If the king sends you off alone to kill a dragon… you may not be well-liked.
We’re excited to share the cover for Dragonslayer, the first book in a fast-moving adventure trilogy by Duncan M. Hamilton and the author’s first traditionally-published novel after a string of self-published successes.
Disgraced former knight Guillot dal Villevauvais spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and child. He’s astonished—and wary—when the he is ordered to find and destroy a creature that was hunted to extinction centuries ago: a dragon.
Joined on his journey by Solène, a young barmaid (and likely a mage in a land where magic is forbidden), the unlikely pair might be the only two who can complete the mission at hand. And with Gill’s rusty swordsmanship and Solène’s unstable magic, what could go wrong?
Dragonslayer publishes July 2019 from Tor Books. In the tradition of beloved adventure fantasy like The Wheel of Time and Lord of the Rings, it is a dangerous tale of lost magics, unlikely heroes, and reawakened dragons (lots of dragons).
Once a member of the King’s personal guard, Guillot dal Villevauvais spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and child. He’s astonished—and wary—when the Prince Bishop orders him to find and destroy a dragon. He and the Prince Bishop have never exactly been friends and Gill left the capital in disgrace five years ago. So why him? And, more importantly, how is there a dragon to fight when the beasts were hunted to extinction centuries ago by the ancient Chevaliers of the Silver Circle?
On the way to the capitol city, Gill rescues Solène, a young barmaid, who is about to be burned as a mage. He believes her innocent…but she soon proves that she has plenty of raw, untrained power, a problem in this land, where magic is forbidden. Yet the Prince Bishop believes magic will be the key to both destroying the dragon and replacing the young, untried King he pretends to serve with a more pliable figurehead.
Between Gill’s rusty swordsmanship and Solène’s unstable magic, what could go wrong?
Duncan M. Hamilton holds Master’s Degrees in History and Law, and has practiced as a barrister. He lives in Ireland, near the sea. Hamilton’s debut novel, The Tattered Banner, first of the Society of the Sword trilogy, was named one of BuzzFeed’s 12 Greatest Fantasy Books Of The Year in 2013. That book was followed by The Huntsman’s Amulet and The Telastrian Song, and by Wolf of the North, a Norse-inspired fantasy trilogy.