LEGEND OF THE OCEINA DRAGON
Dragons Saga, Book 1
Astraea Press, LLC
Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 4 Cups
Chosen as the sacrificial virgin, Tai, though terrified, accepts her death sentence in order that others living on the small island paradise may continue to prosper, protected by the winged, water dragons known as Oceina Dragons.
Darien is a young Ociena dragon with exceptionally strong magic who is able to effortlessly shape shift into an attractive human male. Soon he will be celebrating his eighteenth birthday. For years he has watched Tai grow into a beautiful, kind, and intelligent young woman. On his birthday, they are to be married.
Oceina Dragons protect the small island and other human settlements in their territory. In return for their protection, a young female virgin is selected periodically as a sacrifice. The dragons are a secretive society and actually the so-called sacrifices they demand are how they go about procuring nubile young women as wives for their young men. Without the young women, dragon-kind would become extinct as only males are ever hatched.
A delightful fantasy, this story is unusual in that it is set in modern times. Characters had their cell phones and other creature gadgets and yet the world seemed much less populous than our world. The lives of the inhabitants seemed less frantic-paced, more spiritually guided – and then, of course, there are the magnificent sentient, telepathic dragons. I could not put the book down once I began reading. This is the first book in a planned series but in many ways, as I read, I felt as though I was in the middle of the series rather than at the beginning. The author left herself plenty of wiggle room for additional novels, fortunately for those of us captivated by this world. I noticed a few odd turns of phrase and a couple of places I became confused as to what was actually meant, but honestly, those small moments could not lessen my enjoyment of this tale. A fantastical world is being created and I believe, without a doubt, this world will become well-loved by fans everywhere.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More