Welcome to the launch of Book 3 in the
Dragon Songs Saga
(Formerly the Daughter of the Dragon Throne series)
I am absolutely LOVING this series – highly recommended for lovers of fantasy, and especially readers who want something in a non-European culture setting.
An invincible empire threatens to invade Cathay, and only a Dragon Song can ensure peace.
After vanquishing the Last Dragon with the power of her voice, all Kaiya wants is a quiet life of anonymity. Instead, the Emperor sends her to negotiate peace with the aggressive Teleri Empire.
The critical mission reunites her with her childhood friend Tian, now an assassin-spy who loathes killing. He is no longer the adorable, gullible boy from her memories, any more than she is the adventurous, sweet girl from his. Instead of rekindling nostalgia for a youthful innocence they both yearn for, their reunion ignites a mutual hatred.
When the Teleri Empire breaks off talks, Tian must help Kaiya escape. Orcs, Ogres, and enemy soldiers stand between them and home, and their volatile relationship could get them captured… or killed.
Review of Book 3 to follow shortly.
Here are the original covers
And so you are not confused, here are the rebranded versions, complete with new names:
But do not be deceived (!), they are the same awesome books inside – full of vivid characters and descriptions, packed with intrigue and action, and all against the most intricately developed and masterfully imagined settings.
I asked J.C. about his amazing, vast world building, and the inspiration behind his characters, and this is his answer:
“I never intended to write novels.
Okay, that’s a lie. For about half a year in middle school, that was my dream. Immersed in geek culture, before it was socially acceptable, I read fantasy fiction, watched sci-fi, and played Dungeons and Dragons.
Even with such an illustrious background, I didn’t have a unique idea in my head. When I created my own world, I modeled it after cool ideas I’d read or seen, except that rivers and female anatomy scoffed at the law of gravity, and empires financed armies in way that would make the Federal Reserve blush. My dream of writing died when I realized my story was a crappy rip-off of the Dragonlance Chronicles.
Twenty odd years later, I was sorting through relics (legal ones) of my teenage years at my mom’s house, and came across my Dungeons and Dragons world. I laughed at what my younger self had copied and otherwise dreamed up. However, there were a couple of cool underlying premises.
With those ideas at the core, I spent the next six days remaking my world, taking into account trivial matters like gravity, climate, and supply and demand. I considered how different cultures would influence each other culturally, religiously, and technologically.
On the seventh day, I rested. I looked at my new creation, awestruck at how decades of life experience could create a living, breathing world. In that moment of modesty and deep contemplation, I realized I would never play Dungeons and Dragons again.
Instead, I revived my short-lived middle school dream. After all, I had worked professionally as a technical writer and editor. I knew about varying sentences structures and avoiding word echoes. When freak snowstorms shut down my hometown for three weeks, I pumped out a 150,000-word epic fantasy.
A few years later, I submitted to an online critiquing website. Expecting rave reviews, I instead learned fiction and technical writing were two different kinds of beasts. My masterpiece read like Ikea furniture instructions without pictures.
Not to be deterred, I dived into learning the craft of fiction writing. With the help of awesome crit partners, I revised that 150k-word novel; then wrote the prequel, then the sequel, and finally the prequel to the prequel.
Queries to agents yielded several manuscript requests and Revise and Resubmit letters (if several = exactly one); yet a brush with my own mortality led me to abandon the long traditional route in favor of self-publication. I commissioned a cover artist and an editor, clicked my mouse, and I was officially a published author…
…who didn’t know the first thing about marketing.
Write it, and they will come, said nobody ever. It turned out my covers looked like Young Adult Fantasy Romance stories. It was attracting readers who wanted the heroine to fall in love with the dragon, not slay it.
Half a year in, I decided to rebrand the series with new covers and titles. Today, I am releasing book 3 of the Dragon Songs Saga, Dances of Deception. The entire series fuses the political scheming of Game of Thrones with the multicultural magic of The Last Airbender. I hope fans of epic fantasy will enjoy it.”
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