I think we all dread writing query letters, don't we? I'd rather be doing this...
Yes, even that looks more fun the trying to condense my complex story into less than 300 words. Anyhow, this is my first attempt in a long time. I've never sent a query letter, so I have no feedback from agents. Perhaps some readers will help me out.
Naturally with such constrictions, I must focus the letter on just one of the main characters. I'll leave out the standard personalized intro and outro paragraphs and just post the meat of it here. I'm not thrilled with it, but it does at least cover the main ideas for this character's story arc. Thanks for any ideas.
Three years ago the minor noble Midas lost a son in an ambush by a troll. Now with his marriage crumbling and the Known Lands threatened by an invasion from a mysterious and deadly race of dragon men, Midas is torn between his duty to raise his two remaining sons to be proper warriors and the insistence of his wife that he keep the boys safe.
He takes his sons to war, but hopes to shield them from danger. His intentions go awry when a seer involves them in a plan to defeat the dragon men by finding a shard of a shattered magical relic, lost centuries ago in the lair of the most vicious dragon ever known.
After surviving the dragon, cannibals, deadly ice-wraiths, and a chase through a lost underground city, Midas and his remaining friends find the shard and join the armies of men, elves, and dwarves to confront the ultra-disciplined horde of dragon men, only to discover that the magic of the shard doesn’t work as expected. Midas is faced with the most excruciating of decisions -- save his sons, or save the realm and risk losing everyone that he loves.