In the Sword of Dragons series, which is a series one might assume involves a lot of dragons, they seem to be largely absent at first. They’re talked about in legends, and the titular Sword was constructed by them to end the greatest civil war that the Universe has ever seen.
Dragons are popular right now, or so I’ve been told and so my ads based on keyword searches has shown. Books about dragons are in demand. And I love dragons. So why did I write the first couple books of Sword of Dragons with so few dragons?
Honestly when I first started writing the series, that was not my intent, but as the story developed and I started from scratch in the late 2000’s, I knew exactly how I wanted to treat them.
They were to be mystical, legendary. People whispered about them, revered them as the exemplars of good and just in the Universe. There were once tens of thousands, and they roamed the worlds and realms, exploring, caring for others, and keeping the Universe in order.
And then a great cataclysm befell them, a cataclysm that started when one of their own fell to darkness…
Star Dragons and the Jedi Knights
The dragons once numbered in thousands, were powerful, and the epitome of good in the Universe. Perhaps the one and only people that were ‘pure good’ rather than gray. And then they were all but wiped out after one of their own fell and corrupted others, taking the extreme opposite of good. In a Universe where no object or power is actually inherently good or evil, dragons are the exception. And now they are a mystery. A legend. A whisper. Everyone holds them in awe.
Meeting the first one, Avall, Cardin has an almost religious experience. And then he meets more good ones.
Then book 2 happens, and he meets the original bad guy. Like Luke facing Vader for the first time. And Cardin, like Luke when he learns that Vader is his father, is terrified to realize that he has the same power as this ultimate villain.
I didn’t realize it until this week, but I’ve come to realize how much my love of Star Wars and the Jedi has influenced the back story of the Sword of Dragons series.
Granted there are many, many differences. In the Original Trilogy, we’re led to believe only two Jedi survived the great purge. In canon stories, we learn that there are at least two others who are separated from the Rebellion prior to A New Hope, Ahsoka Tano (one of my all-time favorites!) and Ezra Bridger. But still, that’s only four, and perhaps one or two others in official “Disney Canon.”
The Star Dragons, however, still number in the hundreds.
So part of why there are so few is the Star Wars influence, but there’s a little more to it than that. And it really comes down to the fact that I love dragons, that they’ve captured my imagination all of my life. But there are so many good dragon books out there…so I felt like the series had to earn their presence. Justify their return to the struggle. And make it to where they remained something special and weren’t just common or average.
When a dragon shows up in a scene, it is something special, something wondrous!
And as time goes on, their role increases. Unlike Star Wars, it is only after books one and two that one of the “jedi” aka dragons comes to train Cardin. During this time period, in book 3, Cardin will go on a journey that will affect him spiritually, and will help prepare him for the devastating events to come.
Book 3 – Return of the…Dragons?
Throughout book 3, we’ll get to spend more time with the green dragon Endri, who sort of takes over the role that Dalin previously filled. Which of course will mean that Dalin will need to find his place in the grand scheme of things.
Furthermore, early in book 3, we’ll get to see dozens of dragons, as they rally together to try to find Nuuldan and end the threat of the Dark Dragons once and for all.
This also means we’ll get to learn more about the Star Dragons than ever before! Including the fact that they have not spawned young dragons since before the defeat of the Dark Dragons, and thus their numbers continue to dwindle rather than grow.
Perhaps the most exciting scenes that I’m most looking forward to writing is when Cardin and his friends travel to the ancient Star Dragon home world, a place that seemingly none of the Star Dragons have visited in thousands upon thousands of years.
I’m eight chapters into book 3, and I can’t wait to share more about it with everyone! :)
So what do you all think? Are there more parallels between the Star Dragons and Jedi than I realize? What do you think of the slow build up to more dragons in the series? Are you looking forward to book 3? Let me know in the comments section below :)
Thanks for reading!