I read the first book in this series and fell in love with the author’s blend of fantasy, western, and sci-fi all in one story. There were fierce dragons, the protective dragon riders, and gritty wild western living on a harsh, desert like planet where a bunch of earth colonists were left and ignored by the Federation. Couldn’t get enough of it and I came back for more.
This second book really needs to be read after the first short novella. This is the story of the young Jeremey the troublemaker who has now come of age. The book begins several years after the last one, but it assumes the reader is familiar with backdrop, characters, and some of the situation.
The story opens with Jeremey coming of age. He was orphaned when his parents were killed in a wild beast attack while the family was out seeing to their herds. Jeremey carries around a fair amount of survivor’s guilt because he felt he should have somehow been able to save his folks. Sheriff Charlie Colcord, his childhood hero, cares for him until his mom’s relations come for him. They don’t want him and don’t like him. Now he can finally leave.
Jeremey wants to be a brave dragon rider like Charlie. He wants to protect people like he couldn’t protect his parents. But first, there is the part about getting one of the native dragons of the dragon valley to submit to him as a rider. The other riders are suspicious of the guy from somewhere else so they don’t make it easy on him. However, right when he’s about to give up on capturing a dragon, a magnificent blue dragon comes to him and willingly allows Jeremey to become his rider.
Jeremey and Promise grow close as they work together on menial tasks. Jeremey chafes at not being out on patrol and finally gets his wish when his boss sees him using a blaster with deadly aim. While out patrolling, Jeremey and Promise see two space ships crash out of the sky. And from there, Jeremey and Promise go on an exciting adventure that gives Jeremey the opportunity to save all the people on No Man’s Land from an alien threat and maybe discover a secret chance at happiness.
Alright, I had a good time with this one like I did the first book. I didn’t get to experience the same shocking surprise twist the author gave in the last book, but she slipped in a few new ones to make me marvel. The plot developed slowly at the beginning, but by the middle, a suspenseful exciting pace picked things up and didn’t slow down until the end. Charlie and Zorevan the dragon return- much to my delight- and the relationship and revelation about the dragons when Jeremey was chosen by Promise to be his rider was great. Finally, the origin story and explanations that the first book didn’t include about the mysterious race of dragons.
These stories are not very complex, but they’re just plain good storytelling. The setting is a blend of elements I enjoy. The characters are likeable if not very deep. The situation is dire and there is betrayal, suspense, action, friendships, and the surprise of first romance. The whole package together leads me to devour the story and then hope there will be more. Love this world of dragons, space cowboys, and their interesting exciting lives together.
I think these are fun and light and would recommend them to the lover of m/m sci-fi romance who likes their dragons and the flavor of the Wild West.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.