Author: Qaida Harte
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/28/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Horror, M/M Romance, Paranormal
College student Ahndrai has the ill fortune of falling into the grasp of an attractive, sadistic vampire. He encounters Eita, a vampire who lusts for Ahndrai s sweet blood and tears apart his world. Eita proves that every myth and legend ever written is only too real, and they are far darker than portrayed in any story.
Ahndrai must face a host of monsters that Eita allows to attack and kill him. Each time Ahndrai dies, Eita revives him so he can continue to feed off him. Ahndrai believes that every creature is as cruel and unforgiving as Eita. Then Nakiirn, a dragon prince, rescues Ahndrai. But even after Ahndrai overcomes his fears and falls in love with Nakiirn, they must both contend with Eita s cruelty again before the vampire succeeds in claiming Ahndrai once more.
Dragon’s Treasure was a study in dichotomy: on one hand we have violent, brutal torture scenes and on page rape (there really should be a warning) and on the other we have cute, velvet pawed dragon babies.
Let us address the violence. It is horrific and dark. The first 30% is nothing but the brutalization of Ahndrai at the hands of the vampire and other various creatures. It is as bad as the blurb implies and all graphic. This in itself is not a problem. I like dark books with HEA (which this has). The problem is that when you couple the blurb with the cover on this book and no warning, I feel like some people will feel mislead. I certainly wasn’t expecting the level of horror I got.
So ok, you have horror, you know that he is going to be rescued (it’s in the blurb), however you expect the rest of the book to have the same feel and darkness. You want love to bloom but know it will come with trials. Yet the tone changed. It felt like we stepped from the gritty modern city into a storybook fantasy forest, complete with cottage, and while we were dealing with Ahndrai’s trauma, all the dark started to melt away.
We still have some conflict; things aren’t easy and violence does find them again, but it felt different. I really wish I knew what Ahndrai was like before the vampire got to him because he is so broken now that it is hard to see beyond the sobbing wreck of a person to what he could be/have been, which made it difficult to connect with him. The baby dragons helped… but they were so cute and precious that it felt like it was a different story from the horror of the beginning.
Yet, I still liked the story – I waffled between a 3.5 and a 4 star rating so I split the difference. The bad guy is bad, the good guy is good. The writing was good and the world lore was interesting. Though it isn’t listed as part of a series, the ending definitely sets itself up as one. I would love to read the next book. So, take a chance – but be warned!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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