Title: Dragonslayer (Twitterlight #1)
Author: Matthew Lang
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: September 25th 2018
Page Count: 258 pages / 89,314 words
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
A Twitterlight Story
Kill the dragon, marry the princess, and rule the kingdom. It’s a fantasy come true… if you’re straight.
Adam is a chemistry student and martial artist, active in his local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. But none of that prepares him to be the savior of a faraway land locked in perpetual dusk.
In a world of shape-shifters, necromancy, and religious politics, Adam is fated to slay the golden dragon, Khalivibra, and defeat its mind-controlling sorcery to help Princess Esmeralda of Aergon retake her city. Tradition dictates he’ll rule by her side—but Adam is much more interested in Duin, a warrior who changes to beast form in the light of the sun… or fire.
Adam hopes he and Duin might end up together when their ordeal ends. But first, the reluctant hero, the spell-casting heir to the throne, the beast-shifting object of Adam’s desire, a six-legged cave lizard, and any allies they can gather must do the impossible… and live to celebrate their victory.
I enjoy Fantasy, and when I first read the blurb I was really excited, but, for some reason, the story just didn’t resonate with me. It was a struggle to read and get through…but I think that’s because I’m not the right fantasy reader for this.
I believe anyone who likes Dungeons and Dragons, or that sort of fantasy RPG, will enjoy this book. Full of action, humor, emotional hope, and growing feelings of love between Adam and Duin, Dragonslayer felt like an homage to D&D and eighties fantasy movies where the hero of the story (Adam) is sucked into an alternate universe or other plane and is tested, becomes a hero, falls in love, defeats his foes, nearly loses everything, and comes out forever changed on the other side.
There are a lot of characters and moving parts to Dragonslayer. There are promises made and throughout the action of the story there are no guarantees there will be a happy ending (spoiler alert:
- there is a happy ending.
“I am going to take you home to a place where we can be together like this and no one will care—at least, no one who matters. And when we get there, I’m going to hold you close and you’re not going to need to pull away.”
“Is that a promise?” Duin asked, his voice so quiet it was barely discernible.
“That’s a promise,” Adam whispered, pulling Duin closer to him. “That’s definitely a promise.”
While there were parts I liked, it didn’t strike my fancy overall, maybe there were too many moving parts for me, or too much repetition, and certain parts of the story where I would have preferred it to be more fleshed out, or maybe because I’m not into fantasy RPGs…but I can see how it will be entertaining for the right fantasy-lover reader.
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