Series: Dragon 04
Author: J.B. McDonald
Length: Short (55pgs)
Publisher: Torquere Press (4th April 2012)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Getting magically eaten by a dragon wasn’t part of the plan. Really, there hadn’t been much of a plan to begin with, but it had definitely involved more dragon slaying and less getting knocked unconscious. Even the unconsciousness wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t push Ashe closer to death each time.
Katsu is worried sick at Ashe’s descent. He’s worried enough to find a dragon whisperer to help, despite the fact that he hates her. He hates her appearance, he hates her attitude, and he especially hates the way she’s helping his lover when he couldn’t. Despite this, he hopes she succeeds — or soon Ashe won’t be alive at all.
Review: Katsu is worried by how much the dragon is feeding off Ashe. Ashe is weak, pale and losing weight, but the dragon wants more. When the dragon attacks a member of their group, Katsu and Ashe set off to find help.
This is another great installment from this cute dragon series. Ashe is getting weaker and weaker as the dragon grows and continues to feed off his magic. Katsu is more worried than he lets on and is trying his best to find some solution to the problem of the dragon but when the dragon attacks one of their friends Ashe and Katsu set off to get advice from dragon experts; none of whom can help until they discover the Dragon Whisperer. A dragon whisperer that Katsu doesn’t like and who is more interested in the dragon than trying to explain what Ashe needs to do.
Katsu and Ashe are again that offbeat couple who won’t share how they feel about each other, even though it is clear to you and me how they really feel. Katsu feels like he is letting Ashe down by not being able to come up with a solution to the dragon problem and Ashe feels like if he doesn’t get better soon then Katsu will turn to someone else. When they end up with the dragon whisperer, Lady Tabitha, Katsu is resentful that she could help Ashe where he couldn’t. And he hates the way she treats and speaks to Ashe, as though he is always doing something wrong. But, it means he can help explain it so Ashe understands.
This is like a mini adventure where we get installments of Ashe and Katsu’s life together and their ups and downs as they travel with a band of mercenaries and Ashe’s unfortunate bond with a baby dragon. It’s great. Ashe and Katsu are two great characters who are a bit abrasive with each other, but both care deeply for the other. They just don’t show it that much. Ashe needs his confidence boosting and Katsu tries his best to convince Ashe that he can control what he has learnt. We have more of this series to look forward to with the next installment Dragon Soul and then maybe 2 or 3 more to come.
I will recommend this to those who love dragon’s, elves, magic, abrasive men/elves, resentment, jealousy and a happy for now ending.