The Dragons of Dorcastle (#1)

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The first book in a thrilling new epic fantasy saga by Jack Campbell, the New York Times best-selling author of The Lost Fleet series!

For centuries, the two Great Guilds have controlled the world of Dematr. The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything that humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of the world behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

Mari is a brilliant young Mechanic, just out of the Guild Halls, where she has spent most of her life learning how to run the steam locomotives and other devices of her Guild. Alain is the youngest Mage ever to learn how to change the world he sees with the power of his mind. Each has been taught that the works of the other’s Guild are frauds. But when their caravan is destroyed, they begin to discover how much has been kept from them.

As they survive danger after danger, Alain discovers what Mari doesn’t know – that she was long ago prophesized as the only one who can save their world. When Mari reawakens emotions he had been taught to deny, Alain realizes he must sacrifice everything to save her. Mari, fighting her own feelings, discovers that only together can she and Alain hope to stay alive and overcome the Dragons of Dorcastle.


“[DRAGONS OF DORCASTLE'S] down-to-earth style, entertainment value, and wonderful characters made it very hard for me to resist its charms. All told, a very good book to just curl up and relax with.”

The Bibliosanctum

“The perfect mix of steampunk and fantasy […] I would recommend this book to just about anyone I know.”

The Arched Doorway

“DRAGONS OF DORCASTLE was a fantastic read [...] an action-packed and exciting book and one I can’t recommend highly enough.”

Book Lovers Life

“What I Liked: Mari & Alain grow through out the book; great world building; fun plot that left me satisfied for Book 1 but also with enough hints for the continued series; steampunk vibe; the dragons! […] This was a great book!”

Dab of Darkness

“I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed DRAGONS OF DORCASTLE […] I can already tell that Mari and Alain are going to be characters I’m going to have a good time following […] I’m so eager to see where their story goes next!”

Not Yet Read

“One of the best books I’ve read so far this year […] The story is fast paced with tons of great action and very interesting world building […] If you like fantasy, I simply cannot recommend this highly enough.”

Badass Book Reviews

“Campbell has created an interesting world […] [he] has created his characters in such a meticulous way, I could not help but develop my own feelings for both of them. I have already gotten the second book and will be listening with anticipation.”

Audio Book Reviewer

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