Here, There Be Dragons

A glowing review of “The Shadow…” at YA Book Bridges.

YA Book Bridges

TITLE: The Shadow of Black Wings, Book One of The Year of the Dragon

AUTHOR: James Calbraith

PUBLISHER: Flying Squid (July 2012-ebook & paperback)

LENGTH: 338 pages

SUMMARY: (adapted from amazon.com)

An ancient empire stands on the brink of a civil war. His arrival may push it over the edge.

It is the sixteenth year of Queen Victoria’s enlightened rule and the world trembles before the might of her ironclad navy and the dreaded Dragon Corps. The largest ship ever built sails from the Brigstow Harbour on a journey to the mysterious lands of the Orient. Its load: a regiment of the Royal Marines and Bran ap Dylan – freshly graduated in Dracology from the Llambed Academy of Mystic Arts.

On the other side of this world, the empire of Yamato has been sealed from the rest of the world for the last two centuries. A wizard’s daughter, Sato, witnesses…

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