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Contemporary Draconic Hoarding Practices by Dae Richards at Less Than Three Press

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Students/Teachers/Professors / Interspecies / Romance / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Shifters / Wizards & Witches
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-March-2018

Book Blurb

While researching his thesis, Clayton's work leads him to Syralis the wise, a dragon and professor at the university where he studies. Syralis' hoard contains original manuscripts which are invaluable to Clayton's research. Clayton soon finds himself one of the few students to ever study under Syralis, and during their lessons Clayton learns not only about medieval art, but his own history and his unusual magical sensitivity as well.

Clayton also finds himself enamored of Syralis, but when that attraction proves mutual, not everybody is pleased...

Book Review

Dragons! Another story in the ‘For the Hoard’ collection that I am slowly working my way through, this one of a contemporary nature. With a title like ‘Contemporary Draconic Hoarding Practices’, I was pretty sure this story would be funny, give me a few interesting glimpses into an unusual world set in some sort of an alternate reality that includes both dragons and magic, and, based on the idea of a dragon hoarding manuscripts and a student wanting to study them, I knew I’d be able to relate to the characters. I mean – just look at my book collection. I know, a dragon would probably sneer at it, but by human standards, it’s not so bad. In any case, I am quite proud of it. But – I digress.

Clayton is a graduate student interested in a specific artist’s manuscripts, but he is also a very special man in magical terms. None of this is obvious at the beginning, but as the story unfolds, it becomes more and more obvious that he has major potential and a key role to play in the advancement of all magic, both human and draconic. He is also a young man in lust, then more, with a dragon, and he has no clue how to deal with that.

Syralis is an ancient dragon of immense age, and he has a thirst for knowledge that has him hoarding manuscripts – and more. Different from many other dragon tales I have read, he has some draconic attributes even in his human form, and they add to his allure. He has a sneaky plan, the means to make it happen, and he is determined to get what he wants. But he also has honor, morals, and a need to do what is right for Clayton, and watching him juggle all of that was both suspenseful and entertaining.

The world of this story is pretty unique, the characters complex, and the plot has more than one unexpected twist. The author did an excellent job writing an imaginative story, and I enjoyed it immensely. With as many dragon stories as exist, it is not easy to find a new angle. I think that this story’s blend of creativity with some of the accepted basic beliefs of what dragons are like is superb.

If you like to explore what a world with dragons and magic in it would be like, if you enjoy watching two very different men learn about each other and come to terms with their differences, and if you’re looking for a fantastical read with a touch of secrets, lots of suspense, amazing characters, and a somewhat unexpected solution as part of the very happy ending, then you will probably like this novella as much as I do. Very inspiring!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 42000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-February-2018
Price $4.99 ebook
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