In the Shadow of the Archons
Great wizards called Archons once ruled the world. Their wars grew so destructive that for defense the Archons ripped their domains from the earth, creating vast islands in the sky and a volcanic wasteland below. Then, one day, the archons vanished and a voice heard throughout the word intoned: Islands fall, Archons awake.
Now, rumors come of islands falling from the sky. Eager to prove that the squabbling griffin riders are worth the vast resources lavished on them, Galeron flies to the edge of his floating land to determine if it is sinking towards the fiery world below. There he finds an unheard of flying ship from a land once ruled by an enemy Archon. The visitors promise trade but is their true purpose to find and kill the Archon that once protected Galeron’s land?
In the commotion caused by the arrival of the strange flying ship, the griffin captains task Galeron to dispose of Iolantha, a sorceress supposedly fallen into corruption. Persuaded that her dreams are not the wiles of demons but a link to his slumbering Archon, he spares her only to be ejected from the griffin order for violating his orders.
Banished and grounded, Galeron allies with the alluring sorceress. Her dreams direct him to the offspring of Antyrenax, a dragon who once served the Archon. His former griffin-mate Calline warns him not to risk such a fickle mount. He ignores her only to find the young dragon’s casual indifference for humans perilous. Torn between Calline and Iolantha, bound to a dangerous mount, Galeron races to find the Archon before his land plummets to the ground, all while navigating the intrigues of the visitors, the Archon’s former companions and the factions among the griffin riders.
This a second draft of what will ultimately be my pitch for this novel. For the record, I hate writing these things and it needs lots of work. If successful, there will be additional volumes in the series but this story is an intact, single volume novel that starts as above and concludes a story arc. That is, it is not the beginning of a multi-volume story. Comments are very much welcomed.
Copyright 2012 M. Q. Allen, all rights reserved.