- File Size: 1148 KB
- Print Length: 68 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Less Than Three Press, LLC (May 16, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 16, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CP8X6D3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love everything about this sweet quiet love story about knights, dragons, hoards and relationships.
Also, actual cinnamon rolls. Queer characters, and everyone's named after flowers.
(CW: The Dragon of Ynys needs content warnings for (friendly) spiders, avalanche off-page, and mentions of trans-antagonism.)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Every time something goes missing from the village, Sir Violet makes his way to the dragon's cave and negotiates the item's return. It's annoying, but at least the dragon is polite.
But when the dragon steals a person, that's a step too far. As Sir Violet ventures out to get the missing baker back, however, he quickly realizes things are not at all what they seem..
Ever read a story that made your heart smile? That left you feeling warm, happy, and with an urge to read it out loud to someone? Children, adults? Just because you wanted to spread the joy a special tale had given you? Well, The Dragon of Ynys by Minerva Cerridwen is that story.
After I finished it, I wanted to grab onto the author and publishers and beg them to put it out in a hardback version, complete with illustrations. One I could pick up and read to groups of children, no matter the age or even adults for that matter.
This book is charming, adventurous, and brings out the best in it's characters. Perhaps in its readers as well because it speaks to the heart in a gentle, kind, and humorous way. It has a dragon that steals things because it's lonely and wants companionship. And just maybe because certain things strike it as pretty or downright hilarious. It has a knight named Sir Violet who's nature is gentle and home loving. And a village that suits them both. I mean really, it's full of characters who are absolutely a delight to spend time with (as you will) and whose lives will pique your interest (oh yes, they do).
I can't remember reading any novelette I loved more recently.
I need to find more stories by this author. This story is beautifully written, concise, and yet it flows just as it should. The characterizations are perfect for the story. Would I mind a return? No. Do I need one? No. I think its marvelous as it.
Do you love fantasy? Here's a jewel you shouldn't miss out on. There is a romance but not the one you might be thinking of. Definitely no sex. I told you I would read this to children. There is a F/F couple, a dragon and knight to die for and so much more. I highly recommend The Dragon of Ynys by Minerva Cerridwen.
Cover art: Kirby Crow. I love it. It's perfect really for the tone of the story.
Sir Violet is the lone knight of an isolated village, responsible for investigating local crimes. A dragon moves into the area and keeps nicking small items from the villagers, which brings him to Violet's attention. Eventually, Violet (who is aro-ace), the dragon, and a trans lesbian go on a quest to find her wife. Then, they all carry out a plan to improve their world, in a manner that both fits a fairy tale and is a metaphor for real life.
This is a short work, but it tells a complete story. I'd even say it's epic in scope, just in a subtle way. It's told from Violet's point of view only, but all of the major characters have distinct voices and personalities. There aren't a lot of physical descriptions, but I have very clear mental images of all of them. I also appreciate that all of the characters have some flaws; for example, Snap cares a lot about humans, but he can be a bit inconsiderate, because he has such different everyday concerns from theirs, while Violet often worries about food and safety and really does prefer solitude, although he does appreciate his new friends.
This is a fairy tale, and every character gets a happy ending, but they aren't romantic or even friendship-based happy endings. Rather, every character finds acceptance and/or a fulfilling purpose. It's really nice to read a story that includes not only lots of familiar fairy tale elements, but also a variety of characters, who all achieve different types of happiness.
While I definitely enjoyed the story immensely, this would also be a great book for kids, with its gentle humor and positive lessons about acceptance and being true to oneself. There's no violence or strong language of any kind. Really, I would recommend it to anyone.
I was eager to read this book because of how much I enjoyed the author's short story (which also features an aro-ace protagonist) in the lovely anthology Unburied Fables. I look forward to her next release.