Michaela Kendrick - Dragon's Honor
Quintessential Sci-fi Romance.
Dragon’s Honor is a wonderful story that draws its reader straight into a universe of high tech and dirty politics. The Warlord is an evil tyrant bent on the destruction of an entire population. No one has both the power and the desire to stop his genocide.
Aryn knows her people are in terrible danger, but is trapped in a loveless marriage with no means to save herself, much less anyone else. Watching her grow is one of the most enjoyable parts of this book.
The increasingly feisty heroine is well matched by her new bodyguard, the ex-Dragon Cade. He’s disillusioned and burned out, having sworn never to kill again, but one look at his new boss’s wife has him questioning his resolve. When Aryn is attacked Cade will face the hardest choice of his life and watching their dilemma unfold is completely engrossing.
This is definitely fun, with a fascinating group of supporting characters. I look forward to flying with the Dragons again.
After so much success writing fantasy, what made you decide to switch to sci fi?
I have tons of old tattered paperbacks that I have read literally to pieces, a lot of Fantasy, but a few Science Fiction. After writing my first series (The Light & Shadow Trilogy, under pen name Moira Katson) I ended up, by chance, reading a whole bunch of Science Fiction all at once, and I knew I wanted to try something new and unexpected! This series was 2 years in the making, and I've kept writing Fantasy in the meantime, but I am so glad that I stuck with these stories as well - I love the Dragon Corps, and I'm really excited to see what else is coming for them!
What do you enjoy most about creating a science-fiction romance as opposed to any other genre?
I think what's great about SciFi Romance is that there's a freedom to explore almost any theme, while doing so with a dash of humor. When we meet her, for instance, Aryn is in a terrible position, lied to and entrapped by her husband, and fearing for the family and friends she left behind on Ymir. Going to free her people is a choice she's sure will end in death, and it's one that tests Cade in ways she could not have anticipated. However, with each other and with their friends who join them in the fight, they're able to approach it with grace and humor. In the next book in the series, Talon's story, we explore different themes of family loyalty and technology run amok, but with the same sarcastic humor. Romance is a genre that relies heavily on friendships and family as well as romantic love, and I just adore that. Melding it with Science Fiction is perfect!