May 11, 2016
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Traitor (Dragonrider Chronicles #3)
by Nicole Conway
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Can anyone survive being lost in Luntharda?
No amount of training has prepared Jaevid Broadfeather for the frontlines of battle. Now facing the true horrors of war, with Luntharda looming on the horizon, Jaevid has begun to question everything he thought about his heritage. The only thing keeping him going is his oath to protect his dragonrider brothers. But in an instant, even that slips through Jaevid’s fingers as he steps from the safety of his dragon’s saddle into the depths of his mother’s wild homeland—the kingdom of the gray elves.
Stranded in Luntharda with his partner, Lieutenant Jace Rordin, Jaevid must finally confront the demons of his own past as he uncovers the truth about a war that began before he was ever born. Armed with a new appreciation for destiny, and flanked by his trusted friends, Jaevid moves to make the final strike against an enemy that has hidden in plain sight for far too long.
One kingdom’s traitor will become the world’s last hope.
Traitor (Dragonrider Chronicles #3) by Nicole Conway
Release Date: May 10, 2016
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Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
After years of training, the battlefront has beckoned. Now Jaevid must saddle up for his first bitter taste of destiny.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
I’ve “known” Jaevid for quite sometime. But after years and several failed attempts to write his story, I decided to take a step back and try a new approach – a first person narrative for young readers. I married the struggles and challenges of my husband’s career as a fighter pilot, the rigorous training he had undergone, to a medieval setting. I wanted to show just how much work goes into becoming a soldier – a glimpse under the helmet, if you will.
Tell us about the main character(s).
By now, readers are pretty well acquainted with Jaevid, Beckah, and Felix. However, in this volume, we are going to meet two more major characters – two gray elves named Araxie and Kiran.
Kiran made a brief appearance in FLEDGLING as the young gray elf Jaevid helped rescue from the slavers. Kiran hasn’t forgotten that act of kindness, nor has he forgotten the mysterious necklace that Jaevid wears. As a character, Kiran is strong-willed and rather mysterious. He’s a young man of few words and his actions often speak more about him than what he says.
Araxie is the princess of the gray elf kingdom. She’s suffered much during the war and stands to lose a lot more than she already has if something isn’t done to end the war. Despite being a fierce and seasoned warrior, there is an undertone of gentleness and coy girlishness to her that makes her truly unique. She’s the last person you’d ever want to cross blades with, but she isn’t without a distinct sense of feminine grace and playfulness.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
I love this moment between Jaevid and Araxie. I’m not sure if my readers have noticed that the two “champion” fighters from each side are both female! Girl-power!
“I know this beast,” Araxie muttered as she pointed to the image of Icarus, the black king drake, embroidered onto the fabric. “I have seen it in battle. This is a woman’s token, is it not?”
I blushed. “Yes. It was a gift.”
“From the one who rides the black dragon.” She sent me a satisfied grin. “I knew it must be a woman when first we fought.”
“How?” I was curious how Araxie had figured that out. Granted, Beckah was definitely a woman, but I thought she’d done a pretty decent job of obscuring that fact so she could fight.
“Because I’ve never met a man, human or elf, who could match me in battle. When she bested me, I knew it must be a woman.” She twirled a hand in the air like it was obvious as she swaggered away.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
The most challenging scene by far was when Jace and Jaevid are subjected to torture at the hands of the gray elves. Not only was it an emotional part, but taking a very gruesome moment and toning it down so that it’s still appropriate for children is a tall order.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
The fourth and final book in THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES is set to come out late this year or early next year. I’m currently working on a follow-on series, THE DRAGONRIDER LEGACY, that will pick up forty years after this series ends with a new generation of dragonriders.
Also pending release in 2017 is a YA Paranormal book called THE FIBBING GATE about gun-slinging faeries. It was an absolute joy to write and I’m excited for its release.
I’m working on several projects right now. I just finished a short romance novella and am working on a scifi novel, as well. I’ve got too many ideas and not enough hours in the day!
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
When Jaevid Broadfeather is given the rare opportunity to become a dragonrider for the king’s army, the 15-year-old boy has no idea that he is part of a conspiracy that will rock the very foundations of the kingdom.
Jaevid Broadfeather has grown up as a wartime refugee, hiding from the world because of his mixed racial heritage. He feels his future is hopeless, until a chance encounter with a wild dragon lands him in Blybrig Academy—a place usually forbidden to anyone but the rich and royal. But Jaevid’s case is special; no dragon has voluntarily chosen a rider in decades, so the proud riders of Blybrig must begrudgingly let him join their brotherhood despite his bloodline. Lieutenant Sile Derrick, a sternly tempered man with a mysterious past, becomes his instructor and immediately takes a peculiar interest in Jaevid’s future.
While struggling through the rigorous physical demands of training, things begin to go awry. Jaevid witnesses the king’s private guards kidnapping Sile in the dead of night. When none of the elder riders are willing to help him, Jaevid begins a dangerous adventure to save his instructor.
Everything Jaevid learned at the academy will now be put to the ultimate test.
Jaevid wants to pass his Avian year of training . . . but will he even survive it?
What kind of power is lurking inside him? After a year of training to become a dragonrider, Jaevid Broadfeather has been sent home to rest during a three-month interlude. But when he returns to find the king drake has chosen Beckah Derrick as his new rider, Jaevid realizes something big is about to happen. Every fiber of his being is pushed to the breaking point as Jaevid battles through his avian year, preparing for the final graduation test of the battle scenario. But there is more standing in his way than a few pushups and fancy sword moves. Jaevid must face a new fear as he is tormented by a gruesome nightmare of a mysterious gray elf warrior murdering the royal family of Maldobar. It seems obvious to him that this is some kind of message about how the war started long ago—until Felix assures him the king is very much alive. With his strange powers growing stronger by the day, and that violent dream replaying in his mind every night, Jaevid no longer wonders if he will pass his avian year or not—he wonders if he will even survive it.
The truth will soon be set loose.
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