When I was a kid, I would cry when dragons died in stories. Even when they were supposed to be evil, scary dragons, it upset me. Why does the dragon always have to die? To me, Sigurd was a cowardly jerk and Prince Philip would never have my forgiveness. I even feel rather ambivalent about Bard the Bowman.
Of course, I've read better dragon stories since the old legend and fairytale days of childhood, but there's a lingering sadness in the back of my brain. Why does the dragon have to die? And, yes, I recognize that's it's more often than not a symbolic death, a metaphorical death, the old gods defeated by the new, the ancient ways supplanted. But there always seems to be another dragon for the hero to kill. So what if the dragon is more than a metaphorical stand in? What if, like the old crop gods, dragons, or a certain dragon, were doomed to a cycle of death-resurrection-death?
Ah. We have premise. And brain ran off with it into odd places, as it has a tendency to do. Dragons, Diamonds and Discord is Hermes' story, but it's also Fafnir's. Because he needed one.
Out now at Amber Allure, coming soon to Amazon, etc.
Dragons, Diamonds and Discord
Brandywine Investigations 3
part of the AmberPax "Kiss of Fire"
The most valuable pieces of jewelry are vanishing from the god Hermes’ Manhattan stores and the security feeds pick up only clouds of smoke. While the god of thieves, messengers, and commerce doesn’t appreciate someone stealing from him, he’s intrigued by this thief’s ingenuity and skill. When Hermes enlists his family to trap his burglar, he gets the surprise of his immortal life.
Fafnir just wants to be left alone. Doomed over the centuries to a never-ending cycle of violent death and painful rebirth, he had hoped to find an escape in the quiet life of author and illustrator. But there are forces at work he doesn’t understand, and his peace is shattered by the return to old cycles and the sudden interference of a beautiful and incredibly irritating Greek god.
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around queer heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.