The first novel in Lawrence Watt-Evans' Obsidian Chronicles: Dragon Weather.
Arlian had lived his entire life on the Smoking Mountain - the stony ground, jagged peaks, and black glass were all he had ever known.
But then came dragon weather: Oppressive heat, dark and angry clouds...weather that lured the dragons from their caverns deep beneath the earth.
And the dragons came - monsters with no sympathy for humans; dragons who destroyed his entire village and everyone in it. Everyone, that is, except Arlian.
Orphaned and alone, Arlian is taken by looters and sold into slavery, sent to labor in the mines for the rest of his life - until a freak accident and an act of mercy sets him free.
Free to seek revenge on the looters, the slavers - and the dragons.
But in all of history, no one has ever slain a dragon. Can one obsessed young man change the world and do what no one has ever done before?