Dragon's Eye (Dragon's Soul #1)by Published 17 Jan 2011
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After a decade of living under the iron rule of a sorcerer, dragon shifter, Duncan Moore finally has his chance for freedom. With his former master dead, all Duncan has to do is steal the very thing that has been holding him captive all these years, his dragon's eye. The stone holds his magic and his dragon self and without it, he can never go home again.
What should be an easy theft turns complicated when he finds that someone has beat him to the eye and he has no idea where it could be. To add to things he suddenly finds himself teamed up with the dead sorcerers' son, Trent. For years Duncan has longed for Trent, but had never dared act on his desires. Then one night of passion between the men changes everything and Duncan realises that he could lose something far more valuable than his dragon's eye, he could lose Trent.
Will Duncan be able to save them both? Or will he have to make the ultimate sacrifice?
Reader Advisory: This story has been previously released as part of the Stealing My Heart anthology by Total-E-Bound.
"Dragon's Eye (Dragon's Soul #1)" Reviews
This is a short, not too involved or deep, cute story. First, the story seems to be about Duncan, then it seems more about Trent, then it changes again and ends up being about the two of them together. They realize they have feelings for each other and almost instantly fall in love. It is about retrieving Duncan's dragon eye, but is also about acceptance. Duncan's family accepting and forgiving him and accepting Trent into their clan. It moved quickly and never got very involved or detailed enough to be very deep. But it was definitely short and sweet.
Sadly not a very impressive Dragon Story this time.
As usual for a Stepheni Hecht story, the plot is simplistic, the details are sketchy and the instant love/lust takes centre stage.
Although this is only a short book of novella length, Stephani still manages to impart a sense of plot within a few pages, giving you a history of the story, and a meaning behind characters' actions before you even have a true sense of the characters themselves. With a touch of magic, just a smidgen of action, a dash of domination, and a heap of lust between dragon and sorcerer thrown in, this story will leave you hungry for more.
Duncan is a dragon shape-shifter, caught in lust with the one person he can't afford to be: Trent. Trapped for a decade, unable to trust anyone around him, Duncan craves freedom more than his next breath. No longer knowing how to be himself, cringing at the mere mention of a dead man's name, Duncan's one desire is to be free once more to find himself, or at least, whatever is left after over a decade of abuse.
Trent is a sorcerer, the son of the man who stole Duncan's' life. Unable to act while his father was alive, just as caught in his own father's web of hatred as Duncan, Trent knows that now it is too late. An honourable and noble man despite his father's influence, Trent aids Duncan, all the while knowing Duncan will leave as soon as he is able. Rather than stand in Duncan's way, Trent hopes that 'if you love something, let it go and it will return to you' will hold true.
Dragon's Eye is a great adaptation on other dragon shifting stories, still managing to remain unique despite small similarities. The idea of a 'dragon's egg', or vessel in which magic and soul are contained, is not a new one, but Stephani writes in such a way that for me as a reader, new light is breathed into the concept. An enjoyable short read, I would recommend this story for anyone who likes unusual shape-shifter stories with a touch of fantasy thrown in, written in a contemporary style. Nx
Note: Reviewed for Queer Magazine Online.
This may be a short story in terms of number of pages but it had the emotional impact of a much longer book on me. The background of the characters, their past and current issues as well as the type of people they are comes through loud and clear. I found myself totally absorbed in their world after the first few pages.
Duncan, a dragon shifter, has been the prisoner of a cruel sorcerer for ten years. Unfortunately, or so he thinks, he has fallen in love with the sorcerer's son, Trent. Their confrontation after the father's death is expected, the result isn't.
Trent has suffered under his father's rule almost as much as Duncan has. I loved that he'd resisted the lure of evil and turned out to be very honorable.
Dragon's Eye is not just a story about a treasure lost to Duncan. For me, it was just as much the story of two men from very different worlds, who are supposed to be enemies, dealing with the fact that they love each other and are meant to be together. The integration of both the 'adventure' side and the 'love story' aspect was what made me like this tale so much. That and the great descriptions and occasional slightly tongue-in-cheek humor. I'd love to see a sequel for this one!
NOTE: This book was provided by Total-E-Bound for the purpose of a review.
This is the first book of a trilogy about Dragon shifters. The focus is the special Dragon's "Eye" jewel that gives Dragons their shifting and magical powers. And the war between Sorcerers & Dragons they hate each other. The Sorcerers make a point of trying to obtain / steal a dragon's Eye which makes the Sorcerer more powerful. What it does to Dragon shifters is very cruel. He or she becomes the slave of whoever owns / possesses their "Eye". They can only travel a short distance away from where the Eye is held without experiencing a great deal of pain. They can be forced to perform despicable acts as dictated by the "Master" of the Dragon's Eye.
Duncan Moore, a young Dragon whose Eye had been stolen several years ago causing him to be held prisoner by a very powerful Sorcerer. Once the Sorcerer died Duncan planned to steal back his Eye. But there are many unexpected consequences. Duncan has been in love with Trent, the Sorcerer's son. Trent had been abused mercilessly by his father, almost as bad as his Dragon slaves. while they each were attracted to each other a relationship never developed between Trent and Duncan. Their respective species were enemies and each had been taught to hate & fear the other. There was no trust. There had never been any words spoken between them.
Unexpectedly the two have to unite against unforeseen enemies - while there is still distrust between them. Add more Sorcerers & Dragon shifters to the mix and you have an adventure in Michigan like no other. Can enemies ever overcome their centuries old hatred, misconceptions, stereotypes, and fear of each other? And even if they do what - what about the rest of their families as well as their respective communities? What would the reactions of them being together be? Is there anywhere they can go where they'd be accepted? This is the first of three books. I enjoyed it, but with only 49 pages there was so much crunched into a short novella. Luckily there are more books to explain things.