My most recent book is A Star♦Reckoner's Lot

For some, loss merely deprives. For others, it consumes.
Ashtadukht is a star-reckoner. The worst there's ever been.
Witness her treacherous journey through Iranian legends and ancient history.

Only a brave few storytellers still relate cautionary glimpses into the life of Ashtadukht, a woman who commanded the might of the constellations—if only just, and often unpredictably. They’ll stir the imagination with tales of her path to retribution. How, fraught with bereavement and a dogged illness, she criss-crossed Sassanian Iran in pursuit of creatures now believed mythical. Then, in hushed tones, what she wrought on that path.

[ On Ashtadukht, the protagonist. ] I found her to be one of the more realistic female characters I've read about in a long time. She, along with the detail is what really made this book worth reading the most. - The Arched Doorway

I'm afraid I'll overuse the word imaginative if I tried to describe what Drake has done here in the depth I want to. You haven't read a fantasy novel like this one before — almost certainly, anyway — but you should. - The Irresponsible Reader

About the Author

Darrell Drake has published four books, with A Star-Reckoner's Lot being the latest. He often finds himself inspired by his research to take on new hobbies. Birdwatching, archery, stargazing, and a heightened interest in history have all become a welcome part of his life thanks to this habit.

Darrell is an outstanding author and human being. I will raise my children in his image, and sacrifice bulls in his name. A real luminary and inspiration.

- Merill P. Cats

I think birds are a hoot

For some, loss merely deprives. For others, it consumes.

Ashtadukht is a star-reckoner. The worst there's ever been. Witness her treacherous journey through Iranian legends and ancient history.

Only a brave few storytellers still relate cautionary glimpses into the life of Ashtadukht, a woman who commanded the might of the constellations—if only just, and often unpredictably. They’ll stir the imagination with tales of her path to retribution. How, fraught with bereavement and a dogged illness, she criss-crossed Sassanian Iran in pursuit of creatures now believed mythical. Then, in hushed tones, what she wrought on that path.

[ On Ashtadukht, the protagonist. ] I found her to be one of the more realistic female characters I've read about in a long time. She, along with the detail is what really made this book worth reading the most. - The Arched Doorway

I'm afraid I'll overuse the word imaginative if I tried to describe what Drake has done here in the depth I want to. You haven't read a fantasy novel like this one before — almost certainly, anyway — but you should. - The Irresponsible Reader

Descarta yearned for adventure.If only she'd known what that truly meant.

Adventure has a habit of not making meetings. A habit of relinquishing those unfortunate souls swept up in its thrill—no matter how wet behind the ears—to misadventure. Misadventure is far less negligent. It'd rather stick around; share a tragedy or two.

Historic tales of legend tend to gloss over the nature of adventure in favor of glory and romance. As a queen imprisoned in her own castle, wed to a king she scarcely remembers or cares for, those embellished tales are all that keep Descarta going. She doesn't have the luxury or mercy of real world experience.

So when she finally embarks on the journey she's long pined for, Descarta is sorely ill-prepared. The very people she once despised or feared become her only means of survival in a world that wants to swallow her up—a dark, pernicious world where anyone in their right mind would avoid adventure.

So it is that misadventure comes hard and heavy to the girl. But if she can remain strong in the harsh face of reality, Descarta will come to find that even love and friendship can blossom within ruin. She'll discover that her place in history is more far-reaching than anything contained in her tomes.

The opening story to a sometimes-flippant, sometimes-grim sword & sorcery series that challenges morality and the boundaries of love. Follow a cast of eccentric, complex characters—from elves with severe personality disorders to a caretaker of time and space—as they brave worlds and leave lasting changes in their wake.

Undeath meant only that they could wait forever.

Everautumn is a realm beyond common reality and common knowledge. Where retching volcanoes, unrelenting heat and ashen forests canopied with tufts of flame dominate scarcely hospitable terrain. A realm in the midst of conflict spanning millennia.

Almi and Merill have died. Their hearts no longer beat in the fashion they once did. Extirpated and deposited in the harsh, lava-sown world of Everautumn, they now survive as something seated between elf and undead. For six years they have endured, because they trust he will come.

Accompanied by Descarta, the artificial weaveress; Elissa, the once-forgotten daughter; and Hafstagg, the paunchy warrior, Virgil has been sailing in search of a way to keep his promise to revive the elven twins. And he will stop at nothing to do so.

Everautumn plans to challenge that.

The second entry in a sometimes-flippant, sometimes-grim sword & sorcery series that challenges morality and the boundaries of love. Follow a cast of eccentric, complex characters—from elves with severe personality disorders to a caretaker of time and space—as they brave worlds and leave lasting changes in their wake.

Almi and Merill have lost everything. Now, they live only for vengeance.

What should have been a routine diplomatic meeting has gone terribly awry. Their beloved king is found dead, murdered by one of the seven in attendance. Swearing revenge, Almi and Merill scoff at the idea of a whodunit.

Everyone is guilty.
Everyone will suffer.
Everyone will die.

Join the sisters in a world warped by the heedless onset of madness. Follow as reality gives way to the weight of their despair, and they struggle to survive long enough to exact retribution.

Where Madness Roosts is a stand-alone novella (29,000 words) in The Flameforged Saga fantasy setting that takes place well over a decade before the first book. Also includes "The Scratching", a short story about one of Descarta and Hafstagg's many encounters on their five year journey together.

A side story in a sometimes-flippant, sometimes-grim sword & sorcery series that challenges morality and the boundaries of love. Follow a cast of eccentric, complex characters—from elves with severe personality disorders to a caretaker of time and space—as they brave worlds and leave lasting changes in their wake.

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