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A Curse of Scales & Feathers: An Enemies to Lovers Fantasy Romance (a BRIDES OF THE DRAGON KINGS novel) (udgave 2024)

af S. D. Huston (Forfatter)

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She's tormented for being different. He's sick of burying his wives. When their fates are bound, can they forge a peace that entwines their hearts?Airi's unique hair and skin color bring her unrelenting grief. Scheming to flee her cruel mother, the seventeen-year-old awakens after a vicious beating to find her beloved sister enslaved over an accusation of theft. And when she trades her freedom to save her sibling, she's horrified when she's given as a tribute to a brutal Ice Dragon.The Dragon King, Kalden keeps his true form hidden from the world. Cursed to wed those not of his choosing, the immortal reluctantly accepts a new offering but throws her into a cold tower refusing to grow close to the filthy mortal. But after a scolding from his brothers, he relents and gives his unwelcome guest comfortable accommodations with a warm bath that reveals her alluring beauty.Desperate to escape, Airi befriends a kind hunchback who urges her to accept a proposal of marriage from the king as a means of avoiding slavery. And though Kalden tries to end the evil infecting his neglected kingdom, his increasing obsession with his stunning captive could end in a catastrophic heartache.With a slaver and a magical nemesis plotting their demise, can they reclaim free will and find their own forever?A Curse of Scales & Feathers is the heartwarming first standalone book in the Brides of the Dragon Kings fantasy romance series. If you like resilient heroines, slow-burn relationships, and deeply realized worlds, you'll adore S.D. Huston's flight of fancy.Buy A Curse of Scales & Feathers to let love fly free today!… (mere)
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Titel:A Curse of Scales & Feathers: An Enemies to Lovers Fantasy Romance (a BRIDES OF THE DRAGON KINGS novel)
Forfattere:S. D. Huston (Forfatter)
Info:Literary Dawn LLC (2024), Edition: 1, 512 pages
Samlinger:Read and Reviewed
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Another giveaway book finished! This was a fairly quick read, at less than 600 pages. Gives beauty and the beast vibes complete with a Curse and all. It is the first in the series and the only book out right now with the second in Kickstart and the 3rd planned for next year. Magic, enemies to lovers, dragons, fae, war, etc this has just about everything in a fantasy YA novel. I advise only reading when you know you have time, otherwise you might find yourself awake at 3 am unable to put it down. ( )
  oriocookie | Jul 14, 2024 |
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S. D. Huston's "A Curse of Scales and Feathers" is a new take on the popular "Beauty and the Beast" myth. It is told from the viewpoints of both the Beauty, Airi, and the Beast, Kalden, and hits all the usual tropes of a curse, a rose, a self-sacrificing heroine and a beast who isn't the monster he appears. Both main protagonists are well delineated and likable and there is a host of enjoyable minor characters as well as more than one villain. It is quite obviously the first book in a series with set-ups for the next books but that doesn't detract from the enjoyment of a well-written, if somewhat lengthy, story. ( )
  flusteredduck | Jul 9, 2024 |
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This is a type of retelling of Beauty and the Beast, IMO, with a lot more intricacy and fantasy. It is the story of Airi (FMC) and Kalden (MMC) and how they come together (or almost don’t). Airi has a difficult decision to make whether to become the bride of a very cruel and abusive ruler, Lord Galton, or mysterious Kalden, who is King Kalden the Eighteenth or the Unseen King. Airi also has a third choice, neither suitor, and taking death as an escape but she lives only to take care of her sister and try to find freedom for both of them. There is much world-building, almost too much IMO, along with a bit of repetition. I understand that this is the first of the Brides of the Dragon Kings series but everything doesn’t have to be put into this first novel. Between the sheer number of characters and the different magical things happening, this has notes of War and Peace by Tolstoy in its complexity. It was an enlightening read but could perhaps benefit from being “less”. ( )
  Czarnopys | Jul 6, 2024 |
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A little slow moving in the beginning, took some time to get invested in the characters but overall a fantastic read Enjoyed my time in the world of Airi and Kalden.
  allidsandoval | Apr 16, 2024 |
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A Curse of Scales and Feathers is the first book in the Brides of the Dragon Kings series of fantasy romance. Airi has always been different from those around her. Her mother treats her cruelly and she longs to be free. However, she is devoted to her younger sister. When her sister is threatened with enslavement over an accusation of theft, she agrees to take her place. Airi soon finds herself given to the Ice Dragon as a tribute. She is told she needs to agree to marry the Dragon King in order to save the kingdom but no one explains why.

Kalden, the Dragon King, has removed himself from his kingdom in despair, no longer able to abide the misery of the curse that has been laid on him and his brothers. Finally he has to accept the new bride offered to him. To his surprise she inspires him to start taking an interest in his kingdom and begin to help his subjects.

Before the two can find their way to each other, a threat to the kingdom may bring disaster on them all.

This fantasy romance uses fairy tale tropes quite successfully. There are elements of both Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast to the story. I enjoyed those aspects of the story. The novel takes a long time to build the relationship between Airi and Kalden. The world-building is also revealed slowly with some mysteries still remaining at the end of the book. I did find the first half of the book was a bit too slow for me. I think the author could have moved the relationship between Airi and Kalden as well as the other plot devices into the narrative a bit sooner. I did enjoy this novel and look forward to reading the next book in the series to find out more about this world. This is a slow-burn book with no explicit sexual content. ( )
  carod | Mar 30, 2024 |
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She's tormented for being different. He's sick of burying his wives. When their fates are bound, can they forge a peace that entwines their hearts?Airi's unique hair and skin color bring her unrelenting grief. Scheming to flee her cruel mother, the seventeen-year-old awakens after a vicious beating to find her beloved sister enslaved over an accusation of theft. And when she trades her freedom to save her sibling, she's horrified when she's given as a tribute to a brutal Ice Dragon.The Dragon King, Kalden keeps his true form hidden from the world. Cursed to wed those not of his choosing, the immortal reluctantly accepts a new offering but throws her into a cold tower refusing to grow close to the filthy mortal. But after a scolding from his brothers, he relents and gives his unwelcome guest comfortable accommodations with a warm bath that reveals her alluring beauty.Desperate to escape, Airi befriends a kind hunchback who urges her to accept a proposal of marriage from the king as a means of avoiding slavery. And though Kalden tries to end the evil infecting his neglected kingdom, his increasing obsession with his stunning captive could end in a catastrophic heartache.With a slaver and a magical nemesis plotting their demise, can they reclaim free will and find their own forever?A Curse of Scales & Feathers is the heartwarming first standalone book in the Brides of the Dragon Kings fantasy romance series. If you like resilient heroines, slow-burn relationships, and deeply realized worlds, you'll adore S.D. Huston's flight of fancy.Buy A Curse of Scales & Feathers to let love fly free today!

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