Revised as of 1/21/18
Princess Kianna is the sole heir to a throne she cannot inherit. The Drachri—select men who shapeshift at will into flying, fire-breathing dragons—would never allow a woman to rule the kingdom. The blood of the sky runs in Kianna’s veins, but since she can’t take to the air herself, she must marry a dragon, or give up her claim to the throne of Albyn entirely.
When Kianna’s father, the Dragon King, narrowly survives an assassination attempt, she is forced into a courtship with Alun, a charming outlier in the pool of ruthless Drachri nobles. The prospect of marriage has always been unappealing to Kianna, and to do so for love? Too ridiculous to even consider; but Alun’s honesty, affection, and sincerity win her over.
As their marriage approaches, a powerful cult is rising in Albyn. Their deity, a monster steeped in legend and darkness, claims to hold the power to grant women the gift of flight. He says that once, men were not the only dragons. And Kianna could be one too.
She knows that the cult has sacrificed innocent people, that her own fiance may have been involved with these murders. She knows this old god wants to establish a new order in which Drachri don’t just rule, but are worshipped. Yet when the choice to take flight on wings of her own is offered, Kianna isn’t sure that she’ll say no.
WINGS OF DAWN is an upper-YA Fantasy novel, complete at 98,000 words. It combines the bright, female voice and magical elements of Naomi Novik’s UPROOTED with the dragon rich lore of Anne McCaffrey’s PERN.