Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Pib’s Dragon
SERIES: Twisted Fairy Tales
AUTHOR: Beany Sparks
PUBLISHER: Rainbow Ninja Press
LENGTH: 97 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 27, 2016
A dragon is about to find out what happens when a cat discovers his cave of shiny treasures. After nine years, Pib is finally free from his contract with the newly wed prince. Slipping out in the middle of the night to avoid getting stuck in another contract, Pib shifts into his cat and makes his way home to the little village he foolishly left, hoping his best friend Wil still lives there. Dray is bored. His services as a princess-guarding dragon are no longer needed and even his gold and jewels are unable to cheer him up. His mood changes quickly when he catches someone in his treasure cave, and it starts a series of events that change his life forever. When the two finally meet, sparks fly, but Dray will have to move quickly if he’s to save his cat after Pib gets kidnapped.
While Pib may have been granted his freedom publicly, he knows the Prince that has kept him as a slave the last nine years has no intention of actually letting him go. Taking matters into his own hands, he sneaks away in the middle of the night and heads home to find his best friend and brother, Wil. Settling back into a life of freedom, Pib luxuriates in the ability to come and go as he pleases and when he stumbles upon a cave full of gold and jewels, he delights in spiriting away a few choice gems for himself. When the dragon to whom the treasure belongs returns, however, Pib’s forays into the cave change and when he and the dragon meet face to face, sparks fly. When Pib’s former master finds and arranges to have Pib brought back to him by any means necessary, Pib’s dragon may change from being his friend to Pib’s only hope.
This story…was adorable. I’m almost certain that wasn’t the original intention what with Pib being so badass and all but still. Adorable. Pib was a great character; I liked how you got to see the personality differences between his human and shifter forms and the playfulness it brought to what could’ve easily been a very hardened individual, was nice. My favorite example of this is when Pib starts leaving little messages for Dray to find while Dray can’t figure out how he’s managing it. It was kind of like an old school version of flirting via text message but the entire thing made me smile and want to coo at them both for being so cute about it.
The author was really good about throwing in little things that hinted at other fairytales, as well, without being massively obvious about it, and I enjoyed that quite a bit. The story pacing was good and while the climax and resolution portions of the story weren’t drawn out, in this case it would’ve been overkill to have it stretch on any longer. I adored this; I pretty much grinned the entire time I was reading and I’d absolutely love it if I got to see these characters again. (From the ending, I’d say it was a distinct possibility!) Anyone who enjoys shifter stories, dragons, or a good play on a fairytale should enjoy Pib’s Dragon.