A wide-nostrilled black snout. Two bulbous eyes, shining white underneath a thick ridged brow. An opaque frill of leathery skin framing the face. Hints of purple light glinting on black scales. A long body, supported on four stumpy legs with widespread toes, and claws as long as a man’s fingers. A thickened tail, almost as long as the body, dragging on the ground.
Tilda saw it all in a split second, and whimpered, “Dragon!”
In Book 4 of the Chronicles of Issraya, Tilda, Mage of Merjan, is exiled to her own region and blocked from using her Power as punishment for her bone shattering actions in Kradlock. While some of the other Mages deal with unusual crop destruction by the dragons of Nargan, Tilda is escorted by a Mage-appointed steward to one Academy after another to gain a working knowledge of the people of Issraya.
Resentful of her harsh treatment by the other Mages, Tilda secretly travels to Nargan and is attacked by a dragon. Rurik, a mysterious healer finds her and tends to the ragged wounds from the dragon's claws. Tilda unwittingly becomes involved with the marauding dragons and the source responsible for their destructive tendencies.
Without the use of her Power, Tilda has to remember what she’s learned about magic and prays that she can find a source to draw upon that helps save Nargan from the dragons.