June 1, 2022

Cover Art by Harkale Linai @Harkale_Linai

In this final volume of the Vastus tetralogy, the telepaths have discovered stolen dragons on Vastus and are determined to capture and return them to Mendje.  Humans and shapeshifters fear the telepaths will use the dragons to destroy their suffering civilizations. After generations of fighting, food is scarce in space. Remnants of the battle fleets are gathering around Vastus, desperate for its abundant resources. Those watching over the planet are suspected of treason and could be captured at any moment.

Elaina and Davu have been imprisoned in a strange and unfamiliar place that is nothing like they have ever encountered before.  They discover secrets that have been hidden for generations as they fight to defend their home against ruthless invaders and assassins. The stakes are high as each species looks to this young warrior and her dragon to vanquish their enemies and bring closure to endless war.

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Hravdeth

Planet of Origin: Mendje

Adult Weight: About 90 Kg

Adult Wingspan: About 7 M

Flight Speed: 350 km/hr

Characteristics: Hravdeth are carnivorous, reptilian birds with good maneuverability. Horns line the leading edge of their wings. They also have horns on top of their head. The can become animal wraiths.

Artwork by: @Harkale_Linai

“A flock of enormous birds circled Endre, swooping down then shooting back into the sky, like a murky waterfall, flowing through the clouds.”

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Sventock

Planet of Origin: Mendje

Height: 2 M

Top Running Speed: 50 km/hr.

Typical Herd Size: 2-4

Characteristics: Carnivorous, determined, brutal when they attack, cuts from their horns often become infected.


“A chill cascaded down Elaina’s spine. Sventock could track their prey for weeks. If they were thirty kilometers away, Master Crevan might have hours or a day, depending on how quickly they were traveling.” Dragon Warriors

A sventock charged from the forest with one of Elaina’s arrows already in its neck. Three arrows pierced the hide. An enormous crash shook the forest, making Elaina’s heart freeze in terror. The sventock was down, but five others were still charging, flinging snow and mud into the air as they tore through the forest.Dragon Warriors

Thyliani Flower

Flowers of various colors with green, blue, and purple leaves and blue stems. The blossoms open at night and close during the day. The entire plant needs to stay shaded. It can heal many infections. The bulb center is tender and nutritious. It almost tastes like ginger pudding.

Height: 50 cm

Attributes: Heals infections, nutritious


“Master Crevan swiftly finished wrapping the bandage around Ranvir’s arm then strode to Elaina. His face paled. ‘She has an infection. Kiku, I saw several thyliani flowers on our way here, about a hundred meters away. Havard, go with her . . .'” Dragon Warriors

“Elaina glanced at Svilgt Tydun’s arm where a mesmerizing scar curved around then turned sharply, weaving around his forearm. It almost looked like a thyliani flower.” Southern Alliance

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