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Dragonmeat

by Angela boord

ragonmeat is poison. But what if you’re starving?

Peri will do anything to keep her chronically ill father alive in a city that's starving to death. Using her now useless scholarly talents to research thievery, she’s become a highly successful food thief—small, ordinary—invisible. In Medeas, gripped in the iron fist of its mad governor, ravaged by dragons, hiding is a way of life.

Then her stealing triggers a riot, and a mysterious stranger steps in to save her. Frost has food and he’s willing to share his secret...but talking to him might be the most dangerous thing Peri’s ever done. How can she find the courage to leave her safe shadows and take a stand when her father’s life hangs in the balance?

Dragonmeat is a fast-paced novella set in award-winning author Angela Boord’s Eterean Empire universe--a lush, dangerous world of empire and resistance inspired by Rome and Renaissance Italy. Pick up your copy today!

SFINCS – Our Reviews

Catherine Catcho

Dragon Meat

Angela Boord’s Fortune’s Fool has been on my radar. But taking on a 700 + page book takes a special kind of mood reading.  So I was glad to sample her voice to see if I need to put her longer works higher up in my TBR.  (Spoiler: I do.)

Quick-ish Pitch:

Starvation and a family sickness drives Peri to the extremes to survive… like learning how to steal.  But what if sedition is the real meal ticket?

What I Liked:

  • The pacing! I was surprised how many twists and turns fit into this novella.
  • How easy this was to visualize.

Minor Tiffs: 

  • I wanted more! Is this going to turn into a series?

Recommended:

  • When you are in your dragon era.

Favorite Line:

His hand remained outstretched. “I feel like I’m trying to tame a problem horse.”

 

SFINCS Score: 7.5 out of possible 10.

Laura from OWWR Pod

Faced with starvation, Peri and her ailing father are turning to drastic measures to survive, namely, theft. When Peri meets a stranger who makes her promises of food in exchange for help, she learns that things are not quite as they seem and that the dragons that plague Eterea with their attacks may actually be the key to freedom.

I’ll start by saying that the world-building in this short book is fantastic.The famine-stricken Eterea is a really rich world and I really appreciated the way that the dragons and magic were woven into the history/lore. The author also does a wonderful job setting scenes and giving the characters stakes and motivations within these scenes.

Peri is a character that I felt really connected to. A caregiver for her chronically ill father, Peri is doing her best to hold together the threads of her family. Boord really excellently wrote Peri’s storyline and the nuances of obligation and desperation. As Peri progresses through the story, she learns more about her family’s situation and the truth of the world in which she lives. I thought this was really well done as it reflected the truths that families withhold in order to keep each other safe.

Overall I thought this was an excellent novella. The ending was a little jarring to me, honestly, but it didn’t feel out of place or unrelated, just sudden when I was expecting a little more. I’d really like to read more about these characters and the dragons/world of Eterea in the future.

SFINCS Score: 8.5 out of possible 10.

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE -8 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE -8 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE -8 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE -8 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE -8 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE -8 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE -8 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE -8 OUT OF 10

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