If Johnson Farthing thought that life as poor cart pusher in the coastal town of Wead-Wodder was going to be his lot in life, then he was about to get a rude surprise.
When his beautiful younger sister Rustina is kidnapped along with the daughter of the country’s ruler, Farthing chases them across the world of Dirt carried by an incredible Sea Dragon and accompanied by a strange magician.
But this is just the start, and soon what began as an adventure, will plunge them all into war.
Dirt is a world where dragons are an intelligent, cultured people, magicians cannot destroy mountains with a magic wand and the heroes have no wish to become tyrannical kings and queens.
But through all the dramatic events, the battles for life and death, Dirt is a place of humour, love and ultimately, the quest to find a home.
Behind the Story
On the face of it, Dirt is another High Fantasy, but there are some very important differences.
Firstly are the dragons. They are huge, but they don’t blow smoke. They are cultured, have a complex society and have a right to the world as much as the humans.
Then there is what they are all fighting for. I have always been puzzled that in our democratic West we are so enthralled by stories where the heroes are Kings and Queens, absolute monarchs who run a feudal system – and that includes Narnia! So, my heroes are ordinary. They are goat farmers, cart pushers, sergeants, fisherfolk, dragons and they are fighting for freedom.
The Dirt Website
Dirt is a complex world and an important part of the story is the forgotten history of the people and the multi-layered, complicated societies of humans and dragons.
I have been creating a website that is not only is for promoting the books but includes an in-character written library of information about the world of Dirt.
Called The Abbey, after one of the key locations in the books, it will be an ongoing project where I add more and more information as I get time. http://aworldcalleddirt.com/abbey/
Because of the risks of spoilers, I am protecting parts of some articles so that visitors are warned “Open if you have read The Fight for Dirt.”
Currently the site lists all the characters with more detailed information on some of the primary characters, plus background information on Dragons, religion, politics, some maps, descriptions of the continents and so on. You can read all about the dragons here: http://aworldcalleddirt.com/abbey/history/natural-history/dragons/
There will be three series in total, each one taking place in a set time frame. Each series will consist of the core story over three or four books plus additional novels, standalone short stories and other related material. This is a huge project and that I hope will keep the reader entertained for some considerable time!