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Character interview: Lyana and Bayrin from A Dawn of Dragonfire
EJ: Today we welcome Lyana and Bayrin, siblings from Requiem, a land of people who can become dragons. Lyana, let's start with you. Tell us about yourself.
Lyana: First of all, you may call me Lady Lyana Eleison. I am a knight of Requiem, a member of the ancient order of bellators. I know many people these days no longer bother with titles – my oaf a brother, for example – but I still care about tradition.
Bayrin: You care about your big head, more like.
Lyana: Bayrin! Be quiet! You will have a turn to speak. *sigh* Do you see what I must deal with? Where was I? Oh yes, as I said, I am Lady Lyana, a knight of Requiem, one of only fifty who guard the realm. In human form, I have red hair and green eyes. I turn into a blue dragon with golden horns. In addition to being a knight, I am betrothed to Prince Orin Aeternum, and will soon be a princess, then a queen consort one day.
Bayrin: Imagine the size of her head then! No crown would fit her.
Lyana: Bayrin! I might have a big head, but yours is completely hollow! Will you please be quiet?
Bayrin: Me? Be quiet? How little you know me, dear sister. In fact, I will now tell the readers a little about myself. Well... I'm Bayrin. And... hmmm...
Lyana: Nothing much to speak of, is there?
Bayrin: Lyana, quiet! I didn't interrupt you, did I?
Lyana: What? You—
Bayrin: AHEM! As I was saying, dear readers, I am Bayrin Eleison. I can turn into a green dragon (one much faster and stronger than Lyana). I'm older than Lyana, and much better looking, and quite smarter too, and overall better liked and—
Lyana: BAYRIN! Don't lie to people. I will tell them the truth. Bayrin, my oaf of a brother, is the biggest blockhead in Requiem. He is the son of great parents – our father is captain of the City Guard, and our mother is the High Priestess – but do you think he cares? Do you think he ever tried to become a knight or priest? No. He spends his days singing in alehouses, or chasing girls, or sleeping past noon. The only time he enters the armory is to draw rude drawings on shields.
Bayrin: Not true! I’ve entered the armory for more than that. I once also placed a frog in your helmet.
Lyana: Place some sense in your head instead! Bayrin, you are five years older than me. When will you grow up? When will you make something of your life? Come to court now and then! Pick up a sword and join the army! Pick up a book and learn to read and write!
Bayrin: I know how to read and write!
Lyana: Scribbling rude limericks on alehouse walls doesn't count, Bayrin. Won't you ever do something with yourself? At least get a haircut and a shave, you look like a sheepdog. I swear, Bayrin, if you weren't my brother, I would punch some sense into your hollow skull.
Bayrin: Ladies and gentlemen, this is the real Lyana. Forget knighthood or betrothals to princes – it's mostly lectures.
Lyana: That does it. It's time for punching!
Bayrin: Ouch! Lyana, stop that!
EJ: I think this interview is over... We hope you enjoyed meeting Bayrin and Lyana. You can read more about them in A Dawn of Dragonfire, the first volume of Dragonlore, a new epic fantasy series.
A Dawn of Dragonfire (Dragonlore #1) by Daniel Arenson.
The people of Requiem, an ancient kingdom, can grow wings and scales, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons. Their hearts are noble, their wisdom great, their kingdom a land of beauty and peace.
This peace will soon burn. From the south, a fire rises. Birds of flame take flight. The phoenixes soar, beasts of heat and wrath, large as dragons and cruel as wildfire. Their purpose is one: destroy the land of dragons.
Requiem's dragons have defeated countless enemies. Their claws are sharp and their flames bright. But how can they fight the phoenixes, creatures woven of sunfire itself?
In 2011, the Song of Dragons trilogy introduced readers to mythical Requiem. Today, after 100,000 copies sold, a new dawn rises. Dragonlore returns to Requiem with an epic story—for both new readers and old fans—of blood, steel, and dragonfire.
Thank you Daniel, Lyana, and Bayrin for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
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