Monday, June 8, 2015

Good for a Beach-Read, If Nothing Else

Source: Goodreads
The Seadragon’s Daughter (Dragon DelaSangre #3) by Alan F. Troop (Roc, 2004, 304pp.)

Miami-born shape-shifter Peter DelaSangre is living happily with his new bride, Chloe, and their two young children when danger strikes their family yet again. A number of boaters have gone missing, and soon, a troublesome tabloid starts publishing headlines suggesting that Peter is somehow to blame. After learning he must stand deposition, he reluctantly sends his family to stay with the in-laws in Jamaica until it all blows over. As he hunkers down in his island home, counting the days until he must stand in court, he is surprised when a hitherto thought extinct species of dragon makes her way to his doorstep. As an Undrae (flying land dragon), he had thought all other species of dragons had long since died out, but the sea-dwelling Pelk, as it turns out, are very much alive. The Pelk’s name is Lorrel, and after she lures him to her hidden community under the sea, she reveals her purpose: the Pelk intend to hold him prisoner, and forcibly mate with him! Now Peter must figure out how to escape this awful fate, and return to his family.

I reveal so much of the plot in this review because if the synopsis gives you cause to think, “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of!” you’ll save yourself at least a day’s worth of reading. While Troop’s dragon culture has always interesting thus far, he struck a little low this time in terms of creativity. The plot, complete with killer dolphins and trident-waving mer-people, seems lifted out of an old Saturday morning cartoon, and other than a few humorous moments, it really has very little to recommend itself. Good for a beach-read, if nothing else.

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