The Year of the Dragon

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Dragons' Fall

Book 1: The Shadow of Black Wings

Top 10 Bestseller in Alternate History Amazon US

eISBN: 978-83-935529-0-0 ASIN: B008FS5RPC
Published: June 2012 by Flying Squid
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ISBN-13: 978-83-935529-1-7
ISBN-10: 8393552915
Published: July 2012 by Flying Squid

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 Orient. Its load – a regiment of the Royal Marines and one Bran ap Dylan – freshly graduate in Dracology at the Llambed Academy of Mystic Arts.

In the empire of Yamato, sealed from the rest of the world for the last two centuries, a wizard’s daughter Sato witnesses her father joining an anti-government conspiracy. Her friend Nagomi, training to be a priestess, is haunted by dark visions that she must keep secret. Neither of them is aware that a change is coming to Yamato… on the wings of a dragon.

A detailed and fast-paced historical fantasy based around the turbulent opening of Japan to the West in the middle of the 19th century, “The Shadow of the Black Wings” is the first volume in “The Year of the Dragon” saga.

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Book 2: The Warrior’s Soul

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Published: August 2012 by Flying Squid
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ISBN-13: 978-83-935529-3-1
ISBN-10: 8393552931
Published: October 2012 by Flying Squid

It is the Seventeenth Year of Queen Victoria’s enlightened rule. The Qin Rebellion spreads dangerously close to the old capital and only the remainder of the Second Regiment of Royal Marines stands between the rebel army and the vital trade port of Huating.

In Yamato, after a mysterious ritual fusing Bran’s soul with that of an ancient warrior, he, the wizardess Sato and the shrine apprentice Nagomi flee Kiyo, pursued by the authorities – and by the associates of a shadowy figure in Crimson Robe. Their quest – to find Bran’s captured dragon and discover the whereabouts of Sato’s abducted father.

A detailed and fast-paced historical fantasy based around the turbulent opening of Japan to the West in the middle of the 19th century, “The Warrior’s Soul” is the second volume in “The Year of the Dragon” saga.

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Book 3: The Islands in the Mist

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Published: October 2012 by Flying Squid
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ISBN-13: 978-8393552955
ISBN-10: 8393552958
Published: December 2012 by Flying Squid

Guided by the mysterious samurai, Bran and the girls reach the fabled shrine of Kirishima, where his dragon is held. But other forces are also keen to put their hands on the prize…

The Black Wings have landed, and Edo is in turmoil. So is Kiyo, after the recent disturbing events. Doshin Koyata receives a strange blood-red signal in his dreams…

In Qin, Dylan trains an army of volunteers to stop the onslaught of the Rebels, with the help of an old Admiral – who seems to know many secrets…

A detailed and fast-paced historical fantasy based around the turbulent opening of Japan to the West in the middle of the 19th century, “The Islands in the Mist” is the third volume in “The Year of the Dragon” saga.

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Book 4: The Rising Tide

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Published: April 2013 by Flying Squid
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ISBN-13: 978-8393552979
ISBN-10: 8393552974
Published: April 2013 by Flying Squid

The thrilling conclusion to the hunt for the Crimson Robe in the fourth volume of the best-selling historical fantasy saga, “The Year of the Dragon”.

Bran, Sato and Nagomi embark on the final stage of their chase, aided by the last of the were-bears of Chinzei and the powerful and cunning Lord Nariakira of Satsuma.

After the Battle of Shanglin, Wulfhere of Warwick finds himself an unlikely hero, while Dylan begins to have second thoughts over his role in the war.

The wind from Edo brings tidings of war and oncoming Darkness. The sacred islands of Yamato are no longer safe beyond their barrier of winds and waves.

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The Year of The Dragon: Books 1-4 Deluxe Edition

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eISBN: 978-83-936713-0-4 ASIN: B00CKEY974
Published: May 15th 2013 by Flying Squid
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ISBN-13: 978-8393671311
ISBN-10: 8393671310
Published: May 2013 by Flying Squid

The deluxe first four books of the “Year of the Dragon” best-selling historical fantasy saga, containing the entire Crimson Robe arc:

Book 1: The Shadow of Black Wings

Book 2: The Warrior’s Soul

Book 3:The Islands in the Mist

Book 4: The Rising Tide

The deluxe edition contains also a short story “Birkenhead Drill”, a full glossary of foreign words, list of characters, and a chronology of the world.

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Book 5: The Chrysanthemum Seal

It’s the middle of summer in the Year of the Dragon. The hunt for the Crimson Robe may be over, but the adventure continues…

With Bran seemingly gone from Yamato forever, his friends settle in their new lives, their common adventures a distant memory. Sato enrolls in Lord Nariakira’s school of wizardry, while Nagomi joins her father’s medical practice in far-away Nagoya.

But the revolution, once started, cannot be stopped. The foreign threat finally comes to Yamato’s doorstep. A Varyagan submarine drops anchor in Kiyo harbour. A Bataavian warship arrives at Kagoshima, carrying Dylan ab Ifor, Gwen and Wulfhere. In Shimoda, the Black Wings supply fleet brings with it a curious, unwanted guest…

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Book 6: The Withering Flame

For centuries, the world outside Yamato turned, while in the island nation, little changed. But the barbarians have finally broken through the gates, and the rebels have risen openly.

Bran reunites with his father on Dejima, just as the Bataavians and the local daimyo prepare to join the rebellion against the Taikun. Nagomi follows her visions across the Dan-no-Ura Straits, only to discover there is more to the Prophecy than she ever imagined. Sato and the Kiheitai, on secret orders from Lord Mori, rush to reach the Imperial Capital of Heian before the full might of Taikun’s army – and the Black Dragons he’s allied with.

The time for whispers and secrets is over. The dark clouds burst – and the bloody civil war is finally upon Yamato.

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Book 7: The Shattering Waves

It is the time of Darkness, as prophesied by the priests and soothsayers. Armies clash, cities burn. The sparks of hope are few and scattered.

The Kiheitai, leaderless and purposeless after the disastrous Battle of Heian, flee to the harbour city of Naniwa. Hiding among them, Bran and Nagomi plot to release Sato from the clutches of the Serpent. In the South, Dylan, Gwen and Edern assist the rebel army marching against the Taikun, just as the Gorllewin dragon riders begin to have second thoughts about their alliance with the Fanged.

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Book 8: The Last Dragon King

How will Bran save himself from a cave full of hungry, feral dragons? Who’s the mysterious man Gwen and Nagomi meet at the Gates of Otherworld? Will they be able to rescue Sato from the Serpent’s claws? And will the Southern Imperial Army manage to defeat the Taikun’s forces in their march on Edo?

All these questions – and more – will be answered in the thrilling, double-length conclusion to the Year of the Dragon saga, the eighth and final volume: The Last Dragon King!

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The Birkenhead Drill & Other Stories

Small vignettes from the world of The Year of The Dragon are available for free on Wattpad and Figment.

Selected as Editor’s Choice on Figment.

13 thoughts on “The Year of the Dragon

  1. I enjoyed the year of the dragon series, through book six….. Will their be a seven?
    Or more?….. Thank you for a good read……

    1. Thank you, glad you liked it! I plan to write two more books, although I can’t promise how long before book seven is finished – life’s been getting in the way of writing a little lately!

  2. I’ve read the first five books and quite enjoyed them. Do you know how many total there will be in the series and when the next one will be out? Thank you for the enjoyable reading!

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