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The Temptation of Dragons

(Penny White #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  395 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Bishop Nigel smiled at me. ‘Holy water doesn’t harm vampires. Which is just as well, as it would make it impossible to baptise them.’

When I was asked by a dragon to give him the last rites, I never dreamed it would lead to negotiating with his cannibalistic family or running from snail sharks. Life as the priest of a small English village is quite tame in comparision. At
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Published March 31st 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 30th 2016)
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Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A good book. It does a great job of introducing the characters and empire/world building. The only thing is the book is a little bit on the slow side. This is understandable as this is the first book introducing new a new world and new characters. The other thing that worked against this book for me was I am not and never have been a Doctor Who fan.

I am a huge Star Wars fan so I got all thoes references. I really liked the mix
Jane Jago
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I gulped this in one sitting. And I am now absolutely hooked. The mixing of myth with everyday stuff is heady and it drags you along with it.

I'm rooting for Penny.

Just read it. You will be so glad you did
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5 BIG baby snail shark stars!!

‘Holy water doesn’t harm vampires. Which is just as well, as it would make it impossible to baptize them.’
I blinked. 'I beg your pardon?'
'We aren't the only intelligent beings in this universe', the Bishop said quietly.' And I'm not talking about dolphins or whales. There is another world in touching distance of ours, and their citizens sometimes cross over and walk among us. Most humans can't see them.'
Some whiskey went down the wrong way and I coughed.

If you
Bonmedo Tambunan
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this story. It is quite unusual fantasy story where Dragons, Unicorn, Vampire, Werewolf, Gryphons, and also some other fantastic out of the box creatures such as Snail Shark, meet with this era of iPhone and Facebook.

It brings lots of religious aspect to the story, and to such detail which got me thinking how the writer knew that much details. Only later then I found out that the writer is actually a priest :) it actually bring more excitement to the book. Something new.

Looking at the cov
Nov 11, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Alex Stargazer
The Temptation of Dragons, while not perfect, did prove to be more fun than I’ve had in a while.

The Temptation of Dragons is quite an unusual book. It follows Penny White, a female vicar (!) in the C of E, who has discovered world of supernatural creatures. She meets a dying dragon to whom she offers confession; later on she captures a snail shark (a deadly creature with tentacles and sharp teeth); and she becomes friends with a half-cat, half-bird creature known as a gryphon. On top of that, th
Cyril Patrick Feerick
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an expertly written story by novelist Chrys Cymri. 'The Temptation of Dragons' grabbed me quickly and kept me involved throughout. From talking dragons and unicorns, to a religious undertone, it may seem over complicated at times but the author did a masterful job of developing each character and that allowed me to keep track of who was who. The synopsis provided on the back cover fills in many of the spaces without destroying the mystery of the story. At times funny, this female versio ...more
N.N. Light
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the most imaginative and unique fantasy books I’ve read in a long time.

Reverend Penny White is a priest in a small English village. Life as a priest is far from exciting, or so Penny thought. On her way home, she sees a car accident and ends up giving last rites to a very large dragon hidden in the shadows. Yes, a dragon. A chance encounter that changes Penny’s life forever.

Now, she’s dealing with adjusting to an alternative world (located ironically in Wales) and all of its paranormal i
Gloria Piper

Unique and imaginative. Here is a delightfully witty tale about relationships and attitudes, with some mystery thrown in.

Vicar Penny White loves science fiction and fantasy, so she is pleased and a bit frightened to work with church officials in a world of intelligent dragons, unicorns, vampires, and the like. She'd love to work there full time, but her duties to the mundane congregation of her human world devour half her energies.

To retain her ability to see creatures of the nonhuman world and
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The Temptation of Dragons is an interesting fantasy based mystery that brings together a widowed female priest with an alternate world. Father Penny White somehow “sees” an injured dragon and offers him his last rites as he lies dying. This brings her to the attention of the Lloegyr (supernatural shapeshifters and otherworldly beings) and those who handle the alliance between them and humans. Father White is offered a job
David Tucker
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story grabbed me from the moment I started reading it. I am easily bored from the old rinse and repeat fantasy, however this really felt fresh and gave me an enjoyable world, or alternate world, to live in. The interplay between characters and the witty banter of supporting characters kept each page fun, enjoyable and … fresh. The actual story was not as dark as I am accustomed but I still really enjoyed the mystic crossover as I started believing in the fantasy world created.

The religious
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Penny is your typical geek: lives alone, watches too much Doctor Who and Buffy, enjoys whiskey maybe a little more than necessary. Oh, and she's a woman. And a priest. She ends up performing the last rites on a dragon, and the next thing she knows, she finds herself (to her intense delight) liaising for the Church with an alternate world where Welsh is the dominant culture in Britain and vampires, dragons, and unicorns are real.

The geek-stumbling-into-the-alternate-world premise is an oldie but
This is first in the Penny White series, which features an Anglican vicar who has suddenly become aware (by way of finding a dying dragon on her way home) of a parallel world which includes dragons, unicorns, gryphons, and even a type of (large) carnivorous snail. Occasionally beings from the other world end up in ours, and Penny applies for and is given a part-time job coordinating with the diocese in the other world where they speak Welsh and the religious break down is similar to England. In ...more
S.K. Wee
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing story! Penny White is a female priest in England overseeing a small parish. One evening on her way home, somewhat tipsy, Penny hits something in the road and when she exits her vehicle she comes face to face with a dying dragon named Dominic who wants nothing more than his last rights and blessing before he dies. What else could she do? Though unbelievable, Penny’s devotion to her calling takes over and it isn’t until she arrives back home that she begins to discount the entire i ...more
Cecily Wolfe
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fun and enthralling adventure! There is a lot to love in this charming story, not the least of which is the references to so many fandom favorites that will make connections with many readers. This incredibly creative and exciting tale also has believable characters and relationships between them, which adds depth to this multi-genre expedition, which should appeal to a variety of readers. Wonderful & imaginative.
Dale Lehman
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Penny White is a faithful and caring Anglican priest with a bit too much familiarity with alcohol. That might explain why, coming upon the scene of a traffic accident, she finds herself giving last rites to a fatally injured dragon. Yes, dragon. Curiously, inebriation didn't conjure this situation. The deceased dragon is real, and her pastoral care for the exotic creature is about to catapult her into a new Church role: Vicar General of Incursions. Turns out our world and another coexist in clos ...more
Sheila G
I received a copy of this book via the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
InD'tale Magazine

There’s humor aplenty in this fantastical blending of religion and the supernatural.

Read full review in the 2017 March issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Anita Nasr
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. Chrys Cymri has created a fascinating world populated by such interesting and likeable characters, starting with Penny White, the vicar who doubles as a sort of supervisor of visitations between our world and a fantastical other. My personal experience is that I had started, out of order, with book two in the series. But I was enjoying it so much, I had to go back and read book one to soak up all the world-building. It was definitely worth it. The Temptation of Dragons is a ...more
Frank Palumbo
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Temptation of Dragons (Penny White) (Volume 1) CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 31, 2016) 230 pages. Reviewed by Frank Julius Palumbo.
Penny White and the Temptations of Dragons is a first person narrative set within England and focuses of a female priest with a taste for whiskey and wine and interested in television programs such as Doctor Who and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As Penny is driving home one night, she encounters the police attending to a vehicle involv
Jessica Jesinghaus
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 out of 5 stars

Please allow me to start this review with two words: Penny White! I need a Penny White in my life. This heroine rocks. She's in her mid-thirties, a widow, a Vicar in a struggling English parish, and a lover of all things sci-fi. She's not afraid to swear (after removing her vestments, of course) and her affinity for wine and a good scotch bring her squarely into that indefinable realm of a whol
Sadie Forsythe
Oh, I really quite loved this. It was fresh and light-hearted, even with the occupational heavy topic. It had an unusual heroine, being that she was a 36-year-old, ultra geeky, Whovian, widowed vicar. I just adored her. There were interesting side characters. There was a mystery that was interesting enough to engage me and leave room for other things. There was a very mild romantic sub-plot that never came to a head or eclipsed the rest of the story and involved two very different males (though ...more
Margaret Standafer
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the tale of Penny, the priest who can talk to dragons…and gryphons, and unicorns, and all of the other fantastic creatures that inhabit the parallel world she finds herself a part of. The Temptation of Dragons took me on a wild ride.

After happening upon a dying dragon and administering last rights, Penny is thrust into a world straight out of the science fiction movies, books, and TV shows she so loves. When she is offered the role of Vicar General of Incursions with the understanding
G.J. Griffiths
The title included the word dragons so I should have been prepared for the fantasy story I was about to read, but it was a pleasant surprise, nevertheless, to find my imagination so quickly challenged by so many quirky characters: dragons, vampires, unicorns and a gryphon who advises the main protagonist. The main protagonist happens to be the recently widowed vicar, Penny White, who is an ardent fan of the Doctor Who series. She is suddenly plunged into a mystery and invited to become the Vicar ...more
J.P. Willson
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can you say- 'Surprise!'
This book was fun, that really is the best way to describe this tale. Just fun. What an imaginative foray written by a ....not sure here- Priest, Vicar, Reverend...whatever the terminology proper is. Really doesn't matter- an imagination is an imagination and this sure took a good one. The phrase, 'Lions, Tigers and Bears' comes to mind yet in this case it would be, 'Dragons, Gryphons and Snail Sharks?'
Oh for the love of Talisker whiskey is this a yarn and a half...
Elise Edmonds
I really enjoyed this book once I got into it. At first I found the premise a little odd, with the Christian dragons and vampires, but once the book got onto its stride I thought it worked well. An interesting dual world book. The descriptions of parish life were amusing and very identifiable. And I love the dynamics between Penny and her animal friends. Recommended, although I think Christians may enjoy it more than non-Christians.

The story ends at 86% and the rest is previews of other books -
Caidyn (he/him/his)
DNF at 38%

I haven't picked this up for months, so I'm going to have to go out on a limb and say this isn't for me. While I love the writing and the characters are fantastic, I just can't get into it enough to justify picking it up any further. Just not for me, but I know other people will love and adore it. The author gave me a copy of this book for reading and reviewing. That in no way influenced my opinion.
Jacqueline Simonds
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
About half way through The Temptation of Dragons (Penny White Book 1) by Chrys Cymri, I thought to myself: “If I loved this book any harder, I’d have to marry it.” Yes, it’s got the sort of catnip that attracts me: talking dragons, a cozy mystery, wise-cracking heroine. But then there’s so very much more. I actually started reading slower just so I could savor the story for as long as possible. It is at once light-hearted and dark, easy-going story-telling, but with complex real-world themes.

Diane Rapp
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A vicar gives last rites to a dying dragon

This delightful fantasy novel could only be written by a real vicar. The main character, Penny White, is an ordinary priest beset by the frustrations of a small parish when she just happens to administer last rites to a dying dragon. Penny's a true fan of all things "Doctor Who", plus a myriad of other sci-fi and fantasy series, so she doesn't think twice about ministering to a dragon at the side of the road. Thus begins a new and complex phase of her mi
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Priest by day, writer at odd times of the day and night, I live with a small green parrot called Tilly because the upkeep for a dragon is beyond my current budget. Plus I’m responsible for making good any flame damage to church property. I love ‘Doctor Who’, landscape photography, single malt whisky, and my job, in no particular order. When I’m not looking after a small parish church in the Midlan ...more

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