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Consorting With Dragons

by Sera Trevor

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Dragons, to me, are fascinating creatures, whether they are dragon shifters, dragons with telepathic and other magical abilities, or the dragons in fairy tales. In ‘Consorting with Dragons’, a wonderful free novella, they are of the magical kind, very similar to the ones in the ‘Dragonriders of Pern’ science fiction series by Anne McCaffrey. In this story, they are somewhat more self-sufficient, but do have the occasional interaction with humans who have built a whole culture around them. The Lord of Drae is the link between dragons and humans, and responsible for ensuring humans’ magical abilities, fed by the dragons, remain strong. In this novella, the latest Lord of Drae is looking for a wife or husband, a consort, to help him carry that burden.

Jasen comes form the most backward kingdom of the Allied Realms, is the son of a poor noble who has gambled his deceased wife’s fortune away, and is now supposed to fetch a good marriage price so his father can pay his debts. Not a nice position to be in. What is worse is that he has no self-confidence, is as clumsy as they come, and has no education or understanding of court etiquette to speak of. And he is supposed to “snag” the king? All he thinks will happen is a three-month vacation in the Draelands (the largest kingdom) while he is being tested and trained, then introduced to the suitors looking for a husband. But that is not what happens at all when the king, whom Jasen meets and complains to before he even knows who he is, takes a sudden interest. The threatening responsibility does not make Jasen happy.

Amidst courtly intrigue, backstabbing from the other “candidates” and a flirty bodyguard, Jasen tries to keep his head above water and his nose clean. But he doesn’t stand a chance, instead endearing himself to the king more with each “mishap”. He is so honest and straightforward, I cannot blame Rilvar, who insists Jasen call him by his given name, for being so enthusiastic. As are the dragons – and that is a wonderful part of the story all by itself.

If you like sentient dragons who have more than a little magic and influence over their human friends, if you enjoy fairy tales where the king has to fight for his prince, and if you’re looking for a sweet romance with some angst, lots of drama, and wonderful magic, then you will probably like this free novella. I loved it!
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  SerenaYates | Oct 19, 2017 |
The story is easily predictable, entertaining and easy to read. the ending is rather rushed which unfortunately prevents any suspense, or an imitation of suspense as the ending had been foreshadowed from the very beginning of the book. An unexpected ending would have made it much more interesting and enjoyable but all in all it was fun to read. ( )
  toofan23 | Apr 10, 2016 |
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