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LT3 Press: For the Hoard

I’ve decided to review the stories from LT3’s For the Hoard collection in one bigger post to save the confusion.

Evergreen by Geneva Vand

 

Publisher: LT3 Press

Lenght: 126pages

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Score: ★★★★★

This story was simply adorable. The serious theme of the story made me somewhat wary in the beginning, but those fears were quickly drowned out. All the characters were so sweet, with beautiful relationships, especially the sibling bond between Gabriel and Ashley, who absolutely stole the show. Kym the dragon was funny, warm and mischievous and I fell in love with him immediately. The entire story had a beautiful, soft and cozy atmosphere and I wouldn’t mind more from them.

 

 

Heart of the Dragon by Jamie Sullivan

Publisher: LT3 Press

Lenght: 161 pages

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Score: ★★★★

This story was adorable, funny, sweet and completely absurd, in the best kind of way. Dragon accidentally kidnaps a baby, decides the baby is better off with him, adopts the baby as his own son and raises him as a dragon. The relationship between Madfall, the dragon, and Oenyn, his human son, is ridiculously sweet. Madfall is a great father and raises a wonderful boy. Richard, the knight sent to slay the dragon, who fails spectacularly, was great too. This story has some minor pacing issues, but I ended up not caring at all.

 

Forward the Hunt by Lotus Oakes

Publisher: LT3 Press

Lenght: 131 pages

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Score: ★★★★★

I loved this story, because it had a lot to say about some vert serious issues, without overwhelming the reader. It has a lot to say about immigration and how it affects the children in a very realistic way that I very appreciated as a child of an immigrant. It shows how abusive manipulation, even seemingly positive, affects people and their self-worth. And it’s all done with care.

Haruki was a wonderful main character- strong-willed but kind, torn between his family and the country he lives in. But when his loyalties are truly tested, he does what is right. Star the dragon was funny and charming, teasing and flirting with Haruki, but never crossing his boundaries. I enjoyed their romance a lot.

 

Smoke Signals by Meredith Katz

Publisher: LT3 Press

Lenght: 100 pages

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Score: ★★★★★

This story was hilarious and adorable. Petulant, grumpy dragon who hoards video games is such a cute concept, I’d love to read more. I loved how Mike and Zali’thurg’s relationship progressed from ‘oh my god this fucking guy’ to love and adoration, but it was so sweet. My gaming soul appreciated how both the protagonists were gaming nerds. My cat loving soul appreciated Josephine the fluffball. This entire story had me aww-ing from the start to finish and I’d love to read more about these guys.

 

Dragon Magic by Megan Derr

Publisher: LT3 Press

Lenght: 440 pages

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Score: ★★★★★

I’ve long been fan of Megan Derr’s writing and this book is another to my collection of my favorites. I admit I was curious how she’ll handle four protagonists all falling in love, but it was magical.

The story was compelling, with it’s seemingly simple goal that took twists and turns. It felt like I was playing an RPG and I loved it, even if I saw some of the plot twists coming, I still enjoyed the ride immensely.

I adored all four of the protagonists, always looking forward to the next chapter and switching of povs. I usually have no trouble chosing a favorite in an ensemble, but here I did. All of them had their own strengths and weaknesses, with different needs and goals. Four characters also give a large number of different group dynamics with various relationships. There was Mahzan and Sule’s bickering with the underlying sexual tension. There was Binhadi and Cemal’s quiet and calm banter full of admiration. Mahzan and Cemal’s openly flirtatious banter was a joy. Plus there was the mind-link, which added the possibility of unwanted thoughts, but also flirting and bickering. All emotions ran high and it was magnificent. I also loved the casual trans, demi and bi representation, but Derr excels at those, so I wasn’t surprised.

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