Book Seven in the Zaria Fierce Series
Summary in a Nut-Shell: Christoffer Johansen never expected to be anything more than a sidekick in his friends’ confrontations with dragons. That will soon change.
New and strange occurrences are afoot in Norway, and a once enemy returns seeking aid. It’s up to Christoffer and his friends – magical and human alike – to get to the source and stop it. First though, they must fulfill Queen Helena’s quest to restore the Drakeland Sword. It’s a difficult task that involves a witch, a raven, a brownie, and a dwarf. Can they complete their task before things get worse and evil wins?
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Gazing about at the city around him, Christoffer’s attention arrested at the unwelcome sight of a tall lanky figure standing at the far end of the bridge.
“Oh come on now,” he whined. “I don’t want to be kidnapped again. I got plans this weekend. Good plans. Great plans even.”
Olaf cocked his head inquisitively, raising his webbed hands in supplication. “Olaf be not kidnapping you. I be asking for your help.”
Suspicious, Christoffer asked, “Why are you asking me and not Zaria?”
Olaf scowled. “I be not bothering her with me troubles just yet. I be needing another pair of eyes. You be doing the job nicely.”
“Gee, thanks,” said Christoffer. “You know, I really have to get to school, and I got this thing after with my baby sisters. What about Queen Helena?”
“She be still recovering from the last dragon. She not be needing more worries.”
“Queen Helena’s still recovering? Zaria didn’t mention this,” Christoffer said, concerned. “How is she watching over the dragons?”
“She be not watching. She be with me in my river, away from the wretched things,” Olaf said.
“But the Under Realm,” protested Christoffer. “It needs to be protected.”
Olaf waved his hands. “It be protected. King Hector be guarding it.”
“No offense, but Hector’s a tree,” said Christoffer. “I get how he and the Golden Kings keep the dragons from escaping through the barrier, but Fritjof was able to breach them. Who’s to say another dragon can’t do the same?”
“Look, boy,” Olaf growled, causing the hairs to rise on the back of Christoffer’s neck. “It be not for you to decide. Queen Helena be very weak and she needing to be free of their presence for a time. Somebody need be protecting her like she always be protecting us.”
“Okay, okay, fine,” said Christoffer, giving in. “But I think you should tell this to Zaria. She should know how her mum’s doing.”
“Olaf not be asking her for help unless it be absolutely necessary. Her mother not be wanting her involved until there be no other options. Come with me. I must show you this.”
He canted his head. “I thought Helena didn’t know?”
“She not be, but Queen Helena still be wanting Zaria away from the dragons. She wants her to be a normal girl for as long as possible.”
“I think that ship has sailed,” said Christoffer, wryly.
“It be not for us to decide,” said Olaf, waving his webbed hands vaguely. He half-turned and beckoned, “Come.”
“Oh, all right, I’m coming,” said Christoffer, shrugging his backpack high on his shoulder again. “Let’s go.”
He shook his head at his own folly as he accepted Olaf’s outstretched hand. The cool feeling of scales met his warm palm in a disconcerting fashion. Christoffer tried not to grimace as he clambered onto the top of the metal scrollwork railing.
The languid water flowed by in a constant, soft burble as it lapped against the rocky embankment. Looking down at their wavering reflections, he thought, this was not something he ever expected he’d willingly be doing, not even in a million years.
“We be jumping on three,” said Olaf, twitching his long, thin fingers.
The water churned, at first sluggishly, and then faster and faster until a whirlpool frothed and foamed. The scene reminded him of another whirlpool and another time four years ago.
E-book ISBN-13: 978-1-942750-13-0
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-942750-14-7