Dragonslayer Author:Wayland Drew It's hard to be an apprentice if you don't have much knack for your trade. And it's even worse for Galen, whose master is Ulrich, the world's last sorcerer. — Embarrassing things happen when Galen tries to work a charm. Trees grow fur, flowers laugh, and fish leap up and rub, like cats, against his ankles. Still, Galen, inept as he is, is the ... more »only apprentice Ulrich has. So who can blame the old wizard for making Galen his heir?
It's almost as if Ulrich knows how quickly he'll need an heir. A delegation of desperate villagers from Urland asks Ulrich to slay a dragon - but no one reckons on the treachery of one of Uland's centurions. And while Galen's master lies dead, a dagger in his chest, Galen has no honorable choice but to finish what Ulrich had begun - the destruction of the dragon Vermithrax.
Each equinox, the creature has demanded the sacrifice of a woman from the town of Swanscombe. Although a few parents attempt to rear their daughters as sons, or to hide them away, most women and their families must endure the horror of the semi-annual king's lottery, through which the next victim's name is selected.
And now Galen, the fumbling apprentice, is their only hope. Against all odds, armed only with the dead sorcerer's amulet, Galen embarks on a suspense-filled, fast-paced, sometimes poignant pursuit of Vermithrax. But equally important is Galen's pursuit of his own manhood: his roles as mortal, hero, lover - and as seasoned sorcerer.
Wonderful fantasy-adventure, illustrated in full color with stills from the movie.« less