Wednesday, March 28, 2012
War Comes to Gaia - The Green Rose
War comes to Gaia in 4 more days. Dare you join the fight?
The Green Rose is a fantasy romance set in the mythical land of Gaia. There are four allied nations: N'Gasse, Daháka, Tapin, and Ravenrock. Pat Ravenrock, to the east, in a tundra-like land, the savage wyldebeasts are kept at bay by a 50,000 myle granite wall that runs the length of Ravenrock.
The evil mage, Balthyser, has betrayed Tapin. Seeking power, he uses the wyldebeasts to attack the allied nations, kidnapping the kings of Tapin and Daháka.
The royal families of the allied nations have all bonded to animals. N'Gasse has bonded with jaguars, Tapin with falcons, Daháka with dragons, and Ravenrock to ravens. Despite a powerful blood bone, the rulers must seek the green rose and harness its magic in order to defeat Balthyser.
Sonia of Tapin and Ivánstan of Daháka are selected to find the green rose, but will the evil forces that are on the rise in Gaia prove difficult to overcome?
While the actual inspiration came from a writing prompt on Writing.com, it's my recent love and admiration for "Game of Thrones" which drove me to write "The Green Rose."
Every good fantasy story has dragons.
I researched dragon lore and created the land of Daháka where dragons live. Ivánstan's family, the Drakons, have a long history of bonding with dragons. The dragons live in caves near the water to keep cool since the fire their bodies are able to generate make their internal temperatures run hot. The capital of Daháka, Drakon, has onion dome aeries to accommodate the dragons.
The Green Rose opens on Komodo Field, a valley on the border of Tapin. The landscape of Daháka is rich with lush, green forests, rivers, and lakes.
Ivánstan's dragon is named Draco and through their bond, man and dragon can mind speak with each other. Ivánstan's strength is his cunning and fighting prowess, but when he meets Sonia of Tapin, will the princess throw his honed instincts into chaos?
NEXT: Tomorrow, visit my blog at http://sgcardin.blogspot.com and meet Sonia of Tapin and visit the land of falcons.
BLURB: Sonia and Ivánstan embark on a quest for the green rose in order to save Gaia from Balthyser's evil threat.
ENJOY THIS EXCERPT:
Ivánstan quickly ate and they picked up camp. Draco rose from the river with a fish in his mouth and swallowed it whole.
Ivánstan secured his travel bag to his horse's saddle. "Where's Hiro?"
"Scouting. He thought he caught a whiff of Gabriel, but he can't find it now."
"We'll be prepared."
"Aye, we will." Sonia rested her hand on the hilt of her sword, her golden falcon-like eyes glistening in the sun.
Mounting his horse, he waited until Sonia was on hers and they resumed their travel north with the Volga on their right. Hiro skimmed the treetops and landed on Sonia's shoulder with practiced ease.
Sonia. There was no denying she was under his skin. Their time together had been short, but he knew what he felt. Desire. Protectiveness. Love. Damned, though, if the woman didn't tax his control and willpower.
"Ivan, why does she hold you at bay?"
"Draco." Ivánstan frowned. "Why are you interrupting my thoughts?"
"I'm curious, nothing more. I've never known you to be so preoccupied with someone until now."
"The affairs of the heart can be complicated, my friend."
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