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Dragon’s Curse

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Dragon’s Curse
Dragon's Curse

The Dragon and the Scholar Saga, Book One

Fantasy/Romance

On her first assignment out of the Academy, young healer and scholar, Shannon Macaulay is summoned to the struggling kingdom of Regone to see to the wounds of a young but crippled king. When the unwanted attentions of an aggressive knight and the sudden appearance of a hated dragon turn her world upside down, she decides to take matters into her own hands even if doing so proves dangerous.

Finding herself strangely drawn to the company of the dragon, Gnaw, Shannon must force herself out of her safe world of books and botany to come to the aid of her unexpected ally in a strange kingdom, cursed by a fateful encounter with a dragon and the loss of a beloved prince. Can she learn to put aside her fears, and perhaps sacrifice her deepest desires, to help a friend and restore a family?
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He winced a little bit but didn’t make a fuss as she cleaned and bandaged his wound.

“All done,” she said. “I’m so sorry you were hurt.”

“I’ve had worse.” He carefully folded his wing back against his body and lay still. He glanced out of the cave. “It is well after dark. You trip over your own feet enough in the day time. It’s a miracle you made it up here without breaking your neck.”

She grimaced.

“Well, I was worried about you, and I couldn’t exactly ask Roderick if you were all right. Still, I hope you are fine with me staying the night. I don’t want to make the descent until sunrise.”

“Of course. I can fly you down at dawn,” he said.

“Are you certain that is a good idea?” She caressed his wounded wing.

“I’m hardly crippled,” he scowled. “It will be fine.”

She nodded and rubbed him behind the ears. His ego bristled. He wasn’t a lap dog or a barn cat. What did she think she was doing? Oh, that felt good.

He shut his eyes with a contented moan as she continued to rub the back of his head and neck.

“I am not sure if you are a witch or an angel,” he murmured.

“Semantics,” she teased.

He laughed.

He let himself doze off, only marginally aware of what was going on around him. After a while he realized she had stopped her massage and opened his eyes to find her asleep, her head, arm, and shoulder draped over his neck. He curled his head back again to form a cradle for her body and listened to her breathe.

Such a pretty little thing. Would it be wrong to keep her?

 

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I could not put this one down.

HL Burke does a magnificent job of capturing the reader’s attention throughout this amazing book. A tale of betrayal, loss, love and friendship.

The wonderful detailed descriptions of the dragon’s flights through the small villages surrounding the kingdom, to the memories of the childhood banter among friends; the author keeps the vivid details as well as adds a wonderful humor to the dragon’s curse.

If you enjoy dragons, betrayal, witches, magic, and love, this one is a must read.
Dragons are a solid element in the fantasy realm. The powerful beast, its leathery wings and the ability to breathe fire is everywhere. So is the princess's role of damsel in distress to be saved by the brave knight in shining armor.

The Cursed Dragon brings a different kind of plot. Shannon is no princess but a scholar and nobody throws her to the beast. The knight although brave does not get the girl either.

Shannon's personality keeps you reading until the last line, even if her actions sound a little confused and too risky for a bright young woman.

Dragon's Curse is a gentle romance and at several moments suggested a mystery fantasy tale but the tittle just throws away the secret.

However, the book has an enchanting pace as the characters are engaging and the narrative doesn't let you down. I love dragon books and Cursed Dragon is worth reading.
Once I started reading the Dragon's Curse I could not put it down. It is really well written and the story flows wonderfully. It is a fairy tale type story with mystery and suspense and the writing lets your imagination soar. I enjoyed it very much.
Dragon’s Curse is an imaginative fantasy with a great cast of characters. Shannon is a book-smart healer who’s dying to try her hand at the real thing. She leaves the Academy to help King Edmond, a young man who has been poisoned by dragons. Edmond hates the fire-spewing creatures, one of whom consumed his brother before his eyes, and is determined to kill every dragon in his kingdom. He is especially upset that one dragon has come to reside on a nearby mountain. In a fun turn of events that I won’t reveal, Shannon determines to warn the dragon of an impending attack, though she risks her life to do it. But the dragon turns out to be a clever conversationalist who enjoys having Shannon read to him. Who can resist a dragon who loves books?

This book was an absolute delight! I love a fun, light fantasy, and this one fit the bill perfectly. I started reading with plans to read a few pages, just to find out what the book was about. But I couldn’t put it down. The fun characters drew me into the story. These weren’t ordinary, flat characters. They had adorable faults that made them seem more real. In a fun twist, Shannon, the heroine, wants to have magical powers, but instead has to rely on her considerable brainpower. The dialogue was witty and flowed well. The plot was fun, and only predictable in that you feel certain everything will be okay in the end. But even the end wasn’t quite what I expected. The book definitely leads into the next in the series, but it doesn’t leave you hanging in the air. (I hate cliffhangers!)

So if you like dragons and fantasy and fun, you’ll love this book!
– TAMIE DEAREN (PREVIOUS RRR REVIEWER)
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