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Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 200 pages
Rating: B List
Blurb: Torsere: Book One
Over two hundred years ago, when dragons were hunted for their blood, the King of Torsere offered them sanctuary. In return, the dragons bestowed a magical gift on the King’s people, allowing those born with the mark to become dragon riders and forge a mental connection between dragon and rider.
King Ryneq of Torsere is undeniably attracted to Nykin, a young dragon rider. Ryneq’s sister, Cerylea, encourages him to pursue the relationship. But with the stresses of ruling Torsere, a romantic attachment is low on Ryneq’s list of priorities. Nykin admires the king from afar, but wants more than to warm his bed for a night or two.
Torsere remains under threat from the lowland armies of Rodeth and Athisi. To protect their kingdom, Ryneq and Cerylea intend to form an alliance with the elves through Cerylea’s marriage to elf prince Morkryn. On the road to the wedding, the lowland army attacks the party. Cerylea escapes, but Ryneq is captured and taken to the impenetrable Risvery Castle. In the aftermath, Nykin volunteers for a perilous mission, endangering the lives of him and his dragon. The odds are against him, but Nykin will risk everything for his duty and his king.
Review: Dragons! Do you really need more than that to want to read this book? Okay, fine, for those who do here you go.
This a great start to a new series. There are dragons and their riders who are bonded to them. There are some elves, all magical and sexy. Sword fights and some archery action.
Nykin is so young, sweet and very brave. He’s got a huge heart that seems to be set on King Ryneq, a man way beyond his reach. When Ryneq is taken captive by their enemies he has to try to save him, no matter the risk to himself. He goes in knowing that their rescue plan hinges on him being tortured and that he will most likely be killed. But this is his King and his dream man, and well, he’s young, sweet and brave.
Ryneq came to be king at a young age through the tragic loss of his parents. He rose to the occasion and with the help of his sister, Cerylea, he has led his people bravely and wisely. He knows that they need the alliance with the elves if they are to survive. He knows that makes Cerylea’s life precious. He knows that when he is captured he will be tortured and killed. The only thing he hopes for is to keep the secrets of his people safe from their enemies.
Fimor is Nykin’s dragon and he is awesome. He is definitely a huge part of this story. He and Nykin’s can mind speak and they do so throughout the book. In many ways he is the one in charge in their relationship as he is much older and wiser than Nykin. He’s very patient with his young human. The love they have for each other is touching and wonderful.
I enjoyed Annabelle Jacob’s other novel The Choosing and I could see the same sense of adventure and brave, young innocence in this story as well. A lot of responsibility has been thrust upon these young men and they rise beautifully to the occasion.
I really enjoyed my time spent in this world and look forward to my next journey into Torsere and the elven city of Alel to attend Cerylea’s wedding in the next book.
Recommended for those who enjoy fantasy, romance, adventure and have the good taste to love dragons.
Reviewed by Nina
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