Resistance, exile, plague. Raif has survived them all, but now he finds himself in search of a new purpose. Traveling north to wake the dragon Arden, he hopes he has finally found a leader worthy of his loyalty, but Arden turns out to be more of a frivolous annoyance than an almighty spirit lord. Now bound to Arden’s side despite his frustration, Raif follows the dragon to the rich and influential lagoon city of Aliann, chasing rumors of the Shadow that once cursed his homeland.
With the election of a new duke at stake, Raif struggles to make sense of the challenges he meets in Aliann: a conspiracy of nixies and pirates, selkie refugees in desperate need of a champion, a monster that devours souls, a flirtatious pirate prince, and a machine that could change the world. For nothing in the city of masks is what it seems, from the new friends Raif makes to the dragon he follows—or even himself.
Series: Reawakening #3
Coming from DSP Publications on May 9th 2017. Pre-order here…
The first time Raif drowned in Aliann was almost an hour after he stepped off the ferry.
It had been a busy and rather expensive hour. First he had paid the ferry captain, and then had to pay again to get their travel packs released from the hold. After that had come the quarantine doctor, which had just been a quick nod and coin for Esen, but had proven more complicated when Raif explained that he had come from Tiallat. Even arguing that he had spent three weeks on a ferry and would certainly be dead already if he was plague-ridden made no difference, and the certificate of health from the most respected physician in the world was greeted with a little chuckle.
“Not an Aliannese physician, I see,” the chirurgeon remarked, peering over his spectacles with disdain.
“The dragon Halsarr—” Raif started.
“Ah, dragons,” the chirurgeon said, his eyes lighting up with what could have been interest (although Raif was pretty certain by now that it was greed). “Tell me, do you have a certificate of sanity? Whilst Aliann welcomes all travellers, there is a fee for—”