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(Ruin #2)

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Once upon a time . . . that’s how the old stories always begin.

Once upon a time there was a different prince of different kingdom, and he was not beloved. He was too soft for a harsh land, and so a test of strength was set for him. We took him to the hollow temple beyond the city, chained him to the rock and left him there.

But when the trial was done and we returned, he wa
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Published 2016
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Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read this twice already, but also some time ago. It has the most arrogant and self-centered dragon ever. I mean this for real this time. It is hilarious:

“What a spoilsport you are. But all right. If—and, once again I do mean if—you can avoid boring me into conniptions, and you’re terribly, terribly nice about my treasure, I won’t shred your flesh and drink your blood and crunch upon your bones. How’s that?”
The dragon was watching him expectantly, so the prince felt obliged to say that it seemed
3.5 stars

Some incredible, flawless writing but...

I liked it less than Sand and Ruin and Gold.
Maybe it was slightly too short and didn't work its magic on me?

I'm still going to continue with Ruin and read the contemporary books by Alexis Hall as I find his writing style really compelling :)
This free short is a play on the princess and dragon trope - or the prince and dragon, in this case.


It's not a romance, though it is MM. In fact, it's quite dark and twisted by the end.

And it's enthralling. The setting that meshes a post-apocalyptic future with fantasy, the mysterious characters, the politics, and the writing all made for an interesting few minutes as I read through this story.

You'll be left wanting more. Recommended if you want a quick dose of a fairy tale without the happy end
Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)
A brief dark short story that riffs on the Princess and the Dragon, except in this they’re both men and the dragon wears ripped jeans. The same level of playful detail and gorgeous writing that I’ve come to expect from AH, but with a ticklish ambiguous ending.

It’s available for free on his website.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
***3 1/2 stars***

Short and sweet with a twist at the end.
Book  Minx
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: speculative
1. Wtf did I just read?
2. 😍

I do love me some weird creature romance where the creatures aren’t cutesified!
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ok ... this one ... this one kind of ruined me.

and then it gave me hope.

oh, the power of subtext :)

and the power of being and accepting who you are.

it's quite possible that I completely misunderstood the whole story (but then again, every interpretation counts), but for me the ending was a happy one ... or at least a hopeful one ... if you consider the vain behaviour just a skilful trick, of course.

so witty, and poignant, and yes, hopeful. vividly described and cleverly told.

a romance with a tw
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Clever post-apocalyptic dragon & prince story with surprise ending. I loved it.
Read it, it's for free.
Miss Susan
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
i am beginning to think alexis hall might actually be as allergic to writing pure romance as i am and it is hilarious to me

good story, would laugh in startled realization again

3 stars
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A delightful short story about a very arrogant, very praisehungry dragon, and the prince who...feeds...him.

There isn't exactly a happy ending but it's now an irrefuteable, irrevocable fact that Alexis Hall cannot write a thing that I won't love so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Chilling. Despite there being more romantic scenes, this is way less of a love story than Sand and Ruin and Gold has been, IMO.
These two stories only nominally belong to the same universe. If author didn't say so himself, it might've been any other vaguely post-apocalyptic world. This is actually the problem that Alexis Hall seems to have with all of his fantasy worlds (I mean. the same thing happens with Prosperity and its spin-offs) - too much of their worldbuilding never makes it to the page.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-it, deleted
I liked the concept of 3 tests. We get to see who is strong and who fails.
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