Andrea L. Staum is author of 'Blood of the Sire', first in the series that focuses on the Dragonchild Lore. She lives in south-central Wisconsin with her wonderful husband and two cats.
In Blood of the Sire, the first book of lore, the origin of the Dragonchild and her link to the four elemental Guardians of the fishing village Kalahtaya is revealed. As Kitra gathers the autumn offering she never expected her village would soon be overtaken or that the granddaughter she has disowned would be the catalyst of war.
“And the sooner begun, the sooner ended,” Wylyn grated from behind her. He put a hand on the small of her back and pushed her forward.
Kitra’s voice caught in the back of her throat as she stepped forward. Her feet felt like net weights were tied to them and she found it harder to take each step. Finally she stood beside her granddaughter at the entrance to the rajah’s palace. The carvings of the door were not runes, as they had appeared from a distance, but an intricately engraved battle scene not of human armies fighting one another; instead an army of imps fought great beasts and dragons while a demon smiled down on the battle.
The demon made the hairs on Kitra’s arms stand up and she could not look upon it long. She could not bring herself to reach for the bronzed handle and waited for Marlea to step inside followed by Joseph. With one final look over her shoulder at the Guardians she stepped in.