All her life, Lisbet's red hair has held her back. Unlucky red hair was enough to keep any man from wanting to marry her. Now it's enough to make the people in the next village try to throw her to a dragon. But Lisbet isn't about to go without a fight--and she may just learn something about herself and her heritage along the way. Including that she had a relative she neverAll her life, Lisbet's red hair has held her back. Unlucky red hair was enough to keep any man from wanting to marry her. Now it's enough to make the people in the next village try to throw her to a dragon. But Lisbet isn't about to go without a fight--and she may just learn something about herself and her heritage along the way. Including that she had a relative she never knew about.14,000 + words - Fantasy - dragonsExcerpt:"Send her out," he repeated. "I won't say it again."And now I heard a worse sound: a crackling, burning sound. "We'll burn your barn first, with your livestock in it. Then you. This is your last warning."I looked at my parents in despair, tears filling my eyes. I turned to my mother and pulled her tightly into my arms, hugging her hard, breathing in the comforting smell of home and safety and her baking. I turned to my father, and his arms closed around me. I hugged his hard, muscular body just as tightly, trying to swallow back my tears. But they were falling anyway."I love you," I said to them.Father nodded, in a daze. "We love you, too," said Mother. "Thank you for being such good parents," I said softly. And then I opened the door.There stood the men in the warm sun, waiting for me, like they hadn't even had a doubt I'd come. One of the brothers held a burning torch. His expression looked guilty. None of them seemed happy, except the bossy one, the eldest, whose face held a grim satisfaction."Well," I said. "Here I am. Where's th--the dragon."The brother holding the fire--I recognized him now, the second one who'd come for me yesterday. He dropped the torch and stomped it out in the dirt. Chickens clucked disapprovingly, hurrying further away at the sight."Old man," he said, sounding guilty. "Give me the sword for her. Just in case."I could have blessed him. I could have wept in front of them. I could have cursed and kicked his shins."And leave them without protection, if I die?" I asked coldly. I was playing for time, though there was nothing to do with it, even if I received time.The bearded man gave me a slow, surprised look, and blinked. "We'll bring it back to them, if..." He couldn't finish the sentence, and turned away so he didn't have to look at me.He moved to the house to get it, and Father handed it right over. They didn't make a sound, Mother or Father. But I felt their eyes on us, on me. I stood as tall as I could, because this was one time I wasn't ashamed of being tall. I wanted them to look at me, to see the woman they were almost certainly condemning to death--to see me as a real person, and be ashamed of themselves. I wanted the image of my face burned into their memories, to torment them in their sleep, to follow them to their old age, to shame them until the day each died. I stood there and looked at them one by one."Now tie them up," said Bossy, waving a hand toward my parents. "I don't want any heroics."...
|Title||:||The Sword, the Dragon, and the Lie|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||48 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Sword, the Dragon, and the Lie Reviews
I love dragons. I was hooked from the third paragraph. This book is everything I expected it would be from a traditional fantasy tale: heroes, heroines, supportive family, evil villagers and a dragon. This is a solid story resulting from JA Konrath's 8-Hour Book Challenge. It has a strong beginning, good pacing and a plot that is resolved. Enjoyable.Given that, I found the ending flat. With such strong emphasis on family, I expected more concern at the end. I understand the heroine's abrupt action as a reaction of upbringing, but the sudden, casual dismissal of family (parents) is disheartening. That lack of concern did not ring true to the rest of her character. Disappointing.That ending is why I give this book 4-stars not 5.The story offers the possibility for a continued series, yet it works as a stand-alone story. Either way, a satisfying read overall.