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Dragon Lyric: A Short Story Kindle Edition
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The worldbuilding with dragons was interesting. I particularly liked the ending. Not just the twist (which of course I saw coming), but because of the final conversation at the end. I felt that that was handling the situation exactly right. I can hope for good things to come for these characters.
There wasn’t really any world-shaking or unpredictable plot twists, but getting that in a short story is nearly impossible. What it did do, that is not easy to pull off, is engage the readers with both the protagonist and antagonist. Even in the short time I had to get to know the characters, I found I was interested in them and cared what happened. That’s hard to pull off in a story of this length.
All in all it is definitely worth the read. I’ve read a few of Jennings’s flash fiction pieces, and it was nice to see her stretch this at least into a full length short story. I hope someday she feels driven to use the skills and talented wordsmithing she has honed to a solid art as a short fiction writer to craft a full length novel or even series some day. Definitely a delight to read.
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!
I am a big fan of Bethany Jennings, but there were a couple small things I struggled with in this one. I think this story would have benefited from being longer, or starting in a different place. I just struggled jumping right in and connecting with the characters. For me the pacing felt a little bit off, too. As a reader I wasn't ready just to dive in to such a difficult situation without knowing the characters beforehand. This also made the climax and ending less powerful. I felt a bit like an outsider, unable to connect with the story.
That being said, it is a very well written story, and I have the utmost respect for Bethany Jennings. I still recommend you check it out.
As it stands, this is a great little story about a woman trapped by an abusive husband. He just so happens to be a dragon. :-)