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The Temptation of Dragons (Penny White Book 1) Kindle Edition
Bishop Nigel smiled at me. ‘Holy water doesn’t harm vampires. Which is just as well, as it would make it impossible to baptise them.’
When I was asked by a dragon to give him the last rites, I never dreamed it would lead to negotiating with his cannibalistic family or running from snail sharks. Life as the priest of a small English village is quite tame in comparison. At least I have Morey, a gryphon with sarcasm management issues, to help me. And if all else fails, there’s always red wine and single malt whisky.
As if my life weren’t complicated enough, a darkly beautiful dragon named Raven keeps appearing where I least expect him, I’ve met a handsome police inspector who loves science fiction as much as I do, and my younger brother is getting into trouble for trying to pick up vampires.
That’s what happens when you’re dealing with an incredible and dangerous parallel world full of mythical creatures. And I have to learn to navigate it all without losing myself, or my brother…
'This is a novel that everyone should read. It has so many layers; religion, humor, friendship, family, marriage, and social norms. Everyone can find something to love. I haven’t been able to stop talking about it! It’s original, refreshing, and delightful!' ★★★★★ Readers' Favorite
'The world is richly penned with fully developed larger-than-life characters, a beautiful and believable world, and a premise that will tickle the fancy of anyone who loves a decent mystery wrapped in a shroud of fantasy. ...A nearly flawless tale of a flawed woman doing her best with humor and faith, though not always with dignity, in a strange new world, this is one magical creation not to be missed!' ★★★★ 1/2 InD'Tale Magazine
'Fast, funny, and full of faith, this is the best fantasy series I have ever read!' Melissa Storm, USA Today Bestselling Author
'The world is richly penned with fully developed larger-than-lifecharacters, a beautiful and believable world, and a premise that willtickle the fancy of anyone who loves a decent mystery wrapped in ashroud of fantasy. ...A nearly flawless tale of a flawed woman doing her best with humor and faith, though not always with dignity, in a strange new world, this is one magical creation not to be missed!' ★★★★ 1/2InD'Tale Magazine --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B01DOGQ3HU
- Publication date : March 30, 2016
- Language : English
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- Print length : 233 pages
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There were a few things I really didn't like. As a conservative Christian, I had issues with some pieces of the main characters' theology. As long as I looked at the story purely as fantasy, I could live with it, but the church aspects of it are presented so realistically that the theology really bothered me. There's also the issue that the main character, a priest, doesn't seem to have much of a personal relationship with Jesus or firm convictions about salvation through him. Oh, lots is said about God, but all in a very distant and politically correct way that's unlikely to cause offense to anyone who doesn't believe in salvation through Jesus alone. Which, granted, would probably make this book a lot more appealing to readers who don't mind a little formal religion but don't want to hear about Jesus being a personal part of people's lives (which I assume was the author's intention).
One other thing that bothered me was the fact that the priest kept secretly lusting for a particular good-looking dragon. She wasn't just interested in him as a fascinating creature or even a friend; she was sexually attracted to him. The whole issue of inter-species relationships between sentient species is a hot topic in the book that doesn't transfer directly to anything in the real world (though it could be stretched to take on a few different meanings, some tame and others much more offensive), so I won't go into whether that part is inappropriate. But how can it be possibly be appropriate for a church leader to allow such desires to grow in her (toward someone she is not married to and never expresses an interest in marrying), without any hint of shame? I had a big problem with that.
In conclusion, as long as you're not looking for genuine Christian fiction, you'll probably enjoy this book. Even if you are, you might enjoy it anyway (I did). But I don't think I'll be reading any more in the series.
The Vicar General of Incursions has to deal with accidental crossings. Somebody has to do that because, trust me, you don't want a snail shark infestation! Still, Penny has enough on her plate already: her much younger brother, just returned from New Zealand with computer skills but no cash and even less sense of responsibility; her husband's accidental death in a boating accident a few years before; deathwatch beetles eating the pews; clueless parishioners; other people's tragedies. For anyone else, it would all be too much. But Penny has a thing for dragons, not to mention Dr. Who and Star Wars and whatnot, so she can hardly refuse the appointment. Besides, at least one dragon seems to have a thing for her. As does a certain police inspector. And more seriously, the death of that dragon in a traffic accident may have been no accident.
"The Temptation of Dragons" reads like a cross between "Harry Potter" and "The Vicar of Dibley". It's a fun romp through fantasy and reality, tinged with humor and pathos. Both story and writing are solid, proving that indie writers can indeed publish material every bit as good as anything that comes out of a traditional publishing house. There is a healthy dose of Anglican religion, but not in a preachy way. It's simply a necessary part of Penny White's life, done well because Cymri is also a priest. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in Penny's life, "The Cult of Unicorns," as well as the subsequent novels. So, zero complaints, five stars. Well done!
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Editing:This was very smoothly written and edited with no typos. This book felt very professionally finished and polished.
The World, Characters and Style: I absolutely loved the world and the characters of this book! The writing style was reminiscent of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, with a similar level and type of humour throughout. This book gives an interesting glimpse into the world of a priest and, as the author is a priest, I suspect that many of the parish tasks are accurately described. The dialogue between characters is sharp, particularly the bickering, and the relationship between characters (human, dragon, and gryphon) develop well throughout the book.
After reading the first third of this book I was almost certain I was going to give this five stars, as each time I had to put it down I looked forward to the next time I would be able to pick it up again and get lost in the world. By the end, however, I felt I had to take a star off, and that's really based on the plot.
The plot: At its heart this is a murder-mystery, albeit with the victim being a dragon. Ultimately, I felt there weren't enough twists and turns in the murder-mystery plot, not enough red herrings, to make this entirely satisfying. The endgame was all wrapped up a little too neatly and conveniently for me.
That said, I will still be trying the next book in the series, as the worlds (both of them) are places I'd love to revisit. I'm normally very much a reader who loves plot-driven novels, but this on this occasion the journey was fulfilling, and the plot had just enough substance to support the novel.
An alternate world of welsh speaking mythologicals presents itself to Penny and the beginnings to a new career that defies any genuine description.
Although fantasy as its core, it is without doubt a mystery orientated story along the lines of Philip Marlowe. Except, Penny’s character is the antithesis of Chandler’s creation, save the booze part. And that is where, as a reader the line is not only drawn but where it fades. Understanding her pain is accessible by most readers, which makes her character predictable. With that comes a strength of relationships about her that at times seems to rise above the mystery underpinning her involvement in this fantastical world. The mystery in of itself becomes quite simplistic in the end.
The story is accessible and comforting for most readers, beating out a steady rhythm. As a story it feels too safe. Whether this is down to the religious perspective and not wanting to push the boundaries too far is difficult to say. However boundary breaking ideas like dragons as priests almost demands elements of sharpness to be thrust into the story. This is further compounded by not expounding upon this other world as an additional character, creating deep and infused settings for the story to unfold through. Not enough colour and depth is brought to bear.
The ideas at the core of this book are great, the writing is solid and the main characters are believable to the point of actually seeing them in the flesh. There is enough here for a reader to want more stories and adventures but also more from the characters and the author.
This sense of more, climaxed when the story ended at 87% of the book. There is a lot of back end material in the form of chapters from other books by the author that distorts from the reader’s perspective where the end of the story should be. And when the end did come, it felt like someone switching off the light.
My daughter writes:
I have really enjoyed this book and have really struggled to put it down! Something that I really like about it is that Penny White is just a normal person who gets a job in another universe but in most other books about other universes the main character is a superhero or has some kind of superpower which is why they go to this other universe but Penny White doesn't. I also really enjoy reading about the different creatures and how they view human society and how the ones that live on earth have adapted to it.
The only thing I would say is that you need to read the books in order or things won't make sense.
I then gobbled up the next 7 books in the series. ALMOST used illustrations from the books in my sermons but reverted to a story from Narnia instead! I can't wait for more from this author - although I should probably get on with some work!