The Bastard Prince is book 1 in the Dragonspeaker Chronicles.
She has a dragon, and she’s not afraid to use it.
Nellie Dreessen is a kitchen maid in the palace of Regent Bernard of Saardam. She has worked for two kings and two regents, has seen two royal families murdered through magic, has seen ghosts and demons, and kept her head down like a good girl.
On her fiftieth birthday, she receives her late father’s diary, which describes a magical item that is so evil, it needs to be kept in the Church crypt: a box that contains dragon.
Problem is, someone has stolen the box
Regent Bernard holds a banquet for his eldest son’s sixteenth birthday. Distinguished guests come from far and wide. Because she knows what the box looks like, Nellie discovers it in a nobleman’s luggage.
Removing the box from a thief’s room is not stealing, right? Not if you intend to return it to the rightful owner: the church.
But someone poisons the nobleman, and everyone in the kitchen is a suspect. Nellie’s friend in the church advises Nellie to flee with the dragon box. The Regent is on a mission to stamp out magic, and Nellie plans to do what she does best: keep her head down and hide.
Problem is, the dragon has other ideas.
It is the story of Nellie Dreessen, a kitchen maid in the palace of Regent Bernard of Saardam.
Nellie has been working at the palace for some time, and has seen the best and worst in palace occupants. Now in the autumn of her life, her situation could not be worse. Her beloved queen died at the hand of magic and the regent dances to the tune of a church that doesn’t have the people’s best interest at heart.
But Nellie has a weapon. She inherits a box that contains a dragon. She doesn’t know anything about dragons and has no magic that would help her deal with a dragon. The dragon lives in a box and is pretty unhappy about that. Its master is a young prince, the dead queen’s bastard son. No one knows if the boy is still alive. Without him, the dragon will be hard to control. Everyone with a skerrick of magic has fled the town. Nellie is scared of magic, yet, she has no option but to learn about it. The dragon will only listen to her.
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