Sunday, August 17, 2008

Dragon Actually-G.A. Aiken

Dragon Actually
G.A. Aiken
Zebra, Sep 2008, $6.99
ISBN: 1420103733

"Dragon Actually". Desperate to save her people warrior Princess Annwyl the Bloody fights to the death to end the cruel reign of her brother Lorcan the Butcher of Garbhan Isle. As she nears death from wounds, she remains resolute and still battling when Fearghus the Destroyer dragon swoops down and removes her from the battlefield and takes her to his cave. Unable to resist her courage and her beauty, Fearghus heals her instead of dining on her. As the dragon and the lady fall in love, her sibling continues his vigil to kill the only person whoever opposed him, his sister.

"Chains and Flames". Dragon Queen Addiena informs her First Born White Dragonwitch daughter Rhiannon that she will mate with lord dragon Bercelak. Addiena calls him the “Great” while Rhiannon insists he is the “Vengeful”. Rhiannon’s choice is to die or accept the Claiming of Bercelak as her mate.

These two entreating dragon romances are fun to read from the moment that Fearghus snatches Annwyl from the battle. Whereas “Dragon Actually” is a full length medieval paranormal thriller, “Chains and Flames” is a novella dragon equivalent of “Meet the Fockers (or at least what their courtship must have been like). Both are well written complements.

Harriet Klausner

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