The shadow of the cursed Dragon Lord has hung over the town of Lirinsholme for centuries, and no one ever knows when the Dragon will claim his next doomed bride. Rhianne Menyon has dreams of being a painter, but her world changes forever when a single moment of sacrifice brings her to Black's Keep as the Dragon's latest bride.
As she attempts to adjust to her new life - and to know something of the monster who is now her husband - she begins to see that the curse is far crueler than she first believed. Unraveling the mystery of what happened to the Dragon's brides is only the beginning...
©2012 Christine Pope (P)2013 Christine Pope
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This is my first adventure with author Christine Pope. Dragon Rose is written in first person which is a difficult voice to write. Valerie Gilbert, as narrator, was a great choice for she truly conveyed the emotional upheaval Rhianne experienced when she chose to take the place of her best friend and marry Theran Blackmoor, the dragon of Black’s Keep. Ms. Gilbert is the reason I picked this book to listen to in the first place. She has a great presence and entirely engulfed me in the author’s world.
Rhianne was unique. She had two gifts. As a ‘seerer’ she was haunted with dreams, difficult to forget. She also had a love of nature and the ability to paint, something she learned from an elderly painter and an occupation she should not follow. With this skill she worked through her dreams and fell in love with her painting of the man in her dreams. Little did she know how important this skill would be for her very life!
This tale reminds me of Beauty and the Beast. A mage spell kept Theran in dragon form. He was obliged to marry young girls from the nearby village – if he didn’t the curse would manifest itself by destroying more lives. Theran was reduced to marrying even though he knew the fate of these young women. 500 years of marrying and still the curse continued. Would there be no end? Could Rhianne save her dragon whom she’d come to love? Could she save herself?
Plenty of suspense and danger. The story was riveting, yet very much a fairy tale. I’m thoroughly delighted to find another author who writes fantasy with romance inclinations. And writes so well! Recommended highly for those who love fairy tale plots with just enough twist to keep the reader guessing.
"Beautiful writing, sloooooow story"
Absolutely beautiful writing, but the slow pacing of the story coupled with the even slower pacing of the narration lends itself better to reading than to an audiobook. There is a very gradual buildup of suspense, which suddenly gives way to the highly predictable happy end, leaving me feeling a bit cheated.i would recommend the book for lovers of atmospheric, light gothic romances, but don't expect any big surprises or twists and turns.
"Cute story, HATE recording"
I liked this book. it was cute. reminded me of another book. very beauty and beast themed. I HATE HATE HATE the why it was recorded. it is like no one liatened to it for a quality check. no wonder it was on sale.
"Sounds like Ms. Gilbert is reading through a can."
This is a very entertaining Beauty and the Beast Story but I am sooo distracted by the low recording quality as it sounds like it is read through a can. Ms. Gilbert also has a very mature voice that does not fit a young lady of 19.
"Distracting but disappointing"
While I loved the idea behind the story, several things hindered my complete enjoyment. most glaringly, the narrator. One chapter would be performed in an echo chamber of a broom closet, her words distorted and alien. If that were not bad enough, her alternating chapters took place in some public space wherein the sounds the traffic dragged me from my escape into this fantasy world. It was most distracting, to say the least and entirely inconsistent.
lastly, the actual story had such build up, such promise before rushing the ending and wrapping things up quickly, though clumsily. I was very disappointed in elements that were never addressed or re visited.
Having enjoyed other books by this author, I can only surmise this was written with a late deadline or with laziness. She is normally such a strong writer and again, I enjoyed the setup and development of the story greatly. It is the resolution, so called, that has left me unhappy.
"Beauty and the Beast"
An engaging story that I enjoyed. The narrator did a good job, my only complaint was her inability to keep a consistent volume. Part of the story was spoken in a low mutter that was hard to understand and required frequent adjustments as she seemed to whisper, then speak in a normal voice which was too loud at the current volume.
"Beauty and the Beast Revisited"
The meaning of the portrait was predictable, but how it would play out was not. Clean romance is so rare these days, and with the addition of adventure and suspense makes a nice story. I will definitely read more by this author. The narration was OK, but occasionally the narrator didn't sound as if she knew which character was speaking. It got better further into the story.
"A nice little Beauty and the Beast style story"
Although I enjoyed this story, I would not listen to it again. It was entertaining but simple; once is enough. I don't typically read stories again unless they are extraordinary. There are too many books out there I want to read to revisit stories I've already read.
I liked this Beauty and the Beast type of story well enough. I really liked the beginning. It dragged out too long to get to the conclusion for such a simple story though. I liked the writing style and could feel the connection in the love interest. It was narrated by Valerie Gilbert who did a fantastic job. 3 1/2 stars for the story. 5 stars for the narration.
"A very good retelling of the fairy tale"
Early in the story there were several points where it sounded like the narrator had turned away from the microphone. Otherwise, the performance was very good.
Second book in the Tales of the Latter Kingdoms series. This is a stand-alone book.
This is a very good retelling of The Beauty and the Beast: however, it contains some issues that prevent me from giving it a five star rating.
The story is told in the first person. As a result, we watch as the protagonist falls in love with her husband, but we don't see her husband falling in love with her. Due to his experience with his previous wives, he knows that she will likely die an early death while the nature of the curse prevents him from saving her. There is nothing to show that he distinguishes her to be different from her predecessors.
The development of the story is slow. After all, this is a romance. We get a lot of details on her daily life. The breaking of the curse, however, seems rushed by comparison.
The protagonist meets all the conditions for her to break the curse early in the story. As the author has presented the curse, the protagonist could have died at any point in the latter half of the book and the curse would have been lifted as soon as her husband had completed his condition.
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