Vanessa Finaughty grew up in Cape Town, and still lives there with her husband of twelve years and plenty of furry, four-legged 'children'. Her passion for the written word started her career as an editor and copywriter, and she part-ran a writers' critique guild for close to seven years. She has been writing ever since she learnt how, has always been an avid reader, and currently lives on coffee and cigarettes. Her hobbies are writing, reading, photography, watching good movies and practicing martial arts, which she has five years' experience in.
Dragon Kin: And other fantasy Storiesby Vanessa Finaughty
In this anthology, a young man's incredible past is uncovered when he saves a young woman from conjured, fire-breathing dragons. A novice wizard's resolve is tested when he is chased by rabid dogs for accusing a king's beloved queen of
The Dragon Kin anthology is a collection of six fantasy stories with plenty of twists that will keep you turning the page for more.
In this anthology, a young man's incredible past is uncovered when he saves a young woman from conjured, fire-breathing dragons. A novice wizard's resolve is tested when he is chased by rabid dogs for accusing a king's beloved queen of murder. A mother prepares to brave danger by taking on a gluttonous black dragon with an overzealous penchant for livestock in the next valley that threatens, if left unchecked, to see her children going hungry during the looming winter. A cunning assassin sneaks into the castle dungeons to silence a prisoner before his testimony can reveal startling revelations about the queen. A desperate man does the unthinkable when he tries to kill a seven-year-old girl for the bounty placed on her head. An elf risks exposing the world's best-kept secret - her secret - by embarking on a rescue mission to retrieve captured humans and kidnapped phoenix eggs.
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Dragon Kin When I was introduced to Karas, I instantly fell in love with the character. The reason for this could be because I saw a lot of myself in him. Karas' humour was top-notch, even though he meant to be serious. When Karas ventured to the other side of the Great Sea, he wanted to be alone and just live his life in his cabin. As soon as Sasha was introduced, this was when I paused for a long time. I thought about her character for a while, and the Sasha character that Vanessa created for the story left me speechless, and this was not because Karas couldn't stand the sight of her after his cabin was destroyed by the dragon, but because they were two totally different people, and in the end, they worked together. Jeepers’ Creatures I immediately felt for Jeepers the second he was introduced. There was something about him that I could relate to, and this is what connected me to this character. Was it his unluckiness? Was it his place in this world? Was it because of the accusations made against him? Was it his impatience of starting something small and mastering it before moving on to bigger things? Yes. Jeepers’ mind is always calculating. There’s never rest for him. He wants to prove his greatness, and because he has no guide, he tries everything and gets nowhere. I found the story very, very entertaining. Vanessa Finaughty’s Jeepers’ Creatures is definitely a must-read. It taught me something, and it will definitely teach you something! Kill to Live Vanessa Finaughty gives you only what you need to get through this story, and this made Kill to Love great. When it all came together, it was unexpected. As you start reading this story, it will point you in a different direction. However, when Vanessa is ready, she will put you exactly where she wants you. And this is not a bad thing. Royal Assassin Wow! This was truly an entertaining story and very cleverly written. At first, I thought the black-clad man researched what was required of him, like any assassin would do, but then it hit me! Not here to spoil anything for anyone, but Kudos to Vanessa Finaughty for slapping me with the unexpected. Brilliant! The Bounty Hunter The opening scene, alone, got me excited. Princess Maia really grabbed my attention. Vanessa created a character, a beautiful girl, who I have no words to describe. Not only does she have a few gifts of her own, but she is one of the strongest characters I have ever come across in Vanessa Finaughty's books. What I learnt from this story is that desperate measures call for desperate times, and sometimes we are pushed to make decisions even if some of them are the wrong ones. We all make choices, and sometimes it takes you to show somebody the worst, desperate side of you before they are able to look into your soul and see the good. Whisperer There is not much action in this story, and the way Vanessa put it together, it was perfect and I enjoyed every page. I could sense a build up to something huge especially on Jayla and Abelard's journey to save the phoenix eggs. I got the sense that there was a surprise waiting for Jayla and Abelard around every corner. Although Vanessa didn't keep anything until the end of this story, I found myself paging ahead to find out what happens next, but stopped myself from doing so. This is a brilliant piece of work and it's very well-written. The characters are strong and only Vanessa Finaughty is capable to doing this! I highly recommend this!
I really loved these short stories, even though I don't usually read short stories, but a friend recommended this to me and I'm glad I took the advice. The stories are humorous and entertaining, and I especially loved the one titled Royal Assassin - I never saw the end coming and it was BRILLIANT!
I really enjoyed this book. The writing flows so well and is easy to read, and the stories are super enjoyable - the author has an imagination and a half, and a lovely sense of humor to boot.
I am BerendVdP, the person who read and 'rated' the review above. I rated it 5 out of 5, but for some reason it ended up with 1 star! I created another account to fix this error I made earlier. Sorry about that. Dragon Kin Anthology gets a 5 out of 5 from me!