The Shadow of Black Wings

The Shadow of Black Wings is a fantasy story that mixes steampunk, traditional fantasy, and eastern culture, written by James Calbraith, who has made it available as a free digital audiobook. It is book 1 in The Year of the Dragon series.

It is the Sixteenth Year of Queen Victoria. In the powerful empire of Dracaland, Bran, a young dragon rider, joins his father on a military expedition to the mysterious lands of the Orient. In the reclusive Yamato, Sato, a tomboy samurai girl, strives to prove her right to inherit her father's school of western magic. Nagomi, a timid shrine apprentice, is haunted by the visions of dark future she must keep secret even from her best friend.

They don't know it yet, but their paths will cross… And when they do, nothing will ever be the same again.