Tara West

YA paranormal/fantasy and New Adult author

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Curse of the Ice Dragon poetry teaser

After several more rounds of edits, Curse of the Ice Dragon is with the formatter and should be uploaded this week. It will be available on Kindle, Nook, itunes and in print. Image

From the bestselling paranormal author of The Whispers Series comes a new fantasy saga.

Born with mark of the Mighty Hunter, Markus saves his village from the brink of starvation –for whenever he releases an arrow, his aim is true. But despite his skill and strength, Markus is unable to confront his tyrannical father. Shamed by his cowardice, he distracts himself by needlessly shooting the forest creatures.

When Markus takes no heed of the village prophet’s warning that his actions will attract The Hunter’s Curse—for every animal Markus kills, his loved ones will suffer the same fate—the Sky Goddess unleashes her ice dragon. Now, Markus must flee the dragon without killing it … or his beloved brother will be the next to die.

And now a little teaser. This is a poem told by the ancient healer Dafuar, as he warns the boy hunter, Markus, that if he continues to recklessly kill animals, the Sky Goddess, Madhea, will unleash The Hunter’s Curse and send her ice dragon to destroy him:

The Hunter’s Curse

One fell shot from the bow

And many will know Madhea’s curse has descended

Omens will fall to family

And all the cruel hunter has befriended

For each life he claims

His kin suffers the same death by similar strand

For she will allow neither beast nor fowl

To be hunted by his hand

To the hunter who reaps his fill of kill

And nary none from need

Beware her beast who wakens to feast

On avarice and greed

Eyes that glow like burning coals

In the embers of demon’s fury

Breath so cold, Lydra freezes the souls

Of any at her mercy

Sad is the tale that is known so well

The hunter who slaughtered with pleasure

His heartless crime was recompensed

For discarding the forest’s treasure