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The Shadow of Black Wings

(The first book in the Year of the Dragon series)
A novel by


"Fast paced and full of energy."
Adrian Tchaikovsky

"Fast paced and full of energy" --Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Shadows of the Apt

"This manuscript is full of highly crafted detail that will make readers shiver at times with fear and delight ... a familiar yet highly original fantasy that is a worthwhile read."
-- Publishers Weekly

"The real-world cultures are incredibly well-researched and truthful, and yet well-balanced with the fantasy elements. An intriguing and impressive series."
-- Ben Galley, author of the Emaneska Series

It is the Sixteenth Year of Queen Victoria. In the powerful empire of Dracaland, Bran, a young dragon rider, joins his father on a military expedition to the mysterious lands of the Orient. In the reclusive Yamato, Sato, a tomboy samurai girl, strives to prove her right to inherit her father's school of western magic. Nagomi, a timid shrine apprentice, is haunted by the visions of dark future she must keep secret even from her best friend.

They don't know it yet, but their paths will cross... And when they do, nothing will ever be the same again.

Welcome to The Shadow of Black Wings, a steam-powered romp across the land of dragons, wizards and samurai. It's big, it's fast, it's been compared to Tolkien in terms of world-building, it has strong female characters and lots of carefully researched detail. You will meet the Royal Marines sailing mighty ironclads and Chinese walking machines; mysterious warlords and crazy inventors; you will discover dark prophecies, family secrets and blood-thirsty demons. And all that in just the first volume!

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Paperback Editions

July 2012 : Paperback
Title: The Shadow of Black Wings
Author(s): James Calbraith
ISBN: 8393552915 / 978-8393552917
Publisher: Flying Squid
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

June 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Shadow of Black Wings (The Year of the Dragon, Book 1)
Author(s): James Calbraith
Publisher: Flying Squid
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

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