Favored Dragon's Release

D. Renee Bagby
Favored Dragon's Release
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Bookstrand Publishing
Release Date
July 2013
Book 1 of Hidden By Dragons
Fantasy Romance, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance

In the aftermath of a senseless war that claimed many lives, the gods have punished the dragons for causing the conflict. The next generation will not hatch until Prince Shurik finds a human female willing to put aside generations of animosity to become his bride.

Yolette goes to sleep on the side of a mountain, the odd woman out on a couples' camping trip, and awakes in a field outside the home of a dragon. Transported to an unknown world very different from her own, she must depend on Shurik for shelter and guidance.

Shurik doesn't anticipate his growing feelings for Yolette, making the task of proposing that much harder. Danger looms from those who want the punishment ended and from those who want it to continue until the last dragon is gone. Shurik must decide whether he will save his people or his love and pray to the gods his choice is the right one.

Book Review by Victoria Lane (reviewer)
Sep 09, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
89 people found the following review helpful
FAVORED DRAGON'S RELEASE by D. ReneÚ Bagby is an occasionally humorous fantasy combining time travel and parallel dimensions that really could use a different title and some extra revisions. I give it 2 stars.

In FAVORED DRAGON'S RELEASE, Yolette and some "frenemies" go on a couple's camping trip. Yolette's date for the trip flakes out at the last minute, and in an attempt to get away from the obnoxious enamored couples, Yolette falls asleep alone in a clearing and wakes up in another dimension, farther back in time when dragons still roamed the Earth.

Yolette meets Shurik, a black dragon and prince of the realm, who is fated to break a curse on the dragon community by mating a willing human female. What starts out as curiosity on Shurik's part ends up with him falling in love with Yolette and vice versa. However, deceit can destroy any relationship, and this relationship is no different. Will Shurik and Yolette actually mate? Will the curse be broken?

FAVORED DRAGON'S RELEASE showed promise at the beginning; the idea was fresh and interesting, and there were no pesky typos to distract the reader. Occasionally, though, the sentence, paragraph and chapter structuring were a bit awkward. The pace was also slow in the beginning, and at times the plotline felt a bit aimless. A more streamlined courtship portion of the novel would address the meandering feeling of the "getting to know you" part of the love story.

While I thought Yolette's character was consistent and well-illustrated, she fell victim to the typical melodrama that plagues romance novels, but at least that melodrama fits with her self-deprecating personality. I felt that Shurik's character was a bit thin and could have used greater illustration, especially when dealing with the reasons Yolette falls for Shurik instead of another dragon she spends time with.

About half way through the novel, the pace improves, and the plotline gains direction. However, the plot transforms from simple to complicated, introducing new characters and unexpected drama in the last 50 pages. Moderation at this point, focusing on the final resolution of Shurik and Yolette's relationship, would have served the storyline better.

Overall, I was intrigued by the concepts behind the plot, but was disappointed in the way the story unfolded. If you are a fan of fantasy novels, you probably won't want to miss this one, but look for a revised version, if available.
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