This gem comes out in May and I literally made fan girl squeals when I saw who the author was. Todd Lockwood has been one of my favorite artists for years. I adore his dragons and illustrations for D&D. He also did all of the sketches and covers for the Memoirs of Lady Trent. He made me believe in dragons, and I’m so stoked for this release I just can’t even handle it.
The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood
Publishing Date : May 3rd, 2016
Publisher : DAW
The debut novel from the acclaimed illustrator–a high fantasy adventure featuring dragons and deadly politics.
Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she anticipates a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon–one of the rare and mythical High Dragons–makes an appearance in her quiet valley. Political factions vie for control of the implied message, threatening her aspirations, her aerie, her entire way of life.
The bond between dragons and their riders is deep and life-long, and Maia’s desire for a dragon of her own to train, ride, fly, and love drives her to take a risk that puts her life at stake. She is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors, thralls of the enemy, and a faceless creature drawn from her fear. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she exposes a conspiracy, unearths an ancient civilization, and challenges her understanding of her world–and of herself.