Thursday, January 9, 2014

"Guardian Dragons (Aarabassa World Part 1)" by Catherine L. Vickers

Guardian Dragons 
(Aarabassa World Part 1)
by Catherine L. Vickers

Guardian Dragons is the first book in the Aarabassa World series. Also available: Flight of a Changeling (read my blog post), and Blood Bride (read my blog post).

Based on the world of Aarabassa where one half is dark and the other is in constant sunlight. A magic barrier divides the darker characters out of the Lightlands.
Only the Guardian Dragons and the Changeling can pass through the Magic Wall. When the dragons overhear vamplins plotting to attack the Lightlands, the dragon Queen seeks the Ancient Mage for help.
Three young princes have grown up alongside the Changeling, a female mage. Their world will soon change as they are destined for different adventures.

Book Trailer

Chapter 25 - A DISCOVERY

We are above Dygore, an old abandoned vamplin layer, Ramdon reminded his Queen. We can make a landing and shelter whilst we wait out the passing of this cloud.

Yes, Ramdon, that sounds reasonable. I see the retreat below, she agreed.

Leading the group of dragons down, so they could shelter, Ramdon smelt the air for a clue of what the ever-growing cloud generated. It was now moving rapidly towards them. He hoped they would make it in time and get under cover before the dark moving cloud was upon them.

Head for the level that holds the landing bays, he Mindtalked to the other dragons. This was a section that had accommodated the landing of the huge flying basca.

Once he was sure his Queen was under the protected roof, he also landed and entered the strange warren of the vamplin lair. Giant black granite crags form strange phenomena upon the lands of the Dygore. In times gone by the vamplins had claimed them as homes and tunneled throughout to create chambers and corridors. Probably up to ten families could live within one lair. He had never been able to venture far within this run down den, because of his size, but he was aware that it had been left empty because it was too close to the mid-mountains. After the Serpent Wars the vamplins did not feel safe so near these mountains that neighboured with the Light Land dragons, whom they consider bitter enemies.

Ramdon kept his body in the shade but peered out at the encroaching cloud. It was beginning to take shape and now separated as a mass of little dots. The dots were moving individually. They had wings.

That’s most certainly not a cloud, he thought.

‘They draw nearer,’ he mumbled to himself.

‘They. Did you say they? Ramdon,’ the Queen asked, hearing his mumblings.

‘Yes, Queen Thimat. I can make out the shapes now and we have an army of vamplins riding upon their bascas. It is as well that we sought cover when we did. It would not do to confront them,’ Ramdon replied to his Queen.

‘Indeed Ramdon,’ she agreed. ‘We would be accused of spying and death can be the only punishment for such a crime in these wicked lands. They would never understand that all we seek is peace in the world.’

The dragons spoke no more, nor did they Mindtalk, lest the vamplins detect their signals.

By Darlene Kuncytes
I have to say, this is not my usual type on Genre in books - but it sounded interesting and I decided to give it a go. And boy am I glad I did! The story grabbed hold of me from the start. I was swept away to another world and enjoyed every minute of it. I can't wait for more from this debut author. Great read!

About the Author
Catherine lives on the borderline of North and West Yorkshire, the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales in England.
She is a mother of four children and a grandmother of two grandchildren. She has three dogs and one cat. Her wonderful husband assists her with the complicated world of computers that enable her to publish her works for the world to view.
Her reading is dedicated to the worlds within Fantasy Adventure, Urban Fantasy and Historical English Crime. Occasionally she turns to English Classics with Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters being favorites.
By day she sells antique and vintage items (you can visit her eBay store by clicking the link below). By night she is busy creating and writing towards her new fantasy series, Aarabassa World. Part 1 (Guardian Dragons) was released in February 2013. Part 2, Flight of a Changeling, was released June 2013. Part 3, Blood Bride, was released December 2013.