Book Reviews

Dragon Hunted (Dragon 1) by JB McDonald at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Historical / Fantasy / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 11-March-2013

Book Blurb

Getting eaten by a dragon wasn't part of Ashe's plan. Not that there was much of a plan to begin with, but it had definitely involved more chasing and less running. Ashe supposes there's one good thing about all this: if he has to be trapped in a cave with a very large predator outside, at least he's with Katsu, the company medic and Ashe's current crush.

Even better, Katsu has enough knowledge of dragons and medicine that he might just be able to hatch an escape plan. Even better than that, Ashe is discovering that Katsu might not dislike him after all. It's a small step, Ashe hopes, from not disliking him to something significantly more. That is, assuming they don't get eaten first.

Book Review

In this first installment of what promises to be a fun and hot series about two dragon hunters, set in an imaginary land with both human and elven (maybe more?) inhabitants, we meet Ashe, the elf, and Katsu, a human medic. They have already known each other for a while, but are only now getting to the point where they're no longer either just glaring at each other, or purposefully annoying each other. In fact, this first adventure puts them in a life-threatening situation, and while there is a serious undertone, the way Ashe tells the story adds a lot of fun to the proceedings.

Ashe is an elf who acts before he thinks. He doesn’t believe in holding back, is always on the move, and just seems to love getting into trouble. Ashe also secretly admires Katsu, but has no idea how to approach the surly medic. I loved how he keeps getting minor injuries so Katsu has to patch him up. When they get trapped by a Dragon, both men try to come up with ideas for their escape, and I loved Ashe's continued sense of humor and the way he tells the story, even under duress.

Katsu likes to keep his distance from people, so he makes them think he is grumpy. Well, he really is grumpy most of the time, but he exaggerates it a little. I guess he is one of hose guys who hate showing emotions, but his care and protectiveness of Ashe, the way he ends up dealing with the dragon, shows he really cares. He also almost admits it at one point… but only if you listen carefully. Luckily, Ashe does.

If you like fantasy, including dragons and elves, if you're looking for a lighter touch with some great humor, and if you enjoy reading stories about faraway lands and unlikely adventure, then you will probably like this short story.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 55 pages/14900 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-June-2011
Price $2.99 ebook
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