If you think it was all good deeds and fancy ideals back in the days of Camelot, think again. Most people don't know this, but for a time things went seriously bad; Arthur was imprisoned, Merlin had vanished, and a vile demon had taken over the throne.
Young Leonard would have been shocked to learn any of this but right now all that concerned him was where his next meal was coming from. As page to Sir Ronald, a poor but kind knight, events at the castle took a back seat to a rumbling stomach. Oh sure, he held a secret dream that one day Sir Ronald would take a seat at the Round Table, but seriously, that was about as likely as Maid Glennys seeing him as anyone other than the dirty page of a low-ranking nobleman. Not gonna happen.
Everything changes when Leonard meets Mantooth, a seriously depressed dragon who's looking for a knight to end his misery with a swing of a broadsword. Wait a minute. If the dragon will allow Sir Ronald to slay him, his misery would be over, Sir Ronald would surely get a Round Table invite for such a brave deed, and Leonard might even climb a notch or two in the eyes of Glennys! Everybody wins, right? Wrong.
Leonard's plan backfires horribly when, on the day of the battle, Sir Ronald is arrested for "bravery without a license" and dragged off to Camelot's dungeons. Now Leonard must do whatever it takes to free his master even if that means going on a perilous quest, befriending a dragon horde, or taking a bath!
Dragonfriend is available on Amazon here and elsewhere.
Roger Eschbacher is an Emmy Award nominated television animation writer who's worked for Disney, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, The Hub, and Cartoon Network.
In addition to Dragonfriend, his debut middle-grade fantasy adventure novel, he's also written two children's picture books, Road Trip, and Nonsense! He Yelled, both for Penguin Random House.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he now lives in California with his family and two crazy Border Terriers.
Article by Seb Kirby