Not deer, not pheasant, not meat for the table. His master eats choicer fruits.
When the piercing scent of youth tingles his senses, Gefnen focuses his chase. The prey – a boy – lacks guardians strong enough to best a troll. Swift triumph awaits.
But other seekers tilt the chances of this game. Spirit of storm, poignant memories of a sea-prince, and something more ancient than memory or the wind shape the looming tumult.
Gefnen hunts victory, but a darker victory hunts him.
“Star-drake” is one of the seven stories included in the collection A Knot of Trolls.
PRAISE FOR STAR-DRAKE AND RAINBOW’S LODESTONE
“…almost “Tolkienesque”…the stories feel like they’re happening on the Earth we know, but long before our recorded history… [Star-drake] has a deep sense of importance to it, of destiny…written very much in a storyteller’s fashion, you can imagine it being told around a campfire in the snows of the North, but it has a satisfying sort of weight… All in all, these are wonderful stories… Ney-Grimm’s unique blend of Nordic fantasy and fairy tale mentality is a refreshing take on the genre.” – James J. Parsons, Speaking to the Eyes