THE DRAGON ROUND
Scales of justice
released out NOW! 320 pages | Hardback/ebook Author stephen s Power Publisher simon & schuster
It’s a rare but wonderful experience to come across a truly excellent fantasy novel. Stephen S Power’s debut is assuredly one. Though touted as The Count Of Monte Cristo with dragons, the description does the story little justice. This isn’t The Stars My Destination done over for the swords and horses crowd – which would be cool – but something original.
Jeryon is a sea captain from a hyper-capitalist city state whose crew’s greed prompts mutiny during a mission undertaken partly for mercy, partly for profit. He is marooned, together with the ship’s apothecary, on a distant island, where the pair discover a rare dragon hatchling. Jeryon undertakes to train it and his thoughts turn to vengeance.
Though Power’s world is small in scale, the relations between its states are complicated by proper economics and histories, bringing a welcome dash of reality to this often overly romantic genre. The book’s written in a gripping present tense, the characters are fantastic, and there’s a brilliant heroine in the shape of the apothecary. This is George RR Martin-style fantasy in all the good ways. Highly recommended.
Power is also an editor for a business publisher, commissioning books like The 10 Golden Rules Of Leadership.