Heart of a Dragon - Book I of the DeChance Chronicles [NOOK Book]

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Donovan DeChance is a collector of ancient manuscripts and books, a practicing mage, and a private investigator. Over the span of a long life, he has gathered and archived the largest occult library in the world.

When a local houngan begins meddling with powers she may not be able...
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Heart of a Dragon - Book I of the DeChance Chronicles

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Overview

Author's Revised Edition

Donovan DeChance is a collector of ancient manuscripts and books, a practicing mage, and a private investigator. Over the span of a long life, he has gathered and archived the largest occult library in the world.

When a local houngan begins meddling with powers she may not be able to control, a turf war breaks out between the Dragons motorcycle club and the Los Escorpiones street gang—a war that threatens to open portals between worlds and destroy the city in the process.

With his lover, Amethyst, his familiar, Cleo – an Egyptian Mau the size of a small bobcat –the dubious aid of a Mexican sorcerer named Martinez and the budding gifts of a young artist named Salvatore, DeChance begins a race against time, magic, and almost certain death.

The fate of the city rests on his success, and on the rare talent of a boy who walks in two worlds, and dreams of dragons
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Editorial Reviews

Publisher's Weekly - Anonymous Reviewer
Praise for This is My Blood:

"Wilson's prose is smooth and powerful, carrying its allegorical weight with grace. His first novel is one of the most unique vampire stories to appear in recent years, balancing themes of damnation and prophesy against those of faith and redemption."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012622921
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press
  • Publication date: 2/4/2011
  • Series: The DeChance Chronicles , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 815 KB

Meet the Author

David Niall Wilson has been writing and publishing horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction since the mid-eighties. An ordained minister, once President of the Horror Writer's Association and multiple recipient of the Bram Stoker Award, his novels include Maelstrom, The Mote in Andrea's Eye, Deep Blue, the Grails Covenant Trilogy, Star Trek Voyager: Chrysalis, Except You Go Through Shadow, This is My Blood, Ancient Eyes, On the Third Day, The Orffyreus Wheel, and Vintage Soul. Heart of a Dragon – the chronological first book in the DeChance Chronicles is now available. The Stargate Atlantis novel “Brimstone,” written with Patricia Lee Macomber is his most recent title in print – upcoming is The Second Veil, Tales of the Scattered Earth Book II. He has over 150 short stories published in anthologies, magazines, and five collections, the most recent of which were "Defining Moments" published in 2007 by WFC Award winning Sarob Press, and the currently available “Ennui & Other States of Madness,” from Dark Regions Press. His work has appeared in and is due out in various anthologies and magazines. David lives and loves with Patricia Lee Macomber in Hertford, NC with their children, Billy, Zach, Zane, and Katie, and occasionally their genius college daughter Stephanie.

David is CEO and founder of Crossroad Press, a cutting edge digital publishing company specializing in electronic novels, collections, and non-fiction, as well as unabridged audiobooks. Find more about Crossroad Press either at the Crossroad Press Blog, The Crossroad Press online store, or the Digital Drive-in, a blog filled with reviews, interviews, podcasts, video clips and more.
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  • Posted December 14, 2011

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    A Mystical Chronicle

    Set in and around the dark and brooding Barrio of San Valencez, this tale weaves mysticism and action with a decided Hispanic twist. From the very beginning, when the rival Dragon and Escorpiones clans fight in Santini Park, you know the tale has far more to it than meets the eye. What brings the tale together is its underlying themes of Honour, Loyalty, Courage and Dark Ambition.

    This book is crammed full of wonderful characters; the Dragons and their old mentor Martinez, his young protege Salvatore who paints into dreams and is the only hope for the Barrio, the clever hoarder of all matters arcane Donovan DeChance, his partner and lover Amethyst, and the implacable Voodoo Houngan Anya. There are countless minor characters too that all add to the rich mix of personalities. Locations are also a wonder: The Cube club and Anya's shop that both seem to defy Physics, Donovan's apartment, the remodelled car yard, and the dusty, worn-down streets of the Barrio. (I'm not even going to mention the alleyway of Portals....no, not even a little bit).

    The way that the mystical and magical is made normal within San Valencez really attracts, with the rituals and dreamscapes of Dragons stunning the reader with power, and the many tricks and talents of Donovan and Amethyst taken for granted by the end, such is their ease and prowess with an array of items, spells and powers. Donovan has, to some extent, similarities with a certain universe-weary, endlessly patient Time Lord that has spent centuries battling evil and isn't about to let some nasty upstart ruin his rather determined procrastination in archiving every piece of Mystical information ever recorded. Intelligent, cunning, determined, romantic and wise, Donovan is a fine carrier of the story and looks well set to provide the basis for a new chapter sometime in the future.

    As the tale develops, it becomes clear that nothing short of an all out fight for the heart of the Barrio will satisfy the increasingly complex and frightening powers being unleashed by both sides, but while the climax is suitably epic, it is the carefully detailed journey that drags you inexorably to the end and leaves you gasping for more. The interplay between the older, wiser hands of Martinez and the younger, restless Dragons sets up the breathless magical prowess of the young painter Salvatore, who can neither fully explain nor control his powers, and it is the young boy's journey that allows the Dragons and their allies a chance to combat the reckless power of Anya Cabrera and her minions.

    David is a consummate writer, and it's a wonder that his books aren't more widely known. I hope this book, as well as the excellent Second Veil, which has also been recently released, will redress the imbalance.

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    Posted March 9, 2013

    I'm almost half way through this novel and struggling to keep in

    I'm almost half way through this novel and struggling to keep interested. There is no action, no build up, I don't even care much about the characters. Kind of a disappointment.

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