- Publisher: Split Rock Books
- Available in: Kindle mobi, epub, paperback
- ISBN: 978-1-941334-12-6
- Published: March 2, 2016
Sovara listens for any threat to the dragons, the life force of the land. While posing as a maid in the governor’s palace, she overhears foreigners plotting to raid a dragon’s gate. They’re heading to the gate closest to the village where she was born, a place she left decades before.
She rallies her fellow Defenders to block the invaders, but only a few members of this small secret society of swordsmen set out for the provinces — Sovara, her least-amiable brother-in-arms, and one green apprentice — a scouting party to battle a merchant army.
This short story is a prequel to Dragonsfall, a trilogy set in the final years of Anamat. It’s free to download and read, and the ebook includes the first chapter of The Defenders’ Apprentice.