Happy Monday lovelies! Today I have a special guest post about the Dragonrider Legacy. So how exactly do you train a dragonrider? Read on to find out!
How to Train A Dragonrider
Out of all the forces in Maldobar’s armies, the dragonriders are the proudest and strongest. They are put through the most intense training of any soldier in the kingdom. They are an elite core of only the best fighters, and only the bravest need apply. After all, it isn’t just the roar of a dragon that an enemy need to fear—behind every breath of dragon flame is a highly trained, armor-clad knight ready to fight to the death.
Dragonriders usually begin their training at seventeen or eighteen years old. Because purchasing a dragon and paying for all the necessary gear can be very expensive, most of them come from noble or higher income families. It’s also not uncommon for riders to pass their profession down through their families, from fathers to sons. They might even pass down their own dragon, armor, and weaponry, too!
But a new rider can’t just don his armor and join the brotherhood of dragonriders at the drop of a hat. All dragonriders are soldiers, but not all soldiers have what it takes to be dragonriders. When they start their first year of training at Blybrig Academy, the new recruits are called fledglings. This is the year where their minds are put to the test. They memorize kingdom maps, learn basic fighting maneuvers, and familiarize themselves with the complex language of hand signals used to communicate in the air. This is considered the easiest year of training, but it can still be a big strain on someone who isn’t dragonrider material.
The second year of training, known as the avian year, is the true test of a rider’s potential. It isn’t uncommon for new riders to drop out, get injured, or even get killed during their avian year. The new recruits are pushed to their very limits mentally and physically. They learn to fight with and without weapons, on the ground and in the air. They learn to be fearless, and to keep fighting even when circumstances are terrible. They spend days enduring brutal physical training, are denied sleep and food, and tempted to betray one another. The experience is rough, but it is essential to determine who has what it takes to call himself one of the finest warriors in Maldobar.
(Dragonrider Legacy #1)
by Nicole Conway
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
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Savage begins the Dragonrider Legacy series, a thrilling companion to the international bestselling Dragonrider Chronicles.
Never send a hero to do a monster’s job.
Forty years have passed since Jaevid Broadfeather brought peace to Maldobar and Luntharda. But that fragile truce will be tested as darkness gathers on the horizon. The vicious armies of the Tibran Empire have crossed the far seas and are threatening to destroy Maldobar completely. Not even the dragonriders can match the Tibran war machines. And after an attempt to awaken Jaevid from his divine sleep fails, the fate of Maldobar is looking grim.
Reigh has never known what it means to be a normal human. Raised amongst the gray elves in the wild jungle of Luntharda, he’s tried everything to fit in. But the dark power within him is bursting at the seams—refusing to be silenced. And while his adoptive father, Kiran, insists this power must be kept secret, Reigh knows he’s running out of time.
As Maldobar burns, the world is desperate for a new hero. Destiny has called, and one boy will rise to answer.
About the Author
Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book. Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school. She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.
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