Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Hatchling’s Curse by Helen Henderson


Lord Branin Llewlyn is a dragshi, a human who can exchange bodies with a dragon. After millennia of waiting...and searching, Branin and his dragon counterpart, Llewlyn, have found their intended mates.

For the dragshi, the freedom of flight comes with a price. Now Branin has to find a cure for the childlessness of his kind. Cryptic references to mating flights add hope, but dark references about the deaths of suitors threatens not only his life, but the dreams of all dragon shifters.

To save his kind, Branin has to win the mating flight.

And the cost? All he treasures.

Throwing the competition is not an option.

About the Author:

Although I wrote fiction for myself as long as I can remember, and have been a professional writer for many years, pursuing publication for my fiction is a more recent endeavor. Published fiction includes two fantasy series: the Dragshi Chronicles and the Windmaster novels.

Among other topics, my published non-fiction covers antiques, history, and battlefield archeology. (Yes, I do know the subject and have participated in digs using both traditional screen and trowel methods and the new-fangled metal detectors.) I'm also proud of my two local histories, "Matawan and Aberdeen—Of Town and Field" and "Around Matawan & Aberdeen."

As a person, I have tried to find a balance between my typical Gemini characteristics. My heritage is also a reflection of contrasts—the descendent of a coal-miner's daughter and an aviation flight engineer, I grew up living the simple life on a farm, yet my professional career was designing computers.

This dichotomy shows in my writing which crosses genres from historical adventures (written while listening to the Ashokan Farewell), westerns to western movie themes and science fiction/fantasy to the lilting tunes of Celtic harp and flute.

Join me as we journey among the stars, to the past both near and far, or to worlds of imagination.

Review by Rochelle:

I have to say shifter stories are not my favorites. I have difficulty suspending disbelief when it comes to shifters, especially something like a human/dragon shifter. The respective biologies and sizes are just too different. As for a human/dragon shifter reproducing, I can definitely see the difficulty. Human are mammals and give birth to live babies, while dragons are reptilian and lay eggs.

However, if one can suspend disbelief and accept the basic tenet of Hatchling’s Curse: Book Two of The Dragshi Chronicles, is very well-written with heroes and heroines with whom one can identify and root for, an enemy with clear motives, great world-building, steady pacing—in short, everything one needs to write a five-rose thriller/fantasy/romance. Ms. Henderson even did a great job of catching readers up on Dragon Destiny, the first book in the series without bogging down the action. If you’re able to suspend disbelief and you enjoy fantasy worlds and shifters, by all means, read Hatchling’s Curse: Book Two of The Dragshi Chronicles.

Heat Rating:  R
Length:  239 Pages
Print:  $13.99
Digital:  $3.99

Thanks for visiting. Donna, Julie, & Rochelle

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