Astrid, The Dragonslayer’s Blacksmith – Resa Nelson
I have read The Dragonslayer Series and thoroughly enjoyed it and was excited to see Nelson had written a prequel to the series. This is a short novel, more of a novella, taking a couple hours at most to wiz through.
If you haven’t read her books then I encourage you to test the world out with this introduction. You will meet some of the most important characters of her series, as well as get a glimpse at the villains you will encounter in her tales.
If you enjoy tales of dragons and magic then I see no reason not to peek at this story. Nelson is an excellent storyteller and always leaves me highlighting my page with quotes that I file away.
In addition, she is a writer who does her research, any metal art fans will appreciate the time she took in her personal life to learn the craft of blacksmithing and the art of sword fighting. I feel I understand iron in ways I never would have before reading her books and know that what I am reading while is a fairytale, is based on facts when it comes to the trades.
Synopsis: Astrid constantly worries about her place in the village of Guell. She loves being the apprentice of Guell’s blacksmith, Temple. But Temple bought her from a childseller many years ago, which means Astrid has no blood kin in Guell. If anything should happen to Temple she’s likely to lose her home, her work, and her sweetheart, DiStephan, the dragonslayer’s son.
One day Astrid’s worst fear comes true when Temple and DiStephan fail to return from a short journey to a nearby village. A teenage boy named Finehurst arrives in Guell, claiming to be Temple’s nephew and rightful heir – and insisting that he saw Temple and DiStephan killed by a dragon. The villagers are divided in their opinion of Finehurst, but Astrid is soon thrown out of her own home, desperate to find a way to regain it. Before the dragonslayer goes in search of his missing son DiStephan and Astrid’s mentor Temple, he sets forth a challenge for Finehurst and Astrid to prove their blacksmithing skills by forging a dagger. Normally, Astrid would be confident, but the village’s iron supplies are so low that she doesn’t know how she can possibly make a dagger that can prove her worth.
Astrid, The Dragonslayer’s Blacksmith is an all new mini novel that takes place in Resa Nelson’s Dragonslayer world (the 4-book series includes The Dragonslayer’s Sword, The Iron Maiden, The Stone of Darkness, and The Dragon’s Egg). Appropriate for adults and teens, ages 14 and up.
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