From fantasy author Josh VanBrakle comes an epic new trilogy of friendship, betrayal, and explosive magic. Lefthanded teenager Iren Saitosan must uncover a forgotten history, confront monsters inspired by Japanese mythology, and master a serpentine dragon imprisoned inside a katana to stop a revenge one thousand years in the making.
Lodian history declares lefthanded people chaotic, dangerous, and devil-spawned, but Iren, the kingdom's only known Left, thinks that's an exaggeration. Sure, he loves pranking the residents of Haldessa Castle, but that's harmless fun to get a little attention.
When one of his stunts nearly kills Lodia's charismatic heir to the throne, Amroth Angustion, however, Iren confronts a no-win choice. To avoid execution, he must join a covert team and assassinate a bandit lord. The mission is suicidal, and Iren's chances aren't helped when he learns that his new katana contains a dragon's spirit, one with a magic so powerful it can sink continents and transform Iren into a raging beast.
Adding to Iren's problems, someone on the assassination team is plotting treason. When a former ally launches a brutal plan to avenge the Lefts, Iren finds himself trapped between competing loyalties. He has to figure out who – and how – to trust, and the fates of two nations will depend on his choice.
"A fast-paced adventure...led by a compelling cast of characters. Josh VanBrakle keeps the mysteries going." - ForeWord Reviews
"VanBrakle is clearly an honor student of the fantasy genre...The many twists and turns of the plot will make it easy for [readers] to fall deep into the world of the Dragoon Saga." - Kirkus Reviews
2013 ForeWord Reviews Fantasy Book of the Year Award Finalist