Once a member of the King's personal guard, Guillot dal Villevauvais spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and child. He’s astonished—and wary—when the Prince Bishop orders him to find and destroy a dragon. He and the Prince Bishop have never exactly been friends and Gill left the capital in disgrace five years ago. So why him? And, more importantly, how is there a dragon to fight when the beasts were hunted to extinction centuries ago by the ancient Chevaliers of the Silver Circle?
On the way to the capitol city, Gill rescues Solène, a young barmaid, who is about to be burned as a witch. He believes her innocent…but she soon proves that she has plenty of raw, untrained power, a problem in this land, where magic is forbidden. Yet the Prince Bishop believes magic will be the key to both destroying the dragon and replacingthe young, untried King he pretends to serve with a more pliable figurehead.
Between Gill’s rusty swordsmanship and Solene’s unstable magic, what could go wrong?
Author of one of BuzzFeed 's Greatest Fantasy Books of 2013
Do you have what it takes to be a Dragonslayer? In this epic, adventure fantasy series, an unlikely hero, Guillot dal Villevauvais, must overcome his disgraced past as a failed member of the King’s guard and hunt down a ferocious beast thought long extinct. A dangerous quest, led by the swordsmanship of Gill, the magical powers of Solène, a barmaid nearly burned to the stake, and the goodness of Prince Bishop. From the critically acclaim fantasy author Duncan M. Hamilton, this fast-moving series is a must-read for fans of epic, sword-and-sorcery adventures.
Dragonslayer is a new fantasy that captures your imagination and turns a simple time into a whole new world of adventure.
In this world, centuries after Dragons were slain and magic is repelled, the people live a simple life with little worries, except to pay taxes. However, magic is feared, and any person who shows signs of possessing it, are hunted down and executed. The only member left of the Chevaliers of the Silver Circle is a lazy drunk, who has fallen out of grace with the King. Gill only cares about his next bottle.
When a new order is created in secret with the King's permission, the members start to search for something of great importance, and disturbs the last dragon.
So I really, really don't want to give any spoilers to this story....it was so fun and fast paced it's best to go into it with little knowledge about it other than it is so good! The Dragon is so more than a beast. It feels confusion and heartache....something totally unexpected...Gill is a character that you will start to love, as you learn more about his past throughout the story and understand him completely. Solene becomes stronger and longs to just belong...to feel she has a place in this crazy world. There is fire and destruction...how can there not be with a dragon, and TONS of action that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Deceit and surprising loyalties spiral constantly.
I thought this story was very well written and the story fantastic...it reached into my imagination and wrenched so many emotions...fulfilling my craving for an epic fantasy!
With a super cool twist that made me EXTREMELY happy at the end, this trilogy is just getting started...and I can't wait to ride the journey.
Duncan M. Hamilton is the Amazon best selling writer of fantasy novels and short stories, including The Wolf of the North and the Society of the Sword trilogy. He has Master’s Degrees in History and Law, and practised as a barrister before writing full time. Duncan is particularly interested in the Medieval and Renaissance periods, from which he draws inspiration for his stories.
He lives in Ireland, near the sea, and when not writing he enjoys sailing, scuba diving, windsurfing, cycling, and skiing.
His debut novel, ‘The Tattered Banner (Society of the Sword Volume 1)’ was featured on Buzzfeed’s 12 Greatest Fantasy Books Of The Year, 2013.
Duncan is a member of The Society of Authors, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). He is represented by DongWon Song of Howard Morhaim Literary.
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