Do you ever feel like you’ve had a little too much of the typical fantasy that we see these days? Sometimes it feels like the genre takes itself too seriously. A couple of my favorite shows are Outlander and Game of Thrones, and both of those have had incredibly disheartening episodes this season. Fantasy is capable of so much more than that though. It can take you to another place entirely, where things have the possibility of being just as whimsical as they are dangerous. Think of Willow, or The Princess Bride or Stardust. They’re incredible stories set in realms of fantasy, and they’re not nearly as morose or grimdark as what we see these days (not that those are bad things – it’s just nice to have the option for some lighter fare).
If you’re in the market for something a little more airy but just as interesting, think about starting off the warmer months with Out to Give a Dragon Treasure, by Stephen Prescott. In this fantasy tale, things begin with a much warmer, jovial tone. You know right from the get-go that this is the kind of story that won’t bog you down with brooding heroes and psychopathic villains. It’s lighthearted and humorous, and the characters are quirky and fun. It’s a quick read, too – a perfect way to start your summer reading if you haven’t already.
A centaur comes from the west with ill tithing of a once loyal baron’s attempt to gain power. Can the kingdom survive the treachery? How far is the Baron von Isbin willing to go? Our small group thinking themselves to be removed from the problem find that, they have to set off on a secret and perilous journey to give a dragon treasure. Can our selfish prince, loyal centaur, scholarly mage, apprentice mage, two clerics and eight guards save the kingdom when they have not even met a dragon?
Prescott is a writer who is relatively new on the scene, but keep an eye on him. Also, stay tuned for an interview with the author in the next few days. We’ll be sure to bring you more great news about Prescott and what he has in store for us going forward. In the meantime, check out Out to Give a Dragon Treasure on Amazon.
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