Book Reviews

Dragon's Lair (Dragon 6) by JB McDonald at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Historical / Fantasy / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-March-2013

Book Blurb

Being a demon is no fun at all. This doesn't particularly come as a surprise, but his constant escort and rarely seeing his lover does. When Ashe agreed to come to Katsu's land, he did so hoping to spend time with Katsu. Instead, he spends time locked within the palace grounds, ostracized as a monster. This will continue, he knows, until the princess Chieko is healed... or dies.

Dying looks like the greater possibility, and Katsu is already mourning his sister. Then something happens -- something terrible and wonderful. The ground trembles and opens up, and Katsu nearly falls through. At Ashe's greatest need, the dragon responds, saving Ashe's lover. If they can make it happen again, it might just save the princess's life -- and mean Ashe and Katsu can go home.

Book Review

Ashe and Katsu are in for more excitement in this story. They've made it to Katsu's home, and Ashe discovers a whole new culture. I loved the descriptions of the weather, the people, and their habits from Ashe's point of view. They don’t accept him easily, since beings with pointed ears are demons for the, but since he is linked to a dragon, they cannot touch him. Katsu has his own battles to fight, and facing his mother's continued rejection head-on isn’t easy.

Ashe doesn’t really like living in the palace while Katsu tries to cure his sister of the plague, but the increased levels of magic that come from the nearby jungle intrigue him. Learning about Katsu's  past is equally fascinating, and trying to figure out how to help Katsu's sister keeps him busy.

Katsu is being quiet and withdrawn, angry about the way his mother still treats him as if he were dead to her. Well, the prince he once was no longer exists, he is now only 'the doctor'. He tries to explain the whole situation to Ashe, and some fascinating details about his culture come to light. But he isn’t ready to stay, even though he will miss his siblings.

I liked the deepening of the story about Ashe's magic, the changes in his relationship with the dragon more toward that of a pet (well, mostly), and the different setting and culture kept me interested. If you like fantasy that is about adventure as much as it is about different cultures, if you enjoy tales about surprising discoveries, and if you want to know how Ashe and Katsu are doing, you will probably like this story.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 82 pages/22000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-November-2012
Price $3.99
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