Author: ANNABELLE JACOBS
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Torsere: Book One
Over two hundred years ago, when dragons were hunted for their blood, the King of Torsere offered them sanctuary. In return, the dragons bestowed a magical gift on the King’s people, allowing those born with the mark to become dragon riders and forge a mental connection between dragon and rider.
King Ryneq of Torsere is undeniably attracted to Nykin, a young dragon rider. Ryneq’s sister, Cerylea, encourages him to pursue the relationship. But with the stresses of ruling Torsere, a romantic attachment is low on Ryneq’s list of priorities. Nykin admires the king from afar, but wants more than to warm his bed for a night or two.
Torsere remains under threat from the lowland armies of Rodeth and Athisi. To protect their kingdom, Ryneq and Cerylea intend to form an alliance with the elves through Cerylea’s marriage to elf prince Morkryn. On the road to the wedding, the lowland army attacks the party. Cerylea escapes, but Ryneq is captured and taken to the impenetrable Risvery Castle. In the aftermath, Nykin volunteers for a perilous mission, endangering the lives of him and his dragon. The odds are against him, but Nykin will risk everything for his duty and his king.
I really like fantasy and the world building in this story is very good. I don’t like to repeat the synopsis in my reviews but the blurb from the publisher misses out one of my favourite characters in Capture, the Dragon, ‘Fimor’. He was very noble and had a dry humour that really endeared him to me, and I loved his relationship with his rider ‘Nykin’. There is a very good story here but Capture really feels like the first of a series, and the sequel is on its way. There is a lot of information about this world, the inhabitants, their history and battles to impart. Additionally, the introduction of the many characters in this story has to be made. Capture is information heavy, and whilst the story still caught my interest and has me wanting to read the sequel, I felt the central relationship, between The Prince, ‘Ryneq’ and Nykin suffered.
As I mentioned previously, the building of the relationship between Nykin and his dragon is wonderful, and I really felt the worry and bond they have for each other. However, I wish the same could be said for the human bonds. This is the development stage of the MC’s relationship and should be the most intense part where they fall in love, but I was not convinced. Apart from a little hidden underwater ‘frottage’ and a ‘maybe blow job’ there is no real sexual or, more importantly emotional, intimacy. High Fantasy does not usually include a lot of sex, but to make the relationship between a high born Prince and a lower born Rider seem believable that relationship would still need to be very intense and passionate. I felt fondness and caring where I wanted to feel passion, sexual tension and emotional need.
I will definitely read the next novel, and maybe that is where I shall find this missing element. The story itself has all the other elements required for a really good series in an interesting fantasy world. I liked that Annabelle Jacobs included a map of this world near the beginning of the book. However, her descriptive writing was so clear that I really didn’t require a visual aid, but it made me smile as it seemed like a nod to Tolkien whose magnum opus definitely did require a map.
Add in a gorgeous cover and all in all I would recommend this first book in the ‘Torsere’ series to those who like fantasy, sword fighting, evil kings and intellectual dragons.
I would like to thank DREAMSPINNER PRESS for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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