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Dragonfall Mountain: The Warlock's Child Book Two

Dragonfall Mountain: The Warlock's Child Book Two

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Dragonfall Mountain: The Warlock's Child Book Two

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A collaboration by Paul Collins and Sean McMullen, two of Australia’s most popular fantasy authors. The Warlock’s Child weaves a new and exciting brand of magic.
The Invincible has been attacked, and all seems lost. Dantar’s only escape from his enemies is through the foul-smelling sewers of Savaria. Velza’s plans to save him are soon thwarted by three enormous dragons threatening to set fire to the city. Can Dantar and Velza deliver the city from danger?

18 мая 2016 г.

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Paul Collins has written over 130 books and 140 short stories. He is best known for The Quentaris Chronicles, which he co-edits with Michael Pryor, The Jelindel Chronicles, The Earthborn Wars and The World of Grrym trilogy in collaboration with Danny Willis.Paul’s latest picture book is The Glasshouse, illustrated by Jo Thompson. Espionage space thriller, The Only Game in the Galaxy, the final exhilarating instalment of his YA series, The Maximus Black Files, was released in September 2013. Most recently he and Sean McMullen co-wrote the action-packed fantasy series, Warlock’s Child.Paul has been short-listed for many awards and won the Aurealis, William Atheling and the inaugural Peter McNamara awards. He has had two Notable Books in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards.

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Dragonfall Mountain - Paul Collins

Dragonfall Mountain

Paul Collins is the author of 140 books, including fantasy series The Jelindel Chronicles, The Quentaris Chronicles and The World of  Grrym (in collaboration with Danny Willis).

Sean  McMullen  is the  author  of  over a hundred fantasy and science fiction novels and stories, including  Souls  in the Great Machine and Voyage of  the Shadowmoon. He was runner up for the Hugo Award in 2011.

 Also by Paul Collins

The Jelindel Chronicles

The Quentaris Chronicles

The World of  Grrym (with Danny Willis)

The Earthborn Wars

The Maximus Black Files

Also by Sean McMullen

Before the Storm 

Changing Yesterday 

The Ancient Hero

Souls in the Great Machine

Glass Dragons

Voyage of  the Shadowmoon


Paul Collins and Sean McMullen

 First  published by Ford  Street Publishing, an imprint of

Hybrid Publishers, PO Box 52, Ormond VIC 3204

Melbourne Victoria Australia hybridpublishers.com.au

This publication is copyright. Apart  from  any  use

as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968,  no part  may be reproduced by any  process without 

prior written permission from  the publisher. Requests and  enquiries concerning reproduction 

should be addressed to Ford  Street Publishing Pty Ltd,  162 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford, Vic 3067,  

Australia. www.fordstreetpublishing.com

First  published 2015

National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entry

Creator:  Collins, Paul,  1954– author.

Title:   Dragonfall mountain / Paul Collins, Sean  McMullen.

eISBN:   978-1-925272-31-4

Series: Warlock’s  child: bk 2.

Target Audience: For primary school age.

Subjects: Fantasy fiction. Other  Creators/Contributors:

McMullen, Sean,  1948– author.

© Paul Collins  and  Sean  McMullen

© Cover  design: Grant Gittus

© Cover  illustration Marc McBride

Editor: Gemma  Dean-Furlong

 To Fran McKechnie, librarian extraordinaire
















The greatest naval battle in all of history looked trivial from a height of three miles, but for a dragon the height did not matter. Everything that humans did or built was insignificant.

Dravaud  had folded his wings back and was dropping like a stone. Far below, he sensed a dragon chick in distress, but had no clear view. The wind had dropped away to almost nothing, and the smoke from burning ships hung over the fighting. The ship holding the chick was nowhere to be seen.

The mind of the enormous creature sensed a faint call of  distress, something like the cry of a lost kitten. The chick was  helpless, trapped, probably in a cage on a sinking human ship. Young dragons were tricksters, adopting pet humans  or  starting  fires  that  humans  would blame on each other. This youngling was not yet clever enough to avoid human traps, however.

The day before, Dravaud had dropped from the sky and sprayed fire at a ship in the Dravinian fleet, declaring that Dravinia would win the war against Savaria.  Now the weaker Savarians  had gained  the upper hand. This was loss of  face, even humiliation, for any dragon. Best that nobody discovers my  shame,  whether dragon or human.  Best  to kill them all.

The dragon pulled out of his dive, yet finding a target was a problem. The young dragon was on one of the ships engulfed in smoke. Unexpectedly, the chick’s cry lost all its alarm – the danger was past. Perhaps it had flamed its way  out of  its cage. Too late, thought Dravaud, still furious. The humans  need to be taught a lesson.

Nearly half the Dravinian fleet had not yet joined in the fighting.  The dragon approached the reserve ships, skimming barely above mast height. Streamers of green flame lashed through the rigging of the warships and washed over the decks, killing everyone not under cover. Clouds of arrows, crossbow bolts and firepots smashed into his body, but he barely noticed. 

Three low swoops over the fleet left three dozen ships blazing. For the dragon, it was all too easy. Dravaud was destroying the losing side, and the Savarians  would take all the credit. Their ships were hidden by the smoke of the battle . . . but beyond the smoke, between the shore and the mountains, was Teliz, their capital city.

Why save the city for last? he thought. I shall destroy it next, then hunt down the Savarian ships as they attempt to flee.


Dantar  had taken the warship  Invincible  for granted until it sank. It was solid underfoot,

it provided meals, and he had a place to sleep. In a sense, it was like a village, except that it floated and visited villages in other kingdoms. Now it was gone, except for a few bits that broke off before it sank. Dantar was clinging to one of those bits.

The battle in which the warship had been sunk was still raging. Thick

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