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The Dragoncrown saga is a trilogy by Vincent Avis. It consists of Soul Storm, True Names, and a yet unnamed conclusion.

Ethan, a young prince of Talidar, is captured and forced into slavery, only to be rescued by the son of his master. Samet, son of the enemy warlord, is a powerful sorcerer out to save the world from his own father. They travel through the land of the fey on a quest to destroy an ancient and evil artifact, succeeding only to find themselves with an entirely new set of problems.

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  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: One of Ethan's specially enchanted daggers cuts through an enemy's sword
  • Bullying a Dragon: Despite Samet's reputation and noted power, there are still people dumb enough to actively try provoking him.
  • Badass Family: The Kendalls and the Vadins both qualify, though the Vadins are a much darker version.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Mostly averted. Samet is literally hot-tempered, raising the temperature of whatever room he is in when he starts to get angry.
  • Cultured Badass: Samet is well read and highly educated, and quite possibly the most dangerous man alive.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Samet is said to be hellspawn, and willingly admits that some part of him is in fact demonic. Varorgirin is a dark and bloody crone that attends children's tea parties when she isn't ripping apart their enemies.
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  • Declaration of Protection: Ethan and Samet make it very clear they will not hesitate to protect each other. King Robert eventually gives one to Samet as well.
  • Friendly Fireproof: Samet's clothing and Ethan.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Despite being one of the good guys, Samet is perfectly willing to burn people alive
  • Kick the Dog: Neither Arda and Vadin hesitate to kick a dog when the opportunity presents itself.
  • Kill It with Fire: Being a creature of fire himself, this is generally Samet's preferred tactic. He can use other elements, he just happens to be at his best with fire.
  • Knife Nut: Ethan regularly carries around two dozen knives
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: King Sikander ignores the edicts of the council and aids in the rescue of Samet because all the available evidence indicates Samet is on the side of good.
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  • Shipper on Deck: Upon realizing the illicit relationship between Sir Xavier and Princess Sarah, both Samet and Ethan actively encourage the relationship and cover for them. Sir Jakob also seems to be one for Samet and Ethan, covering for them.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: The ladies of King Robert's court are diplomats and scholars. None hesitate to pick up a weapon and stride in to defend their loved ones.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Vadin. Margaret is barely of 'marriageable age' and Justin is a toddler. Fortunately, Samet was right there to stop him.
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