The Last Stand (Empire of the Dragon Gods Book 0) by Paris Hansch

Celia is about to break her vow.

As the head priestess of the most powerful dragon temple in the empire – Celia is a shining example of knowledge, purity, and unquestioning loyalty to the imperial couple, the legendary dragon gods themselves.

Sworn caretakers of their citizens, the priestesses must awaken the power of the spirit arts in others and guide the next generations.

But all is not what it seems. Everything they've been taught, everything Celia knows, is wrong.

Following Celia's disastrous visit to the capital, she is trapped amidst a chaotic scheme that spans over a thousand years beyond her lifetime… and is now faced with the ultimate betrayal.

Her Imperial Highness seeks to destroy Celia and her people – the very same people who serve her empire without question.

As the other dragon temple's refugees pour in, Celia is forced to decide where her loyalties lie.

Will she make a final stand against a dragon god and protect her family, or will her loyalty to the gods last until her final breath?

“A new-to-me author releases her first debut novella, and it's pretty damned good! A fairly short read (120 pages), but it had me hooked all the way to the end. Enough to make me want to read the Book 1? Absolutely! The characters were solid, the worldbuilding and magic system intriguing, and the story flowed very well.”
– Andy Peloquin (Author of the Hero of Darkness Series)