Dragon's Delight by Willa Okati

Dragons

Changeling Press

Gay Futuristic Paranormal

ISBN:  978-1-59596-612-4

Reviewed by Cassie

   

 

In the future, war consumes the Earth.  Like the other people who are still alive, Collin wants to stay that way.  He does so by banding together with others, scavenging for food, and staying out of sight.  After he gets word that his best friend, Nyas, is "missing in action," he knows that means he's probably dead.  He makes an exception to his rule of staying inside to mourn his friend with a small ceremony.  To his shock, he's snatched up by a dragon named Zacharei, who calls him "Kay-lin" and accuses him of running away from another dragon.  Is this the end of Collin's life, or a new beginning?

Dragon's Delight is a fascinating blend of post-apocalyptic, futuristic, and paranormal.  I liked Collin, whose instincts for survival have been honed by his difficult and sometimes brutal life.  His dreams, of having enough food and someone who cares about him, are heart-wrenchingly simple and small, yet he doesn't think he'll ever have them.  His disbelief when he's dropped into the dragons' world, which is completely unlike the hell Earth has become, was amusing.  He doesn't know how to relate to Avalier, the dragon who believes Collin to be his runaway human pet, Kay-lin.  Strong yet vulnerable Avalier made a great match for Collin.  My only complaint with Dragon's Delight is that it ended too soon!  There were still a few unanswered questions at the end, and I wanted to see more of Collin and Avalier.  I hope Willa Okati decides to revisit these two someday.

     

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