Historical magic realism
The Dark Age, eastern Europe: the earth has decided to rid itself of humanity with earthquakes, volcanoes and new plagues. Civilizations, even the mighty Roman Empire, crumble under the pressure of barbarian waves that are fleeing worse terrors.
Rejected by his own people, pursued by a dragon, young Javor heads for Constantinople, the centre of civilization, looking for answers to the puzzle of his great-grandfather’s dagger and the murder of his family.
On the ancient, crumbling Roman highway across haunted, deserted Dacia, Javor rescues the beautiful Danisa from a human sacrifice. He cannot help falling in love with her. But Danisa has her own plans, and when she is kidnapped again, Javor has to wonder: what is the connection between his dagger, his lover and his enemies?
Wolves howling brought Javor back to the night. The moon and stars were quickly covered by swirling black clouds. Clouds never move that fast, he thought.
The villagers stopped talking; mothers held their children closer. The wind blew dust around the holody.
Javor stood and looked over the stockade—even the trees in the forest seemed to have come closer.
“With his debut novel, Scott Bury has firmly established his place in the fantasy genre.”
—KD Rush, Amazon reviewer
“Entertaining from first to last and I was sorry to see the story end.”
— Diana L. Endresen, Amazon reviewer
“By the end of the novel, I felt cheated it didn’t continue.”
—Raquae, Amazon reviewer
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