The dragon was huge! It stood ten feet tall at the shoulder, and its mouth was large enough to fit a full-sized man. His scales were black as obsidian, and a boned frill protected the back of his head. A beautiful specimen. It was such a shame that they were going to have to kill him.
“You’re going to take on that with a few swords and shields?” Kathryn sassed.
Patrick had to hand it to her. Even knowing she was going to die if he failed, she still had spunk. “Of course not, my fair maiden.” He smiled at her. “I’m going to use words.”
The look she shot him clearly said he was insane.
He patted her hand reassuringly as they waited for the dragon to approach. They stood at the center of a wall of men ready to defend the town.
The dragon stopped and considered them for a moment. His eyes fell on Kathryn before looking at the rest of the men.
Giving her one more reassuring pat, Patrick released her. Turning to where he had dropped his shield while the men formed ranks, he stomped on the edge of the disk again. The hard metal popped up, and he caught it with the same flare as before. “Wait here while I reason with him.” He turned his attention to Daniel. “Keep her safe.”
Daniel took up a protective position next to her.
“Good morrow!” Patrick called out as he walked into the field with the dragon.
The dragon cocked his head curiously.
“I am Patrick Mylan of Eternity. By order of the king, I demand that you end your harassment of this village. If you surrender now and come along peacefully, your trial will be just and your sentence lenient. If you refuse, you will force us to take swift action to defend these people.”
The dragon blinked a few times as he drew in a deep breath.
Seeing the attack coming, Patrick dropped down and raised his shield. A great blast of fire washed over the hardened steel, heating the metal. Grabbing the pouch at his side, he tucked it up so the flames licking around the edges of his shield wouldn't set it alight. As soon as the onslaught stopped, Patrick rose to face his attacker.
The dragon looked at him. The cock of its great head showed its confusion.
Steam rose from the man’s soaked leathers, but Patrick was mostly unharmed. “It would do you good to use your nose before you attacked,” he taunted. “I know a thing or two about dragons.”
Buy your copy today:
Barnes & Noble
Places You Can Find Julie Wetzel
This is the first book I've read by this author and it won't be the last. I really enjoyed it and it was a really quick read which is a good thing since I ended up tangled in a wee bit of confusion. Anyhoo I am glad to be dipping my toes back into genres that I haven't read in a while. I'm trying to avoid burning myself out on genres because that just leads to me not reading books in that genre for years which isn't good because I miss out on good books.
I was drawn into the story pretty quickly. It was an easy read and I'm so proud of myself for being able to enjoy it despite the jackhammering going on outside. Why can't they be silent? I should send Patrick after them. A town is terrified when a dragon attacks so Patrick and his men arrive to help the people out but they have a secret. I wasn't confused at all even though this book is part of a series so you can read this as a stand alone.
So if you enjoy books that have some action and a dash of romance that isn't overwhelming this is sure to hit the spot for you. It also has a good message in it about not judging people. A group of dragons are trying to help the people who are terrified which is totally understandable. I really like the ending and look forward to reading more books by this author.