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Lucinda Hare - Author

About the Author

Lucinda Hare is the author of the Dragonsdome Chronicles, and her heroine Quenelda’s passion for dragons is based on Lucinda’s childhood in rural East Lothian; it was there that her lifelong passion for animals – from earwigs to elephants – history, reading and drawing began.  She and her family share their Edinburgh home with a large number of rescued animals. She adopts the old and ill, cats with special needs and animals with behavioural problems, and friends often comment that she can weave magic and talk to the animals – a real life ‘whisperer’! 

It should be no surprise, then, that the characters at the heart of The Dragonsdome Chronicles - apart from sorcerers, gnomes, dwarves and trolls – are in fact dragons; dragons with their own language and character, from the teasing Chasing the Stars to those with serious attitude like the carnivorous battledragon, Two Gulps & You're Gone.  The dragons owe the inspiration for their names to Native American culture, and their characters draw on some of her large adopted family of animals.

Lucinda was able to return to those childhood passions, and very soon their house in Lasswade filled up with ever more rescued animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and ex-battery hens), books, and pastel and watercolour drawings and illustrations covered in dirty paw marks – the cats do always like to help out!  This led to Paul’s suggestion that she should try putting pen to paper – or rather, given Lucinda’s chaotic writing style, get a laptop and start writing.  The result was a rapid explosion of ideas and the start of The Dragonsdome Chronicles.

Lucinda was born in Edinburgh and spent her childhood in rural East Lothian, where she spent much of her time roaming the beaches and woods, watching deer, pheasants, geese and rabbits, and listening to the croon of eider ducks float down the Firth of Forth on the evening breeze.  It was then that her lifelong passions for animals – from earwigs to elephants – history, reading and drawing began.

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Other books by Lucinda Hare

Dark Dragon Dreams Fear Gives Words Wings

Dark Dragon Dreams Fear Gives Words Wings

Author: Lucinda Hare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2018

Breaking with tradition, drawing upon the strengths of all their peoples, the SDS are preparing to take the war to the WarLock King. Far to the north their enemy gathers his strength and draws on the Abyss to gain an advantage. But another power is rising that no one foresaw: who will the inner dragon answer to? Quenelda finds the expectations of others too great, but she should beware of what she wishes for. Set against the backdrop of an escalating war and the rising dark power of the mealstrom, this is a story about the power of love, friendship and family between the peoples of the Seven Sea Kingdoms and their dragons, and how together as OneKind they cope with loss and grief in a changing world.

The Sorcerers Glen

The Sorcerers Glen

Author: Lucinda Hare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/05/2015

Fantasy Book Review 10/10 Fans of Hare's previous books The Dragonsdome Chronicles will be delighted with The Sorcerer's Glen. It bears all the trademarks of classic Hare - brave female characters, hilarious side-kicks and Hare's characteristic wit (What's a vegetarian and how do you cook them?). There is one big difference with this book - it is set in our world. Fear not, this doesn't mean fantastical realms are long-gone...but Hare presents our world as a different kind of magic. In the opening pages we are introduced to the charming village of Thistleburr. If you live in a city - you're going to wish you lived here. If you live in a village - you're going to wish you lived here. If you live in a magical realm - you're going to wish you lived here. Seemingly lifted right off a chocolate box, Thistleburr is all small caf s, village greens and beautifully named places (Ratchet and Hatchet Solicitors!); but by far, the one place I wished was real was The Chocolate Cauldron. Hare tells us right away that this is an 'old-fashioned sweet shop that conjured up confectionary of every imaginable shape, size and description'. You won't even be half-way through the book before you're wishing toffee wands were sold in the supermarket. More than just village life, Hare gives us the modern world, and presents the modern world as a modern magic (the internet, nanotechnology, biometric scans) that sits by the side of (and often clashes with) the deeper, older magic of the Fifth Dimension. This is where fans of the Dragonsdome chronicles will see familiar favourites; the SDS, goblins, and dragons...but as I said before, this book is different. Hare takes dragons to a whole new level, too. Sea Dragons, that's all I'm saying. Wait for the sea dragons. All this goes on around our main character, Lucy Pemberton, a young girl learning to deal with magical powers (in our world, a world that has, seemingly relegated such power to folklore and fairy-tales) as she faces the Black Raven. There are many beautiful passages where Lucy 'connects' to the Fifth Dimension - but my favourite element of her magic, was her ability to connect with the animals. The various animal totems in this book (can mine be the Wooly Mammoth?) show us the author's great compassion for, and understanding of, animals. Lucy has a permanent companion in her brother Oliver, so as with the Dragonsdome Chronicles, you'd be mistaken for thinking this was a book for only the girls. There is enough rugby, mountain-bike mishaps and beasties to please any boy reading. In short, this is a book for everyone. Want to enter Hare's world - pick up this book? You don't have to have read the Dragonsdome Chronicles to understand this (but they are brilliant - so you really should read them!) The final difference with this book was Hare's fantastic illustrations - saved only for the front cover of the previous novels, The Sorcerer's Glen is filled with them - the work of both Hare and local primary school children. Overall: This book gets 5 toffee-wands (out of five!)

Flight to Dragon Isle

Flight to Dragon Isle

Author: Lucinda Hare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

A brutal war against the united hobgoblin tribes rages, and Quenelda longs to accompany her hero Dragon Lord father into battle. But when the elite Stealth Dragon Services is ambushed and defeated - due to the dark treachery of the Grand Master - and her father is presumed dead, the Seven Sea Kingdoms are thrown into turmoil. Evil plots swirl - with even Quenelda's own beloved dragon in mortal danger - but Quenelda finds a magical, secret solace at the heart of the fabled fortress Dragon Isle. Can she use her new powers to set the tide of victory turning against the hobgoblins?

The Dragon Whisperer

The Dragon Whisperer

Author: Lucinda Hare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Quenelda has always had a magical bond with dragons, and her greatest wish is to fly one and fight alongside her father in the war against the hobgoblins. Root, on the other hand, wishes only to avoid the fearsome creatures, so the role of Quenelda's esquire is the last thing he needs. But an unexpected friendship is forged, and when Dragons Dome is besieged by a deadly plot, this unlikely duo must find a way to defeat the dark forces. Epic battles, whispered legends and soaring magic combine in this breathtaking debut fantasy, with black and white illustrations by David Wyatt.