Like Wine & Chocolate for the Reader’s Palate
Trained as an elite warrior from childhood, the elven crown prince, Flintathriël, fights to end a war that began before he was born. With the aid of his betrothed, Sairalindë, a skilled mage and dragon rider in her own right, he must find the Book of Souls–an ancient and mysterious tome rumored to have belonged to the god Hath’Raal.
But when the missing book turns up in the hands of Mnuvae, the bastard daughter who believes the kingdom to be rightfully hers, Flintathriël and Sairalindë must defend each other–and their people–against a far greater force than they bargained for…
The Last Dragon Rider is a ruby of a book–the magic of firelight captured impossibly in stone. Roughly half a carat in weight (it is not a long read), the color is exquisite. The spark of romance and adventure sizzles within its depths.
I’m filing it under New Adult for its racy content. It is best paired with a pinot noir, for those who partake, or a box of chocolates, for those who do not. Or perhaps a hot bath by candlelight. Your favorite pajamas and a faux-fur blanket, at the very least. It is a decadent read, and the experience should be equally so.
I love the story, the world, the characters. All of them. But I’m so madly in love with a couple of the supporting characters (don’t worry, no spoilers) that I have a hard time getting past them to talk about anything else. Is it bad to hope for a spin-off series before this first book even gets published? (I’ll answer my own question: No, it isn’t. Authors and publishers love that kind of dedication. And I’ll read every one of this author’s books.)
I read a very early draft of The Last Dragon Rider and was thrilled (although not at all surprised) to see how quickly it found a publishing home. I’ve been waiting months for the final version to come out, so I can buy it for my own collection. At long last, it arrives tomorrow!
THE BOTTOM LINE: If you love hot elves, dragons, magic, and high fantasy adventure with a luxurious dose of passion, do not miss this book!