Gate of Air
(Dragon Gods, #1)
Publication date: June 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Frayka must find and convince the dragon gods of the Far East to appease the gods of her Northland heritage. If she fails, her own Northlander gods will destroy all the mortals who once promised to worship them.
The Far East is a mysterious place of legend to Northlanders like Frayka. Only an old map can show her how to get there. Once she arrives, all of Frayka’s sensibilities put her in danger. And every dangerous turn delays her from finding the dragon gods whose help she so desperately needs.
Although Frayka looks like a Far Easterner, she is a powerful Northlander warrior who is quick to voice her thoughts. She is trained to fight and won’t hesitate to do so.
But everything about Frayka puts her in deadly peril in the Far East, where the laws are strict and the punishment cruel.
Especially when the one being punished is a woman.
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Resa Nelson is the author of the 4-book Dragonslayer series: The Dragonslayer’s Sword (nominated for the Nebula Award, finalist for the EPPIE Award), The Iron Maiden , The Stone of Darkness , and The Dragon's Egg . Her 4-book Dragonfly series takes place after the Dragonslayer series.
Her standalone novels include the mystery/thrillers All Of Us Were Sophie and Our Lady of the Absolute .
Resa has been selling short stories professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), and she is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop. Resa was the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years as well as a regular contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
"Top ten favorite book characters" by Resa Nelson
1. Lisbeth Salander (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books by Stieg Larsson and David Lagercrantz) – Lisbeth is currently my favorite character because she’s damaged but she draws strength and courage from everything that happens to her. Whenever she’s defeated, she comes back even stronger.
2. Meg Murry (A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle) – When I was growing up, books featuring girls as the main character were few and far between. I could identify with Meg every step of the way, especially when she felt like she had no way to fit it.
3. Jo March (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott) – I knew I wanted to be a writer by the time I was 8 years old, so when I later read Little Women I felt as if the book had been written for people like me. Although Jo is a much different type of character than Meg Murry, I identified with Jo just as much.
4. R. Daneel Olivaw (The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov) – I fell in love with robots because of Asimov’s short stories. But I’ve also been a lifelong fan of mysteries. What could be better than a robot detective?
5. Kivrin (Doomsday Book by Connie Willis) – I’m troubled by modern-day arrogance that assumes people who lived in past centuries were “less than” we are. College student Kivrin travels back to the Middle Ages as part of her required studies and learns far more than she planned.
6. Taran the Assistant Pig-keeper (The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander) – This 5-book series is one of my all-time favorites, because I’ve always longed for adventure just as much as Taran.
7. Winnie the Pooh (the Pooh books by A.A. Milne) – Pooh is one of my favorite characters because he – and his friends – are hilarious and charming.
8. Sherlock Holmes (novels and short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) – When I first began reading the Sherlock Holmes stories, I was enthralled because they seemed like magic. The more I read, the more I felt calmed and comforted by the idea of deductive reasoning and keen observation.
9. Myron Bolitar (Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben) – Myron is one of my favorite characters because he’s a man who reinvents himself. When a devastating injury ends his budding career as a professional athlete, Myron first becomes a sports agent and then an amateur detective.
10. Win Lockwood (Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben) – As Myron’s friend and sidekick, Win crosses lines that no one else can cross. He’s a dangerous sociopath with a heart of gold.
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