The King’s Dragon (Fire and Valor #1) | W.M. Fawkes, Sam Burns

The King’s Dragon (Fire and Valor #1) by W.M. Fawkes, Sam Burns published 26 September 2019

Lord Tristram Radcliffe has a secret—he is the only dragon at the king’s court in Llangard. It’s a secret he’s kept from the knights he’s fought beside, from the ladies who bat their lashes at him, and from his closest companion, Prince Reynold. If it were to get out, he’d be banished to the Mawrcraig Mountains along with the rest of his kind, but the kingdom of men is the only one he’s ever known, and his heart lives in the stone halls of those who’d count him an enemy.

When the old king dies and Prince Reynold takes the throne, two visitors from the north throw Tristram into the middle of the ancient conflict between dragons and men. They put him on a collision course with the king’s shadow, Bet Kyston, a dangerous assassin who may want him dead or may want more of Tristram that he’d ever thought to give.

With the eyes of dragons upon him and a threat from the north creeping toward the home he loves, Tristram must weigh his allegiances before his dual legacies tear him apart.

How was it?

I figured out the plot fairly quickly but the characters are compelling enough that it didn’t matter. So it became annoying when the plot wasn’t moving fast enough. It got to a point that the shift between characters’ point of views – there’re seven of them – when the action picked up almost felt like filler, almost. That said, the whole book was a breeze to read, the climax toward the end was the only thing that went against my expectations.

The world building is solid, there’s enough to captivate while not getting drown in the details. The political intrigues are standard but well used and the tension is there. The time of peace the kingdom of Llangard is in teeters toward an all out war that could stem from misunderstandings and prejudices, as well as the enemies of the throne who seem to come from within and beyond the borders.
The romance much like the castle politics is tense, with a searing slow burn attraction between Tris and Bet, Rhiannon and Sir Sidonie, and I suspect Gillian and Maddox will soon join them. Each pairing have their own set of challenges that make it all very entertaining.

The King’s Dragon is complex but lighter and easier to grasp than a Game of Thrones novel.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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