That’s right — I have a new project in the works. The Weight of Their Souls, the swords and sorcery novelette that I podcast back in 2013, will soon be available as a 99-cent e-book. Cover art will be by Diana Harlan Stein. She’s an old acquaintance from Pern fandom, and I’m excited to bring her in on this project.
While Diana’s hard at work, I’m doing behind-the-scenes setup through Bowker, Draft 2 Digital and Kindle. Once art is complete I should be able to drop it in, and viola! My next book should be out around May 1st.
Here’s the blurb: The epic war is over, the great Enemy destroyed. A ragtag band of survivors tries to make their way home, only to discover there were survivors on the other side, too. And even a lesser evil from that vicious host can still be lethal. It’s swords against sorcery with more than just their lives on the line. The travelers, who barely know each other, must summon the courage to face one more battle.
Those of you who’ve helped out with swapping reviews and blog appearances in the past, I hope you’ll support me again. Reviews, signal-boosting, it all helps.
And, don’t forget my other books!
Aunt Ursula’s Atlas, Lucy D. Ford’s short story collection
Masters of Air & Fire, Lucy D. Ford’s middle-grade novel
The Grimhold Wolf, my gothic werewolf fantasy, and my epic fantasy, The Seven Exalted Orders.
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Posted in Books & Movies, Dragon Folklore, tagged Barbara Hambly, Deby Fredericks, Dragonlance, dragons, Dungeons & Dragons, Lucy D. Ford, mythology, swords & sorcery on January 4, 2014|
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A separate category of tools/weapons used to successfully slay dragons are those magically created, blessed, etc., just for that purpose. Some examples include items in RPG and video games that do extra damage to dragons. Swords of Dragonslaying, if you will.
Many of you will recall the Dragonlance series, published by TSR starting in 1984. The titular weapon was magically blessed to kill dragons. Dragonlance was initially a campaign setting for D&D, but the writers hit upon the idea of also writing novels set in the land of Krynn. It became a shared world, similar to the anthology series Thieves World, which was highly influential in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Dragonlance introduced a couple of great writers, Tracy Weiss and Margaret Hickman. Many of their characters are beloved even today, like the tortured mage Raistlin. In addition, the series broke ground for the blossoming of secondary merchandise and story-telling attached to D&D. This kind of spinning-off is commonplace now, but it was an exciting development at the time.
If you want to know more, there’s a really good Dragonlance chronology here.
Another writer of the 1980s who dealt with dragonslaying is Barbara Hambly. In her 1985 novel Dragonsbane, a hedge witch (Jenny Waynest) and her fairly Scottish husband (John Aversin) bring a dragon (Morkeleb the Black) to the verge of death when Jenny treats John’s weapon with a virulent magical poison. However, John is also wounded by the same blade, and Jenny must heal Morkeleb in order to ensure John’s survival. Through this experience, Jenny’s minor magic is boosted considerably. For a time she assumes the shape of a dragon to travel the stars with Morkeleb. However, Jenny ultimately reclaims her humanity.
If you know of other books or movies incorporating special anti-dragon weapons, I’d love to hear about them!
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