Kirosh knows who he is, but until his missing soul bonded partner is found, he will not be able to find out what he is. Is he a warrior, a mage, a healer, a scholar, or perhaps all of the above? Prankster Kirosh is not satisfied with waiting for Destiny and Fate to bring his partner back. The extroverted young dragon manages to win himself a place in the elite Reconnaissance and Rescue wing of the Onlashian military, and a promise from his Commander to help him in his search for his missing soul partner.

DANMAR: Warrior Of Tears

by Kay Murky

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Captain Marteen has spent most of his life following orders. Forced into the Imperial Army as a young man, with the only way out being retirement or death, he has given up all hope of ever being able to develop his gifts as a healer. Now he finds himself part of a group of soldiers and mages on loan to the King of Essa, taking part in an attempted invasion of the northern countries of Ranmor. His habit of always questioning orders lands him in the lead of a mixed group of Imperial and Essian soldiers ordered into enemy territory to ambush the approaching Allied forces. This he immediately recognises as a suicide mission.

The yellow dragon, Daninackan, is second in command of the Onlashian military healers travelling with the Allied forces to confront the invaders. Others write off his unease at the approaching confrontation as pre-battle nerves, but Dani cannot rid himself of the feeling that something is very wrong - which is how he ends up pulling the only surviving Imperial soldier off a burning hill.

But what must he do with the man now?

Marteen is not sure if he is the dragon's prisoner, or supper, and can only wait to find out his fate.