Friday, August 21, 2015

Snippet from WIP Grand Master's Mate for #SFFSat

Welcome to another Saturday of Science Fiction & Fantasy and read snippets exchanged by several writers.
For a change of pace, my contribution this week is from my unedited WIP, Grand Master’s Mate, Book 3 in the Grand Master’s Trilogy. Note: Seltos and Ythris are dragons, or reptilian sentients, from the planet of Sythos. The Brululians resemble giant lobsters. These stories are full of weird aliens.

Seltos crouched and Athanor hoisted Violet onto the dragon’s ridged back. Violet leaned forward to hold the dragon’s neck, her head pressed against the iridescent scales. The Grand Master stepped on the dragon’s knee and leaped up to straddle the back behind Violet. He clasped Violet round the waist with one arm and gripped the ridges of the dragon’s back with the other hand.
“Fly to the Black Dragon’s eyrie,” Athanor barked.
The dragon spread his wings wide, scaring the Brululian babies into their cabin. Seltos thrust his wings down and soared up. The starlit sky vanished just before they collided with the dome and they popped into the void.
Seltos emerged in the upper atmosphere of Sythos, dropping swiftly through the yellow clouds towards the planet’s surface. The orange sands of the deserts predominated on the continent beneath them. Flames shot from the volcanic fissures zigzagging across the arid continent. Peering over the dragon’s neck at the vast amber dessert, Violet recognized the green stain of the swamp where Ythris had killed the Mynothros, an enormous snake-necked saurian.
With steady beats of his wings, the dragon flew towards the isolated pillar-like peaks of the dragons’ eyries.
I’ve never visited this planet,” Athanor’s thought flew to Violet.
You saw the place through my pawn’s collar,” she replied.

Books 1 & 2 are published and Book 1 will be FREE from 28-29th, next week.
Grand Master’s Pawn:
Grand Master’s Game:

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Your comments are welcome.


  1. Beautiful descriptions of Sythos. I especially liked the flames shooting "from the volcanic fissures zigzagging across" the ground. It's a very evocative image. Nicely done.

    1. Thanks! The planet is fiery, but the dragons can't spit fire. Ythris thought it was a strange idea.

  2. Love the world-building and scenic tour.

    1. Thanks - this trilogy goes through a number of worlds.

  3. Some nice dragon's-eye view imagery.

  4. Active volcanic world... fun! Ok ok, I know Earth is active, but something about ridges spewing lava makes me think VERY active...! And Danger.

  5. Nice description - and I always approve of flying on dragons.