My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After searching so long, I finally found a fantasy novel that lived up to my fantasy novel expectations. Forget the MM genre on this one! This is a truly great first installment to what would be a fantastic series.
Ingram is a coward and weakling—at least according to his father, the king, and the royal court. He cannot use a sword, he faints at the sight of blood, and even his brilliant abilities as a strategist are not enough to overcome his failings. When his father loses a bet to the notorious Lord Mallory over the matter of a dragon slaying, he pays his debt by ordering Ingram to marry him.
Then his father reveals that he is putting Ingram to a greater purpose, giving Ingram one last chance to prove he is not worthless. All it requires is betraying his new husband.
First off, this is the first I've read of Isabella Carter and after this I will simply go to her profile page and become a fan.
I love fantasy books, had been in love with them since I was first introduced to the ultimate of dragon books - McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern. Since then, I would scour the bookshelves to find other authors who could join my collection and only ended with three after thirty years (not going to reveal my age folks!).
Let it be said now, Dragon Slayer by Isabella Carter has joined that shelf as my fourth favorite fantasy author. Regardless of the MM genre it is currently under.
Dragon Slayer has ZERO erotica rating and this is great for the story as this allowed the characters to go through that get-to-know-each-other phase before going one step further. This is just Book 1 so I know that the following installments will show the culmination of the budding love between Mallory and Ingram.
As with all Book 1s, this one introduces to us the main characters, both human and dragons, as well as the side characters who are surely going to see more action as the series develops.
The mysteries that unfolded and remained unresolved when the book ended only left me with satisfaction. This is a style and reaction I get when reading fantasy novels. There is always something left hanging at the end - usually the epilogue - that would tip me of what is to be expected in the next installments.
I do not think this is going to be a short series either. This has the making of a longish series that will continue to solve old mysteries and see the revelation of new ones. With what the epilogue left us, I really want to know what comes next and how Ms. Carter is going to write these for us.
Going to her profile page now!
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