Word of an English-language version of a popular bestselling Russian fantasy series landed on our desks this week, and since we know our readers are always on the lookout for new books to check out, we wanted to bring it to your attention. Read on to learn more about The Dragon Inside… not only does it help bridge the perceived cultural gap between the U.S. and Russia, it also gives you some exciting novels to dive into!
Becoming the Dragon and Wings on My Back, the first two books in Alex Sapegin’s action-packed fantasy series The Dragon Inside, are now available in English translation from Litworld, an innovative digital publishing house translating bestselling Russian books for the enjoyment of the English-speaking market. A Cruel Tale (Book 3) heads our way on February 26th.
The Dragon Inside is a saga of portal traveling, bodily transformations, reincarnation, and epic combat; but first and foremost it’s a story of discovering and reclaiming one’s true self.
Becoming the Dragon (Book 1) Synopsis:
Having unwittingly stumbled into the site of a scientific experiment, Andy gets teleported to a faraway planet inhabited by both human and supernatural beings. In this new world he will encounter all kinds of exciting adventures and grim challenges, mastering his newly developed magic skills; befriending orcs, elves, and dragons; fighting the good fight; and eventually continuing on his quest for justice reincarnated as a dragon.
It was obvious right from the get-go that destiny has something unique in store for Andy Kerimov, a small-town teenager who survives a direct strike from lightning which leaves him with immunity to electronic devices and extraordinary magic powers just waiting to be released. Teleported to the fairytale world of Ilanta, Andy gets no cordial welcome: He is captured, chained up, and sold into slavery — but not before he accidentally activates an ancient artifact and sets Karegar the Dragon free, who would later become his mentor and foster father. When fatally wounded, Andy chooses to undergo an ancient ritual to be reborn as a dragon, aka a Master of Heaven.
He will have to go a long way before settling into his new body and mastering his newly acquired powers. On his way he will make loyal friends and bitter enemies, going through fire and ice, defending the right, and taking the weak under his wing. Little does he know that he is destined to play a central part in an epic conflict soon to break out where the future of the two planets, as well as his now-faraway homeland, would be at stake…