Hello, dragon fans. This is a special post that at first glance has nothing to do with the Erth Dragons series, but read on and you’ll discover why I’ve written it.
Today sees the UK publication of A Crown of Dragons, the final book of my UNICORNE Files series, pictured below. If you’re not familiar with the ‘UFiles’ but you like my books, I suggest you seek them out, because they have a strong dragon theme running through them. The books focus on a young boy called Michael Malone, who has the power to alter reality. That’s a pretty big ‘power’ to have. But where does this ability come from? Well, that’s a question that is put to Michael right at the beginning of A Crown of Dragons. The answer isn’t revealed to him for another hundred pages or so, though it’s pretty obvious from the very first chapter that it’s all to do with dragons – or a very small part of them.
The arc of the three books revolves around the mysterious disappearance of Thomas Malone, Michael’s father, who was sent to New Mexico by UNICORNE (an organisation that probe paranormal mysteries) to investigate the alleged discovery of a ‘dragon scale’. Thomas manages to return with the scale, but his close contact with it has a profound effect on him. He not only begins to exhibit powers similar to those we eventually see in Michael, he also has ‘flashbacks’ or memories of dragons on Earth. Over time, he becomes so obsessed by these encounters that he starts to believe he once lived in an age when dragons roamed the planet. In an effort to keep Thomas sane and under control, UNICORNE use a deep hypnosis technique called ‘past-life regression’ to allow Thomas to open his mind and ‘remember’ his experience with the dragons. This leads to a dramatic moment when Thomas not only appears to recall an encounter with the creatures, but suddenly develops scales along one arm and speaks the words that form the title of this post: Galan aug scieth…
Now, anyone who’s read The Wearle will know that this is the phrase that is imprinted on Ren Whitehair’s mind when he first encounters a dying female dragon. The words are dragontongue. In English they mean, ‘I am you and you are me’ or ‘I am become you’.
So we have the same phrase cropping up in two books but in different series. Intrigued? If you’re into dragons, you should be! Basically, the reason I’ve linked the two series is because they both explore the mythology of dragons from different viewpoints. In the Erth Dragons series the reader is right there with Ren, experiencing dragon culture first hand. The UFiles looks at the lasting impact dragons might have had on the human race over time.
A favourite editor once said to me, ‘dragons are wired into the human consciousness’. What she meant was lots of people have an inexplicable fascination for the creatures. But no one really knows why. It’s an interesting point. I love the idea of dragons and so do millions of other people around the world. Yet no one to my knowledge has ever seen one of these ‘monsters’ that can allegedly fly and breathe fire and is covered in hard scales. Why is that? Could it be that, like Thomas Malone, some of us are carrying distant memories of the creatures? Memories that dragons themselves might have wanted to eradicate for some reason? And what if their legacy went beyond memories? What if dragon DNA had somehow become cross-contaminated with human DNA – from a bite, perhaps? What would that mean for the human race? We know what it means for Ren in The Wearle. If you want to know what it might mean for Michael in A Crown of Dragons, then read the books and form your own opinion. A Crown of Dragons and The Wearle are both available NOW. And remember, they’re just stories – or are they…?