Dawn of the Overlords The Val-Harra Saga Book 1 by Kevin Potter Genre: Epic Fantasy
Dragons are real.
A draconic apocalypse is poised to strike at Humanity.
Just one wyrm stands in the way.
As a young dragon living by the ideals of virtue and honor, Dauria wanted nothing more than to live in peace and harmony with Humanity. When that failed, she helped establish a pact that forced Dragonkind into the shadows.
When she awakens after millennia of slumber, she finds the Earth a very different place than she remembers. To make matters worse, upon exiting her lair she finds herself stripped of all her draconic power and left to freeze, in human form, on the icy heights of her mountain home.
Someone doesn’t want her to rejoin the rest of her kind. Someone sabotaged her from the moment she awakened. Someone wants nothing more than to begin a full-scale war between humans and dragons with the fate of the Earth in the balance.
Somehow, Dauria has to find a way to overcome every obstacle placed in front of her and make her way to the Dragon Council. Who will prevent the coming war if not her?
But how can she do that with no power and not even the strength of her dragon form to aid her?
If you love stories all about dragons as deeply flawed and conflicted as any human, if you enjoy rapid, page-turning suspense on the backdrop of dragon-centric contemporary fantasy, then download your copy of Dawn of the Overlord today!
Dragons. They exist, and have risen from their slumber to take the Earth back from Humankind.
In the aftermath of the Great Dragon War, a horrifying new power could destroy everything...
The subjugation of man should have brought an end to hostilities. It should have brought an age of peace to the Earth.
It didn’t. The hostile suspicion between dragons is worse than ever.
Since her failure to prevent the war, Dauria has all-but-lost her faith in the compassion of Dragonkind. But still she hopes. She prays that one day sanity will return to her people.
After centuries in Antarctica, Dauria and her budding family sacrifice the peace and stability of isolation to re-enter the deadly world of the New Dragon War to right a wrong she is partially responsible for.
The group travels to her ancestral home in Japan in the hope of stopping her brother's dark machinations. But when the family is separated, Dauria risks more than just her sanity in her quest to reunite her family and stop her brother's evil plans.
Will she find a way to thwart her brother and retrieve her family, or was the quest a lost cause from the start?
If you've been waiting for a series that puts dragons front and center, then look no farther! Kevin Potter's Val-Harra Saga is exactly what you've been looking for.
In a future Earth where dragons reign supreme and have only each other to fear, is there any chance left for peace?
A conflicted dragon. A Prophecy. And an ancient wyrm with a dark secret...
Gravv is not the dragon he once was. No longer an innocent. No longer an idealist. Now he lives for little more than revenge. But in the aftermath of the disastrous showdown in Japan, he and his sire must meet with potential allies in the west.
Their arrival is far less than peaceful, however, and those allies have plans and secrets of their own. All is not well in this conclave of metallic dragons, and nothing is what it seems.
Will Gravv find a way to rise above his own prejudices and overcome the machinations of new enemies, or will The Age of Extinction make a victim of him as well?
Revenge of the Overlords The Val-Harra Saga Book 4
Thousands of years in the future, dragons rule the Earth.
Though the war is far from over, the battle has been won. But at what cost?
Maalyys is mourning for the losses in the last battle, but there is so much yet to do. Without the support of the overlords, the Great Council to save and unite all Dragonkind in peace will remain an unattainable dream...
Bal struggles to correct the tyranny his island home has lived in for centuries, but a prophetic nightmare shows him that he must take an active role in his sire's plans for the future.
Someone is working behind the scenes to sabotage the council, and Bal fears a wyrm has unlocked an unheard of power that will destroy them all.
When an unlooked-for miracle returns a fallen hero to their lives, everything changes. Hope, so long absent from the Earth, tugs at the hearts of both dragons.
But will it be enough? Will anything be enough to overcome the darkness that dominates all Dragonkind since the discovery of Essence Theft?
Though they sometimes work at cross purposes, Bal and Maalyys must work together toward their common goal lest one whom they both love will suffer all the more for it.
Revenge of the Overlords is the long-awaited culmination of the Metal and Stone sequence, the first arc of the Blood of the Dragons series that brings full circle the story of what happens when dragons rule the Earth. Longer, deeper, and more epic than any of its predecessors, this book will keep you up turning pages long past your bedtime.
Hello, reader! (sorry to defy conventions, but I can't stand writing about myself in the third person. It's just weird.)
I spend a good portion of my time masquerading as dragons larger than some cities, but when I'm not doing that I like to spend my time picking people's brains.
No, no, I don't mean learning from their experiences, I like the taste of brain matter!
Okay, okay, I'll try to be serious for a minute (I can't promise for more than one minute though).
I've been a storyteller for almost as long as I can remember. It started when I was nine. In school, we had an assignment to write a one-page short story. That night, I wrote a nine-page "masterpiece" about a magical pair of shoes and their journeys throughout the western United States before finding an owner who would properly care for and appreciate them.
From there, my storytelling grew into DMing D&D games (and other roleplaying games).
Naturally, the games eventually led me to start writing stories.
I’m not a full-time author (yet), though I am hopeful. Professionally, I’ve done everything from technical support to restaurant management to building custom gaming PCs.
I live in Cottonwood Height, UT, with my wife and two beautiful daughters who I’m certain are much smarter than me.
I honestly get asked this question a lot, and usually my answer is a rather pithy, “Why not dragons?”
See, I’ve always been fascinated by dragons. They are probably 2/3 of my interest in fantasy, and very nearly all of what got me interested in fantasy as a child.
I mean, who can argue that dragons are amazing?
They are one of a very select few mythical creatures that (so far as I’m aware) literally every culture on Earth has a myth for. Depending on which culture you’re talking about, they are generally ascribed a level of intelligence far beyond what humans are capable of. They can be benevolent or malign, much as humans can. They are generally described as being immense and winged, incredibly powerful, and (in many ways) larger than life.
Oh, and let’s not forget immortal, or damn close to it.
Does my interest in dragons border on (or even cross into) obsession? Well, possibly. They have always held a powerful place in my imagination, ever since I first saw the animated The Hobbit when I was about 5 or so.
But to answer the question of why I chose to write about them. Well, that answer actually goes back a long way. The first time I wrote about dragons in any official capacity was when I was 14. In English class we were assigned an essay to write, but it could be on any topic we chose so long as we could show sources for our information.
What did I choose?
You betcha! Of course I chose to write a school essay about dragons!
But what were my sources for that essay, you ask? Well, I had a book on European mythology that I (sadly) don’t recall the title of. That was one. And another was… wait for it… (feel free to laugh)… the second edition AD&D Monster Manual!
As I recall, I think I got a B+ on the essay. So not a total loss, certainly.
As an adult, however, my reasons are a bit different. It’s grown into more than just simple fascination and/or obsession.
I’ve been consistently reading every fantasy book I could get my hands on since I was introduced to Dragonlance when I was 13 and…
Honestly, I’ve noticed there is a decided deficiency in fantasy fiction. Any other dragon fanatics out there should have an idea of where I’m going with this.
When you see dragons in fiction, what is their role, generally speaking?
Unknowable side character ✔
Alien creature of unknown intent ✔
Unknowable mentor ✔
Inexplicable setback/benefactor ✔
Beast of burden/to be ridden ✔
But how often do you see a dragon as a main character in a story? Even more, how often are they a point of view character? Someone whose thoughts you get to see? Whose emotions you get to experience first-hand? Whose motivations and history you get to live for however many pages the book lasts?
Well, I can’t think of very many either. There are a handful of instances, sure. Pern and Eragon come to mind. But even in those, the dragons are somehow subservient to and reliant on the human character. Dragonlance did it a little bit, but no dragon was ever a major character (except for the book, The Dragons, which will forever be one of my all-time favorites!).
So, when I started writing I made a conscious decision to change that. I wanted to be the one to finally fully explore the alien psyche of not one but many dragons. I wanted to show them as not the stereotypical one’s-as-good-as-another creatures that we all grew up with (those who played Dungeons and Dragons, at least), but as individuals as deep and varied and conflicted as any human character can be.
Not that I don’t believe in some kind of unity among dragons of the same breed/color. I do. I think there are characteristics that they have in common. In much the same way that there is a typical (at least when viewed from the outside) for, say, New Yorkers, or Angelinos, or Texans. There are certain traits that at least a good portion would share, but not all would. And even within that sameness, there is an incredible amount of diversity.
And that’s the thing I wanted to portray. To give dragons the level of complexity of a real, natural creature. Of an intelligent species that can’t be defined by who its ancestors were or where it was born or how it grew up.
My answer to WHY DRAGONS is quite simply that I was tired of seeing almost all fiction treat individual dragons as stereotypes rather than the complex, diverse, intelligent beings they should be.
So now it’s over to you, dear reader. What do YOU love about dragons? Is there anything I’ve missed? Anything you’d like to see authors address in their fiction in the future? Let us know with a comment below.
And if you’d like to check out my own work to see if it’s up to the high standard I set, you can find my latest publication, the first in a new series, exclusively on Amazon at http://getbook.at/Shadow-of-the-Overlord