Dragon Charmer (3rd Person Version)
This is the second book of a multicultural epic fantasy, which follows The Dragon Scale Lute:
Princess Kaiya has a voice that could charm a dragon, but her homeland's ambitious lords consider her little more than a singing fool. With the Jade Throne of Cathay at stake, her status as the last unmarried child of the ailing emperor overshadows her musical talent.
Potential suitors see her as a stepping stone. One ruthless cousin would rather step on her gravestone. Not one to get walked over or buried, Kaiya is holding out for the exiled foreign prince who first inspired her to sing.
Conspiracies eat away at the empire from the inside, while aggressive neighbors wait to consume what's left. With her brothers unwilling or incapable of leading, Kaiya faces tasks worthy of an imperial princess: defuse escalating conflicts between rival lords. Negotiate peace with foreign powers. Beguile a dragon.
The magic of her voice is raw and unproven, but Kaiya finds mentors in unlikely places. An elf courtier. An ancient healer. A martial arts master. And an evil sorcerer. She'll need their guidance to survive the final showdown with a dragon who has no intentions of being tricked twice.
Dragon Charmer combines the political intrigue of Game of Thrones, the magic diversity of The Last Airbender, the epic fantasy setting of Middle Earth and the cross-cultural conflicts of Civilization.
Main character, from the yet-to-be revealed cover:
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cover by Cha Cha