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"Slay me," said the dragon. (Live Oak Tales) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00G6SISSQ
- Publisher : LMW Books (November 19, 2013)
- Publication date : November 19, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 202 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 54 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,266,785 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The Characters: As a short story, not all of the characters can be fully fleshed out. However, Mr. del Mar realizes this and chooses to focus on the main couple, Flint and Drake, and explore their burgeoning relationship. While never fully delving into a sex scene (I'd love to read one if you're listening, Stephen!) I found the levels of eroticism between this couple to be... very hot.
The Worldbuilding: This is clearly a world that has been thought out fully. From the history of the South, to the history of dragonkind, to the lore that the Paladins spread amongst themselves, it's all pretty perfect. As a fellow writer, it's something I even took mental notes on. If you're looking for a fresh take on the classic trope of knights fighting dragons, this is the story for you!
The Meaning of the Title: Now this is where it all clicked for me. Admittedly, I was thinking of giving this story four stars because I just didn't quite understand how the "slaying" of a dragon worked in this universe. But the ending truly, truly changed that. I even still remember my initial reaction to the reveal of the title meaning.
The reaction, if you're curious, was, "Oh... that's actually pretty heartbreaking."
So yes, give this story a read. It's short, it's wonderful, it's hot, it's all of these things and more! (Heck, I didn't even get to the descriptions. I honestly felt like I was on a Florida beach.)
There is a but, though . . . it just isn't long enough. The history and background and tension and great characters were all there, but IMHO this needed to be drawn out more (bit more lead up and showing of UST between Drake and Flint before they arrive in Steam, then waaay more middle, and the ending perhaps a touch more dramatic than slapstick).
This was awesome, and I am complaining really just because of the talent, and being a greedy guts for more of this awesome story.
If you like a bit of urban fantasy and want a quick read, I very much recommend this.
Also, will there be a story involving Blaze and George? (Could be interesting . . .)
I was caught up in this little book at the first page, and by the last page I was hooked on Stephen's writing and his story telling, world building abilities.
The story is charming even if it is a bit short. I hope there are more dragons in the books of his that I just purchased.
If you're looking for a fun read, buy this one.