Book Reviews

Dragon Whisperer (Dragon 4) by JB McDonald at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Historical / Fantasy / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-March-2013

Book Blurb

Getting magically eaten by a dragon wasn't part of the plan. Really, there hadn't been much of a plan to begin with, but it had definitely involved more dragon slaying and less getting knocked unconscious. Even the unconsciousness wouldn't be so bad if it didn't push Ashe closer to death each time.

Katsu is worried sick at Ashe's descent. He's worried enough to find a dragon whisperer to help, despite the fact that he hates her. He hates her appearance, he hates her attitude, and he especially hates the way she's helping his lover when he couldn't. Despite this, he hopes she succeeds -- or soon Ashe won't be alive at all.

Book Review

In this fourth part of the story, since this series is definitely developing into one longer story, the plot definitely thickens. After the crisis with the dragon in the last book, and with yet another member of the mercenary band attacked, Katsu and Ashe decide something needs to be done. Well, more Katsu, actually, because Ashe is getting weaker and weaker, drained by the growing dragon.

Katsu has clearly had enough. A usual, he doesn’t say anything much, but he is worried about Ashe 'wasting away', and has made enquiries. The search for a dragon scholar is easier than it sounds, but finding one who actually knows what they're doing… And then Katsu gets jealous when they find the dragon whisperer! I think that is perfect since it shows how much he actually cares. He always puts Ashe first though, letting him make the decision about what they do next.

Ashe is so exhausted he doesn’t have enough energy to fight for his life anymore. He is worried about the dragon injuring his friends, and that makes the decision to leave easier. He just wants to do it to ensure the safety of the other mercenaries, but when Katsu tells him about the plan to find a dragon scholar, he is fine with that as well. Ashe knows he can trust Katsu, and gets just as jealous once they're with the woman who might be able to help him deal with the dragon.

This installment was about building trust between Ashe and Katsu, and about beginning to believe there may be more than what they do in bed together. If you like fantasy with dragons that can be tamed, well, at least a little, if you enjoy an adventure story with lots of developing feelings, and if you want to find out more about Ashe's dragon-parasite, then you will probably like this short story.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 55 pages/17400 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 04-April-2012
Price $3.99 ebook
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