Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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…
Twilight is one of those books where I yearned for hardbacks or paperbacks of all those stories I had stored in my Kindle of the Dance with the Devil series by Megan Derr. I adore this series. A mere whisper of another story has me gearing up in anticipation and curiosity because I never know where it will go and who will pop up next. Dance with the Devil is rich in layers, vast in scope, more a universe full of interlocking series where the characters and worlds sort of bleed into one another and time (and the most wondrous author) can play havoc with your memory! Its exactly the sort of book where I want to get all the previous stories together and spread them out around me as references as I read the one I’m currently absorbed in. Damn you, Kindle! Never have I missed bookmarks or dog-earred pages more. How I miss tossing books around looking for a particular character or pertinent magic thread by flipping actual pages! Sigh.
I had just finished reading and reviewing Shield of the Dragon (Dance with the Devil #6) which brought up a major question that this book answers…backwards of course. The events in the Shield of the Dragon happen after Twilight (just go with the magical flow) so I was thrilled beyond measure to get my answers here. Another character who shows up in a major role here without a consort? Well, those of us addicted to this series know who and what’s in store for him. We’ve read his story. But that’ s not essential to Twilight, its just another giddy, book grabbing element that will send devoted Dance with the Devil readers zooming back to that story (and the reason I need all those books scattered on the bed around me).
Twilight again swirls around the abduction of a very special dragon and a call of help from Prince Pendragon, ruler of all the clans. The man Pendragon needs assistance from? Neirin du Lac and his dragon Troyes, a man nearly whipped to death and banished forever from the clan and kingdom. Neirin is now happily living with his lover the elf wolf, Barra and their friends, the Mad Duke (and witch) Devlin and the draugr Midnight. Each couple has had their stories told in previous books but its not entirely necessary to have read them as their pasts together is recounted here for the new reader. For us fans, yep…back to their stories not because its necessary but because its a pleasure we seek.
Anyhow, it seems that hearing from the Prince stirs up old romantic crushes in Neirin, ones that threaten his current relationship as well as bring up all those old bitterness he thought he had buried from being banished. Now both come crashing back in the form of the Prince. In addition, it pulls in his protective friends, Devlin and Midnight to aid in not only the quest to find the dragon but to see their friends safely home and still together. Magic swirls, both good and evil, there are huge battles, enormous surprises and yes, hot sex, dragon and otherwise. So be prepared for not just M/M, but menage and more.
The only elements here that may confuse the new reader is the aspects of the dragons. These aren’t dragon shifters but dragons who take the form of men in order to better interact with their humans. But they are always dragons. Dragons who are the “weapons” to be wielded by the knights who are the dragons “shield”. That’s the bond between dragon and warrior that’s often tarnished, warped or worse and that Pendragon is trying to reestablish and that readers new to the dragon part of this series may not get immediately. The dragons act as dragons not as men. As I said this is a story that has so much to it, and that includes the mythology the author herself has built into it over a number of tales.
I loved this story. I felt that the way it worked out suited everyone and that Derr worked her way up to it in a manner that let us think about it and adjust to it along with all the characters. And now I need to read Shield of the Dragon again. Laughing…it never stops. The Wheel moves on.
If you love Megan Derr and all her incredible creations. This is for you. If you love fantasy, supernatural and just the shear high flying imagination this series represents…Dance with the Devil and Twilight is for you. Pick them all up and have the times of your life. That’s not a typo!
Cover art by Natasha Snow is dark, green and perfect for the story.
Amazon link to come
Expected publication: April 5th 2017 by Less Than Three Press
SeriesDance with the Devil #7
Dance with the Devil series
A series about a dangerous paranormal world ruled by the elite, where all too often the lesser paranormals get lost in the fighting. These stories revolve around the people who look out for the forgotten, overlooked, and abused.
Stories are best read in sequence, though they are not in chronological order. If you prefer to read them chronologically Not in the order they are released:
Dance with the Devil
Dance in the Dark
Sword of the King
Shield of the Dragon
Dance Only for Me
And the short stories in between can be read at any time.