Book I of The Annals of Mondia
Available as ebook
German language translation (paperback)
YOU ALWAYS HAVE OPTIONS. BUT THEY'RE ALL BAD ONES.
The folk of the city of Paladria have two passions: galley-racing and political intrigue. Into this environment comes Mirko Ascalon, a disgraced former galley-master from the nearby realm of Garganet. Mirko accepts a commission to train the crew of Serendipity, the galley of ambitious politician Bartazan of Bartazan House. Soon Mirko begins to realise the scope of the task facing him: his crew is inept and demotivated, Bartazan is planning to use the galley as a tool in his political ambitions; and Mirko's decision to sell information to Bartazan's rivals is unlikely to improve matters. Can he make Serendipity a force to challenge Bartazan's invincible rival Dragonchaser? Variously described as "built on a satisfyingly solid foundation...executed with engaging brio","well built, light and resilient" and "first rate", Dragonchaser will delight all lovers of literate fantasy.
BEST AND WORST REVIEWS
Smart, stylish, nontolkienesque fantasy that explores the genre off the beaten stereotypical path.
Interest - not enough action to engage, not enough adventure to maintain, not enough character development to involve. In short, a tepid read for about 1/3 of book.