To my mother and my father who were always there when I needed them.
In those days, there were heroes and villains, and darkness walked the earth. There were dragons to be slain, captured princesses to be saved, and mighty deeds to be accomplished by knights in shining armor. Many tales are told of that time, tales of steadfast bravery and derring-do. . . This isn’t one of them.
They set off down the dusty trail that led into the Forest, and so passed out of history and into legend. And wherever they went, and whatever they found, Rupert, Julia, the dragon, and the unicorn faced it together. Heroes, all.
As the second son in a backwater fantasy kingdom, Prince Rupert is sort of...underfoot. So the best thing the king can think to do is send him of with his trusty but foul-mouthed unicorn steed on a quest to make himself useful.
Rupert promptly goes and finds his princess-kidnapping dragon, only to discover that the princess is scarier than the dragon is, and that there's something a whole lot darker going on in the Forest Kingdom than royal abductions: things like the end of the world. Before they know it, Rupert and his people are embroiled in a war for their lives against the forces of the ancient dark. If the Forest Kingdom doesn't find a way to put it back down before the Blue Moon rises full, there'll be no room for humans in the world that is to come...
In a prequel to the Hawk & Fisher series, young Prince Rupert wages war on a demonic force spreading the evil of Darkwood across the land, with the help of some most unlikely allies, including a fiery dragon companion.