Contemporary Draconic Hoarding Practices
Author: Dae Richards
Title: Contemporary Draconic Hoarding Practices
Series: Part of LT3's For the Hoard collection
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Four Petals
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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...
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Clayton wants to study a particular artist, but the only way to get access to their work is by talking to Syralis the dragon. Unfortunately, seeing something that is part of a dragon's hoard is almost impossible, until he realizes that love might overrule all of that. Except, falling in love with a dragon can't end well for either of them.
I really liked this story, but the best part was Clayton himself. He's used to magic, so his crazy roommate and brother don't bother him, yet the way he still reacts to Syralis' magic felt so organic. His annoyance over his roommate destroying the kitchen, balanced with the way he swooned around Syralis provided a good look into what he was thinking and feeling, as well as gave a good contrast to the different types of magic he was experiencing.
The only complaint I have about the book isn't really a complaint at all. I really wish there was more world building. The bits we've been given about the school, the different types of magic, the different territories, and even about Clayton's sensitivity were all so interesting. I wanted to see more of the world and to be provided with a better understanding of why the world works the way it does. Basically, I'm hoping Richards is thinking about using this story as a prequel or introduction, and is planning to write another story set in this same wonderful land.
I really enjoyed reading this story. In particular, I liked Clayton's characterization and the balance he had with everything going on around him. I do wish the world building had overall been bigger, but it was just enough for this book. I definitely recommend this story.
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