Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: McShayne’s Dragon
SERIES: McShayne’s Bloodline #1
AUTHOR: Nicole Dennis
PUBLISHER: MLR Press
LENGTH: 70 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2017
Betrayed, Morric McShayne, a bloodline elemental witch, wakes during a lightning storm, bound to a post – the latest sacrifice to appease a dragon. He swears to survive as the last McShayne and there is no dragon until a powerful claw plucks him away from the precipice.
With every equinox, the dragon’s keeper, Xavier, pushes back the loneliness. The keeper holds a secret until magic flares. This sacrifice is different.
They battle desire and duty. When a single kiss changes everything, can the Fae help them answer more secrets and a legend’s promise? Do they fight against Fate’s choice?
This was a great start to a new series. It was short but it was not lacking.
I really loved the world this author is setting up. The beings were interesting and the lore promises to be grand. I loved what I learned so far about Morric and Xavier and am eager for more.
The plot wasn’t grand, but that was OK because this was mostly a setup for the series and a well presented instant mating. I never questioned Xavier and Morric together because it was set up nicely and explained fully. It even had times of tension and uncertainty to temper the fated mate idea.
The imagery was great too. I could really visualize the creatures and the caves even without long flowing paragraphs and descriptors. It was really cleverly done.
But I think the thing I loved the most about this story was the ease at which the author presented the emotions so that I could connect with and feel them myself. The flirting made me laugh, the tension made me hold my breath, and the seriousness made me sit on the edge of my seat waiting to see how everything turned out. It was well done!
I recommend this short novella if you are interested in a fantasy story that will make you smile and leave you wanting to revisit this world over and over. I am soooo eager for the next installment!