Galan aug scieth

ACOD with scale bookmarkHello, dragon fans. This is a very significant post. Today sees the UK publication of A Crown of Dragons, the final book of the UNICORNE Files trilogy, which effectively brings the series to an end. Sad for those who’ve enjoyed the books. But take heart, it’s not quite over yet. For the legacy of the UFiles is still being explored – in my Erth Dragons series…

Let me explain. If you’re familiar with the first two UFiles stories, you’ll know that their teen hero, Michael Malone, finds he has the power to alter reality. But where does this power come from? That’s a question that is put to Michael right at the beginning of A Crown of Dragons. The answer isn’t revealed to him for another hundred pages or so, though it’s pretty obvious from the very first chapter that it’s all to do with dragons – or a very small part of them.

Let’s back track a bit. The arc of the three books revolves around the mysterious disappearance of Thomas Malone, Michael’s father, who was sent to New Mexico by the UNICORNE organisation to investigate the alleged discovery of a ‘dragon scale’. Thomas manages to return with the scale, but his close contact with it has a profound effect on him. He not only begins to exhibit powers similar to those we eventually see in Michael, he also has ‘flashbacks’ or memories of dragons on Earth. Over time, he becomes so obsessed by these encounters that he starts to believe he once lived in an age when dragons roamed the planet. In an effort to keep Thomas sane and under control, UNICORNE use a deep hypnosis technique called ‘past-life regression’ to allow Thomas to open his mind and ‘remember’ his experience with the dragons. This leads to a dramatic moment when Thomas not only appears to recall an encounter with the creatures, but suddenly develops scales along one arm and speaks the words that form the title of this post: Galan aug scieth…

Those words turn out to be dragontongue. In English they mean, ‘I am you and you are me’. More simply: ‘I am become you’. Got where this is going yet?

Well, whether you have or you haven’t, it would be unfair for me to expand on that point much further; I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the final book, now do I? Let me just say it’s these words that link the UFiles and the Erth Dragons series together. There’s a good explanation of the phrase around the middle of A Crown of Dragons and a really powerful exposition of it in part one of The Wearle, the first book of the Erth Dragons series. In short, I recommend you read both books if you can, because you’re going to see a common theme developing. And that theme is this: if dragons were on the Earth (or ‘Erth’) at one time, why did they leave? And if they were here, what effects might their presence have had on other species living on the planet, especially humans? A favourite editor once said to me, ‘dragons are wired into the human consciousness’. What she meant was lots of people have an inexplicable fascination for dragons. But no one really knows why. No one to my knowledge has ever seen one of these ‘monsters’ that can allegedly fly and breathe fire and is covered in hard scales. But could it be that, like Thomas Malone, some of us are carrying distant memories of the creatures? Memories that dragons themselves might have wanted to eradicate, for instance? And what if their legacy went beyond memories? What if dragon DNA had somehow become cross-contaminated with human DNA – from a bite, perhaps? What would that mean for the human race? Well, read the books and form your own opinion. A Crown of Dragons and The Wearle are both available NOW. And remember, they’re just stories – or are they…?

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