This novel was originally a story I told my own children as part of their going-to-bed routine back when they were young. They wanted a story about dragons -- so there's dragons. They loved imagining they could fly -- so there's people who can fly. They wanted music, a magical forest, and even a bit of creepiness. They wanted a Princess and a Farm Boy.
And so all these are there. In a magical forest, the people of the Shanra built their kingdom surrounded by threats: Dragons to the North and the East, the Dryads and sometimes hostile Spirits of the forest below, and the mysterious Old Ones who come and go without warning. And amid both turmoil in the kingdom, and tragedy in their own lives, Princess Fauna and the farmer Paladin unexpectedly meet. And their friendship becomes pivotal as the kingdom moves from what it was before into what it can become in the future.
That is Red Horizons, Crimson Skies:
Long ago, the moongods blessed the People of the Shanra with the gift of flight. Stretching forth their wings, they took to the clouds and built their cities in giant trees that towered miles above the earth below. For the Shanra were a People of the skies, and the earth was dark and unknown.
But one day, the King of the Shanra ventured back to the earth below. And when he did, he became the catalyst to events that could not be undone. A cataclysm of fire and ash, of dragons gone mad and desperate armies in the skies would unfold.
The outcome, and the survival of the Shanra people, would depend on the unlikely bond between Royalty and Peasant that had to defy all the odds ...