I happened across this short story by Jonathon Burgess after an email from instaFreebie. It’s a fun short story you can read entirely on your lunchbreak (as I did) and is an great introduction (possibly a prologue?) for future novels.
The author lists is as the first in a series called The Blackscale Chronicles, which I’ll be interested in reading once they’re published.
A Matter of Scale is not available (at time of writing) from Amazon, but you can get it for free (well, for the cost of your email address) by signing up to the Author’s mailing list – http://www.brasshorsebooks.com/the-blackscale-chronicle/.
Hristomarth Rofolio never expected to get caught stealing. What’s more, he never expected the bargain that saved his head. But after being sent to investigate a problem in a tiny mountain village, he’ll wish he’d kept his date with the executioner.
This short story is the first in a new series of adventures about a rogue stuck raising seven baby dragons, and the twisted, larcenous upbringing he gives them.
So this was a fun read though I found myself tripping over some of the names. Not a huge issue, and one I’ve overcome in the past by settling on a pronunciation I like and go with it. In this case I end up reading the hero’s name “Hristomarth” like “Bistromath” (a spaceship from HHGTTG) except with an H instead of B… so Hristomarth. Got a little side-tracked there.
A tale of a prisoner condemned to death, which can be commuted to exile should he help solve a problem in a neighbouring village. Hristomarth readily accepts since the alterative was losing his head. It’s hard to say much more about this without giving anything away, mainly because it’s such a short story. Suffice it to say I enjoyed it and look forward to what comes next.
I don’t normally do this, but I’m adding this close up of the cover because I think the artwork deserves it. It’s bright and cheerful and makes me want a baby dragon as a pet! According to the copyright page, the cover is by http://www.juliedillonart.com.
An easy read you can knock over in your lunchbreak. It’s free too so you’ve nothing to lose.