“Dragons in the Clouds” is an epic adventure that takes place during a time period when Dragons were alive and freely roamed the land. The people during this time were getting eaten by a vicious species of Dragon. The ruling King finally orders the total annihilation of all living dragons.
A powerful wizard, named Merlinus, who is a friend to the king, does not agree with the Kings order, for he knows all Dragons are not what they seem. So he does what he must to protect a family of Dragons that he has befriended. Melinus performs the spell of weightlessness and tells the Dragons to fly up and to hide in the cover of the Clouds. An unforeseen ability of the Dragons weightlessness spell is that a Dragons fire now looks like that of lightning and their roar is like that of thunder.
A widowed mother and her young boy, who has also befriended a young dragon, suddenly find themselves caught between the Kings order and a battle that has begun between two species of Dragons. A battle that would determine control of the skies above the Kingdom of Albion. Melinus instructs the Dragons to live within the clouds and to only come down at night to eat. An apprentice to the wizard who also has Dragons hidden deep within a mountain cavern has a plan that may bring the Kingdom and perhaps the very world we live in today to a devastating end.
“Author David Blair makes his literary debut with this fine fantasy book for youngsters. He knows and understands the attraction of the theme of Dragons: it is likely his readers will have experienced their parent’s obsession with the Game Of Thrones series in which dragons play a major role. And look to the current plethora of animated films that focus on these exceptional beasts – this book is very well timed for audience appeal.
In his Foreword, David sets the tone of this short but very well developed story – ‘Remember when you were young, being stuck inside because it was raining heavily outside. You and your siblings would be in your room, staring out the window watching the raindrops gathering into puddles. The thunder in the distance would be getting louder, and you knew it was coming your way. You and your brother or sister would run out to the living room. So you could get a better view when the lightning started. But the real reason you ran out to the living room is that that was where your parents were and you really wanted the security of your parents being there in the same room… But! What if I told you, you had every reason to be scared!!! What if I told you that lightning really is fire being blown from a Dragons mouth and that the thunder was a Dragons ROAR!! Dragons in the Clouds will reveal all that has been kept secret up until this day.’
And with that well-scribed note to his readers, David begins a fantasy adventure that rivals the best of them. We journey to the land of Albion and learn of the duplicity of dragons – those who eat people and those who have been granted the spell of being able to fly – thanks to the wizardry of one Meriinus. The plot involves the misguided laws against dragons by King Arturus (just one of the fine bits of parody in the author’s writing!), the salvation of the cloud-housed dragons, the impact of the young apprentice, David, and the conversations among the dragons and with the human characters make this explanation of the secret of thunder and lightning a treasure.
The story is brief (just over 100 pages) making it the right size for the intended audience of ages 8 – 12 years, while at the same time offering a quick read for adults who still treasure imagination. This is excellent by a new writer of skills.”
~ Grady Harp
About David Blair
I started my story telling at the age of 13. I wrote, directed and starred in a student film called ‘’Destination Destiny’’. In my twenties, I studied under an accomplished movie producer, screenwriter, I learned a formula that I continue to use to this day. Most recently I worked as a Production Supervisor for EnterAktion Studios on a CGI film called ‘’Dwegons and Leprechauns”. At the time I didn’t have creative control of the production but with my supervision the film did come in under budget. After that experience I felt it was time for my projects to take priority. Thus leading to my first published novel ‘’Dragons in the Clouds’’
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