Love, and war—and dragons!
"A sweet standalone romantic fantasy... richly imagined." -- Publisher's Weekly
Old Forge is known for its dragons—savage little things, more singe than snarl—and Milo Priddy is known for his way with them. When rumblings of conflict appear on the horizon, the dragons start to disappear. Milo is dragonkin, and knows what he must do. It is an uneasy choice, and one he dares not reveal even to his lover, Ellis.
As leader of neighbouring Wellech, Ellis has his own hard choices. His skills are crucial to a secure homeland. More and more, the homeland he and Milo once hoped to share is under threat--not only from outside, but within.
For their own people are sowing mistrust of the magic users, seeding a betrayal of not only the dragons, but their kin.
Cummings (the Aisling trilogy) delivers a sweet standalone romantic fantasy that's richly imagined but convoluted. On the one hand is a romance: Milo, a newly minted dragonkin mage, is back from 10 years at school and uncertain of whether his childhood best friend, Ellis, will return his feelings. On the other hand is a labyrinthine political plot involving multiple kingdoms and magical sects. Though the romance is sweet, Milo's lovelorn navel-gazing bogs down the story's opening, taking time away from the complex fantasy politics and making events harder to untangle as, amid troubling local developments, Milo's mother, a notorious military mage, vanishes, and Ellis's powerful father publicly aligns with the anti-magic Purity Party. The story lurches from tender relationship-building to intra-coven squabbles to world war without enough development to immerse readers in any of it. The endearing love story will draw in Cummings's fans, but many will struggle with the overstuffed plot. \n