The Firedragon

The Firedragon

The Firedragon was written by Mary Fan and first published in 2014. It is a short science-fiction novella which acts as a prequel to the Flynn Nightsider series, the first novel of which is due for release later this year under the title of Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil. All proceeds earned from the sale of The Firedragon are being donated to San Diego Department of Animal Services Spirit Fund and so purchasing a copy for a mere 78p can help provide veterinary care for stray animals.

For a hundred years, the world has been home to monsters. Even though the Lord of the Underworld was defeated by brave warriors, his minions still run riot; destroying cities and eating humans alive. Fourteen year old Aurelia Sun (nicknamed the Firedragon) has trained to hunt them for her entire life but is still not taken seriously by her peers. She is a Norm – an ordinary human – in a world when the magically endowed Enchanters rule the roost.

When the International Challenge – a worldwide monster-fighting contest – is announced, Aurelia realises that this is her chance to get noticed. The winner will be automatically promoted to the Defender Class – the elite group of Norms who are charged with hunting down monsters. On top of this, she sees an opportunity to change the status quo. If a Norm beats the Enchanter contestants and wins the contest, everyone will see that her race is not inferior after all.

However, after Aurelia passes the preliminaries, she learns that not everything is as it seems. The contest is more brutal than she could have ever imagined and she slowly begins to realise that the Triumvirate – the rulers of her world – have a sinister ulterior motive. Yet her discoveries come too late as she finds herself face to face with a terrible foe – a powerful monster which no single hunter has ever defeated…

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