Book Reviews

Havesskadi (Dragon Souls 1) by Ava Kelly at NineStar Press

Genre Asexual/Aromantic / Pansexual/Panromantic / Fantasy / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Shapeshifters / Interspecies / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 24-February-2020

Book Blurb

The red dragon is hunting her own. Up in the icy peaks of the northern mountains, Orsie Havesskadi spends his days hiding from her, but eventually he is found and his dragon magic stolen. Cursed to wander the lands as a mortal unless he recovers his magic before twenty-four rising crescents have passed, Orsie embarks on an arduous journey. Spurred by the whispers in his mind, his quest takes him to a castle hidden deep in a forest.


Arkeva Flitz, a skilled garrison archer, discovers an abandoned castle in the woods. Trapped there, he spends his days with his two companions, one cruel, the other soothing. One day, a young man arrives at his gates, and soon they are confined by heavy snowfalls and in danger from what slumbers in the shadows of the castle.



First edition published by Less Than Three Press, February 2018.


Book Review

Dragons! ‘Havesskadi’ is an intriguingly different look at dragonshifters. In this fictional world that feels like it’s set in the past, dragons carry their magic inside themselves, use it to build their homes, and rely on its presence for health and long life. It is possible to steal this magic, or anaskett, and while it used to be greedy humans who did this, now there is a dragon who has been corrupted by all the anasketts she amassed. The driving force behind this tale is the main character’s need to reclaim his magic within two years or lose his immortality. It’s an action/adventure, a love story, and a wonderful illustration of how things are easier when you have friends to help you.

Orsie is desperately trying to figure out how to regain his magic. He has trouble even making it off the mountain that was no obstacle when he was a dragon, he gets ill, but his biggest problem is his fear of having to remain human. He doesn’t make much headway until he starts hearing a voice – and realizes it is somehow connecting to him via his anaskett. And the hunt is on for real!

Ark has problems of his own. He is the best archer in the garrison where he serves, yet the captain has it out for him. Ark only has a little over a year left before he can collect his bonus for twenty years of service, and he is determined to use it to travel to the Thjudinn lands, since he is half Thjudinn himself. But Fate and a suddenly appearing dragon have other ideas, and Ark ends up in a magical castle with all kinds of rules and surprises that he only slowly explores.

Both men have been cursed, if for different reasons, and neither can dig himself out of his hole without help. It takes them some time to figure out they may be connected, and what to do about it. I loved the mystery, their determination, and the final resolution.

If you like creative, slightly different dragon stories, if you want to see two lonely, cursed men figure out how to have a life together, and if you’re looking for a read that is suspenseful, entertaining, and has a few twists and turns, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 52900 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 24-February-2020
Price $4.99 ebook
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