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Dragon by Midnight: A Sweet Fantasy Romance Kindle Edition
Once upon a time, a curse turned Cinderella into a dragon.
At the stroke of midnight, Cinderella falls to the ballroom floor and twists into a dragon. Hunted by royals, she flees from the castle and hides in the wilderness.
Lost. Alone. Afraid. She needs a hero to save her.
The prince never rescues her. Instead, she’s saved by a dark-eyed sorcerer named Sikandar. He promises to break the dragon curse. Even though she feels like a hideous beast, he sees her beauty.
But Sikandar's charm hides an ugly past. He's too afraid, at first, to share his painful secrets with Cinderella. She can't help falling for him, even though happily ever after might be forever out of reach.
Shortlisted for 2022 US Selfies by Publishers Weekly and BookLife.
Nominated for 2022 RONE Award by InD'tale Magazine.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08Q5Y2QLM
- Publication date : September 1, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1939 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 234 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #239,481 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2021
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The writing itself wasn't bad. There is liberal use of descriptions and sometimes they felt a little overused. The story line is a mashup of Aladdin and Cinderella that is done fairly well. It does try to end on a cliffhanger. I was left rather confused though. It felt like the story should have come to a happily ever after and was forced into a cliffhanger at the last minute.
All in all it was a fun and quick read. I would recommend it to those looking for a clean, fun and easy to read fairy tale retelling.
Kincy’s story unfurls simultaneously in the two kingdoms of Viridia and Azurum, the home countries of her two protagonists: Ginevra “Cinderella” Darlington and the sorcerer, Sikandar Zerian. Although great distances apart, both kingdoms are ruled by royal families with hidden agendas and dark secrets who are cruel and selfish. This is quite a difference from the traditional portrayal of the king and queen who parent Prince Charming in the familiar fairytale and scarily similar to our expectations for the demeanor of stepmother and stepsisters.
The story is told from alternating points of view, in the voices of the two main characters, Cinderella and Sikandar. They feel both genuine and representative of young adults 17 or 18 years of age, even under the extraordinarily fantastic circumstances of the plot. The two display the feelings and emotions one would expect: they get mad, feel an attraction to each other, and have aspirations and hopes that work well within their situations. Both must overcome the impact of being the black sheep, the disappointment, or the unwanted member of their families.
The excitement and non-stop action of Dragon by Midnight start on the first page and never lets up, and the ending, which left things open for a sequel, was still satisfying. I highly recommend DRAGON BY MIDNIGHT for readers who enjoy Young Adult fantasy, fairytale retellings, and dragon tales.
Thought this was a stand-alone, but last page gave hit at author expecting to write/publish next book for these characters..
This is Nice new twist on Cinderella story but then also twist in jini lamp in it. Looking forward to see what author does with next book hopefully not too much longer till out.
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The female protagonist Cinderella is in the traditional Cinderella situation however, on the first page I thought maybe I had accidentally started with a sequel, Cinderella was arriving at the prince’s castle. But I checked, found this was indeed the right book and continued, who could resist when the first line said ‘Before she became a dragon, the night had been a dream.’ I am so glad I continued (sometimes it pays to be stubborn).
The ball is in full swing, we meet the Prince, I disliked him already, but I was intrigued enough with the unusual beginning to give this a shot and ignore him. Told from the POV of Cinderella we find she seemed to pin a lot of hopes on the Prince. Sikandar, who we find out is a sorcerer arrives to the ball, who is this, I asked myself? But by the sixth paragraph from his POV he charmed me. Alternating POV usually bothers me but there was no way I would pass up the opportunity to hear Sikander’s inner thoughts.
When the clock strikes midnight poor Cinderella transforms into a dragon and flees the castle. All she wanted was to reclaim her home from her evil stepmother but was now a dragon on the run, chased by a prince waving about a sword ready ‘dispose’ of her (not the strangest of endings to a first date).
Sikander also tracks Cinderella but in order to help with the obvious curse upon her and in exchange for the Jewel of Oblivion from the King. After lots of bravery and rational thinking on both Cinderella and Sikander’s part they work together in hopes find a cure for her curse. But when is a curse not a curse?
They journey together in good old fashioned fairy-tale style finding themselves and each other . However in not so traditional fairy tale style they learn to rely on each other, she’s the big strong dragon and Sikander’s magic has a cost challenge. Their interactions are really very sweet and funny.
The little descriptions here and there bring a depth and richness to the story telling, like the descriptions the chai Sikander missed and Cinderella talking about all the food she missed, she was very specific and Sikander hadn’t a clue about any of it!
In truth, this story is like the Cinderella and Sikander are both the lead characters. Cinderella for the Cinderella trope and Sikander for Aladdin, a Cinderella and Aladdin mash-up.
It can be read as a stand alone story. However the ending has been left open for further adventures.
I loved this story and I'm sure anyone who loves fairy-tale retellings or the softer side of dragons will love it too!