The full novel-length version of the hilarious Doctor to Dragons by Scott Huggins is out now, including the orignal short stories and adding many more, so it’s time to revive the theme song!
IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER.
IF YOU CAN READ THIS AND YOU HAVEN’T BEEN FED TO THE DRAGON, THANK A VET.
That’s me, Dr. James DeGrande. Fire-lizards deflamed, dire-rats spayed, flea and tick removal a speciality. I’m your local veterinarian, but I’m also a slave of the Dark Lord. I’ve hired a new assistant Harriet, who is almost a witch. I just hope that she can do better than my last assistant who … almost survived.
There’s no more heroes anymore. That’s because they were all fed to the Dark Lord’s pet Dragon after the last War.
It’s not the easiest position from which to make the world a better place, but I might be able to do something about the dragon. If His Darkness’s vampiric Prime Minister doesn’t do something about me first. It’s time to go see my patients, and hope they don’t see me first.
“A rollicking adventure that hits all the right notes.” –Christopher Ruocchio, Award-Winning Author of The Sun Eater Series
Artwork by Becky Hale
Lyrics and vocals by Ben Zwycky
The above beautiful cover artwork by John Zeleznik is for the first of Yakov Merkin’s Fantasy trilogy, The Dragon Hand. It came out a little while ago, but I neglected to mention it in all the hectic work of the last couple of months that has kept me pretty quiet of late.
In my opinion, this is Yakov’s best book so far, with lots of likeable characters with real depth to them, a very interesting and well fleshed out world with just the right level of complex political machinations (enough to feel real and thoroughly engaging, while never being confusing), action, adventure, intrigue, romance, and not one but three different magic systems, each full of intriguing possibilities, and mysterious figures that hint at much more going on.
An orphan must overcome the past she wants to forget, a jeweller’s son has to take up the mantle he never knew he had, and a dragon has to deal with a role he never asked for; he must face threats on the border, conspiracies at home, and an otherworldly danger that dwarfs them all, but no-one else believes exists.
This was a fun book to edit, and I highly recommend it.
Yakov is also running a crowdfunding campaign for his Galaxy Ascendant space opera series, which you can contribute to here