If you’re desperate for a brilliant new fantasy series to get your teeth into on the cold, dark nights then Dan Allen’s ‘Fall of the Dragon Prince’ is the one for you. Promise.
Here’s what it’s all about:
Toran joined the five realms and tied their destinies to the survival of his secret heirs. But the king is now dead and his enemies gather. Reann, a serving girl and self-appointed librarian of Toran’s estate, has a chance to unravel the greatest mystery in the realm. On the other side of the kingdom, Terith and the other dragon riders fight to stop the invasion that would mean the fall of the empire. In this cross-country dragon race, Terith faces a black-hearted traitor with even darker purposes, to win the kingdom and the heart of the woman he loves. One rider will fall; one fate will rise.
Cool, huh? Totally sold. We got to have a chat with Dan and ask him some of our burning questions.
Can you tell us about ‘The Fall of the Dragon Prince’ in the length of a tweet? Fate of 5 realms tied to 5 secret heirs. She must find them. He is sworn to kill them. #suspense #magic #romance #dragons #invasion #fantasy
Did being a scientist and your knowledge of how the world works ever get in the way the fantasy world you created? Being a physicist gives me lots of insights I can tuck into the story to make it seem familiar and real. In ‘Fall of the Dragon Prince’ I confess I did bend some basic rules of climatology…but the result is so awesome. With sci-fi novels, I usually end up working like 30 or 40 different problems involving gravity, mechanics and pressure. Fantasy is way easier!
What’s the coolest thing you’ve made/destroyed in the lab? Coolest thing I ever made was a quantum cascade laser that can see through clothing. It would take a long time to scan a whole person, but it can read letters through an envelope. It had to be chilled with liquid nitrogen–which is what makes it so cool!
Coolest thing I ever destroyed…that would be the 3 story Van de Graaff electron accelerator at the UC Santa Barbara free electron laser that burnt up while I was using it. But I swear it wasn’t my fault! Actually, that was about the same time I came up with the idea for ‘Fall of the Dragon Prince’. I told it as a bedtime story to my kids. Coincidence….
Who’s your favourite fictional dragon? Smaug (‘The Hobbit’) and Saphira (‘Eragon’) are great fantasy dragons. You really get to see inside their hearts. Any of Ann McCaffrey’s dragon riders of Pern stories are good. I read some when I was young and spent a lot of time wondering what color dragon I would hatch.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? Fantasy author Alexander Maxwell Drake (aka Drake) gives great how-to-write seminars. He says, “A theme is a question with two answers that the author alternately presents to the reader.” Switching between those two possibilities drives plot reversals in the story. If you have a compelling theme, the story practically writes itself. It’s a great concept.
In ‘Twilight’ the theme alternatives are: “I’m a nobody” or “I’m special”, feelings every reader can relate to. Bella will alternately feel like a nobody, and then be swept into the fantasy world of superhuman vampires as if she were something special. She wants to be in both places, and that sets up a great conflict. In ‘Fall of the Dragon Prince’, the theme question is “Is it better to settle for what you have by going the easy route, or to risk everything for what you truly desire?”
What’s your favourite quote from the book? One of my favorite quotes is when Verick (a handsome nobleman with a dark past and a conflicted soul) says to Reann, the 17 year old castle servant who is a bit smitten by him after she asked him to dance with her,
“Are you a witch, that you do such magic with people’s hearts?”
Another great quote is from the battle at the crossroads, where two dragon riders prepare to make their last stand. Bergulo draws his sword, puts his hand on Terith’s shoulder and says, “I’m with you, Terith, to the end.” It’s a really touching line, because it shows what kind of leader Terith is and why his men are so loyal to him, as their chances of survival are practically none.
Can we get a snap of where you write? I can do better. How about a video tour?
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