Master of Dragons
Master of Dragons is the latest in Angela Knight’s Mageverse, the alternate world of Avalon and King Arthur. This is not the King Arthur and the Round Table of the Dark Ages, though, and as a result, for much of the time I spent reading the book, I felt like I was involved in a game of Dungeons and Dragons…but with lots of inventive sex.
Nineva Morrow is a fairy and avatar whose task is to free the Goddess of Semira from a magical sword to keep Avalon free from the Dark Ones who will overtake the peaceful rule of Arthur. She is hiding on Earth to avoid discovery by the baddies who will otherwise kill her and prevent the prophecy’s fulfillment, without which Avalon will descend into chaos and be overrun by evil. For years Nineva has suffered from nightmares of being burned alive by a knight as sacrifice to the goddess, so she’s not too keen on being an avatar in the first place. She lives on the run, constantly looking over her shoulder for any assassins who may kill her.
Kel had it even worse than Nineva. For over 1,500 hundred years he was trapped inside a sword until his good friend Gawain released him. Kel is not simply a knight – he can transform into a dragon at will. He is enjoying his freedom on Avalon until Cachamwri, God of the Dragons, orders him to protect Nineva. In doing so he will also save Cachamwri’s goddess, Semira.
The dragon knight journeys to Earth and whisks Nineva to Avalon. They soon realize they need to have as much sex as they can to strengthen Semira since being trapped in a sword for thousands of years has weakened her power. These scenes are very mechanical because Kel and Nineva have no tender feelings for each other. Kel even likens their sexual escapades to the business of the day. His being a dragon doesn’t sit well with her, but she needs release, so why not? For a guy who hasn’t had any action in more than a thousand years, he sure knows his moves.
Kel feels he can’t care for any women since dragons don’t mate for life, not to mention that falling in love for Nineva would be a bad thing since she’s supposed to die. That bothered me. Worse, though, is that Nineva is disgusted by Kel’s dragon yet still wants to have sex with him every which way. Oh, and how can I forget that the reason they must have constant nookie is to strengthen a goddess so she can break free of being stuck in a sword along with her mate, who is also in an egg? This is just a small part of the wackiness going on in this fantastical tale. Underneath it all supposedly is a heart-wrenching story of sacrifice, of good overcoming evil, and the development of self-worth. What I got from the book was a cartoonish world of so called mystic knights and witches, and humor that fell flatter than a pancake. I know some readers will think King Arthur wearing Monty Python t-shirts is great fun. Me? I’m not so much for this sort of slapstick stuff.
When our dragon hero and his fairy aren’t in bed, the kitchen, or some sort of waterfall, other characters – too many other characters – pop up, but they take up more space rather than add to the plot. We do get some interesting scenes with the evil Arralt and his crazy witch lover Varza, both of whom want to assure that Nineva fails and to then rule over Avalon. There are some terrific evil villainesses out there, but Varza all too soon becomes the typical skank.
The icy cold “romance” between Kel and Nineva bored me so much by the end that when war broke out, I no longer cared if Semira broke free, or if our hero and heroine lived long enough to produce their own baby dragons. Unless Merlin himself comes and places me under a spell, I won’t be returning to the Mageverse ever again.