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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  727 ratings  ·  119 reviews
At last, the novel-length expansion of the award-winning novella!

Lord Jasen of Grumhul, an impoverished young nobleman, has come to the Draelands to find a rich husband to help pay his father's debts. To the shock of everyone, he ends up attracting the attention of King Rilvor himself, and the dragons who control the magic in the land. Becoming royalty wasn’t something Ja
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Kindle Edition, 2nd, Expanded Edition, 295 pages
Published April 7th 2018 (first published July 28th 2014)
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Back in 2014 when I read the original version of this story I was overjoyed with the dragons and world building of this slow burn, Cinderfella romance. What Sera Trevor has done with the expansion of that story is wonderfully cinematic making it was again a delight to read.

Jasen tells the story of his falling in love with King Rilvor despite all the pomp and circumstance he's subjected to at Court. Jasen hails from Grumhul which eschews high customs. The Grummish are practical people who aren't
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Len Evans Jr
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I really liked this book... however I do feel that the author missed a golden opportunity to achieve perfection for two reasons. First off, as one of the two MCs Rilvor should have had equal coverage as Jasen. Sadly, his character was pretty much left two-dimensional and empty. Considering this was an "expanded edition" I would have expected better. The other reason I could not give this book 5 stars was that around 76% through the book in my opinion the author resorted to angst for angst sake w ...more
Kathleen
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dragons, fantasy, shifters
For an expanded story, it should have been... better. Fellow reviewer Cleo put one of my strongest issues with this longer version into a better synopsis than I could muster: “I felt like the MC turned into a completely useless Disney princess type character - honest, beautiful, trusting, and with less sense of self preservation than one of my houseplants.” When the story concluded I knew no more about Rilvor than I did in the shorter book, nor the dragons. I would like to have experienced anoth ...more
Alissa
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-ebooks
3.5 stars
Eugenia
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy, mm
3.5 Stars......So I’m a bit late reviewing this one. All I have are my notes I took after reading it and before writing a better review. As it stands, I’m going to let the notes take the place of my review because, while brief, they pretty much sum up the book for me.

I just expected a bit more.

Notes:
Little chemistry, great world building, sassy best friend, wtf corsets for men? where’s my UST? I liked Jasen. Liked the fact that there was no issue of sexuality aside from needing to propagate in
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⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
4.5 Stars

Everything I loved about the first one is still here...only with more detail and more scenes of Jasen being the most imperfectly perfect kind of candidate consort. The expansion also provided wonderful opportunities for other court antics/scenarios, and I liked the addition of other nobles to woo the potential consorts.

My previous complaint about the female rival still stands, but it's a lot less vociferous now; Polina was fleshed out a bit more, her motives & fears revealed and whi
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Kathleen
2.5 stars

I think it was the absolutely marvelous narrator, Philip Alces, who unwittingly helped highlighted what's wrong with this expanded version of a favorite novella. In my review of the most recent version of the ebook, I quoted fellow GR reviewer Cleo who put one of my strongest issues with this longer version into a better synopsis than I could muster: “I felt like the MC turned into a completely useless Disney princess type character - honest, beautiful, trusting, and with less sense of
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~Volha~
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a lovely novel. I love Victorian romance and this had the same feel plus magic and dragons. I loved all the palace intrigue and backstabbing. It was also very funny and the fact that there were no sexual scenes at all only mention of them didn't detract from the awesomeness of the book. The background was well constructed and written into the book in such a way that didn't make it a chore to read through.

Lord Jasen seems fickle and kind of a slut at the beginning. I wonder if it was th
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Mwanamali
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
The short version was better.
Tiferet
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales, humour, magic
I recommend this book to all fans of Megan Derr, especially those who loved Tournament of Losers, because this book is quite similar in the way it gives the space to worldbuilding/lore (fresh and fun!), characters (aaawww! and *absolutely wonderful* secondary cast), and the romantic subplot (not dominant throughout most of the story but driving the plot nevertheless). The story is cute and fun, and a great fluffy and funny relaxing read.
Tamara
I loved it as much as I did the free version - a lot! Still a favorite <3
Tinnean
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an absolute pleasure to read a book that drew me in so I had no choice but to continue reading. I did feel we didn't get to know the king very well, but I liked that Jasen's past didn't disturb him.

All in all, a very fun read.
Hart
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book definitely seemed like something I might like, but some of the negative reviews I'd seen dampened my enthusiasm. I'm glad to say I enjoyed it a lot!

I would guess the author has probably written or read fanfic, but I definitely don't say that to insult her or this book. For one thing, she never uses epithets (and rarely proper names) when two or more characters with the same pronouns are present, yet it's never confusing! More significantly, this book delves deeply into the characters'
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E.M. Hamill
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know, I know. I always say I don't really do romance. For me to read and enjoy romance it has to be A) well written, B) have characters I can connect with and C) DRAGONS, HELL YEAH.

I downloaded this after reading the sample and becoming engrossed in Jasen's first meeting with King Rilvor.

This almost never happens.

I devoured the book in just a couple of hours today. It was a much needed diversion from sitting in a hospital ER with a loved one, and just the kind of book I needed today. It was
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Steven
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-fantasy-scifi
A sweet fantasy romance with magic and dragons and court intrigue with plenty to say about contemporary society.

While there are a few editorial issues it certainly didn’t diminish the story told in straightforward prose with likable characters.

If you’re needing a bit of an escape then I recommend this one.

4 solid stars
Steph ☀️
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Awe 💚

This was a really sweet, feel good read for me. It was enjoyable even with the instalove and lack of sexy times. Oh, and dragons are always a plus :)
Santy
This was my first book by Sera Trevor and I was pleasantly surprised.

I enjoyed it (particularly the world building, storytelling and the banter). Oh and this had no steamy times. Great read.
Lisa The Novel Approach
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Cinderella is a well-known and well-loved fairy tale. Whether you’re fan of the originals from around the world or a fan of the Disney version, there are many variations that keep the tale fresh, no matter how many times you read it. Consorting with Dragons is another one of those takes, but with a male/male romance. And, of course, dragons. What’s not to love?

Jasen is a lord from the backwater kingdom of Grumhul. His family is broke, his mother is dead, and his father is a gambler. He means wel
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Ajà
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This book in one sentence: Jasen, an impoverished and uneducated Lord, is sent to Court to find a rich husband to settle his father's debts, and ends up befriending a dragon as well as catching the eye of the King, to everyone's shock.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Steaminess: 🌶🌶
Would I recommend: Yes. This is a sweet MM fairytale romance. This book was like the cross between The Selection and The Tournament of Losers. The world building was good, I loved that was a traditional medieval setting, where homosexua
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cynthisizing
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ohhhh boy. Ok. I *liked* this in that it was exactly what it says it was? There was romance and dragons and that was pretty cool! I just had a hard time caring about Jasen and Rilvor independently and as a relationship. I think there was too much insta-love for me. I need grit and in this book the angst felt unnecessary at times. Jasen was such a cinderella character that I was a little bored and kind of wanted him to do a little something more sneaky and cunning.

If you're looking for a very li
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JoAnn
May 26, 2018 marked it as dnf
I just can’t do it... I’m about 52% in and would normally rate it since I got more than half way but I am not going to rate this one because it’s probably me and not the book.

But seriously it bored me out of my mind... I’m not sure if there is going to be a real climax to this book or not, at the moment it just seems like a will he or won’t her drama... blah
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Audiobook provided through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review.

When I started this audiobook I never expected to take such a wonderful, heartwarming journey through a realm of magic and dragons, kings and nobles, love and jealousy, all told to me by a Brit with an amazing ability to take me to a magical kingdom where dragons are the ultimate authority and a young man falls in love with a prince.

Lord Jasen of Grumhul, an impoverished young nobleman with a gambl
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Joyfully Jay
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Consorting with Dragons was an enjoyable fantasy read from start to finish. There’s nothing fancy to it. The story is basic, but well constructed, and the country bumpkin makes it big trope is an unusually fun one. Jasen is from a kingdom without magic and without dragons, so when he is sent to Court he’s out of place from the start. He lacks education and refinement, but he’s quite endearing and something of a rascal. And that makes him easy to connect with as a
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Dig
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 rounded down.

I like this story for the most part. I loved the slow burn between Jasen and the king and everything that came with it. I absolutely loved their first meeting and was so pleasantly (not)surprised that it was the king Jasen had come across. And then all the drama of courtship, learning things, all about MY FAIR LADY types of lol moments. It was really terrific.

What really annoyed me, honestly, was -- it wasn't that there was a lack of explicit scenes. Like, I don't need the sex
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Relly
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, b-2018-read
Well done

4.25 ⭐

I’m a fan of the original shorter version of this book so I had no problem paying for the expanded version.
The additional scenes helped to bring life and depth to the characters including side characters and showed the motivations and machinations of the court that were only glossed over in the original. The dragons played more part and were well done.
Definitely recommend
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Bachaboska
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
3,5-4.0*
 Joyce
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So this felt like a very YA read for me. I was hoping the extended version would have more sex. But it kinda fell flat in that department. I do think there is still room for improvement on this one, almost still feels like a work in progress.
Libby
May 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not for me

The book is a nice read honestly. But is was a let down. I was excited to see Jasen riding dragons and learning to play the game of court and growing to be a strong confident man. But that didn’t happen. Jasen isn’t a strong or confident character, he isn’t particularly smart either and childish in his thoughts. Every little thing that goes wrong he get sad and woe as me. This book isn’t for me I like my characters with a little backbone!
Cleo
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Fun Cinderella story, with dragons! I read the original short story and it was one of my fave of the MM romance group story event.

I'm not sure about the expansion. It's definitely a different story - I liked most of the changes but I'm not sure it works as a romance. I felt like the MC turned into a completely useless Disney princess type character - honest, beautiful, trusting, and with less sense of self preservation than one of my houseplants. My biggest problem with the expansion
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Eden Winters
Wow. Just what I needed, when I needed it. The evil three hour daily commute means I go through audiobooks like nobody's business, and am rapidly burning through Audible's m/m romance fantasy catalog.

Just when I thought I'd read them all, here come this little gem!

New to me author, but the blurb offered many elements that made it a must read:
1) Main character from humble means needs a wealthy husband
2) Hints of a quirky personality
3) Dragons
4) Magic

And let's not forget the narrator who brought
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Sera Trevor is terminally curious and views the 35 book limit at her local library as a dare. She’s a little bit interested in just about everything, which is probably why she can’t pin herself to one subgenre. Her books are populated with dragons, vampire movie stars, shadow people, and internet trolls. (Not in the same book, obviously, although that would be interesting!) Her works have been nom ...more