Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Lord Jasen of Grumhul, an impoverished young nobleman, has come to the Draelands to find a rich husband to help pay his father’s debts. To the shock of everyone, he ends up attracting the attention of King Rilvor himself, and the dragons who control the magic in the land. Becoming royalty wasn’t something Jasen either expected or wanted, but he can’t control his growing feelings for kind and handsome king. Scheming factions at Court conspire to keep him from Rilvor’s side, and now Jasen has to decide if the chance at true love with Rilvor is worth the burden of being the husband of a king.
This sweet and funny Cinderfella romance is complete at ~85000 words and ends in a solid HEA. After all, true love always wins in fairy tales!
Well, as someone who loves all things dragons, Consorting with Dragons by Sera Trevor was a novel I couldn’t wait to start into. It has all the elements guaranteed to pull me in. A King looking for a new consort, dragons who play a major element, and a young man throwing his fate to the winds because of the misdeeds of his father. Yes, yes, and yes!
Sera Trevor let me know right at the start I was in splendid “narrative” hands when, for starters, it came to the father/son dynamics. Jasen’s reprobate of a father is a drunk, a gambler, and a total loss when it comes to handling money. He’s run through the considerable estate Jasen’s mother had left him and his father, their castle or mansion, or whatever is left is in a sad state of disrepair, and the what money is left is sliding fast through his father’s fingers. So Jasen hates him, right? No. Bitter perhaps, but he loves his father, while understanding exactly who he is, extreme faults and all. Trevor doesn’t make a villain out of him where others would have. Instead we get the realistic complicated relationship of a father and son trying to love each other giving the current state of affairs (albeit directly due to the father’s actions).
The author, though, also lets us in, immediately, into a secret. Jasen is special. When he spies the dragons soaring in the air above near the castle, his heart heats up. Something new and different. And magical. Oh the anticipation that starts to build for the reader!
From there on out, we walk next to Jasen as he (the bumpkin at the court), finds two friends, makes a magical connection, and a connection quite unexpected. I just enjoyed the fun and joy that seems to rise out of this character! I often found myself smiling along with whoever was in his company because as written, he’s downright charming and endearing.
So too are the other characters. They make their mark on you. Whether it is King Rilvor, Jasen’s new friends, or even his court enemies, they are so well written, that they leave quite the impression. This includes the King’s many children too. I wouldn’t have minded a game of mudball with them myself.
This is a world I would happily return to and a couple I would love to see more of down the road.
If you love fantasy, dragons, and romance, Consorting with Dragons by Sera Trevor is a novel not to be missed. I loved it and highly recommend it. And will probably end up reading it again.
Cover art is lovely and works for the characters.
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indle Edition, 2 edition, 295 pages
Published April 7th 2018 (first published July 28th 2014)
Original TitleConsorting with Dragons