The Dragon's Champion

The Dragon's Champion

Sam Ferguson

Fantasy

In the middle of his arduous training in Kuldiga Academy, Erik Lokton discovers that he is destined to become more than a mere knight. His inexperienced eyes are forced open as demons and evil creatures that had previously only haunted his nightmares awaken, and old feuds boil to the surface once more. However, Erik lacks the discipline of a seasoned knight and despite his growing knowledge of the dark forces at work in his world his curiosity and headstrong ways get him into trouble. With the help of a master swordsman and a few friends, he must learn to balance his duty to family with his destiny and responsibility to his kingdom. Yet, not all friends are true, and old debts are coming due. Erik must choose between rescuing his family, and extinguishing the crimson tide of darkness that threatens to swallow the whole realm.About the AuthorI like to call myself a well-traveled story teller of Irish and Cherokee heritage. I live near a Stone Bridge on Eagle Mountain, however, I count seven U.S. states as home. I have spent several years abroad, first as a missionary in the Baltic States and currently as a Diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service. I graduated from Utah Valley University in 2009 with a BA in International Relations and went on to pursue an MA in International Security Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. I have published a couple of academic papers; one on war crimes and another dealing with antisemitism. The Dragon's Champion earned an honorable mention in the League of Utah Writer's Young Adult Manuscript competition in 2012. I have also written other short stories that have placed in the top ten in national competitions. When I'm not wrestling with his sons or hefting iron in the gym I can be found at home relaxing with my wife or setting pen to paper, bringing stories to life. The Dragon’s Champion is my debut novel.
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Jonathan Haymaker

Jonathan Haymaker

Sam Ferguson

Fantasy

Jonathan is not the strongest young man in his home village. That would be his older brother Jason. He isn't the tallest, best looking, or funniest either. Again, that would be Jason. He is better than most in the village at archery, though. He is an excellent hunter, and can perform more trick shots than anyone else with amazing accuracy. Well, he is almost better than anyone else. Jason has him beat there too. Jonathan doesn't mind though, he and his older brother share a deep bond that connects them more fully than their differences could separate them. They work together in their family fields, go swimming at the fishing hole, and sometimes they play tricks on other farmers in the village. Whatever they do, for good or ill, they do together. On Jonathan's sixteenth birthday though, officers come to the village asking for volunteers. Trolls have invaded during the heaviest monsoon season ever known, and the wet conditions have given the trolls enhanced abilities. Jason is the first to step forward, and is eagerly accepted for his height and strength. Though he also volunteers, Jonathan is told he is too young, and not strong enough for the rigors of war with the trolls in the Murkle Quags. When letters stop arriving from Jason after two years of war, and Jonathan still finds himself denied acceptance to the army due to his small stature, he does what any good brother would do. Jonathan Haymaker takes his bow and leaves his home. They said it couldn't be done. The journey was too far, the dangers too great, and the war too fierce for a boy like him. Perhaps they were right, but he knew Jason was alive somewhere, and he was not about to let his brother be alone. **
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