Title: The Black Mountain (DragonStar Duology #2)
Author: Kyra Dune
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy
Cover Art: Deron Douglas
Dagen and his companions have left the elven city of Rasha far behind as they continue on their way to the Black Mountain. And the future has never looked more bleak. All Dagen's questions have been answered except one. The most important one. And as he struggles to come to terms with his fate while trying to keep his friends from sharing it, that unanswered question burns bright in his mind. How can a fourteen year old boy, even one with the combined experience and magic of six past lives, ever hope to kill a god?
“This is ridiculous,” Marsida said. “Cassia, would you talk Dagen out of this madness? Please.”
“No,” she said. “I don’t like it and I don’t think he should do it. But it’s his choice. I can’t make it for him.”
Now everybody was staring at Dagen, waiting to see what he would do. It’s only water, he told himself. No harm ever came from drinking water. But it was more than just water and he couldn’t fool himself into thinking otherwise. Still, it was a chance and one he felt he had to take. He didn’t think he could make it all the way to the mountains if he had to contend with Badan inside his head on top of everything else.
Dagen took the stopper off and tipped the vial to his lips. A cold splash of water slid across his tongue and down his throat. There was no taste. For a moment he tensed inside with the uncertain expectation of what might happen next. When nothing happened he sighed and put the stopper back in.
“See. Nothing happened. I’m fine.” His hand was trembling when he returned the vial to Izet but he thought that was only from being worried over what the water might do to him.
Izet lowered the chain back around her neck. “Do you feel any different?”
“Not really. Except I’m colder than I was a minute ago. But I don’t see how that --” His words cut off in a strangled cry as a needle sharp cramp hit his stomach and a shaft of hot pain seared his throat.
“Dagen?” Cassia started toward him. “What’s wrong?”
But he couldn’t reply. He could barely even breath. It felt as if a thunderclap hit him right between the eyes and the world went black.
About The Author
Kyra Dune was born in Oklahoma, but spent most of her life travelling with her family. She is the author of more than a dozen fantasy novels, including: Shadow of the Dragon, Elfblood, and Firebrand. As a child, her favorite stories were those that told of ordinary children being whisked away to magical lands. She has yet to find her own secret wardrobe or rabbit hole, but she hasn’t given up the search. You never know what might be waiting over the next rainbow.