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The House of Dragon Blood


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A sheltered princess and a young mercenary must put aside their differences in order to fulfill a magical prophecy and save the kingdom.

In The House of Dragon Blood, Princess Cateline of Axulran never imagined that one day she would find herself washed up on a strange shore in a raging storm. What’s more, never would she have imagined that she herself was an untrained – yet potentially, incredibly powerful – mage.  Cateline is the daughter of King Airen – the cruel, tyrant king of Axulran who seeks power over the entire world. After finding herself inexplicably whisked away to Lighthelm, an academy for amateur mages of all races, she meets Varin. 

For Varin, Axulran is his most loathsome enemy because his homeland was attacked by King Airen’s forces, leaving his family broken, and his heart and mind even more shattered. One raised in sequestered luxury, the other a reluctant mercenary-for-hire just to put food on the table, both will have to put aside their differences and perceived loathing for each other in order to fulfill a powerful magical prophecy and save their lands and peoples from utter destruction.

The House of Dragon Blood was brilliantly imagined. I read a lot of epic fantasy, and it reminded me a lot of books like Terry Brooks’ Shannara saga. Varin and Cateline sucked me in right away in their alternating points-of-view, and I found myself wholeheartedly rooting for them (and shipping them!) as the story continued to unfold. There were so many different kinds of characters in FaJohn’s imagined world, and with them, so many different kinds of evil. Magical evil. Political evil. Personal evil. One theme that seemed to jump out to me was that if we want to truly fight against all these evils, human evil usually being the worst of them all, then it usually means we have to put aside our instinctual prejudices and contempt for others who may come from a different background or even from a place that we’ve been conditioned to suspect the worst of.  In fact, trust should never just blindly be given just because someone seems outwardly innocent at first glance or because they have a particular name or come from a particular place. Trust is earned based on how you are treated by the other person. It’s also quite instinctual, and usually when something is amiss you can feel it. Through Cateline, in particular, the book takes readers on an introspective journey to learn how to protect ourselves from ill influences and intentions, but also recognize allies when they are revealed to us.  

The House of Dragon Blood is a powerful new force in the fantasy genre, and I am hoping beyond hope that there will only be more to come! Varin’s and Cateline’s trials seem to only have just gotten started, and I can’t wait to see where their fight takes them next.  

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Megan has been an avid reader and writer since she was little. A paralegal by day, Megan obtained dual bachelor's degrees in Creative Writing and English, as well as a Master's in Public History. She has several fiction and non-fiction publications of her own. She loves dogs, books...and naps!

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B.C. FaJohn is an independent fantasy author. When she is not creating fantastical, magical worlds and characters, she spends her days recruiting people in the tech industry. view profile

Published on August 15, 2022

140000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Epic Fantasy

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