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Dragon Lyric: A Short Story Kindle Edition
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Jennings does a really good job of balancing the hopelessness of the situation with the determination of a strong female character. The emotional response seems genuine, but Theryn has a wonderful inner strength, at the same time. She's not about to just roll over and accept her fate, not without a fight.
The writing is beautiful and poetic. Some sentences were so lyrical that I just had to read them aloud, they were so lovely. The story pulled me right in and constructed a fantasy world around me that I understood well enough without the author having to drop a steaming pile of infodump on my head, which was refreshing.
There was a surprising twist at the ending that I didn't see coming, but then the very end seemed abrupt and unfinished. I wanted more. Things didn't feel like they really wrapped up and came to a close. I suppose that may just be the nature of a short story like this, but I felt more like it should be the beginning of some greater story rather than a self-contained story.
All in all, though, it's a fabulous read. It doesn't take long (I read it while cooking dinner), so it's nice if you've just got a bit of time but really want to get your fill of reading. I'd definitely recommend it!
This was a evocatively written short story about a woman who finds herself in an impossible situation but seeks to defy the odds! And Theryn's predicament is truly horrible, facing the prospect of being eaten by her own husband after she gives birth to his dragon egg! Even within a few short pages you are struck by the horror Theryn faces, as she is trapped by a cruel deception and held by powerful magic against her will. The atmosphere of this desperate nightmare is very much felt, and I thought made more potent by the conversations had between Theryn and Roth. One example being where Roth tells her that he feeds upon her emotions, and the deeper he knows her, her passions, her woes, the stronger his hold is over her. He then tells her, in his chilling heartless fashion, "They say food tastes better when it's prepared with love..." It is so messed up, haha, but wonderful writing between the two characters! I really enjoyed their conversations the most!
The story takes some unexpected turns by the end, and has a satisfying conclusion, although I found it to be thought provoking as well. The author has turned on its head the "captive maiden" archetype. She gives us an unique and interesting study of the psychology between captive and captor, as told within the context of a fantastical husband and wife situation. Feminist themes are very strong within this story, as Theryn not only seeks to take control of her own destiny, but blossoms into her fullest potential. I do appreciate, however, that her true worth is shown in her compassion, love, and willingness to show mercy. These traits and Theryn's strength becoming the catalyst for not only her freedom, but breaking the self-destructive pattern of the Dragonshifter "tradition".
Overall, it is a compelling short story with lovely prose and a truly imaginative form of dragon magic, and I look forward to reading her other short story, Threadbare!
One caveat: I would not recommend this for younger readers, simply because of the nature of the story and its themes of love, abuse, and some possibly frightening images. This is a fairy story for grown-ups, and it shines.
Theryn was taken in by the handsome and charming Roth. What she didn't know was that he is really a dragon and only cared for Theryn as a vessel for his offspring.
Theryn works to repel Roth's charm and physical strength against mounting peril to her and the egg growing in her.
It is an intense tale of strength, love, and hope.
As much as the world interests me, I don't think this story needed anymore world building. What I got was enough for the story. That goes for the characters as well: I got a good sense of who they were and what motivated them in just a short amount of time.
Overall, the prose was gorgeous and even if it was longer, I wouldn't have been able to put it down!