An upper middle-grade Work-in-Progress in the final stages of editing:
A post-Earth fantasy adventure of space dragons, magic, and humankind divided into two factions: Landers who inhabit the surface under the feudal authority of a king, his tame dragons, and his wizards; and Corsairs, outcasts who survive by endlessly sailing the cosmos for pillage.
16-year-old Tar-Jack, a Lander forcibly impressed into service by Corsairs and the handler of Hogarth, an irrepressible modified-earth rat.
Jack’s twin Tar-Roland, inducted as a cadet into the king’s Wizard Guild and the fugitive guardian of a flighty infant dragon he names Damsel.
All the spaceships were Earth-constructions at a time human ingenuity & wizardry peaked, but no one foresaw the violence of the asteroid belt or the space beasts they called dragons. Even warded warships broke & burned like vintage matchsticks.
Scarp is a fictional dwarf planet in the Kuiper belt. It is bleak and mountainous, the origin world of interstellar dragon-kind but highly toxic to human life and magic.
A dragon mating dance is said to last an orbital span, the queen and her consort space-borne amid mirroring stars that endlessly reflect the sinuous tangle of their colors and forms in motion. Their harmonies catch the wind and inspire in us, the wingless, a doleful envy.
a. A lowly space corsair, Jack longs to reconnect with his magical twin, a trainee wizard in the king’s court. Jack escapes to fulfill his goal, but Roland has fled with a needy infant dragon. On separate paths to the same end, the boys face down wizards, dragons, and their own limitations.
b. A toxic planet has robbed settlers of compassion and their most potent magic. Twins Jack and his identical but magical brother, who plays guardian to a newly hatched dragon, pledge allegiance to the dragon queen. Their task, the restoration of dragon ascendancy.
EmRald’s Epilogue: CLICK BELOW