A Dragon In The Palace Released

A Dragon In The Palace, the second book in my new Dragonbond series has just been released. It continues the adventures of boy wizard Raif and his pet dragon and is set in the same world as the Kormak saga. You can pick it up at your favourite ebook retailer right now. It is currently on sale at $2.99 or the local equivalent although the price will be rising in a week or so.

Here’s the blurb:

Not so long ago, the biggest problem in fifteen year old Raif’s life was finding lost goats. Now, apprenticed to a terrifying sorceress, he is caught in the web of intrigue surrounding the beautiful heir to his home kingdom. And if that was not trouble enough, he is foster parent to an orphaned dragon. Having survived deadly peril on the road to the capital, Raif and his friends encounter new dangers in a city on the edge of chaos.

You can pick it up at the following retailers.


Amazon UK

Amazon DE



Barnes & Noble

Google Play


Universal Book Link

51 Replies to “A Dragon In The Palace Released”

      1. I may just have to get the digital copy and hardcopy later. I’m reading the Dragon from the desert right now and I cant put it down!

  1. Just a heads up, the new release, “A Dragon In The Palace,” is not linked/listed on the “Author’s profile page” in the Kindle bookstore. Just saying, in case someone’s interested in following up after the 1st book, which is very good. Search another way by: title, “customers who bought this item also bought,” or author name (generates 2.9k titles in kindle store.)

    Enjoyed the first, so thanks for writing the second!

    1. Thanks for the heads up Dj. I have added the book to my author profile now. Hopefully it will be attached soon.

    1. Thanks, Jonathan. You summed up my teenage years there. Of course, the only thing that seems to have changed is there’s less cleverness and more denseness these days. Glad you enjoyed the book!

  2. Dragon in the Palace was wonderful, and I left a 5 star review on Amazon–any information on a third book in the series
    –Greedy Reader

    1. Thank you, I am delighted to hear that and very grateful for the review. I am working on the third book which is tentatively titled A Dragon in the Dungeon. It should be out around the start of October.

      1. October! Look, I greatly enjoyed both Dragonbond books, but I’m going to have to resort to meaningless threats if you take that long.

        1. Thanks for the kind words,Neville. To be fair, October is extraordinarily fast for this series. The first book took me five years off and on, and the second one about a year and a half. Granted there was a lot of other work in between but still… Now that I have settled into the series and characters and cleared the decks of other work, things seem to be going faster.

  3. I’ve just read “A dragon in the Palace”. A bit light on action in comparison to the first part but good read.

    1. Thanks, Bies– and sorry for taking so long to respond. I try and stay away from my computer on the weekends and somehow your comment just slipped past on Monday.

  4. Thank you for the monthly updates–I enjoy them! It sounds like Raif might want to start wearing a mail shirt as protection against assasins’ knives and arrows!!

  5. I am a big fan of the Illidan book, which is how I got introduced to your writing. I stumbled across this series but didn’t realise it was a new piece of fiction as I was desperate searching for number three of the series! Am thoroughly enjoying it. Love a book where the characters comes so alive I forget that I am reading! Look forward to more!

    1. Thanks, Susy. I am glad you enjoyed the books. I am currently working feverishly on the next one. Hopefully, it will be out before too long.

  6. After reading your new Dragon series, I just finished reading your Kormak series–I enjoyed both–but the Guardian’s magic destroying swords are too powerful–mages have no chance against it–there should be multiple types of magic attacks and evil mages should have some options. One idea would be to cast spells on things around him–e.g. collapse the floor he’s standing on, or the ceiling above him, or use magic to throw objects at him from a distance (Newton’s Law–what starts in motion, stays in motion) which even if started by magic, would still continue through inertia and hit him at 100 m.p.h…a sword with anti-magic that powerful should also be easily detected via scrying or wards and guards could be dispatched…

    1. Interesting thoughts, Grayson. I agree the swords are powerful but they are meant to be. They provide a credible threat to mages and monsters in a world where such things exist. It’s one of the reasons why people like Raif and Mistress Iliana have to be circumspect with their use of power. It’s also the reason why parts of the world aren’t run by a cabal of immortal super-powered monsters but resemble our Middle Ages.

  7. Great book! looking forward to read the continuation.
    1000x better than another book with a young boy finding a dragon egg… ehmehm…

    I am on a William King reading bulge now. First I read the 4 Ragnar books just to learn a bit about the Warhammer 40k universe and found them much better than expected.
    Then Kindle suggested me Dragon of the Sand and now I just bought the 11 books of Kormak saga… 🙂

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Uberto. I am glad you enjoyed the books. Hope you to enjoy the Kormak stories. They are set in the same world as the Dragon books but the style is very different.

      1. Looking forward to read them all! 🙂

        Talking about DragonBond series, one thing that bothered a little was that is was not clear the size of Red during the various stage.
        I imagined him on lizard-like shape (plus wings) around 20cm when hatched, 40 cm around the end of first book. But then he deflected a knife wound, which seems improbably if he was only 40cm…
        So I thought maybe now is about 1m. but then at the Duke palace Raif received a sling to keep Red, so he must be still small…
        Anyway maybe it’s just me. 🙂

        1. Thanks, Uberto. I imagined Red as really small at first but growing fast. His wings make him look bigger (and provide greater surface area!) when they are unfurled, hence the dagger deflection.

    1. Sometime soon, Branko. I was hoping to have it finished by now, but illness slowed me up a bit. I am currently aiming for end of November/start of December. It would be nice to have it out for Christmas! And thanks for the kind words!

  8. I noticed that Trollslayer is being released in Audiobook form soon, are there any plans to make more of the slayer books into audio books?

    1. Hey there, sorry I don’t know anything about BL’s audiobook plans. Also sorry to take so long about replying. I am having some problems with the site at the moment.

      1. Is there an update on when book 3 of dragonbond will be available? I have started deaths Angel’s to tide me over but I am really looking forward to dragonbond 3

        1. Hi James. Things have been moving very slowly over the past few months due to distractions and health problems. I was hoping to get the book out for Xmas but that’s not going to happen. Sometime in the New Year is the earliest I can say now. Sorry about that. The easiest way to keep abreast of things is to sign up for my mailing list. Hope you enjoy Death’s Angels. It’s also worth noting that the Kormak books are set in the same world as the Dragonbond saga.

          1. Thanks for responding! I hope your health is improving and that you make a full recovery. Of course that must come first! I have finished deaths Angel’s and started the serpent tower. Are there any spoilers, minor or otherwise, in kormak that may affect my reading of dragonbond?

          2. I don’t think so, James. One character (so far, I have plans for others) appears in both series– Jonas. Mostly I have used events in Kormak’s backstory in the history of Raif’s world but they take place in different parts of the world. Raif alludes to some of the things that happen in his future (the Orc Wars) which I know happened because they are in Kormak’s past!

  9. The Kormak series seems to be set with the main hero in his late 30’s and 40’s (You said Orc wars in past), while Raif starts as a teenager (you said Orc wars in future)–are they of a similar age, then? I’m confused on the timeline…Any news on the release date for Dragon in the Dungeon?? Love the books…

    1. Hi Otto, many apologies for not replying sooner. Sometimes these things slip past me. Raif is maybe ten years older than Kormak according to my current reckoning. Still working on the third book! Sorry!

    1. Sorry to take so long replying, Chase. I have been ill again. I am making slow progress with the book. Reluctant to put a release date on it given how badly my predictions for this have failed in the past.

    1. Thanks, Chase. I am currently still working on Book 3. I am making some progress but its been slow. This winter I have been plagued with ill-health, and that was before the current coronavirus crisis! Sorry!

      1. Dont worry about it you are more important take your time and geet well you are a talented writer so it won’t be a problem waiting longer.

  10. I just finished the two books in this series and I LOVED them! I just downloaded the other series in this universe. I am looking forward to future installments in Raif’s tale but I see through the comments that you have been plagued by the Curse of Robert Burns, dreaded by both man and field mouse. Here’s hoping that both your health and best laid schemes no longer ‘gang aft awgly”.

    1. Thanks Jennifer, and my apologies for taking so long to approve your comment and reply. I have once again been sick.

  11. Thanks for the great books, and the regular updates on your gaming and writing exploits. During the current “situation” it’s great to hear from someone with similar interests!

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