Thursday, 24 May 2012

Dragon Rider's Gift - Review and Author Interview



Title: Dragon Rider’s Gift
Author: KH LeMoyne
Genre: Fantasy Romance, Adult

Roark of Nedres spent his life absorbing lore, legend, and rumor to claim his dragon beast in order to save his people. Nothing has prepared him for the ultimate bond fate will demand.

Princess Nira Meriel Estar was born with the power of prophecy. Her most recent vision forecasts a dire fate for her people, promises few answers, and will deliver the country of Fyrhallvictorious future or crushing defeat.

Kraz, an ancient dragon of mythical power and knowledge, has eluded capture for a thousand years. However, only a dragon of great wisdom would consider an eternal bond to his warrior rider to save his dragon race.

Three souls. Two hearts. One courageous calling.


Author Bio
A former technology specialist, KH LeMoyne writes sensual romance: urban and high fantasy, and scifi/futuristic. She lives in Maryland with her wonderful husband and corgi. Much to her dismay, she rarely encounters supernatural beings other than on paper. Visit her website: http://www.khlemoyne.com/ or blog: http://fantasypoweredbylove.com/




My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the ‘Dragon Rider’s Gift blog tour.)
Roark of Nedres is trying to fulfil a legacy. His grandfather pledged his life to his kingdom, and now so will Roark. Freeing a dragon from a mage’s imprisonment, he travels to Fyrhall to join the dragon cavalry, and serve his kingdom.

What he hadn’t anticipated was a dragon with rich tastes, and a beautiful princess who captures his attention the moment he lays eyes on her.

Nira (the princess) has the gift of prophecy, and paints pictures of the future. She has been painting a mural of a great war, and it is up to Roark and the other dragon riders to defeat the enemy, and save the kingdom.


This book wasn’t what I expected. From the blurb I was expecting a paranormal romance, but instead I would say that this book is more a fantasy novel. There is one ‘love’ scene, (making this an adult book and not suitable for those under the age of 18), but otherwise the story is about dragons, battles, prophecies, and politics.

I have to admit that I struggled to keep up with the goings on in this book. There was a lot of talk about battles and maps that I just didn’t appreciate, although the romance section when it actually happened was good!

Overall, I’d suggest that this will appeal more to readers of fantasy than paranormal romance.
5 out of 10.


Author Interview!



What was your inspiration for this book?

I write a fantasy romance series called the Portals of Destiny, in which the dragon riders appear in one scene to aid the Makir guardians of the portals in their battle against a dark mage’s forces. I wanted to expand the dragon riders’ story, but they don’t have a major presence in the remaining four books of the Portals of Destiny series. That series focuses on the Makir and the war to defeat the dark mage, not necessarily on the details of each race. So I planned a spinoff of three novellas to follow the trials and challenges of the dragon riders of Fyrhall. This first story grew from a novella to a short novel, which I suspect will be the case for the other three. I write romance, so the focus is romance, but the bits of dragon lore and history begin in this story and will be woven through all three novels. I was actually surprised, and pleased, at reader requests to address a more epic view of the dragons and magic. The next two stories will delve more into that aspect. Combined, the three stories will encompass one epic tale.

Have you always liked dragons?

I’ve always found dragon lore and specifically dragon art fascinating. I’ve followed the careers of two of the major cover artists for many New York authors of fantasy, twin brothers Steven and Paul Youll. For readers of fantasy and science fiction, I think much of their artwork will be familiar. Paul Youll has a print of a red dragon and its rider that spurred my desire, many years ago, to write a dragon-based story.

Describe ‘Dragon Rider’s Gift’ in three words:

Honor. Loyalty. Love.

Can you tell us if you are working on anything at the moment?

I am currently finishing the third book in my Guardians of Eden series, Destiny’s Mark, due for release September 12th.

Random Question – What’s your favourite treat?

Hmm, I don’t really do treats per say, but I enjoy sharing calamari as an appetizer during a dinner out. Delicate coating, lots of lemon juice, and light on the marina sauce. Most excellent!

Sarah, thank you for hosting me and offering to read Dragon Rider’s Gift. Best wishes.


Thanks so much KH LeMoyne for stopping by!



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7 comments:

  1. Interesting interview! I'd be interested in seeing that art work... Never really read books about Dragons before I read Dragon Rider's Gift! It was great :)

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    1. Tyler Rose, glad you enjoyed the story. Here’s the url for Paul Youll’s dragon artwork:
      http://www.paulyoull.com/paulyoull.com/GALLERY/Pages/Dragons.html (you need the whole url or just choose dragons from the gallery pages)
      Enjoy!
      ~Kate

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  2. Sarah, thanks for hosting me.
    ~Kate

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  3. Hmm, that's too bad. I liked the blurb, but I guess not all books can be awesome. :)

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    1. I really wanted to like this book! The discussions about war and maps and stuff were just too heavy going for me :(

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