I won a copy of Emily Veinglory's book in a give away through her well-known review site, POD People, last year and just got around to reading it. I'm not much for M/M fantasy but since several of my recent reads fell into the supernatural/fantasy genre, I came across Father of Dragons on the book shelf and decided to keep going and read it as well.
I should point out that Father of Dragons fell more into the fantasy genre than into M/M for me. Despite being gay, I'm usually turned off by most M/M romance or erotica. These lines are thinly crossed especially when the material is written by a female (often heterosexual) author. Veinglory concentrates more on other storylines and less on the male romance. While the sexual content is there, its clearly not her focus and this made her book a much more entertaining read for me, especially for someone who usually avoids fantasy all together.
Father of Dragons is the story of a young man named Xeras. He is haunted by the voice of his lover who has been executed for no reason. The book opens with Xeras encountering a female dragon while lost in the forest. He awakes the next morning and is informed by a male dragon that the female dragon implanted an embryo in his side.
Veinglory's use of dialogue also comes very naturally. She knows the dialect and its very believable for the time period and genre approached here. The banter between Xeras and his dead lover was often sweet and sometimes comical. There's also not too much dialogue. The author pushes her story forward with colorful descriptions and narrative that were much more interesting and unique to me. The dead lover's speech in italics also made his and Xera's conversations easy to follow.
Xeras soon finds himself attracted to a Duke named Carly and faced with the chance to confront the dragons that have been attacking the locals. But there are bigger problems echoing from Xeras, homeland and he and Carly find themselves wrapped in a world of magic, all while the voice of Xeras' previous lover echoes in his ear. And lets not forget the baby dragon growing inside him!
Veinglory's characters and the plot are far more fascinating here than the sex. I'm not saying she can't write spice, and those scenes were certainly appreciated, but I was drawn to the story more than anything. That says a lot because usually its the other way around and I'd prefer to just get on to the sex. Also the idea of a man being pregnant with a dragon was strange, unusual, and new to me, ultimately making this read very enjoyable and different.
This is the first book I've read from Samhain. It is well polished and I found the "clean" cover to be very attractive. Most erotica or M/M romance slaps a shirtless torso on the cover and immediately tries to appeal to our visual senses. Veinglory's writing stands alone and deserves a cover such as this one. If you enjoy fantasy, dragons, and a touch of M/M, then I highly recommend this read to you.