The Dragon Knight’s Beloved [Vol 1] by: Asagi Orikawa

A young woman begins a new life as a dragon master for a handsome earl in this tale of high fantasy romance.

Melissa is a maid-in-training at the royal castle, where her greatest joy is caring for the majestic steeds of the royal Dragon Knights. Her coming-of-age ceremony is fast approaching, and with it comes the need to decide what path her future will take. Melissa shares a special bond of friendship with Commander Hubert, the handsome knight who rides the mightiest of dragons, but their relationship is about to get complicated. Newly returned from a dangerous mission, Hubert makes a shocking request: Would Melissa pretend to be his lover, and move to his country estate, where wild dragons roam?
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Content Warnings: Death of a family member. There are two instances where instead of just saying “you don’t listen/if you paid attention” they used the word deaf in a negative way.

Melissa is an apprentice maid approaching her sixteen birthday, which is when she’ll be considered of age. Growing up in a castle, that caters to dragon knights and their beloved dragons, Melissa has always loved seeing and spending time with the dragons. The knights, and their dragons, come and go as they fight to destroy poachers intent on capturing dragons to sell.

I can’t tell exactly how much of an age gap there is between Melissa and Commander Hubert, my best guess is nine years since he became a dragon knight at fifteen and he’s been a knight for ten years. Based on my assumption Melissa would have only been about six or so when she first met and befriended, the Commander. I believe the Commander is roughly 25 and Melissa is 16, but don’t quote me.

In their kingdom children at a young age might happen upon a dragon with who they instantly bond. Anyone who bonds with a dragon ends up forming a two-way connection that lasts until death. If someone dies their dragon follows them in death and the reverse is also true. The connection is so strong, that when someone goes to get married they actually need their dragon’s blessing, otherwise the dragon may kill the person they intended to marry.

There were two instances where I really wish the author hadn’t used the word deaf but instead had written something like “you don’t listen/it’s not my fault you don’t listen” instead of using “she turned a deaf ear/she’s deaf to reason” it just really doesn’t sit right with me personally. Using the word deaf, as a negative, just because someone didn’t take in the information you wanted them to just never sits right with me.

I’m interested to see more of the lore and the backstory of both Melissa and Commander Hubert so I plan to read the next installment that comes out later this month [volume 2 set to release March 29th, 2022]. In the future volumes I hope that there’s more clarity to the age difference between Melissa and Commander Hubert, I won’t be surprised if there is a large gap between the two [I mean I grew up watching/reading Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask] but I’m hoping if romantic feelings develop it’s much further down the line.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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