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For Sarah and Emily, without whom there would be no Sarily and no epic adventure. And for Jenapher, without whom there would be no completed novel.


The Heart of the Dragon

The Warrior Prophecy

By Stephen Paul


Copyright 2013 by Stephen Paul


Smashwords Edition



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Prologue


The entire mountain exploded with a thunderous roar. The intensity of the explosion shook the ground for more than half of the continent. What few trees remained near the blast zone were toppled by the shock wave. The flash was so bright it lit the night sky with the power of a thousand suns. What had been a calm night suddenly turned into a bright and deadly day. From the epicenter of the explosion, devastation radiated outward.

Any living thing unfortunate enough to be looking in the direction of the mountain when it blew was instantly blinded by the searing flash. Chunks of rock and ice were hurtled in all directions, becoming missiles of deadly intent. Death rained down for hours after the explosion. A massive wave of super-heated air swept outward from the blast and incinerated everything in its path for miles. The destruction came without warning and spared nothing.

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