The Dragons Who Inspired Me | written by Dianna Gunn
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Dragons are probably the most ubiquitous creatures of the fantasy genre, and before the invention of what we consider fantasy today they were found in mythologies all over the world. From the scaled, winged beasts of western mythology to the snake-like wyrms of eastern myths, humans have long been fascinated with the idea of dragons.
I love all kinds of dragons, but there’s a certain type of dragon I’ve always been drawn to. They aren’t marked by a specific shape. Rather, they’re marked by personality. They can be vicious, but they’re also fiercely loyal and they make the truest friends. They connect with lonely, lost souls and show them the power of connection.
These dragons have many names. Falcor from Neverending Story. Haku from Spirited Away. Toothless from How to Tame a Dragon (actually, most of the dragons in that series qualify). Spyro from… Spyro.
I love these dragons because although on the surface they may appear to be monsters, under the claws and teeth they are genuinely kind beings. They remind us that appearances can be deceiving, that sometimes kindness comes from the most unlikely of sources.
In Moonshadow’s Guardian, this dragon’s name is Rolf. He has the biggest heart of any character I’ve ever written, and he is the best friend Riana’s ever had. He is a source of comfort and joy when the world is bleak and bitter.
I hope you will enjoy spending time with Rolf as much as I have.
In April 2017, Dianna’s first book, Keeper of the Dawn, was published through Book Smugglers Publishing. Her second novel, Moonshadow’s Guardian, came out in November 2018.
Synopsis: All Riana has ever wanted is freedom. Unfortunately, that’s the one thing her kind cannot have.
Bound by the curse in her demonic blood for millennia, Riana has tried several times to bend the rules and live out her life in the mortal realm. Now her consistent rule breaking has drawn the attention of Loki, God of Mischief, the main tormentor of Riana’s kind. But instead of punishing her, he offers her the escape she has always desired. All she has to do to is save the kingdom of Moonshadow from a mysterious magical plague.
Armed only with the inherent power of her own blood and Loki’s pet dragon, Riana is determined to fight for the right to create her own destiny.
However, when her mission forces her to destroy the last remnants of an ancient culture, Riana must ask – what is freedom really worth?
Moonshadow’s Guardian is a tale about the meaning of belonging, and the struggle to create a future not defined by your past.