The old Eddas speak of dreki—fabled creatures who haunt the depths of Iceland’s volcanoes and steal away fair maidens.
Freyja wants none of such myths. Dreki seducing young ladies? Ha. They probably eat such foolish girls. But when the local drekisteals her last ram—costing her any chance of feeding her ill father through the winter—Freyja intends to confront the fearsome myth.
Sentenced to a life of exile from his clan, Rurik is fascinated by the furious woman who comes to claim her ram. She reeks of mysterious magic, and challenges him at every step. He intends to claim the passionate firebrand, but to do so he must take mortal form.
It’s the only time the dreki are vulnerable, and with a dragon hunter arriving on the shores of Iceland, he can barely afford the risk—but lonely Freyja, with her elf-cursed eyes and pragmatic soul, tempts him in ways he’s never felt before. Is she the key to reclaiming his heritage? Or will she be his downfall?
This is a decent read if you don’t think about it too much. Can be read as a standalone. I did encounter several typos and wardrobe, language, and other continuity issues, and the dialogue, internal and external, is repetitive at times, especially toward the end. Perhaps I’m missing something, since I’m not familiar with Icelandic history, but the author’s decision to set the story in 1880 Iceland is puzzling. Outside of the inconsequential initial conversation in the inn, there aren’t any other specific references to this place in history. On the other hand, it raises a lot of other questions. I.e. why aren’t characters using the metric system, why are they equipping bows, crossbows, and swords and hauling ballistae when the gatling gun has been around for almost twenty years and rifles for much longer etc. Despite insisting Freyja isn’t a conquest, that she has a choice, and criticizing Benedikt for his behavior and more, the language he uses, talk of claiming and possession, acting like she’s his already, stalking her, inserting himself into her home, not ending his pursuit even after she said no, forcing gifts onto her causing her to feel indebted etc communicates otherwise and in many ways is very much like Benedikt and doesn’t really get addressed. I was also disappointed that this book doesn’t pass the Bechdel Test, and for all her power Freyja still gets damseled.35
Five stars for this awesome dragon romance. The way it’s told makes it seem as this could actually have happened. Loved Rurik’s and Freyja’s characters. He was possevie and protective but always tender with her. One of the best dragon romances I’ve ever read.55
Phenomenal writing. Edgy but thoughtful love story. Truly kept me breathless and anxious. I didn’t want it to end Thankfully more stories for me to read from Bec McMasters. Master storyteller. Thank you for this book. This series. Keep up the great work ‼️45