[Epub] ➝ Dracones By S.L. Armstrong – Dailytradenews.co.uk

Dracones chapter 1 Dracones , meaning Dracones , genre Dracones , book cover Dracones , flies Dracones , Dracones 6cd43de74cbd0 Almost Every Ancient Civilization Has Stories Of Some Form Of Dragon, From The Winged Serpents Of Asian Lore To The Traditional Western Image Of The Fire Breathing Behemoth Literature Is Filled With Stories Of Valiant Heroes Riding Into The Jaws Of Danger To Slay The Beast And Rescue The Princess But Sometimes, The Knight In Shining Armor Is Less Interested In The Maiden In Distress Than In The Dragon He S Supposed To Slay Dracones Brings Together Seven Stories Detailing The Power And Majesty Of A Dragon S LoveMost Of The Humans In Fugue In Gold And Fire Are Unknowingly Animals In Human Form, And When The Vesti Moon Rises, The Animal Forms Break Free, With No Memory Of Their Human Lives Lovers Adri And Dru Search For A Way To Recognize Each Other During The Change, But When Dru S True Form Turns Out To Be A Dragon, He Considers Never Changing BackPeter Harington Aspires To Be A Teller Of Tales When He Submits His Fictional Dragon Manuscript For Publication Tom, The Editor Assigned To Work With Peter, Though, Finds The Worldbuilding A Little Too Real And Is Determined To Learn The TruthWhen The Dragon Daire Is Wounded, Only The Weird Magics Of Alchemist Cyras Can Heal Him But When One Of The Fae Is Found Killed And Her Blood Drained, Daire Suspects His Savior Of Illegal Experimentation And MurderThen, In Chanson Commencante De Guerre, The Ancient Dragon Rayvak Finds Himself Strangely Drawn To The Young Dragon Shifter Stormy, Despite The Years Of War Between The Dragons And The Dragon Shifters The Two Must Overcome Centuries Of Animosity If They Are To Find Any Happiness TogetherPsychic David And His Dragon Lover Ferdie Are Literally Two In The Bush When Their Camping Trip Is Interrupted By The Magical Guardians Of Their Forest They Can Sense The Power Of The Dragon, But Believe That David And Ferdie Have It Bound And Demand That They Release It Or Die Finding The Rain Is The Task Charged To Buwei, Sent With Offerings To The Dragon Lord Shenlong In Hopes Of Ending His Province Drought, A Journey None Have Ever Returned From But The Dragon S Temple Keeper, Tian, Wants Buwei For Himself And Is Willing To Defy Even The Great Dragon To Keep HimFinally, In Lukos Heat, A Mission Of Revenge Sends The Dragon Najlah Into The Mountains And Into An Unlikely Partnership With The Wolf Shifter Barkus And The Closer They Get To Their Quarry, The They Realize That Nothing Is As It Appears


10 thoughts on “Dracones

  1. says:

    Its Dragons Yay , hopefully there will be a few mixed up with the ones lol My first Dragon read in this book was Finding the Rain by Tam Ames I enjoyed this story and liked the way it played out Tian was a sweet guy and BuweiDeserved his HEA My one tiny niggle view spoiler Why spoil a climatic ending with Water catching fire Even for a magical fairy tale that pulled me right out What was wrong with the water turning instantly to steam and scalding those that threw it hide spoiler


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    I bought this anthology not really knowing what I was going into because I only know two of the authors and I wasn t really sure what I was going to get In saying that however, I was also really dead set on getting it despite that because hey, it s dragons, and I really really love dragons After reading it, I had rather mixed feelings Sure I was mostly disappointed in the stories, however, I still didn t regret buying it because it was rather enjoyable though my bias for dragon stories is obviously shining through.Anyway, a story by story rating you may need to refer to the separate story summaries in the overall blurb to understand what I m saying Fugue in Gold and Fire 3.75 4 STARSI found this to be one of the better stories The story is based on already established lovers, and although the romance wasn t brilliantly burning by any means, you felt that their love was genuine The things I liked was the quality writing and the good world building I was intrigued about the world for the get go and this sense of fear for the unknown due to the rise of the Vesti Moon was definitely being conveyed A really intriguing start to the anthology Teller of Tales 1.5 STARSQuite flat and unlikable characters and insta love though not much you can do about that in an anthology I didn t really like the dragon angle either I felt that his character only very superficially matched the ancient and powerful nature of a dragon if they were even going for that angle at all There wasn t much originality research shown depending on whether the author chose to research for create a new angle Weird Magics 2.75 3 STARSQuite a solid story with an interesting story line and well established setting Personally I didn t feel much of a connection to the characters or any fondness, but I think that s very individual Chanson Commencante de Guerre 2.5 275 STARSAgain quite an interesting world with not only Dragons but Dragon Shifters and a long standing feud between the two races However I felt like the characters were very superficial and the voice and dialogue was a bit contrived Two in the Bush 2.5 STARSThis was a bit weird. I m not sure what to say about this, honestly It was quite interesting I suppose, but I didn t really like the story line or the characters Finding the Rain 3.75 STARSThis was a really sweet and fun read It was kind of what I expected from the anthology A bit fluffy, different angle and some smut haha I m not quite sure if I m that sold on the Ancient China setting I don t know if that is exactly the correct time period , but it s not like anthologies allow for in depth descriptions and etc Though actually, there were some really weird moments where I was kind of a bit wary I m not sure if this should be spoiler tagged, but basically Buwei started having dreams about this dragon Explicit dreams And I was a bit curious whether it d cross into the realms of supernatural bestiality or whatever you want to call it.Oh, this story is by Tam Ames I feel the need to mention this, because whenever I see this author, I have to link her book alongside with it Lukos Heat 3.5 STARSMegan Derr s writing was lovely relief Not that some stories weren t well written, but just that some stories were not It was quite interesting because her portrayal of dragons was a bit . animalistic I m not quite sure what to call it, but the perspective and the voice of the main character the dragon made me wince at times, not really because of the personality of the character, just the way he saw things view spoiler For example, he would refer to the breeding females of his den as bitches or den bitches And in no way is it meant to be demeaning or offensive, but perhaps in the way a vet would call a female dog as a bitch It s just a term, a name But it did make me wince at times personally hide spoiler


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    Lukos Heat by Megan Derr 3 Finding the Rain by Tam Ames 3,5 Two in the Bush by E.R Karr 1,5 Weird Magics by E.E Ottoman 3 Chanson Commencante de Guerre by Lor Rose 2,5 I m not sure if I ll read the last 2 stories Fugue in Gold and Fire by Avery Vanderlyle Teller of Tales by D.K Jernigan


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    Dragons are fascinating creatures, aren t they I ve always thought so, so when Storm Moon Press issued this anthology of stories about dragons, I was immediately putting up my hand for a review copy The anthology is made up of seven different stories, all within the fantasy genre and generally all had the theme of dragon shifters In the end, I didn t enjoy this anthology as much as I thought I would There were some stories that shone out from the anthology, but on the whole, for such an interesting and unusual theme, the stories were either dull or so overly busy so that I either found myself confused as to what was happening or was overwhelmed by too many characters for stories of less than 50 pages.The story that stands out above the rest was Finding the Rain by Tam Ames Now, I m a bit embarrassed to admit this because, as many of you know, Tam and I are very good mates and run a blog together It may seem like I m playing favourites but this genuinely was the best story, and many other reviews of this anthology have agreed with me The story is set in a fantasy Chinese setting Buwei, a lowly rice farmer, is selected by the Governor to take a cart load of offerings to the dragon Lord Shenlong in the hope that the dragon will end the drought which blights the area When Buwei arrives at Lord Shenlong s temple he is greeted by Tian who agrees to pass on Buwei s request to Lord Shenlong as long as Buwei stays with him for a month and tells him stories I really liked the setting of the story and in particular I liked the character of Buwei whose virginal innocence was appealing There s a lighthearted tone which I associate with this author but plenty of underlying sexual tension and confusion for Buwei I think I preferred the part of the story set in the temple to the later parts, but that was because I was enjoying the development in the relationship between the characters The last part was action packed and provided a nice contrast to the slow build up at the beginning Overall this was well worth reading, and should the stories ever be published as separates, then I highly recommend you buy this one.My second favourite story was A Fugue in Gold and Fire by Avery Vanderlyle The story begins as people in a local town are filled with dread The purple moon, Vesti, which appears only once every 1000 years or so is almost at its largest point during which time all the people of the town, except for children and the very old, will change into an animal Some will quickly find their human forms again by remembering a reason to be human but some will be lost forever as animals Adri and Dru are lovers who are determined to remember each other and so fashion a bracelet to wear When the change comes they hope that they will see the bracelet and remember to be human What I liked about this story was that the author managed to convey quite a lot of information about the setting but I didn t feel overwhelmed or lost in all that was happening on the page The focus is mainly on the two lovers and their love for each other shines through the narrative of Adri I felt all their worry about losing one another and that emotional connection provided a lot of tension in the story which then drove the plot forward There are other characters who appear too and they managed to remain well rounded despite only appearing for a short time I liked the build up to the change and enjoyed seeing the aftermath and all that happened with the various townsfolk I read quickly through the story and finished it feeling like I d read something really worthwhile.Honourable mentions also go to Lukos Heat by Megan Derr who always writes a good fantasy, managed to really capture the heart of a dragon personality and wasn t afraid to make her shifter very dragon like even when human and Weird Magics by E.E Ottoman whose steampunk setting was certainly the most unusual in the anthology, and which had a mystery story that was complex enough to keep me guessing.As for the other three stories, well one of them didn t work for me at all and I struggled to finish it, and the other two were OK with decent characterisation and plots, but nothing that I would consider reading again I was also surprised by a number of typos and other errors in the anthology This is very unusual for this publisher.Overall, this was a mixed bag of stories and not an anthology I would wholeheartedly recommend except for the stories I have highlighted in this review I would advise waiting until the stories are released as separates and buying the best ones, unless you are a dedicated fan of dragon stories in which case you may find that of the stories work for you than they did for me.


  5. says:

    When I was given the opportunity to review an anthology with Dragons as the main focus I was thrilled As one who loves all things dragon and my favorite genre to read is m m romance, this seemed like the perfect combination There are seven stories I had fun reading them all but a few really stood out.To read the full review please go to


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    Fugue in Gold and Fire Avery Vanderlyle 3.75 starsTeller of Tales DK Jernigan 3 starsWeird Magics EE Ottoman 4 starsChanson Commencante de Guerre Lor Rose 2.5 starsTwo in the Bush ER Karr 3.5 starsFinding the Rain Tam Ames 4 starsLukos Heat Megan Derr 3.5 stars


  7. says:

    My story is Finding the Rain I m thrilled to be included with so many amazing authors.


  8. says:

    My story Chanson Commrncante de Guerre or Beginning Song of War is in there Somewhere Can t wait to read the others Who doesn t like dragons


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    Fugue in Gold and Fire by Averly VanderlyleScholar Adri and his lover Dru, a tavernkeeper and an inventor, are preparing for an event that last happened a thousand years ago When the purple moon Vesti rises, everyone except children and the elderly change shape into animals, real and mythical This change is permanent unless the person remembers who they are within the beast form they take Most never do, says the chronicles When the day comes, what happens to the two men who love each other when one s real shape is a mythical beast and the other s is a man We are shown an intricate world preparing to lose a major part of their population, and a city on the verge of almost steampunk discoveries of electricity and other technical inventions, and yet facing a magical, divine event The culture is fascinating, and the bond between the two heroes is shown with warmth, friendship, and shared humor Rebuilding a ravaged world and a bond with a dragon are matched in a very effective juxtaposition We get details of a larger world expanding beyond the confines this story, and that made this a truly enjoyable read for me Recommended.Teller of Tales by D.K JerniganPeter Harrington is a dragon who has lived as a human among them for centuries He s been banished from his own people because he s gay Now, once learning about a new modern dragon stories in the making, Peter starts his own story about dragons Doing so, he attracts the attention of Thomas Dougherty, an editor Once they meet, Peter realizes Tom is a virgin, therefore attracting Peter s dragon instincts to mate And Tom begins to sense there s to the story then he s being led to believe But knowing the bond is for life, Peter fights the urge until Tom takes matters into his own hands.This takes place in modern Las Vegas There s an instant attraction between Tom and Peter Tom likes his job as an editor, always on the lookout for a new creative tale, but not having much of a personal life Peter lives in an upscale apartment, a rich and cultured individual with some old fashioned notions In short, they are very different, distinct characters who come through clearly Peter goes through a lot of introspection and Tom has doubts, but you know these two belong together A good story which I quite liked, told in both 1st and 3rd person.Weird Magics by E.E OttomanDaire is a wyrm dragon, a powerful cold seas preferring creature who has had his magic stolen from him by a blood curse from an unknown alchemist Daire has come to New York to search for the alchemist, but without his powers he s as weak as a human To heal him comes Cyras, an alchemist who has been treating supernatural beings for a long time, and is just learning that these creatures are being killed and drained of their blood by mysterious foes With Cyras s help, Daire learns of a method to rekindle his magic and the hunt is on.The industrial revolution is well on its way here, and new technologies work alongside magic The supernatural beings are a well known secret What we have here is a tight spaced action adventure that ends in a magic and gun fight Cyras is a sweet positive characters, idealistic and smart, where Daire is cynical and always expecting the worst Yet, these two bond together, though initially mostly hostile I liked the way this story fused together different genres, from fantasy and paranormal to steampunk and action tales I quite liked this.Chanson Commencante de Guerre by Lor RoseFor hundreds of years, a war has raged between dragons and dragon shifters At first glance this seems like the sillies thing to fight over, but there you have it Rayvak is an ancient dragon, a hermit like loner who no longer likes to reminisce his battle days and now lives far from his own kind in a cabin in the woods One day he comes across a hunted, badly wounded young man, Stormy, who also happens to be a dragon shifter and Rayvak s mate This is strictly forbidden, but the mating call is strong But what happens when five dragons come in search of their quarry There s a lot of ponderings and inner musings in this one But the reasons for the war are not give, and the ending is abrupt, without much closure Rayvak is protective and strong, while Stormy is smaller, shyer, and filled with resentment over dragons who have abused him through violence and rape Having a dragon for a mate is not to his liking, and he tries to flee But Rayvak is possessive too They do find a rapport of sorts, but I never got to know these men very well, let alone the situation they find themselves in Everything is only alluded to, nothing told or shown Frustrating And the present tense didn t really help matters Still, an okay story.Two in the Bush by E.R KarrDavid, a PI, and his boyfriend of six months, Ferdie, a dragon without much magic as his heartstone is broken, are supposed to be having a fun camping trip in a national forest But then they awake bruised and battered with little memory of what happened only to find their tent, their car, and all other campers and rangers around gone And when giant flying beings land from the skies to punish the humans who are keeping a dragon prisoner everything goes from bad to worse Ferdie cannot change to his true shape to convince no one is being held captive, so for David he makes a big sacrifice without David s approval.Told in first person from David s point of view, we re shown a telepathic man who has come to know and love Ferdie, the dragon who due to youthful recklessness cannot shift to dragon form very often This is written like a stream of consciousness It s funny And the giant flying guardians are scary and very effective One wing stroke, and it s adios muchachos The caring that these two men feel for each other is shown with little details and humor, and I liked their interaction I liked this story.Finding the Rain by Tam AmesBuwei is a lonely farmer taking care of his mother and grandmother during a draught that s lasted for years He is tasked by the Governor of the province to find Lord Shenlong, the dragon who controls rain, and give him tribute to end the draught Having no choice, Buwei leaves At the temple high up in the mountains it rains all the time Lord Shenlong is a no show, but a beautiful young man, Tian, bids him welcome and asks him to tell him stories But their time together is limited When Buwei returns home, the Governor has gone back on his word to take care of Buwei s family while he s gone, and they are dead But a leader should know better than to defy the morals of highly ethical dragons.This was by far my favorite story in this anthology Reading like a fairytale, this story shows us a poor man who is by nature good and honest, and he knows many stories Tian s attraction baffles him, but through little touches, kisses and closeness they are drawn together It was wonderful to read about another culture where dragons are seen as wise, benevolent, highly ethical, and in many ways civilized than humans Lord Shenlong is no beast, but a god in his own right I loved the culture, the plot, the lessons we re given, justice, love, and happiness all rolled into one Highly recommended Lukos Heat by Megan DerrNajlah has dragon features even when he is in human form, and due to his fangs and tongue he cannot speak He is part of a royal shifter corps on the trail of an attempted assassin of the king Najlah s brother was injured in the attack Now the corps have entered the Shide Mountain range, far too cold for Najlah They are met with the inhabitants of the wilderness, the Lukos pack, or wolf shifters Their leader, Barkus, takes an immediate interest in Najlah who hasn t sough company of any kind because his dragon plays too rough for any potential lover Barkus doesn t seem to have a problem with that Their adversary, however, seems to posses powerful magic, sending blizzards, golems, and wild mgic after them But when they find the assassin, however, they re left with questions than answers.This one was a great read Irritating at the end when things cut off so darn abruptly, but a great story that reads like a prologue to a set of tales Everything feels detailed and thought out, a fully fledged world We get hints of this larger world, Najlah IS a dragon with dragon behavior and facets than any other dragon in this anthology and he and Barkus find new and exciting ways to communicate since Najlah cannot speak This is a wonderful conclusion to the anthology, but I do hope the writer gives us of this world later on I want to know what happens next


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    Fugue in Gold and Fire by Avery Vanderlyle 12 March 2017, 5 starsMaybe I shouldn t have been as surprised as I was, but this was brilliant The idea was excellent, a planet of people mysteriously forced into animal forms when a particular comet returns But it was just wonderfully beautifully written Enough that I plan to immediately go see what else this author has written Teller of Tales by D.K Jernigan 13 March 2017, 3 starsIntriguing idea A dragon who s been cast out for being gay writes a fantasy novel using his dragon culture and then falls for the editor he submits the story to I think part of the reason I liked this so much was I felt like they were geeking out over books about dragons just like I do Otherwise the bizarre pov switches 1st person from Peter, and then 3rd person from Tommy would have frustrated me much .Favorite Quote Get over it, Tommy boy, because dragons are just a dream Weird Magics by E.E Ottoman 14 March 2017, 5 starsThis was spectacular A dragon shifter and a professor of alchemy in the most fantastically atmospheric Steampunk New York Fantastic magic, delightful mythology, excellent secondary characters, stunningly perfect gritty setting This was just thoroughly entertaining to read.Chanson Commencante de Guerre by Lor Rose 15 March 2017, 1 starSo much of this makes absolutely no sense He drove an hour to buy two bags worth of groceries And what grocery store doesn t have a parking lot Why is he having to walk a block and use a crosswalk, other than the author needed an excuse to have him make internal comments on human culture The worst was calling the two groups dragons and dragon shifters Both groups can shift into dragon and human forms, the differences are based on the size of their dragon, the energy it takes them to shift, and how long they live If they d been called different tribes of dragons or different races, I think I would have been able to relax and get into the story Both groups are technically dragon shifters, so basing the whole story and millennia of war on that name made me not able to give this any than 1 star.Two in the Bush by E.R Karr 15 March 2017, 3 starsI love these characters A telepathic private detective and his dragon shifter lover assistant So fun The story itself, though, was just bizarre I d love to get to see these characters again in a different story.Some Favorite Quotes It took me a little longer to figure out what he really was and even longer than that to believe it Some days, I still don t.a shot to save in the mental photo album, a memory I never wanted to forget.Finding the Rain by Tam Ames 16 March 2017, 3 starsThis had a lovely, dreamy, Chinese fairy tale feel to it Sadder than I like my fairy tales to be, though.Lukos Heat by Megan Derr 3 July 2015, 5 starsI thought this was just brilliantly done Najlah was a spectacular character, and the descriptions of both of his forms, his homeland, dragon societal structure, all of it was spectacularly unique and wonderfully great fun.My absolute favorite Najlah s complete inability to speak any human language in either form, yet he was still able to communicate perfectly well Very cleverly done I also just adored Najlah and Barkus together, they complemented each other brilliantly.Such a fun story, in a wonderfully unique world I d love to get to come back and read set here Some Favorite Quotes It was nice not being feared I think I preferred it when they thought us demons and we were allowed to eat them


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