The Dragon Knight’s Beloved [Vol 2] by: Asagi Orikawa

After stepping down as the commander of the Dragon Knights, Hubert asked Melissa to accompany him to his estate and pretend to be his lover. There they found a hostile greeting at the hands of Eleanor, a woman who was fiancée to Hubert’s late brother. Eleanor hoped to see that engagement transferred to Hubert, but he steadfastly refused, declaring that he would only marry Melissa, a woman who has the approval of his dragon. Seeing no way to immediately change Hubert’s mind, Eleanor decided to leave the estate. But chances are good that she hasn’t surrendered, and is preparing the first moves in a sinister plot to obtain what she desires!


My Volume 1 Review

Content Warnings: Mention of murder [via poison] and kidnapping

I adore Melissa and her interaction with the dragons, I also love learning all the dragon/dragon knight lore, but I’m feeling somewhat squeamish about the age gap between Melissa and Hubert. As I’ve been out of the manga game a while I forgot how prevalent age gaps can be within the genre.

It would also probably be relatively easy to forget about except when, in this volume, Melissa says something along the lines of growing up she considered Hubert like a father and brother and now she’s developing feelings for him. First, this statement confused me because she did grow up with both her parents, granted they were busy working in the castle but they were still there. It would have made more sense to me if she would have said growing up she considered Hubert a mentor since he did teach her everything she knows about dragons but comparing him to a father figure or brother? Sit’s weird with me.

Other than that awkward statement I did enjoy this volume. I’m not sure if I’ll continue with this series, perhaps it’s just not a fit for me, but I’m going to give it one more volume to wow me. I really do love the history and lore set in this book I just wish there wasn’t a big age gap, on top of the power imbalance, between the two characters.

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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