Author: Megan Derr
Series: Dance with the Devil 7
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Pairing: M/M, Poly
Rating: Five Petals
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More than seventy years have passed since Neirin du Lac was banished from the dragon clans he called home. Though he misses them, he and his dragon Troyes have built a happy life with his lover Barra, and their friends Devlin and Midnight. It is a not a life he would ever trade, not even for a chance to return to the clans.
Then the very last person he ever expected to see again comes begging for help: Prince Avalon Pendragon, ruler of the clans, a man Neirin once called friend, once wished to call lover. When Avalon tells him why he needs Neirin's help, it's not a request he can refuse, nor can his friends refuse to help him.
But the people bold enough to steal from the clans are not to be trifled with, and in the midst of fighting for their lives Neirin also finds himself caught between the man he loves now and the man he never truly left behind...
I received this book as an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Neirin was banished from his home and clan for helping Devlin and Midnight (from the book Midnight). He found happiness with his dragon and his lover, Barra, but always knew he had left someone behind because of his banishment. Then Avalon, that someone, appears, begging Neirin to help recover a stolen dragon. Except, loving Avalon means losing Barra, and Neirin isn't certain that is something he could ever do. However, not leaving Barra means losing Avalon. Making a choice between them might just destroy them all.
This is the book I've been waiting for in this series! The previous books, while certainly good, were missing something. This story was missing nothing. It evokes the style of the first book in the series, Dance with the Devil, by being split into separate sections. Twilight also brings the plot from Dance with the Devil full circle, tying the series together in a way that I really enjoyed (I won't go it into here so I don't spoil it for you). Plus, it pulled all the best parts from Midnight, the direct prequel, and provided more depth to the characters. When I go back to reread Dance with the Devil and Midnight--which will probably be as soon as I finish writing this--I will do so with considerably more understanding of the stories as a whole. That the seventh book in the series could provide this much depth is truly amazing.
I have to say that my review for Shield of the Dragon, book six in the series, wasn't necessarily positive. I thought it couldn't stand on it's own in the series like the rest of the books do and that much of the plot only served as a placeholder to introduce Twilight. I still think that's true, however I am also going to reread Shield of the Dragon and I have a very strong feeling that a subsequent review might be better. This is wholly because reading Twilight first, and therefore being able to understand the many instances of foreshadowing and explanation in Shield of the Dragon, might instead make it possible to focus on the rest of the plot in Shield of the Dragon, which was quite good. I like that Twilight allows me to go back and do that and I have a feeling that every time I reread this series from now on I will read Twilight before Shield of the Dragon.
As always, I recommend any book in this series. They're always an engaging read and Twilight greatly helped to bring depth and connection to the series as a whole. I do suggest reading Twilight before Shield of the Dragon as much more of the plot in Shield of the Dragon will make sense that way.
Maggie reviews paranormal and fantasy novels and novellas. She also interviews authors and hosts giveaways.