Penny White and the Temptation of Dragons…what can I say? Oh just a 4.5 star read is all. You want were fox postmen? You got it. You want snail sharks the size of a dog? Sure thing! I mean, if you have thought of a thing in a fantasy novel that you wanted but haven’t seen yet? It’s here. There are Unicorn bishops!! Let that sink in. Unicorn bishops. I mean…I was giggling so much that I didn’t even notice I had gotten sucked in until I realized I didn’t want to put down my ereader to eat dinner.
I think what I loved so much was how well the religion was woven through the story. Yes the main character is a vicar (a word I love so much) but she is also a wicked Doctor Who fan (whoivans unite!), a sister, a widow, and apparently a women who is desirable enough to have a copper and a dragon after her 🙂 The story was so well written, and timely in the theme of inclusion in religion. The relationships were well written, and you felt for Penny throughout her trials in this new part of her life. I just, I mean, I really enjoyed this story. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
There is a warning though, for readers coming to this series; be prepared to stumble over the Welsh. I started just gliding over it because even trying to pronounce it in my brain gave me a headache. But seriously, even that wasn’t enough for me to not tell everyone to go out and read this book. It’s just so good.
And here is a little bit about the author Chrys Cymri, who sounds suspiciously like a certain character I just met 🙂
Priest by day, writer at odd times of the day and night, I live with a small green parrot called Tilly because the upkeep for a dragon is beyond my current budget. Plus I’m responsible for making good any flame damage to church property. I love ‘Doctor Who’, landscape photography, single malt whisky, and my job, in no particular order. When I’m not looking after a small parish church in the Midlands (England) I like to go on far flung adventures to places like Peru, New Zealand, the Arctic, and North Korea.