The Dragon of Ynys
But when the dragon steals a person, that's a step too far. As Sir Violet ventures out to get the missing baker back, however, he quickly realizes things are not at all what they seem...
But now and then the material was a bit on the adult side. Not because anything was inappropriate ...more
I will say, the aroness and aceness is really... I want to say underplayed? It's heavily implied, but that is mostly done through microaggressions at first, and I'm glad Violet actually talks about being happy about being alone, because it *really* needed that to balance the other things out. I ...more
The dragon of Ynys is a short story of only 95 pages that captures its reader's attention in a pleasant way. It felt like reuniting with an old friend over a nice cup of tea to me. I read it in one sitting. Couldn't put it down.
The characters seem very true to themselves and that is probably what made this story work. The interactions are an integral part of the plot, at least in my eyes it is, and they are just so gosh darn preci ...more
As other reviewers have noted, The Dragon of Ynys is a new sort of fairytale, which one might consider giving to children. It's an enchanting little book, with an aroace protagonist (although the labels aren't on the page due to, I think, the fantasy setting, the protagonist is very clear in his identity) and a charming cast overall. The themes are simple but heartfelt; it's a story about acceptance, assumptions and the tran ...more
Content Warnings (view spoiler)[ Trans antagonism. Young trans girl child is not accepted by her mother who intends to force her not to be trans. Trans woman secondary character is blamed for being upset about her wife taking the parents side. The story frames this as her being horrible to her wife; she apologizes and her wife is framed as the perfect cis ally. Aroace MC is hit on repeatedly even after clearly expressing dis ...more
I don't usually pick up books that are kind of fairytale-esque like this one, but that didn't hinder my enjoyment at all. The Dragon of Ynys is a relatively short story with lovely and diverse characters (an aro-ace main character!), plenty funny moments, and to me it has an important underlying message. Most important of all though is just that it's a nice and fun read which made me happy.
Fairytales. I adore fairytales. When I was a little kid I used to devour collection upon collection of fantasy tales—a lot of them were folk inspired, actually (have you ever read European folk tales?). I used to wonder, how would people come up with such ideas, how would these events endure through the centuries, heart to heart and soul to soul? It's enlightening, really, to consider the context of their creation.
When winter falls and the days get shorter, the village gathers around a fire. War...more
This book is incredibly charming. The magic involved is original and well thought out, and the characters are loveable. If anything, they yield a little bit too easily to convey the plot point, but that's easily forgiven because this is book is just so nice.
I'm really looking forward to Minerva's next book!
Plus, there's some good rep here! Two trans characters, an aro-ace (older!) hero, and a character I'd call non-binary.
I didn't know what to expect from this book. All I really knew about it was there's a dragon and Miranda Cerridwn wrote it, but that was enough for me because she's a terrific writer.
The story starts off in a small town besieged by a snarky dragon with an affinity for shiny things, and asexual/aromantic knight Sir Violet develops a working relationship with him when he goes to retrieve the objects from Snap's cave. Their banter is great.
I was ...more
This book is perfect for a quick read when you're craving something lighthearted or a new bedtime story for your children. While the moralizing can be a bit on the nose at times, I found it didn't take aw ...more
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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From that review: " Ever read a story that made your heart smile? That left you feeling warm, happy, and with an urge to read it out loud to someone? Children, adults? Just because to wanted to spread the joy a special tale had given you? Well, The Dragon of Ynys by Minerva Cerridwen is that story."
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It's slightly more heavy-handed than I expected from the blurb, but if you're up for a story with a message, this is a good one. (view spoiler)[I appreciated that the message was how being different doesn't mean you're destined to be unhappy, instead of the usual "don't judge." (hide spoiler)]
Sir Violet is the lone knight of an isolated village, responsible for investigating local crimes. A dragon moves into the area and keeps nicking small items from the villagers, which brings him to Violet's attention. Eventually, Violet (who is aro-ace), the dragon, and a trans lesbian go on a quest to find her wife. Then, they all carry out a plan to improve their world, in a manner that both fits a fairy tale and is a metap ...more