Steel Dragon 4 by Kevin McLaughlin (Steel Dragons Series)
English | 2020 | Fantasy | ePUB | 3.1 MB
USA Today bestselling author Kevin McLaughlin has written more than three dozen science fiction and fantasy novels, along with more short stories than he can easily count. Kevin can be found most days in downtown Boston, working on the next novel. His bestselling Blackwell Magic fantasy series, Accord science fiction series, Valhalla Online LitRPG series, and the fan-favorite Starship Satori series are ongoing.
Michael Anderle (ok, weird talking about myself in the 3rd person) (1967-Hopefully a long time from NOW) was born in Houston, Tx. A very curious child, he got into trouble – a lot. What to do with an inquisitive mind when he was grounded? Read! Ok, done with all of that 3rd person stuff. In the first 20 years, I mostly read Science Fiction and Fantasy. In the last 10 years I have enjoyed Urban Fantasy and Military Fiction. With this background, I’ve been blessed with creating The Kurtherian Gambit series, a well-selling, and fan loved, collection of stories. The fans have propelled these stories beyond my wildest imagination and they should get all of the credit for sharing with friends, family and occasionally the random person on the street. They are fantastic!
The mages push Earth closer to a war that no one can win. Kristen and her team are all that stands between them and the utter annihilation of everyone she loves. But the mages may not be the worst threat she has to face! In the shadows, someone lurks, manipulating others for his own gain.
The Mage assassins are no longer content to hide in the shadows. Their day has arrived, and they will rise to remake the world into a place without dragons. But before she can deal with the hidden adversary, Kristen has to stop the mages from kicking off a war. They are determined to bring humanity and dragon-kind into conflict, no matter the cost.
She has the team. She has her dragon powers. Kristen even has the backing of the Council. But winning the battle to end the war will still take everything she can bring to bear, and then some! And even that might not be enough.
Even though Kristen hadn’t visited her parents in a while, it still felt like coming home.
The smell of her mom’s lasagna from the front porch and the color of the maple tree in the front yard in early fall brought a wash of nostalgia. Her brother’s face smirked at her through the windows, vanished, and reappeared as if to make her think he was a ghost like he had done when they were kids.
“Okay, so remember, let me do the talking. My parents have lived in this house for forty years,” Kristen told Stonequest as they approached the front door. “They won’t take this easily.”
He smiled indulgently at her. “Well, I’ll be…I’ve seen you face multiple dragons, mages armed with machine guns, and even the Dragon Council itself, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen you scared. Are your parents so bad as to frighten the Steel Dragon herself?”
“Just…don’t step on my mom’s flowers, okay?”
“And wipe that stupid grin off your face.”
Stonequest obliged and replaced his smile—that had steadily become goofier and goofier—with the face he used to interrogate hostile witnesses. “Better?” He grunted for effect.
“No! It’s better if you merely smile normally—no, not like that! You know what? Do whatever you want with your face as long as you keep your mouth shut.”
“Am I allowed to eat, Investigator?” he asked.
“I’ll let you know if you earn the privilege,” she retorted, not at all amused with him at the moment.
She rang the doorbell twice and opened the door before anyone could answer.
“Hey, Kristen!” Brian said from the living room.
Kristen was surprised to see that he wasn’t burrowed into the couch. Instead of a fine dusting of cheese crumbs from a flavored chip product, her brother was coated in sweat. His face was red not from getting himself worked up defeating an opponent online but from doing…squat push-ups?
“Brian…are you all right?” she asked, beyond confused. Her brother normally complained about putting away the groceries but was now working out in the living room?
“I’m fine,” he replied breathlessly.
“Good form, kid,” Stonequest said and Brian beamed.
“I’ll go hit the showers,” he said a little too nonchalantly.
“Sounds good, Brian,” their mom said and, unable to help herself, she added, “Seeing as how we have so many in our locker room, I hope you’re able to find a stall.”
“Ah, a pleasure to see you again Mrs. Hall,” Stonequest said and bowed cordially before the woman like she was a member of the Dragon Council. “It is always a pleasure to be reminded where Kristen gets all her snark.”