Here’s fantasy with a twist: introducing an alternate world where humans and dragons fight over fossil fuels. The Story of Owen (2014), a debut novel and first installment of the young adult fantasy series Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston, tells the tale of sixteen-year-old Owen Thorskard, the last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers. The narrator is his very own bard-in-training, classmate Siobhan McQuaid, who has agreed to sing his praises as they endeavor to protect his Canadian village from plundering dragons.
The author is Canadian forensic archaeologist Emily Kate Johnston, who has lived on four continents. Her tale includes a diverse cast of characters set in a re-imagined version of her own country, who gather together to defend their community. The dragon slayer and his bard are friends free from the cliché of romantic involvement. They have other things on their minds, like preserving their families and a way of life.