Friday, February 11, 2011

Affairs of Dragons

Title: Affairs of Dragons
Author: Lena Austin
Publisher: Changeling Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60521-586-0
Genre: {M/M} Dark Fantasy
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

The village tradition is to sacrifice a virgin to the dragon who lives in the mountain. Seduced into a compromising position by a traveling juggler, Jonndre the Potter becomes the next offering to the dragon. Always before, Patch would send the virgin sacrifices off to start their new lives. However, when Patch glimpses Jon, beaten and tethered to the rock outside his cave, Patch decides to keep Jon as his mate.

Affairs of Dragons is the first book in the Dragon's Mate series. The plot is well written with riveting action, violence instigated by greedy culprits, a smidgen of humor, spiritual healing expressed through love, along with a small quantity of sensual intimacy. The unfolding background mystery is well paced. The characters are creditable. Jon is an honorable man who lives in loneliness, as well as fear because of his sexuality. Fully expecting to die at the hands of the dragon, Jon is surprised when Patch nursed him back to health instead. Jon is immediately attracted to the beauty of Patch; both in man form and dragon form. Jon has no problem communicating his observations of Patch’s endowments. Nevertheless Jon feels he is not good enough to be in Patch’s exalted present.

Patch is also lonely. He finds Jon’s polite demeanor to be alluring. Jon and Patch have well-suited compassionate personalities. The storyline highlights the homophobic mind-set of villagers controlled by the priest. The plot illustrates civilization’s true abomination is ignorance, as well as the refusal to amend consistently restricted philosophies. The gifted Lena Austin has produced an outstanding and enormously pleasurable saga. I look forward to the next exciting episode.


Lena Austin said...

Oh, Chocolate Minx! You say the sweetest things to a girl! Hehehe!!

Sincerely, thank you.

Chocolate Minx said...

You're the best Lena, your stories entertain and make a point!