The Dragon Tempest

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The Dragon Tempest

Excerpt from Alison D. Reid, author of Journey to Aviad:

“Birth of the Necromancer: A Midwife’s Tale”

I’ve no need to say how surprised I was to find that Brynn was the lady I came for, and she was surprised to see me too. She was both comforted that I was there, and filled with shame that I should see her livin’ such a life. But I was there to help, and I could sense from the moment I looked at her that this was goin’ to be a bad birth. She was in far too much pain to be so early on, and she were pale and sickly on top o’ it. In between the bursts of pain, she told me the sad tale o’ how the wicked Alazoth had come to their door in a storm, beggin’ shelter. And they, not knowin’ who he was, let him in for the night. He was terrifyin’ to behold with his dark staff and antlered helm, for he can put ye in a panic just by looking at ye, or so they say. But not many that ever looked upon him lived to tell about it later. She was one of the few, and he let her live only well enough to suit his own purpose.

She said his roving eye watched her all durin’ the night, and she was greatly scared o’ what might happen to her. And in the morn’ when he rose up, he told her father he were takin’ her to wed. No askin’, just takin’! Old fool, what could he do? He could barely walk his way across the floor—old enough to be Brynn’s grandfather he was, and by then her Ma was dead. The sickness got her one winter, so Brynn told me, and there was no doctor nearby to help. But that’s the way o’ it out there in the wilds—healthy one day, and dead the next, with no one to mourn over ye but the one who has to dig the grave. I was glad enough to leave that life. But to get back to what I was sayin’, Brynn was taken from her father and brought to this place, and though Alazoth vowed to wed her to her father’s face, he didn’t give her even that much honor. Just kept her locked away, and forced her to bear his demon child. Such a waste o’ a beautiful life!


Allison D. Reid was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her love for medieval fantasy was sparked by the Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis, which fed both her imagination and her spiritual development. When at the age of thirteen her family moved to Germany, her passion for medieval history and legend only increased, and she found herself captivated by the ancient towns and castles of Europe.

Allison returned to the United States to study art and writing at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She earned her B.A. under the tutelage of the well-renowned and prolific writer Andrew Salkey, a student of her other great inspiration, and the father of fantasy, J. R. R. Tolkien. After graduating from Hampshire College, Allison moved to Connecticut. There she got the opportunity to attend seminary and further explore her faith before returning to her home state of Ohio.

Allison now lives in the Miami Valley area with her husband and children. She continues to work on her first published series while taking care of her family, editing for other independent writers, and managing a home business.

Purchasing Links: (All books) (Journey to Aviad) (Journey to Aviad) (The Magical Muse) (The Dragon Tempest)

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