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(Torsere #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Torsere: Book One

Over two hundred years ago, when dragons were hunted for their blood, the King of Torsere offered them sanctuary. In return, the dragons bestowed a magical gift on the King's people, allowing those born with the mark to become dragon riders and forge a mental connection between dragon and rider.

King Ryneq of Torsere is undeniably attracted to Nykin, a yo
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 24th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (first published January 23rd 2014)
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Feb 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Although I am always pleased when an author tackles the fantasy genre, this one didn't work for me. I felt like the characters were very flat.
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.

4.5 stars

As the King of Torsere, Ryneq can have anyone he wanted but not for more than a night or two. He has responsibilities towards his people and no where in that includes having a lover, even if he does harbor some intense feelings for a certain dragon rider because nothing could ever come of it. Nykin is one of the King’s elite dragon riders that has a special bond with the dragon, Fimor, but his desire to have Ryneq is almost as st
Sadie Forsythe
DNF at 33%

This is where my commitment to review everything (except big trad sellers with 4 gazillion reviews) is really hard. I always feel so darned mean. But I couldn't take anymore of Capture. In order to explain why I chose to give up on it, I'm going to cut & paste my somewhat free-flowing, grammatically questionable, definitely not pristine notes below. (At least I tend to write my notes in complete thoughts.)

Writing really stiff. It uses names and pronouns constantly. There were whole
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dragons! Do you really need more than that to want to read this book? Okay, fine, for those who do here you go.

This a great start to a new series. There are dragons and their riders who are bonded to them. There are some elves, all magical and sexy. Sword fights and some archery action.  

Nykin is so young, sweet and very brave. He's got a huge heart that seems to be set on King Ryneq, a man way beyond his reach. When Ryneq is taken captive by their enemies he has to try to save him, no matter t
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really like fantasy and the world building in this story is very good. I don’t like to repeat the synopsis in my reviews but the blurb from the publisher misses out one of my favourite characters in Capture, the Dragon, ‘Fimor’. He was very noble and had a dry humour that really endeared him to me, and I loved his relationship with his rider ‘Nykin’. There is a very good story here but Capture really feels like the first of a series, and the sequel is on its way. There is a lot of information ...more
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Here we have a kingdom under threat. A king and his sister in dire need of assistance and protection from the most unlikely of allies, the elves. The only way to gain this protection is to marry the Princess Cerylea to the elven prince Morkryn. King Ryneq is hesitant for along with the deal comes questions which answers he is unwilling to reveal: of dragons, their riders and their magical bond.

Faced with no choice but to answer the que
Joyfully Jay
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crissy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

I love this book. I mean, I love it. It’s such a big story with a big world and big plot. It’s enrapturing from the beginning. I was drawn in and had a hard time finding my way out, not that I really wanted to. This epic fantasy is layered beautifully. First, the world is amazing – one easily pictured in my head with the help of the authors colorful, vivid description.

And of course dragons. I really liked this author’s take on the giant beasts. They’re magical and
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-them
4.5 stars. I can't wait to read more.
Feb 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: won-giveaways
Sigh... where to start.

I won this book in a giveaway and the least I could do was giving a review after reading it, but, frankly, I dropped it halfway for many reasons and I have no intention to finish it nor to try the sequels.

The first thing that came to my mind soon after the first pages to describe it has been "FLAT" and it didn't change while reading on.
At the beginning I tried to give it a chance page after page, tried to reach the end of it, but it reached a point where it bored me so mu
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while a book is picked for me to read that is wonderful. Capture was imaginative in its world building. How the bond between dragon and rider was formed and deepen as they learned to trust as they fly through the air.. I love this book. King Ryneq of Torsere is a young ruler who came to the throne after the murder of his parents. Nykin is just 22 years old and is a dragon rider. The story is about how they came to care for each other. It is not instant love by any means. When Ryn ...more
Ashley E
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, m-m, owned, romance
I'm always up for a good fantasy, and Capture is definitely that. Political intrigue, dangerous enemies, and just a hint of a cinderfella story, I couldn't stop reading until I knew that Nykin and Ryneq were going to finally get some happiness. Plus, dragons. Of course, this does end on a strong HFN, so now I must read the rest of the series!
Kristy Maitz
Jan 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointments
I really wanted to get that book in my hands. BUT - When I started to read it I saw really quickly how boring that story plot was. I am really disappointed with that story plot. I was expecting something more but I guess writer Annabelle Jacobs doesn't have a lot of imagination.

Kristy Grissom
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read-books
If you like dragons, kings elfs and hot steamy love this series is for you. Once you start these books just suck you in and dont let go. The writing is so vivid it sucks you in and makes you feel as if you are actually there experiencimg the trial of the king and Nykin you wont be able to put it down and the best part is this is only the beginning of their adventure
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG, this is great.
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 I'm definitely interested in the next in the series.
3.5 stars.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
The writer put a lot more thought into the world building of this story than in the sentences which described it, which was a bit off putting at first. Still, though some of the phrasing made me roll my eyes, I enjoyed the lore and plot and characters enough to keep reading.

I'm glad I did. I became quite invested in the story of the dragon rider and his king (although I wish the author knew the difference between a highness and a majesty because I winced every time), and I enjoyed the whole cabo
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Elaine White
*This review will be identical to the review included in The Torsere Trilogy*


Book – Capture (Torsere #1)
Author – Annabelle Jacobs
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages - 200

Movie Potential – ★★★★★
Ease of reading – very easy to read and follow.
Would I read it again – YES!

Reviewed for Divine Magazine

Right off the bat, this story was fantastic! We entered into it, right in the middle of the action and yet, I never felt as if I'd be
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imaginative world, I’m looking forward to the next book.
11/04/2016: Updated to add review
This was a fun, fantasy romance with... DRAGONS... so yeah, I had to read it :) There was a lot of potential here - I loved the concept for the world and the dragon riders and I liked all the characters BUT, as is often the downfall with fantasy for me, I wanted MORE. More relationship development, more of the secondary characters, more world-building, and most definitely I wanted a lot more info on the dragon riders, the dragons and their connection...

Oct 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-fantasy
2.5 stars

It's like the author had an idea for a book but didn't really care about the details that make up a good story.
The premise is that Cerylea (the sister of Torsere's king, Ryneq) is to marry the elven prince Morkryn in order for Torsere to be protected by the elves' magic, as well, so they won't have to fear any more attacks by the countries of Rodeth and Athisi (who want Torsere's dragons). Now that's all fine. It's not the most original concept but all right.
But for the elven magic to w
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
An attraction forms between King Ryneq and his dragon rider, Nykin. Though Ryneq thinks the dragon rider is beautiful, he can’t imagine having a fling with him, and he won’t commit to anything more. King Ryneq also fears that a union between the two would put Nykin in danger since their enemies might try to hurt Nykin in order to get to him. After spending some time at the castle, they all set out for a wedding and King Ryneq is captured by their enemy. Since Nykin has feelings for the king, he ...more
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Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Heart Review by Dan

Wow, if the rest of the series is as good as this first book, I’ll be flying through it!

Nykin is a twenty-two year old dragon rider in the land of Torsere. Dragon riders are born with a special mark, and at age twenty-one, they are offered a chance to become real dragon riders and develop a mental connection with a dragon.

Ryneq is the King of Torsere. He first notices Nykin when Nykin comes to his private quarters to get him for a meeting. Ryneq is naked and in the bath tu
a long time ago, dragons were offered sanctuary by the king of torsere, and as a result, they caused certain people to be born with the mark of the dragon and the ability to become dragon riders. hundreds of years have passed, and torsere is under threat from neighbouring countries. ryneq, the king, has plans in place to marry his sister to an elf prince for an alliance, and he doesn't have time for attractions to happen. then he meets nykin, a dragon rider, and his focus shifts. they a
Aug 14, 2015 rated it liked it
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This story really interested me at first, with a corps of dragonriders protecting a kingdom preparing for an alliance with an elven prince. In the middle of all this, a king and dragonrider who are mutually attracted but not ready to make a move.

When King Ryneq is kidnapped by an alliance force of the two enemy nations, rider Nykin takes desperate measures and gets himself kidnapped as well in the first steps of an elaborate plot to save his king.

Most of the story is t
Thea Nishimori
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: homoerotica
First of all, I really wish the blurb had contained a warning for the torture scene because I don't enjoy reading that stuff at all.

My overall impression was that it was very simplistic — simplistic in writing style, plot, and character development. Everything was over-explained to the point that it became tedious, with deus ex machina contrivances used to move the plot along, while the main plot point (their supposedly brilliant plan) was unclear and weak. I wanted it to be a better book becaus
Macy Quirke
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It was cute. The only thing that kept it from five stars were some of the n00b mistakes.

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Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance, fantasy
2.5 stars

I wanted to like this, I really did. The world building needed a lot more fleshing out and so did the characters, desperately so. There were many details that just didn't make sense, and the way the plot developed was just too easy. It really bothered that everyone referred to the king by his first name more often than not, and that we aren't even told of a family name. He's just Ryneq, occasionally his majesty, and along with a great lack of detail the character just did not feel kingl
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
The writing isn't bad, and if you don't expect a lot in terms of world building it has an appealing quality. I found too many aspects of the plot just didn't make sense,from major issues (requiring the entire royal family to take a very dangerous trip to secure a marriage treaty when the other side can apparently travel in safety? And the dragon riders didn't seem to have any purpose at all, since the dragons are sentient, understand language, and can be communicated with from a distance.) to mi ...more
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Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tou

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