Disclosure: I am related to the author of this novel, and thus may be biased in favour of this story. I also have some nostalgia for this book in more ways than one. If you think that after this statement that I can give a fair review then continue to read, if not please read and judge my work.
Corsender (a.k.a. Cor) is a magical red dragon who has a problem; he’s bored. So he sets out to become a knight with his princess, Espreta, as his cultural guide to the human world. When word reaches Cor that there is a dragon’s bane killing his brethren, he makes it his knightly quest to put an end to the villainous knight. Complications arise as other knights join the party, baby dragons imprint on Cor, and everyone involved gets a romance path as well as have their names reduced to three letters. And to help add to the confusion of remembering names and nicknames, we also have Espreta, dubbed Esp, shares a name with another side character named Espreta who later gets called Preta and has the same nickname as Cor’s mother, Esperanza.
I’m not going to lie this is not the greatest thing to be self-published. The characters are pretty two-dimensional, the villain, Jeareth, is a non-threat to Cor, and… actually, the biggest problems I have are with the Cor-Jeareth dynamic. Cor is built up to be nigh unbeatable while transformed as a human and straight up invisible against anything a human can throw at him. And Jeareth is proven to be inferior to Cor in both categories of brawn and brains. Lex Luthor is a great villain because he can challenge Superman; Jeareth just cannot contend with Corsender. Yes, he tries to use hostages to his advantage, but each time he does, it’s as useful as grabbing a snake by the tail. Cor either says “new rules”, or the hostage actively undermines Jeareth’s advantage. As it turns out villains are a detriment to their story if they don’t pose a challenge to the hero in some meaningful way. Jeareth’s presence acts as a speed bump rather than a blockade to Cor’s ultimate objective.
In the end, things get tied up too easily and quickly. It doesn’t help that the story hasn’t been paced well enough up to this point for a proper conclusion to unfold in a timely manner. It is odd sometimes you get a couple of excellent chapters and then other times you get a few chapters just exist to throw exposition at you, and all of this is nestled in the bulk of the rest of the story that is more half-baked and not quite so fleshed out.
I still have a soft spot for this novel, but looking at it more objectively I can’t say that it’s good.