Gate of Air (Dragon Gods #1)
By: Resa Nelson
Publication Date: June 19th, 2017
Frayka must find and convince the dragon gods of the Far East to appease the gods of her Northland heritage. If she fails, her own Northlander gods will destroy all the mortals who once promised to worship them.
The Far East is a mysterious place of legend to Northlanders like Frayka. Only an old map can show her how to get there. Once she arrives, all of Frayka’s sensibilities put her in danger. And every dangerous turn delays her from finding the dragon gods whose help she so desperately needs.
Although Frayka looks like a Far Easterner, she is a powerful Northlander warrior who is quick to voice her thoughts. She is trained to fight and won’t hesitate to do so.
But everything about Frayka puts her in deadly peril in the Far East, where the laws are strict and the punishment cruel.
Especially when the one being punished is a woman.
GATE OF AIR is Book 1 in my Dragon Gods series, which is the third series in my Dragon Cycle. My intent is that anyone who hasn’t read the other series can pick up GATE OF AIR and enjoy it along with the rest of the Dragon Gods series.
My Dragon Cycle began many years ago as a short story that was well received by readers—in fact, some of them wanted to know where to buy the novel even though I hadn’t written one! At that moment, I realized my fans are smarter than I am, because they saw the potential in the short story that I couldn’t see. Eventually I wrote a novel based on that short story, which led to a series. I realized the story was so big that I needed to write more than one series. The first two series are inspired by the Viking/Norse culture and the mythology of dragons, both European and Asian.
When my Dragon Gods series was in the idea stage, a high school student asked me why it seems that most fantasy heroines are blonds.
I thought it was a great question. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I had already created the framework for an important character with Asian blood – Frayka, who became the heroine of GATE OF AIR. Although she stands as tall as every member of her Northlander family (who are all blond and fair-skinned), Frayka looks like her great-grandmother. Frayka’s father never met his own grandmother, but he knows the stories about how she came from the Far East.
One of the many things I like to write about is how we perceive each other based on race. What I love about Frayka and the Northlanders is that no one cares that Frayka looks different. They all consider Frayka to be a Northlander, even though she doesn’t look like one.
But Frayka has inherited more than her looks from her great-grandmother. Frayka also has inherited the ability to see the future. At the end of Series 2 (the Dragonfly series), Frayka’s portent leads her to a mystical realm where a powerful god gives her the task of making peace between the dragon gods of the Far East and the Northlander gods they’ve offended. But when Frayka arrives in the Far East, she doesn’t know how to relate to people who look like her. She’s baffled by their culture, especially the way they treat women. Frayka must not only learn their language – she must learn how to fit in.
Even though my fantasy novels are considered to be YA, I always write for myself. I want to read about characters who are flawed but who also grow and change. As a reader, I don’t like to be bored. I like page-turners, and I like elements of mystery.
Book 1 in my first series (THE DRAGONSLAYER’S SWORD) is currently free on Amazon and other sites. It’s a great way to sample my work. I’m also offering GATE OF AIR for a special introductory price of 99 cents on Amazon for a limited time.
Resa Nelson is the author of the 4-book Dragonslayer series: The Dragonslayer’s Sword (nominated for the Nebula Award, finalist for the EPPIE Award), The Iron Maiden , The Stone of Darkness , and The Dragon’s Egg . Her 4-book Dragonfly series takes place after the Dragonslayer series.
Her standalone novels include the mystery/thrillers All Of Us Were Sophie and Our Lady of the Absolute .
Resa has been selling short stories professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), and she is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop. Resa was the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years as well as a regular contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
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