Welcome to my stop on the tour for
This is the fourth and final book of the Dragonslayer series.
This post is long but very well worth it!
Author: Resa Nelson
Published: Nov 13, 2012
Barnes and Noble
In the fourth and final book of the Dragonslayer series, Mandulane's army is poised to attack the Northlands in the name of a powerful god, but in truth Mandulane is using the act of spreading this new faith as a way to disguise his own personal greed and hunger for power. Astrid has succeeded in warning her beloved country of imminent danger, and the Northlanders scramble to set up a clever defense, never realizing a spy in their midst is poised to take critical information directly to Mandulane. After sacrificing herself in order to set her brother Drageen free for the sake of protecting the Northlands, Astrid finds herself controlled by the stone of light. Although it forces her path of destiny, Astrid learns she must make one final choice about who she wants to be. Most important of all, her new sweetheart Trep encounters a dragon that entrusts him with the care of a dragon's egg. Trep embraces a dangerous journey and accepts the duty of protecting the unhatched dragon, knowing that its safety could impact the fate of the entire world.
I really love the Dragonslayer series by Resa Nelson! I finished the final book of the series today and it was breathtaking. The Dragon's Egg is a brilliant wrap-up to the series. I love how everything just seemed to meld together and flow along so well. The story continues Astrid's journey in life, love and war. She struggles to do what is right at all times. Astrid is such a multi-faceted character. She is pretty high on my list of best heroines ever.
Mandulane (the bad guy) cracked me up with his clotheshorse obsession. And the introduction of Killing Crow was a nice touch. It was also very interesting to have Dragreen come back into play. I just love all of the characters that Nelson has developed so well!
The ending was bitter sweet. I just did not want this series to end. It's just too good! But, the story took a natural course and everyone ended up where they needed to be.
I highly recommend the Dragonslayer series. It will be unlike anything else you've read, but I bet you will love it like I did. Or I hope!
5 stars to The Dragon's Egg.
Resa Nelson doesn't just talk the talk, oh no,
this woman walks the walk too!
When she offered to do a Guest Post,
I immediately knew what it needed to be about!
In the Dragonslayer books, Astrid makes her trade
at one point by being a blacksmith.
The writing was just so realistic.
I had read that Nelson herself was a blacksmith,
so I asked her to write about that.
It is super interesting!
How I Learned Blacksmithing to Create a Female
Blacksmith in my Dragonslayer World
by Resa Nelson
When I began writing my Dragonslayer series, I knew my main character Astrid would become a blacksmith. But after reading books about blacksmithing tools and techniques, I needed more. I always want to get inside the skin of my characters, so I found out where I could take a course in blacksmithing and signed up.
For 10 weeks, Tuesday became my blacksmithing day. Late in the afternoon I’d drive 90 minutes, stop for a quick dinner, and then learn how to iron and steel for the next 3 hours. Of course, all of my classmates were big, burly men. At first I couldn’t keep up with them. At the end of each class I had a half-finished project that was completely useless. Even though my main goal was to learn basic blacksmithing techniques and get a feel for what it feels like to be a blacksmith, I still wanted to complete my assignments.
I asked my teacher and fellow students for advice and took it. First, I found the smallest hammer that felt comfortable in my hand. Next, I choked up on the handle the same way you choke up on a baseball bat. Both of these decisions gave me better control of the hammer. That made my blows more efficient, which meant I could hammer faster and get better results. I also decided to become ambidextrous. By switching the hammer back and forth from hand to hand every so often, it gave each of my arms time to rest and recover. By doing all those things I was finally able to keep up with my male classmates!
During my blacksmithing course I’d sometimes come early to take notes on details like the way the smoke of a blacksmithing fire changes color while you build it. The way it smells. The way it clings to your skin. Or the different colors the iron turns while being heated and what those colors mean. But nothing beats my experience of being the only woman in a group of fledgling blacksmiths and having to learn how to keep up with them.
Some writers I’ve met turn their noses up at the idea of doing research, but I can’t imagine how I could have written my Dragonslayer series without the experience of taking a course in blacksmithing.
You’re welcome to sample the Dragonslayer series by downloading a free ebook of two short stories I wrote that take place in that world. There’s no information gathering or obligation—just a simple download at http://www.resanelson.com/files.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Resa Nelson’s first novel, The Dragonslayer’s Sword, was nominated for the Nebula Award and was also a Finalist for the EPPIE Award. This medieval fantasy novel is based on a short story first published in the premiere issue of Science Fiction Age magazine and ranked 2nd in that magazine's first Readers Top Ten Poll. The Dragonslayer's Sword is Book 1 in her 4-book Dragonslayer series, which also includes The Iron Maiden (Book 2), The Stone of Darkness (Book 3), and The Dragon’s Egg (Book 4).
Resa's standalone novel, Our Lady of the Absolute, is a fantasy/mystery/thriller about a modern-day society based on ancient Egypt. Midwest Book Review gave this book a 5-star review, calling it "a riveting fantasy, very highly recommended."
She has been selling fiction professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop. Resa was also the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years and was a contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Resa lives in Massachusetts. Visit her website at http://www.resanelson.com.
If you would like to contact Resa Nelson, here is her info...
Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1998294.Resa_Nelson
If you would like to buy a copy,
they are available through:
Mundania Press (get a 10% discount at checkout with the coupon code MP10)
Farewell to Astrid the Dragonslayer!
I enjoyed following her along on her adventures.