In 1814 the dragon population of the Celtic Islands was starting to regain their numbers, having been placed on the Protected Animals List of the Endangered Species Act several years earlier. But, when a mortally wounded dragon is found by 18 year old Tharill Gruaige and his uncle, the question arises, is it a simple matter of out-laws trophy hunting or something more sinister?
When the evidence points to a royal family, on the continent who had been renowned for their trophy hunting of dragons for generations, but who had also signed the binding No-Hunt clause of the Endangered Species Act; Tharill and his younger brother Rory find themselves thrown into the middle of a scheme of deception and misdirection. On their journey to uncover the truth they will find allies in unlikely places, build friendships bound to last a lifetime, test their own family bonds and meet a feisty, strong willed, young lady like no one they had ever encountered before.
Drawing inspiration from both Ireland and Wales
Saving the Dragons was three years in the making. I wanted to make my dragons feel real to the reader, so I gave them the personalities of another wild and dangerous animal. The Orca (Killer Whales) that reside in the waters around our islands here in the Pudget Sound. These magnificent creatures are intelligent and devoted to their young and each other. They are also very playful, curious and peaceful, as long as they are left alone.
I wrote a good part of Dragons in Cashel, Ireland and Conwy, Wales. Drawing from both cultures and languages. Most of the dragons have Welsh names and many of the towns and islands in my Celtic Islands have Gaelic names.
I have chosen to use the early 1800's as the era this story takes place in. Hopefully, you will find that it reads like a Historical novel .... well, one with Dragons and the still undiscovered islands where they more than likely reside to this day.
On the Cover:
Rory & Prince Rutgar obsurve a dragoness feeding fish to her dragling. Tharill watches Reesa as she draws the dragons. The young people know there is no danger while the Dragon Keeper is close by.