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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dreaming of Dragons by T.A. Chase

Dreaming of Dragons by T. A. Chase
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (153 pgs)
Other: M/M, M/M/M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by Phlox

Lovers for centuries, Mordred and George's relationship is strong enough to withstand anything--or so they think.

With dragons and magical creatures appearing every day, George risks everything, even to the point of losing his lover, to maintain the balance between the Realm of Dreams and the human world. Mordred can see George slipping away and, for the first time in his long life, insecurity creeps through.

As the presence of old lovers, new friends, and deadly dragons cause cracks in their foundation to form, Mordred and George must discover how far they're willing to go to save their world and their love.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices, violence.

Like any dedicated fantasy reader, I am attracted by the promise of dragons. The title Dreaming of Dragons, especially since the previous title contained dragons as well, certainly promised. The ideas, the premises, behind the story are interesting and often unique (Mordred as an agent of balance rather than a bitter bastard son regarding his role in Arthur’s demise, St. George as his, initially, reluctant conquest, the invasion of magical beings into the modern world) but none of it quite lived up to the initial promise.

The book is at its best when dealing with Mordred and George’s relationship. Their back story is told with a certain ironic humor and I did enjoy Mordred’s persistent and careful seduction of the dragon slayer. The human pair in all this, Hugh and Kael, are quite sweet together but in this story they seem more along for the ride and the reader who has not met them previously doesn’t really get a chance to become attached.

While an erotic story certainly can focus on the erotic, it should not do so at the expense of plot. This is a fantasy story involving lots of dangerous creatures suddenly thrust into the modern world, with soldiers and knights and rogue elves thrown in, with only one brief battle scene. During the first nine tenths of the story I did not feel the main characters were in any sort of real danger (except for one odd interlude where Kael’s ex shows up out of the blue) nor did I feel convinced that any real intrigue was going on at Gaia’s court. The baddies were immediately evident, there were no real surprises and no good explanations at the end. I wanted dragons, I wanted werewolves and terrible battles – which there were, certainly, but all off-scene. The one scene in which George does get to fight a dragon (and the reader gets to be there) seemed much too effortless and the dragon’s demise was a bit bizarre. While I liked Mordred as a character, we spend far too much time with him as he turns in circles and endlessly repeats himself.

All that aside, the scenes between Mordred and George are worth the read. Scenes from their past, erotic scenes from the present, ones which highlight both the love and the tension between are, without a doubt, enjoyable reading.

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