Reviewed by Sarina
SERIES: Dance with the Devil #7
AUTHOR: Megan Derr
PUBLISHER: Less Than Three Press
LENGTH: 237 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2017
More than seventy years have passed since Neirin du Lac was banished from the dragon clans he called home. Though he misses them, he and his dragon Troyes have built a happy life with his lover Barra, and their friends Devlin and Midnight. It is a not a life he would ever trade, not even for a chance to return to the clans.
Then the very last person he ever expected to see again comes begging for help: Prince Avalon Pendragon, ruler of the clans, a man Neirin once called friend, once wished to call lover. When Avalon tells him why he needs Neirin’s help, it’s not a request he can refuse, nor can his friends refuse to help him.
But the people bold enough to steal from the clans are not to be trifled with, and in the midst of fighting for their lives Neirin also finds himself caught between the man he loves now and the man he never truly left behind…
I’ve pretty much loved everything I’ve ever read by this Author but I have to say that this series in particular is one of my favorites. With a wide variety of characters and situations, all of the stories are imaginative and entertaining; I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve reread various stories in this universe when in need of a comfort read. While the books are mostly released out of order and at various points on the overall series timeline, its easy to see where the books intersect and I’ve always loved getting new information about older characters that I’ve come to adore. It also means that you don’t necessarily have to have read the entire series in order to pick a single book up and enjoy it.
Chronologically, Twilight takes place about 70 years after the end of Midnight so while you don’t need to read the rest of the series, I would recommend you at least be familiar with that story so you have some understanding of the characters and situation that feature in this latest installment. The book was split up into three sections and is told from the point of view of a different character for each: Neirin, Barra and Avalon. Neirin is one of those characters that I didn’t like in the beginning but ultimately came to enjoy; I didn’t really get his connection with Barra at first but it was really easy to see how much they cared for each other this time around.
Barra, a secondary character in Midnight, was by far my favorite person in this entire book; he’s grown up and matured a great deal from the shy wallflower he was before and I loved seeing how much he’s changed. I also found his desire to see everyone around him happy despite his own anguish to be the best indicator of the type of person he is. I was seriously full of all the feels for Barra in this book. Avalon was the surprise for me; you don’t see him much at all previously so I enjoyed the chance to get to know him here; his story was the completely unexpected part of the book for me but I absolutely loved how the author connected him back to Sable from the first book in the series, Dance with the Devil.
The story itself was great and I was kept totally engrossed in what was going on but the characters were what really kept me glued to my kindle. Everyone got their all important happy ending and I’m still mentally going over the new connections made between this book and some of the others. If you enjoy paranormal stories, I seriously can’t recommend both this book and the overall series enough; I read the entire thing multiple times a year and enjoy it every time.