Reviewed by PizzyGirl
AUTHOR: Alexandria Bellefleur
PUBLISHER: Less Than Three Press
LENGTH: 18,000 words
RELEASE DATE: April 24, 2017
After his sister touches a lethal Frost Flower and succumbs to Frozen Sickness, Rainor seeks out the mysterious Dragon, who purportedly holds the only cure for the fatal disease. In gratitude for saving his sister’s life, Rainor agrees to bring him fresh bread twice a week—despite the man’s insistence he wants for nothing.
As Rainor makes his deliveries, the two slowly become friends, and Rainor finds in the Dragon all the things he never found in his little village. But on his way to make his latest delivery, the unthinkable happens, and Rainor fears that if he asks for the cure he needs to live, he’ll lose the man he’s coming to love…
Alexandrie Bellefleur is a new to me author and after reading this shorter story, I will be keeping my eye out for more from this author.
I am a sucker for fairy tale or folk tale based stories, and while this one is not based specifically on a fairy tale that I easily recognize, it had that fairy tale feel. This story was short yet it was well done. I never second guessed what was happening on the page. I connected with both Rainor and Drachen and immediately fell into their story. The author used time jumps and references to off page interaction to fill the gaps since the word count was low, but also gave enough on page interaction for me to see and feel that off page development. I knew enough to verify that what I was told was in fact what I understood to be true. Yes, this one was rushed but that bit of ever present magic easily accounted for that fact and I never questioned the romance.
Things were a bit predictable, as are many fairy tales, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Drachen’s history pulled at my heartstrings and Rainor’s brush with death made my heart race in fear. I enjoyed this short tale and thought the subject matter was unique and interesting. I recommend this one to everyone looking for something short and comforting.