The year is 1880. A hundred years ago, the Ottoman Empire bought the allegiance of the dragons—and ever since, the Tarasov family has stood guard on the disputed borderlands.
Now, with the autocratic patriarch Vladimir Petrovich at their head, the Tarasovs have become a tattered remnant of their former glory. Elizaveta, the last Tarasov soldier, heir to Vladimir’s cruel legacy. Pyotr, the engineer with dreams of flight. And Innokentiy, the traitor who fled to the academies of Saint Petersburg.
As war looms in the south and foreign troops crowd Russia’s fortresses, Vladimir’s three children must return to their ancestral home to confront the past that drove them apart. But the bloodthirsty dragons they’ve fought all their lives aren’t what they seem, and neither are the humans around them, friend and foe alike.
Splintered by internal strife, hounded by interlopers, and beset by Turkish forces, the Tarasov family must overcome their bad blood—or tear each other apart.
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Praise for Drakon:
“Tuomala’s first book since her 2010 debut, Erekos, is a powerful and meticulously realized work of historical fantasy tying Russian sociopolitical movements to legends of dragons. /…/ This sophomore offering cements Tuomala’s reputation as an important current voice in the genre.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“While the plot is complex, the author balances all the story elements very well, and the world is fully realized. Great writing, dragons, and interesting characters make this book highly recommended for all fantasy collections.” – Lynnanne Pearson, Booklist (starred review)
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by A. M. Tuomala
Published by Candlemark & Gleam, December 2016