Dragonsong

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Rebekah, daughter of Merlin and noblewoman of Albion has been driven to madness by the murder of her lover Vidar. In her torment she bargains with the Prince of Demons to turn her into a dragon. Once transformed, she seeks to take revenge upon her father, Merlin, whom she is fooled into believing is responsible for Vidar’s death.


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Sometimes,
nothing but the death of your father
will do

 

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Dragonsong

Rebekah, daughter of Merlin and noblewoman of Albion has been driven to madness by the murder of her lover Vidar. In her torment she bargains with the Prince of Demons to turn her into a dragon. Once transformed, she seeks to take revenge upon her father, Merlin, whom she is fooled into believing is responsible for Vidar’s death.

Behind the subterfuge stands Oberon, Captain-King of Elves, who cannot foresee the devastation his jealousy and unrequited love for Rebekah will unleash upon the world of Gaia. Its salvation depends on the retrieval of the Sleep Stone from the gates of Hell. But if the stone is not returned the demon army will awake and ransack Gia in a war that will destroy its existence. Time is the solution – but only if the gods of Asgard can nd a way of stopping it.

Dragonsong is a unique epic fantasy that explores fundamental themes of good and evil, jealously and revenge. Woven together with a gripping and powerful plot, the pattern of the language, the musicality of the form and the profound emotions invoked carry the reader to extremes of human experience and capability at both its best and worst.

The Story So Far

Rebekah, daughter of Merlin has watched her lover murdered and has been fooled into believing her father ordered his death. She has been transformed into the dragon, Harmony and now seeks her revenge.

Chapter V: Dragon Love

CVII

The dragon came to Albion
as morning light did touch the land
and not a sound of dragonsong
escaped her lips as she did stand
upon the soil of Gaia once again.
She stood before Arthurian Court.
The light did her illuminate.
And for her father now she sought
and on this thought did ruminate:
that he his final lesson must be taught.

CVIII

The sun, it rose into the sky
and mused she, that upon this day
she would, her father, make comply,
and maybe this would take away
the depths of torment that her heart did feel.
For mostly now, and oftentime,
of sanity was she bereft.
Her human thought, it did decline,
and mostly dragon heart was left.
And Merlin’s death that process might now seal.

CIX

As sun did make the shadows long
did Harmony, a mighty roar
exude, and thus did dragonsong
resound within the land once more,
and mothers held their children to their breasts.
And those that then did walk abroad
fled to their homes at rapid pace.
And those who had, did take their swords
and hid themselves in safest place,
and put their breast plates close upon their chests.

CX

For all did know the fearful sound
and all were truly terrified.
The dragonsong did now resound
and once again it did abide
in Gaia -and still worse -in Albion.
Then roar-ed Harmony in rage,
“Show me my father, bring him here!
For nothing will my hate assuage
until I see him kneel in fear
and shed his blood for Vidar who is gone.”

CXI

But nothing did disturb the sound
of wind that blew between the trees.
No battle cry did there resound.
No army came now, her, to seize.
Only before her rose the blinding sun.
Then with no warning, nor with sound,
did Merlin stand before the Court
and thus did occupy the ground,
the very place that she had sought
to tear him bodily as had been done …

CXII

… to Vidar, many decades past
as she now never could forget.
Her memory would ever last
and in her heart was fully set –
however much the dragon nature raged.
Then Merlin gently lifted up
his voice and to his daughter spake,
“My love-child, thou didst surely sup
a bitter drink -thy heart did break
and ever in this pain it is engaged.

CXIII

Canst thou hear me my precious child?
Or is thy mind deluded so?
And is thy nature now too wild
to take on human form and go
and walk with me and talk with me this day?”
The dragon stood its ground, but thought.
And deep within a tiny sound –
a single word it had been taught
replete with meaning, full profound:
‘Twas “righteousness” – a word she could not say.

CXIV

Her voice did growl from deep within,
“Why hast thou been the cause of death?
And was my lover lost in sin
that thou should leave me thus bereft
and aching, now, into death’s arms to fly?
And for thee now, no love I have
but hold thee just in deep contempt.
But unto thee my gift I’d give
and then my anger would be spent.
My father: ’tis a perfect day to die.”

CXV

He would have told her of his love;
he would have held her close and cried;
he would have raised her high above
her pain, he surely would have tried
his dearest child to keep still by his side.
But he could not reach unto her
for she was wracked with pain inside,
and to his love would not defer
and pain with love – it surely vied.
But pain did win and she did thus abide …

CXVI

… in dragon form with twisted mind
and thus did rock herself in pain.
And torment her did once more find
and madness came to her again
as from her lips did single sound escape.
“Die” was the only word she spoke
and Merlin answered not a word
nor would his love for her revoke
nor would the truth be ever heard
by her from him as she did seal his fate.

CXVII

He looked deep into dragon eyes
and sought for sign of ‘Bekah fair.
Her suffering did not despise –
but he could see no human there,
and thus he did accept he’d pay the price.
Though he no evil now had done,
and righteousness, it was his part
unto his limit he had come
and utterly she broke his heart.
So he would make the final sacrifice.

CXVIII

But as she stood, she seemed to doubt
and indecision tore her heart.
Perhaps she would have turned about
and maybe sought a better part –
till Oberon appeared before them both.
He looked into the dragon’s face
and needed not a word to speak.
His presence now within that place
reminded her that she did seek
full recompense and thus it was she quoth …

CXIX

… “It shall be done.” -no other word
as she to Merlin then did turn.
And from him not a sound was heard
as dragon breath did greatly burn
his body and did char him in a flash.
And as his frame, it there did fall
did Oberon scream in delight –
for he was architect of all
and revelled now that dragon might
had turned his adversary unto ash.

CXX

The dragon stood then motionless
and contemplated what she’d done
to him who did her oft caress
and who her life had once begun.
No sense of satisfaction did she get.
Then Oberon remov-ed hence
to Elfin camp, his troops to move.
And with them now would make defence
of Elfin mountains, now to prove
the power of evil e’er the sun did set.

CXXI

Then all the Elfish troops he took
by pow’r of magic from that place
and when humans then did look
no sign of elves now could they trace.
Then thought they Albion was free at last
from Elfish threat unto their peace.
And there they great rejoicing made
and thought that they had found release,
and Elfish threat they did evade.
But Harmony did stand in pain, aghast.

Published 28th April 2016
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Price: £8.99
ISBN 9781785891274
BIC subject category: FM – Fantasy
BISAC category heading: FIC009000 – FICTION/ Fantasy/ General
Paperback 216×138 mm 176pp Portrait
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5 reviews for Dragonsong

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dexter, Breakaway Reviewers

    Absolutely beautiful book I loved this book. It is a tale of wizards, demons, dragons, elves, love and treachery set around the Arthurian court but written in rhyme. I have not read any poetic literature for over 40 years since studying Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight at university so this book intrigued me. I am full of admiration for anyone who can write beautiful poetry but when they can also tell a story at the same time I find that quite remarkable. It is about the battle between elves and men, love stories ending tragically and deceit and treachery. I would urge people to read this even if they haven’t read poetry in a long time, I just found it so beautiful and the story will entrance you. The last lines as written by the Scribe are “Or wilt thou, reader, now persuade me once again to take my pen And make another story come to be? All I can say is that I really hope so!

    Dexter, Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    janet pascual

    A REVIEW OF DRAGONSONG BY MICHEAL FORESTER

    DRAGONSONG is an epic fantasy novel in verse, a masterpiece by Michael Forester, the poet writer of If It Wasn’t for That Dog, The Goblin Child and other stories, Forest Rain and A Home for Other Gods as well as various Chapbooks on Love, Light, Peace and Forest Meditation. Michael Forester brings to mind, a Shakespeare of the modern world, a Shakespeare come alive!

    Dragonsong has a touch of Shakespeare in it with the author’s use of elves (who will ever forget Oberon?), dragons, Norse gods and the daughter of Merlin as characters. All these are interwoven into a powerful narrative that makes up a conglomeration of different myths which culminate into a contemporary type that is distinctly its own, and presto, a modern epic fantasy novel in verse!

    On the outset, one cannot help but admire the physical features of the book. Its cover is a remarkable work of art where the dragon is crafted into an intricate embossed design, a masterpiece by itself, too.

    On the one hand, the structure of Dragonsong is likewise worthy of admiration, for it departs from the usual rhyme schemes one has been used to, although, it somehow gets leanings (but not quite) from the Spanish quintain called Quintilla, it being an octasyllabic verse (eight (8) syllable lines) with two iambic pentameter lines. Specifically, each stanza in Dragonsong has ten lines where four lines are followed by an iambic pentameter line. The use of which, I guess, has been an attempt at being original, which I think, has undoubtedly been achieved by the author. A closer look at the rhythmic pattern will further seal its originality.

    Intriguingly, a keen eye and a meticulous attention to details will unearth a change in the language used in Dragonsong. One will notice that on the first few parts of the novel, the author writes in contemporary English, while a little half way through, one will notice that it is written in Old English. Also, an addition to the aural beauty of the literary piece is the emphatic use of the verb did, which is always stressed. Likewise, is the abundant use of archaic and poetic terms like thy, thee, and thou. All of these give Dragonsong, the rhythmic variation and the musicality that evoke varying degrees of emotions, moods and images.

    Moreover, the themes on good and evil in Dragonsong, no matter how common, are set apart, giving them the unusual touch that only a literary genius that is Michael Forester, can create!

    I believe that the creative and fertile imagination of Michael Forester together with his eloquence has achieved for Dragonsong, an identity that sets it apart from other genres, a mark that is in itself, its own. Not to mention and with due respect, that there has been nothing like it since Faerie Queene by Edmund Spencer, and Paradise Lost by John Milton. Thus, rendering Dragonsong as one exemplary literary piece, one significant book which poetry lovers should own, one which all English students, especially, English majors, must read and recite in order to fully experience its richness and style! –

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah Hoskins

    Amazingly beautifully written book.
    I just love this book.
    I feel that this author should be world famous.
    A truly great book .
    I loved reading this book.

    • Michael

      Thank you Sarah. I’m so glad you enjoyed Dragonsong, and thank you for such a kind comment

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Janel Rañola

    For me, Dragon Song is one of the greatest fantasy books that I’ve ever read so far. I love fantasy books to begin with that is why it was easy for me to read this book and to imagine out-of-this-world things. This book took me to the place that I have never been before in spite of the fact that it was only in the mind so I commend Sir Michael Forester for being so good in writing Fantasy story. I felt all the emotions that the characters had shown in the form of words and I, too, felt bad for their impulsive decisions. But I can’t blame them, though. They have done those things and became foolish because of too much love. Too much love will kill us and the Dragon Song proves that. This book also proves that not all the endings are supposed to end happily. Sometimes, sad ending is the best way to end the story. I felt the satisfaction for the ending of this book because with this kind of plot, happy ending won’t be a good idea. But deep inside my heart, I’m still hoping that Lady Attie and Michael will end up together. What I’ve learned from this book is to think wisely especially to the consequence that it will give me in return before I make a decision. And from now on, I won’t let my heart control me over my mind because love can kill a person and I don’t want to be killed.

    • Michael

      thank you Janel – I’m so glad you enjoyed Dragonsong

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hilarynil D. Evardoni

    Dragon Song is an epic with a twist of fantasy, a book which contains a lot of emotions and feelings such as love, hatred, sadness and happiness. After I had skimmed this book, I realized that it reflects the reality of life where there are some greedy people, love triangles, and betrayal of each other. My favorite character is Merlin because of his undying love for his daughter Rebekah even though he was killed by her.
    I like the Plot twist and I admired Mr. Forester, the author for his wide imagination that creates a lot of characters, scenes and magical places. Also, it widened my imagination about fairies, knights, goddesses, judges and wizards.

    • Michael

      thank Hilary – your comments are much appreciated

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