Wednesday, 14 May 2014

River Fairchild's A Dragon's Lament & Excerpt

This week's Speculative Fiction Writer is good friend and talented writer, River Fairchild. She recently released A Dragon's Lament, book two of her Jewels of Chandra series. Please wave hello and read her thrilling excerpt.

Excerpt from “A Dragon’s Lament”

David looked at the bridge in awe, its length spanning a deep chasm of ice. He hadn’t known what to expect at the entrance to the Fire Kingdom but this wasn’t it. Not ice and snow, certainly.
“I thought there’d be fire in the Fire Kingdom,” Wilks said, his voice beginning to crack with the onset of puberty.
David gave him a quick grin. “I thought so too. Maybe it refers to the dragons and not the land.”
Dragons. A childhood fantasy on Earth but here… David shook his head. The world of Chandra had many qualities he’d once thought of as fantasy. Magic, wizards, dragons, and who knew what else.
“Looks like we have to cross it,” David said as he dragged his thoughts back to the current situation.
The bridge swayed in the wind, the simple rope construction coated with ice. As David looked closer at the icicles hanging like globs of Spanish moss on an oak tree, he saw the frayed pieces of rope. Would it hold their combined weight? Maybe it would be better to go one at a time.
“I’ll go first,” David said. “Don’t send anyone else over till I get off on the other side.”
“I should test it first.” Rhone crossed his meaty arms over his chest, his snout wiggling in indignation. “It’s too dangerous to risk you.”
David smiled at the warrior. “Not this time. If it doesn’t work, it won’t matter anyway. Besides, I need you at the rear to help anybody having trouble.”
He didn’t want to think about the possibility of someone slipping off the side and falling into the deep ravine. At least their death would be quick.
Rhone nodded his acceptance but his snout hadn’t quit twitching—a sure sign he wasn’t happy with the decision.
“I’ll go second,” Mira said, defying anybody to contradict her. “I’ll bring Wilks and Prince with me too. All of us together don’t weigh much more than you.”
“That’s reasonable.” David spoke in a mild voice, struggling to keep the smile off his face. The woman may look like a Barbie doll but she had guts of steel.
David took his first tentative steps onto the loosely woven rope, grabbing the single rope on one side that served as a handrail. It was too wide to hold on with both hands outstretched. His foot slithered sideways as he put his full weight on it but he found traction with his second step.


Magic is real. So is betrayal. 

David enters the Fire Kingdom and events shift from bad to worse. He learns a shocking truth about the dragons, a truth destined to block his efforts to retrieve the lost magic of Shaylar from the ruling Council. After a cave-in and injuries force a rescue, David finds himself more isolated than before as personal concerns scatter his trusted advisors and the wizard who led him there abandons him.

The head of the dragon Council negotiates separate deals with both David and his father, sowing further discord between them. David's close friend, Lothan, disappears into the caves and doesn't return. A group of dissidents kidnap Wilks, the child empath David is sworn to protect. With no options left, he accepts the Council's demands to help them in their centuries-old conflict, risking a war which might kill them all.

Even if David manages to win, there's no guarantee the dragons will let him leave the region alive. They don't want the Kingdom of Shaylar to rise again and will stop at nothing to see it remain a pile of dust.

Purchase it here: Amazon US / Amazon UK / Barnes and Noble / iBookstore.

River Fairchild is somewhat odd, brandishes a dry sense of humor, owned by several cats. Lives in a fantasy world. A fabricator of magic. Makes stuff up and spins tales about it. Believes in Faerie crossings and never staying in one place for very long. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you can find your way down the rabbit hole. 

You can find River here.

Thank you, River. What a tantalizing excerpt. Having already read book one, I'm looking forward to the second. Another book for my ever increasing TBR list!

I'll be back next week. Until then, happy reading and writing.


  1. Gorgeous cover and what a compelling blurb! Can sense the adventure already :)

  2. Thank you so much for featuring this, Ellie! :D

  3. I'm looking forward to reading this, River. You have a gift for writing characters readers care about.

    And, I mean, *shrieks* This book has DRAGONS! :)

  4. Thar be dragons in those hills... ;)

  5. I stopped by your site, River, and was like "She's in England?" I am so jealous! LOL I still am, though, because you're here! Ellie is great. Thanks for having River on, Ellie. I just love all that makes up A Dragon's Lament.

  6. Congrats to River! Love her book covers for this series!

  7. A sprawling adventure. Definitely one I want to go on.

  8. Great excerpt and hurrah for dragons! (good or bad their cool)

  9. Ooh! What a great little sample. Yes, I would eat it up. TBR.

  10. One of my favorite people! I had to skip the excerpt though. "Spoilers," as another River would say. In the middle of #1 (Diamonds and Dust) now.

  11. Thank you all so much for your awesome comments! Unfortunately, I'm not really in England *sob* and oops to the potential spoilers. ;)

  12. Oh, man...I was into the excerpt and when I scrolled down, no more. I guess I have to buy the book. :)

    Congrats to River!

  13. That was a great extract. I hope they all got across safe. It was interesting that David originates from Earth, too. Congrats to River!

  14. I'm pulling for David! Guess the only way to see if he succeeds is to read the book.

  15. Now that took my breath away. Nicely done, River! :)

  16. Fantastic excerpt! Can't wait to read the book. :)

  17. Thanks everybody! Awesome comments and I'm thrilled you enjoyed the excerpt!

  18. Hi Ellie and yay, River,

    Sincere apawlogies for the delay in my eagerly anticipated, highly collectable comment. So here goes..."Great pawst! Thanks for sharing!...."

    Fooled you! Arf! An excellent additional bit of info. I pawdict big things for River Fairchild. Of course, no need to mention she is another one of my adoring fans. Congrats to River and enjoy the rest of the weekend, my human friends.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny :)

  19. I am already well into this book. Enjoying it. Now where's my punch Jezebel?

  20. Hi Ellie and River - I imagine these books in the series are fascinating - River has a wonderful sense of mystery and elusive thought in her writing .. and I'll have to read to see if David saves the Kingdom ... thanks for sharing this excerpt with us .. cheers Hilary

  21. Jezebel has brought more punch! *hides under the table to avoid the stampede*

  22. I wouldn't go on that bridge, but I hope they all make it safe. Great excerpt.

  23. I can't get over how pretty your books are. And dragons? Yes, please.

  24. Great excerpt! Good luck, River.

    Hi, Ellie :)


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