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Dragon Slayers' Guild


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Gnome mage Abigail Ax'l left her life as a detective behind to finally avenge her father. Then she meets a thief. And an assassin...

Abigail Ax'l is a strong, smart woman, who wants nothing more than to find her sister, avenge her father's death, and then possibly lay low for a while.

But when dragons are said to be wreaking havoc on a human town, the values-drive, headstrong heroine cannot help but try to face her fate head-on and deduce what is behind the attacks. When the locals are not as keen to have a gnome mage on the case, though, Abigail's trail quickly takes a darker (but more exciting turn) as she takes finding the dragon(s) into her own hands.

Dragon Slayers' Guild is a refreshing sword/sorcery tale that truly kept me on the edge of my seat. Brink's work rises to meet the highest (and harshest) fantasy expectations set by the classics, but also breathes a new life into epic fantasy for a new generation of readers.

I appreciated how Abigail, the main character, is both a minority and an underdog, but she doesn't let the status her birth granted her determine her future. She rises to meet adversity head-on, but does so in a wise, open-minded way.

Abigail and Selene (one of two other characters who share an occasional point of view in the book) are both written as strong, competent women, but not to the point of being over-powered, arrogant, or broken. This strength by no means implies that they are perfect, as each of them carries their own shadows and demons, but Brink has woven what it truly means to be human into all three of the 'outcast' main characters. They may be outcasts, but they live perhaps some of the fullest lives, with purpose (even if flawed).

While Dragon Slayers' Guild holds some classic epic fantasy challenges, it also works in real-life morals and struggles. Reading Dragon Slayer's Guild provided an escape into a rich, beautiful world and high-stakes story. It also shone a light on how, while enemies may not be dragons, the way we treat others and our ability to stand up for others is key to truly living a full life, even if we think our own voice/imprint on this world is too small to count.

I can completely see Dragon Slayer's Guild as growing into a fantastic series. I'm only sad that I'm going to have to wait to read more.

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I am a USA Today Bestselling author and developmental editor with 10+ years of experience. I am a huge fan of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, J.R.R. Tolkien, Clare B. Dunkle, and Timothy Zahn. I also enjoy indie works by Nicole Wells, Andrei Saygo, and Luke Courtney.

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If taking a college fencing class, eating from the trash can, and smelling like an animal were qualifications for becoming a sword-swinging barbarian, J. D. Brink might be Conan’s protégé. Instead, he joined the Navy… twice. Today he roots through the familiar dumpsters of his native Ohio. view profile

Published on March 31, 2023

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110000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Epic Fantasy

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