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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

enemies on all sides - The Dragon Songs Saga by JC Kang

The Dragon Songs quadrology follows the story of Princess Kaiya, who starts as awkward 16-year-old and rediscovers the lost art of channeling magic through music. - author


Prelude to Insurrection
A Legends of Tivara Story

Only an orphan half-elf spy can avert a rebellion before it starts.

Jie’s superior senses have made her the perfect lookout. Now, as the adopted daughter of the Black Lotus Clanmaster, she wants to prove her pointed ears aren’t a liability when she’s tasked to infiltrate a rebel lord’s castle.

In this prequel to Songs of Insurrection, Jie must decide between her duty to the emperor and her sense of compassion toward the downtrodden. No matter her choice, it will have explosive consequences for her, the realm, and the upcoming war.

"I really enjoyed this glimpse of Jie in the early days of her Black Lotus career. [...]
This short story has intrigue, suspense, action and compassion and you are left wanting more of both the characters and the story." - Rabid, Goodreads

Songs of Insurrection

Only the lost magic of Dragon Songs can save the realm. Only a naïve girl with the perfect voice can rediscover it.

Blessed with an unrivaled voice, Kaiya dreams of a time when music could summon typhoons and rout armies. Maybe then, the imperial court would see the awkward, gangly princess as more than a singing fool.

When members of the emperor’s elite spy clan uncover a brewing insurrection, the court hopes to appease the ringleader by offering Kaiya as a bride. 

Obediently wedding the depraved rebel lord means giving up her music. Confronting him with the growing power of her voice could kill her.

"All in all, this is a book that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Highly recommended for all fantasy fans and for everyone else looking for a riveting read, for a tale of brave adventure spiced with dragons and magic music." - Hibab, Goodreads

Orchestra of Treacheries

The mightiest dragon threatens the world, and only the power of a Dragon Song can vanquish him.

Two years have passed since Kaiya rediscovered the lost magic of Dragon Songs, yet the power of her voice is untrained. Potential suitors see her as a stepping stone. One ruthless cousin would rather step on her gravestone. 

Not one to get walked over or buried, Kaiya is holding out for the exiled foreign prince who inspired her to sing. The only one who appreciates her abilities more is the world’s last dragon, Avarax, and it’s not because he enjoys a good song. 

Raw and unproven, she finds mentors in unlikely places. An elf courtier. An ancient healer. A martial arts master. And an evil sorcerer. She’ll need their guidance to survive the final showdown between a girl finding her voice, and a dragon who has no intention of being fooled a second time. 

"The language used in this book is flowery – in a really good way. Such beautiful descriptions, you can almost smell the gardens, see the blossom, and partake of the ceremonies right along with the characters. [...] I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book. I thoroughly resented having to put it down each evening when sleep became essential." - Deborah, Goodreads

Dances of Deception

An invincible empire threatens to invade Cathay, and only a Dragon Song can ensure peace.

After vanquishing the Last Dragon with the power of her voice, all Kaiya wants is a quiet life of anonymity. Instead, the Emperor sends her to negotiate peace with the aggressive Teleri Empire.

The critical mission reunites her with her childhood friend Tian, now an assassin-spy who loathes killing. He is no longer the adorable, gullible boy from her memories, any more than she is the adventurous, sweet girl from his. Instead of rekindling nostalgia for a youthful innocence they both yearn for, their reunion ignites a mutual hatred.

When the Teleri Empire breaks off talks, Tian must help Kaiya escape. Orcs, Ogres, and enemy soldiers stand between them and home, and their volatile relationship could get them captured… or killed.

" I loved this story, it contained more personal growth, loss, atrocity, romance and adventure than in the the first two books; the plots and intrigue are still masterfully interweaved throughout but are a bit less prominent than previously. [...] This series captivates the imagination and leaves you dying to read the next book." - Rabid, Goodreads

Symphony of Fates

Kaiya escapes her ordeal at the hands of the Teleri Emperor, only to return to a homeland beset by enemies on all sides, and crumbling from within.

As a teenager, she quelled a rebellion with the Dragon Scale Lute. As a young adult, she vanquished a dragon with the power of her voice.

Now, robbed of her magic by grief, Kaiya must navigate a web of court intrigue to save the realm before it falls. Only she can lay claim to the Dragon Throne on behalf of her unborn sons—whether the father is the lover who perished rescuing her, or the hated enemy who killed him.

In the final story in Kaiya’s saga, she must rally a nation, repel invaders, and prove to the world why her family alone holds the Mandate of Heaven.

"The unraveling of the various plots, subplots, and intrigues is very well done, often surprising and culminates in a satisfying ending. It was great to have all the schemes, betrayals and secrets of this epic fantasy unraveled at last. " - Rabid, Goodreads

About the author:
JC Kang's unhealthy obsession with Fantasy and Sci-Fi began at an early age when his brother introduced him to The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, Star Trek and Star Wars. As an adult, he combines his geek roots with his professional experiences as a Chinese Medicine doctor, martial arts instructor and technical writer to pen epic fantasy stories.

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Unknown said...

These look fabulous and I'm in the mood to start a new series.

Rita Wray said...

I like the Symphony of Fates cover the best.

Jan Lee said...

I do like the covers with both dragons on them. My favorite is the Symphony of Fates with the full view of both:)