Genetically marked for an ancestor’s crime, she’s the key to a tyrant’s ambition. ~~
Sixteen-year-old goatherd Petra Drakhorn is determined to raid draken nests with the men of her clan. But her path isn’t hers to choose. Her flawless hereditary birthmark, a genetic ‘brand’ for an ancestor’s crime, makes her an asset to be traded, like breeding stock. Unknown to Petra, it also makes her the key to a tyrant’s ambition. He wants the millennia-old genetic enhancement that her birthmark says is awakening in her brain.
When his treachery threatens to destroy her clan, Petra must find a way to stop him. With her dog and gun, a false-bred mule, and three unexpected companions, she sets out to do just that. But to succeed, she’ll have to evade the ancient sentient weapon he sends to hunt her, and face the draken who killed her brother.
Set in the moss-softened rubble of the apocalypse, Kiss of the Dragonfly is a hopeful tale of warring clans, gene-edited witches, weaponized corpses, and one girl’s determination to choose her own path.