L. R. LamJun 22, 2023
Today I talked to L. R. Lam about Dragonfall (DAW, 2023).
Long ago, humans betrayed dragons, stealing their magic and banishing them to a dying world. Centuries later, their descendants worship dragons as gods. But the “gods” remember, and they do not forgive.
Thief Arcady scrapes a living on the streets of Vatra. Desperate, Arcady steals a powerful artifact from the bones of the Plaguebringer, the most hated person in Lumet history. Only Arcady knows the artifact’s magic holds the key to a new life among the nobles at court and a chance for revenge.
The spell connects to Everen, the last male dragon foretold to save his kind, dragging him through the Veil. Disguised as a human, Everen soon learns that to regain his true power and form and fulfill his destiny, he only needs to convince one little thief to trust him enough to bond completely–body, mind, and soul—and then kill them.
L. R. Lam discusses influences to their latest novel—from 90s fantasy to the bubonic plague—issues of consent and point of view, and the ways writing near future science fiction has shaped their work in epic fantasy.
A. E. Lanier is a short fiction writer and educator living in Central Texas. More about her work can be found at aelanier.com.