The Books


Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2012 semi-finalist.

“Fast paced and full of energy”
—Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Shadows of the Apt

“James Calbraith’s writing is reminiscent of a classic, epic fantasy –
immersive, and detailed to the letter. The real-world cultures he
draws from are incredibly well-researched and truthful, and yet
well-balanced with the fantasy elements he sprinkles in between.
An
 intriguing and impressive series.”
—Ben Galley, author of the Emaneska Series

“This manuscript is full of highly crafted detail that will make readers shiver at times with fear and delight. (…) a familiar yet highly original fantasy that is a worthwhile read.”
—Publisher’s Weekly

“This book lends itself well to the intended audience, and I project a hit.”
—Amazon Vine Reviewer

The Shadow of Black Wings
(The Year of the Dragon #1)

Bestseller in Historical Fantasy & Alternate History Amazon US

Genre: Historical Fantasy
ISBN: 978-83-935529-0-0 (ebook)
Published: June 2012 by Flying Squid
ISBN: 978-83-935529-1-7 (paperback)
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.

Available at: Amazon US |Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Amazon ES Paperback available at: Amazon US | Amazon UK

The Warrior’s Soul
(The Year of the Dragon #2)

Bestseller in Historical Fantasy & Alternate History Amazon US
Genre: Historical Fantasy
ISBN: 978-83-935529-2-4 (e-book)
Published: August 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.

Available at: Amazon US |Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Amazon ES | And: Kobo | Kobo 楽天 Paperback – coming soon!

The Islands in the Mist
(The Year of the Dragon #3)

Genre: Historical Fantasy
ISBN: 978-83-935529-4-8 (e-book)
Published: October 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.

Available at: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Amazon ES | And: Kobo | Kobo 楽天

The Birkenhead Drill & Other Stories

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

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