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I've been trying to remember a book, but for the life of me I can't. I read this in middle school, about 10 or 12 years ago, but the book looked older then. It was set in a medieval time period, but one of the plot points was the villain was going to use magic to make a cannon explode and kill the king (brand new invention I think, and to make it explode so people would not want to use them because they would be "dangerous"). The main character was a female warrior, she may have been a priestess. I think the main villain was a demon or sorcerer, but I'm not for sure. I can remember on the cover there was a dragon, and 2 character wearing blue and yellow I'm pretty certain.

After the cannon incident (didn't explode, heroine stopped the magic), I think an invisible army was revealed and the castle where this was taking place was then under siege.

Our library shelves were sorted by author, and I am pretty sure that Paul Stewart, author of the Edge Chronicles, was either on the shelf above or below this book. So the author's last name could have started with an S, but to be safe, maybe R or T as well.

  • There are elements of this that strongly suggest Stackpole's Dragoncrown trilogy. – JohnP Oct 27 '17 at 20:56
  • @JohnPno as far as I know it was a single book. It was wrapped up at the end, no cliff hanger or sign of a continuing story. – bubbajake00 Oct 28 '17 at 22:14
  • Although it's not a perfect match, this reminds me a lot of Terry Pratchett's "Interesting Times" – AJM yesterday
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This is an extreme long shot but I am going to suggest The Last Days of the Edge of the World by Brian Stableford. The setting is medieval or fantasy based as you describe and the main character is a resourceful female sorcerer. The cover features a dragon like creature and two characters dressed in blue and yellow. Here is a link to an image of the cover which may jog your memory.

The Last Days of the Edge of the World front cover

The author's name falls in the correct area of the alphabet as you suggest. It also features a defined ending with no cliffhanger and is not part of a series. It is more than twenty five years since I read this so can't be certain about the other plat elements you describe. I do recall a scene in a castle but am unable to recall the scene you mention with a cannon.

  • I looked up a summary of the book and I don't think it was this one. The art work seemed a bit similar in style, not in content, so I looked up the author and went through a list of books. No luck there unless it was one of the ones listed without a cover. – bubbajake00 yesterday
  • @bubbajake00 sorry it turned out to be a wild goose chase. I did think it was a long shot seeing as it was based primarily on where the authors name might lie in the alphabet. Well... let's keep looking. You never know you might find it yet. – dominic fonde yesterday

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