A dragon by birth, Sarkany is also able
to take other forms. Right now, he’s a rather arrogant human
businessman. Industrialization has made gold and jewels more
difficult to gather, but there are other things that can be
hoarded: money, valuable artwork, businesses, and property.
The only thing that plagues him is the guild, a secret group
of modern day knights bent on killing all dragons.
Miranda Benson’s home neighborhood,
Point Green, was one of the city’s casualties in Sarkany’s
quest for wealth. To exact revenge, she becomes a knight. In
order to get the dragon to leave, she tricks him into
agreeing to her challenge. He gives up all his worldly goods
in one month’s time and stays in the city, or he keeps his
hoard and leaves. If he wins, however, he’ll move in with
Miranda and she’ll become his toy.
Unfortunately for Miranda and Sarkany,
neither realize the guild is manipulating them both.
This is a quick and sweet read with
enough twists to satisfy romance and fantasy readers alike.
I’m glad Summer Devon (also known as writer Kate Rothwell)
chose to avoid the fated-lovers or destined-life-mates
plotline so often seen in stories these days. Oh no, I’m not
giving away her secret. You’ll have to read the novella to
find out what triggers Sarkany’s love for Miranda. Unique
and well-developed characters, proper pacing, and a
believable love story make The Knight’s Challenge
an entertaining and worthwhile read.