Saturday, April 20, 2013

Koibito no Ryu

Posted by A Drop of Romeo at 12:47 AM

Sarea had led a fairly normal life until that arrogant, pompous snake chose to drop in on her. Literally. Then she learns that she is his lifemate and that dragons actually exist. No, they really do. And he just happens to be their crown prince.
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Melissa Thinks: Koibito No Ryu was a story that I had heard much about. I'd even read it a few years ago when it was incomplete, but then promptly forgot about it. It was an absolute treat to go back and reread this exquisite story. With 1,000+ reviews, it dominates over many in the fantasy category; it's definitely one of the most popular out there.

paws-bells gets right into the action, beginning with our leading male and female character's first confrontation. Tentei falls (literally) into Sarea's life within the first couple hundred words. Being a dragon has it's various perks, one of them being the fact that they each have Life Mates (somewhat akin to our version of "soul mates"). The problem is, Sarea doesn't want to be Tentei's Life Mate. Even if he is the crown prince in his world. However, their obviously bad first impressions of each other don't matter - fate has tied them together whether they like it or not.

In a perfect mix of fantasy and love/hate, Koibito No Ryu can leave you in a state of permanent fangirl. The characters maintain a high level of believability throughout the entire story, which is an extremely hard thing to do in a fantasy story. Sarea is an amazing character. She takes the whole situation in stride and keeps an incredibly sensible perspective considering the strange circumstances she's been pulled into. And, of course, there's Tentei: arrogant, protective, demanding, but sweet, loyal, and sexy all at the same time. As for the plot, just wow. I've never seen a dragon story before, despite my love for fantasy stories. You can tell just from the A/N's that paws-bells writes that she knows exactly what's going on in this world she has created. It's as if it's real. She/he truly has a talent for descriptive and imaginative writing with amazing emotional themes. Is it wrong for me to hope for a sequel? It would be spectacular.

1 comment:

  1. Koibito no Ryu was one of the first stories that I read when I first joined fictionpress in 2009 and I absolutely loved it. I still enjoy rereading it every once in a while.

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