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The Summer Dragon

Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she anticipates a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents.  Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon—one of the rare and mythical High Dragons—makes an appearance in her quiet valley. Political factions vie for control of the implied message, threatening her aspirations, her aerie, her entire way of life.

The bond between dragons and their riders is deep and life-long, and Maia’s desire for a dragon of her own to train, ride, fly, and love drives her to take a risk that puts her life at stake. She is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors, thralls of the enemy, and a faceless creature drawn from her fear. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she exposes a conspiracy, unearths an ancient civilization, and challenges her understanding of her world—and of herself.

The debut novel from acclaimed illustrator Todd Lockwood, The Summer Dragon is the first installment in a new epic fantasy series—available May 3rd from DAW Books. Read an excerpt below, and be sure to check out a special preview of Lockwood’s interior illustrations!

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Preview Art from Todd Lockwood’s Upcoming Novel, The Summer Dragon!

You may recognize my name from my illustrations for book covers or role-playing games or collectible card games. I’ve been painting scenes of the fantastic professionally for nearly thirty years.

So, you say, you’re a writer now too?

The truth is that I learned to draw by telling myself stories in comic book form. I grew up writing and drawing, drawing and writing. Art gained the momentum when it started paying my bills, but the other muse always whispered to me. A good illustration has a story behind it. It’s never a static thing. Storytelling was always at the heart of everything I created. And I never stopped writing, either.

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