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Announcing…”The Chronicles of Amberdrake” by Loren K. Jones

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Folks, I’d meant to tell you about this several weeks ago, when it first came out. But my friend Loren K. Jones has a new book out called THE CHRONICLES OF AMBERDRAKE, and I wanted to tell you a little about it. (I should know enough to do that. I edited it.)

Loren's Amberdrake bookDrake, son of Standral, is a young, impetuous teen. When he sees two higher beings–I’ll call them this because at the time, Drake has no idea what or who they might be–duking it out, rather than run into the house or hide anywhere at all, Drake stays outside and watches in fascination. Because of this, he manages to distract one of the fighters, but gets killed in his original, human form. However, as the other fighter who benefited from Drake’s interference was the God of Chaos,  that Being tells Drake he’ll grant Drake any wish at all, just name it. (Yes, I’m oversimplifying.) And Drake’s wish is to be the most powerful mage in the world, the most powerful  mage who’s ever lived. This seems simple enough to the God, so the God grants Drake’s wish and goes on his way…

…and Drake is now left in dragon-form.

Why? Because the most powerful mage who’s ever lived prior to Drake (now) was Dandershandrake, a dragon…so to grant Drake’s wish, Drake, too. had to become a dragon. (Probably, to the God of Chaos, a human and a dragon aren’t that dissimilar, or maybe the God of Chaos just wanted to create more chaos within the dragon ranks. Who knows?) Dragons live a very long time, and often die only when they get tired of living after a few millenia. As Drake’s dragon-form is yellow-gold, he becomes known as Amberdrake.

Magic indeed comes easily to Drake/Amberdrake, and he gets used to his new circumstances. But he’s lonely for human companionship; dragons, you see, aren’t the same thing at all. (They’re smart, dragons are, and they certainly have relationships. But they think on such a grand scale, you see.) In fact, the dragon Drake becomes closest to, Sahrendrake, takes human form at Drake’s suggestion…but therein lies a tale, and I don’t want to get in the way of your reading, so further editor sayeth not. (Hey, I can’t give it all away, can I?)

So, what can I tell you that won’t spoil your reading?

First off, Drake is a fun character. He’s a lovable rogue, the first one Loren’s ever written. (Yes, Drake has a conscience, but it’s on his time and his terms.) He enjoys life, he enjoys beer (especially the beer he makes himself!), he enjoys women (though he’s not a Lothario; he’s more of a serial monogamist than anything), and he definitely enjoys his food. Drake’s adventures are a blast of fresh air, and he acts just the way you’d think he should; his characterization is true to itself throughout, and that makes the book just that much more fun.

Second, I was encouraged by Drake’s personal growth during his journey in Vernardia. This is when Drake finally meets a woman (a human woman at that) who is up to his weight both magically and mentally, and gives as good as she gets…and the interpersonal journey Drake goes on is very well-drawn, especially considering it’s mostly done via subtext.

Third, there is so much rich detail here to be savored. (Again, I don’t want to spoil your reading, so I will stop…there. Yeah, there.)

In other words, I just adore Drake/Amberdrake, and I hope you will, too.

So do, please, check out the e-book version of THE CHRONICLES OF AMBERDRAKE, soonest…it’s only $2.99 for about 500 pages of pure, reading pleasure. (Is that too smarmy? Well, if it is, too bad. It’s my blog, so I can be as smarmy as I want.)

Written by Barb Caffrey

May 3, 2019 at 3:12 am

Posted in Books, Loren K. Jones