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James Calbraith

James CalbraithJames Calbraith is a Poland-born British writer, foodie and traveller.

Growing up in communist Poland on a diet of powdered milk, “Lord of the Rings” and soviet science-fiction, he had his first story published at the ripe age of eight. After years of bouncing around Polish universities, he moved to London in 2007 and started writing in English.

His debut historical fantasy novel, “The Shadow of Black Wings“, reached the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semi-finals in 2012. “The Year of the Dragon” saga has sold over 12,000 copies worldwide

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The Shadow of Black Wings: The Year of the Dragon #1 (Fantasy/Steampunk/Historical Fantasy)

The Shadow of Black WingsIt is the sixteenth year of Queen Victoria’s enlightened rule and the world trembles before the might of her ironclad navy and the dreaded Dragon Corps. The largest ship ever built sails from the Brigstow Harbour on a journey to the mysterious lands of Orient. Its load – a regiment of the Royal Marines and one Bran ap Dylan – freshly graduate in Dracology at the Llambed Academy of Mystic Arts.

In the empire of Yamato, sealed from the rest of the world for the last two centuries, a wizard’s daughter Sato witnesses her father joining an anti-government conspiracy. Her friend Nagomi, training to be a priestess, is haunted by dark visions that she must keep secret. Neither of them is aware that a change is coming to Yamato… on the wings of a dragon.

A detailed and fast-paced historical fantasy based around the turbulent opening of Japan to the West in the middle of the 19th century, “The Shadow of the Black Wings” is the first volume in “The Year of the Dragon” saga.

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The Warrior’s Soul: The Year of the Dragon #2 (Fantasy/Steampunk/Historical Fantasy)

The Warrior's SoulIt is the Seventeenth Year of Queen Victoria’s enlightened rule. The Qin Rebellion spreads dangerously close to the old capital and only the remainder of the Second Regiment of Royal Marines stands between the rebel army and the vital trade port of Huating.

In Yamato, after a mysterious ritual fusing Bran’s soul with that of an ancient warrior, he, the wizardess Sato and the shrine apprentice Nagomi flee Kiyo, pursued by the authorities – and by the associates of a shadowy figure in Crimson Robe. Their quest – to find Bran’s captured dragon and discover the whereabouts of Sato’s abducted father.

A detailed and fast-paced historical fantasy based around the turbulent opening of Japan to the West in the middle of the 19th century, “The Warrior’s Soul” is the second volume in “The Year of the Dragon” saga.

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The Islands in the Mist: The Year of the Dragon #3 (Fantasy/Steampunk/Historical Fantasy)

The Islands in the MistGuided by the mysterious samurai, Bran and the girls reach the fabled shrine of Kirishima, where his dragon is held. But other forces are also keen to put their hands on the prize…

The Black Wings have landed, and Edo is in turmoil. So is Kiyo, after the recent disturbing events. Doshin Koyata receives a strange blood-red signal in his dreams…

In Qin, Dylan trains an army of volunteers to stop the onslaught of the Rebels, with the help of an old Admiral – who seems to know many secrets…

A detailed and fast-paced historical fantasy based around the turbulent opening of Japan to the West in the middle of the 19th century, “The Islands in the Mist” is the third volume in “The Year of the Dragon” saga.

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The Rising Tide: The Year of the Dragon #4 (Fantasy/Steampunk/Historical Fantasy)

The Rising TideThe thrilling conclusion to the hunt for the Crimson Robe in the fourth volume of the best-selling historical fantasy saga, “The Year of the Dragon”.

Bran, Sato and Nagomi embark on the final stage of their chase, aided by the last of the were-bears of Chinzei and the powerful and cunning Lord Nariakira of Satsuma.

After the Battle of Shanglin, Wulfhere of Warwick finds himself an unlikely hero, while Dylan begins to have second thoughts over his role in the war.

The wind from Edo brings tidings of war and oncoming Darkness. The sacred islands of Yamato are no longer safe beyond their barrier of winds and waves.

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The Year of the Dragon: Books 1 to 4 (Fantasy/Steampunk/Historical Fantasy)

The Year of the DragonThe deluxe first four books of the “Year of the Dragon” best-selling historical fantasy saga, containing the entire Crimson Robe arc:

Book 1: The Shadow of Black Wings

Book 2: The Warrior’s Soul

Book 3:The Islands in the Mist

Book 4: The Rising Tide

The deluxe edition contains also a short story “Birkenhead Drill”, a full glossary of foreign words, list of characters, and a chronology of the world.

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The Chrysanthemum Seal: The Year of the Dragon #5 (Fantasy/Steampunk/Historical Fantasy)

The Chrysanthemum SealIt’s the middle of summer in the Year of the Dragon. The hunt for the Crimson Robe may be over, but the adventure continues…

With Bran seemingly gone from Yamato forever, his friends settle in their new lives, their common adventures a distant memory. Sato enrolls in Lord Nariakira’s school of wizardry, while Nagomi joins her father’s medical practice in far-away Nagoya.

But the revolution, once started, cannot be stopped. The foreign threat finally comes to Yamato’s doorstep. A Varyagan submarine drops anchor in Kiyo harbour. A Bataavian warship arrives at Kagoshima, carrying Dylan ab Ifor, Gwen and Wulfhere. In Shimoda, the Black Wings supply fleet brings with it a curious, unwanted guest…

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