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The red dragon is hunting her own. Up in the icy peaks of the northern mountains, Orsie Havesskadi spends his days hiding from her, but eventually he is found and his dragon magic stolen. Cursed to wander the lands as a mortal unless he recovers his magic before twenty-four rising crescents have passed, Orsie embarks on an arduous journey. Spurred by the whispers in his mi ...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published February 24th 2020 by NineStar Press (first published February 28th 2018)
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Joyfully Jay
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: camille
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars


This is a love story, but it is an incredible slow burn. At first, Orsie and Ark are the subjects of two seemingly parallel arcs: Orsie’s story about his struggle to get his dragonsoul back and Ark’s story about his meagre life as an unappreciated archer who becomes more or less imprisoned in a magical castle. Despite the seeming distance between our two MCs, Kelly builds in intimacy when these two discover they can “whisper” to each other. This is a sort of mind li
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leo | 飛べ
All I know is that this book has DRAGONS, OWN VOICES ASEXUAL rep, and that the author is NONBINARY.
Hence I'm adding it to my tbr.
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E.D.E. Bell
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This lovely book has a careful, mysterious build to an absolutely captivating and sensual ending. The story's blend of quiet fantasy and asexual romance is highly psychological, and explores issues of personal identity and change. I also really enjoyed (and learned from!) its ownvoices ace and trans perspectives. Its gorgeous ending opens a door to myriad of story possibilities, so I'm excited to see where the author takes it! ...more
Sibil
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readtoreview
3. 5 stars
Thanks to NetGalley and to the editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book has an interesting idea and has dragons so... yeah, I was expecting quite a lot. And some of my expectations were disappointed because it's a good read, yes, but it's not a book... it's more a long story, and they're not the same thing!
In a book we have characters with depths, and if the book is a good book then we have also secondary characters of some relevance, and the s
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Santy
4.5 Stars!

I requested this book because I found the blurb intriguing and felt it would at least be an interesting read, if nothing else. I'm glad I did.

This book was fascinating. You could tell that the world-building around the dragons was well thought out because it showed in its fantastic delivery. I loved reading all about dragon lore in this story and how their physical and magical characteristics affected their lives as well as the lives of the physical world around them.

This story made
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Nicole
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To be frank, I loved this book immensely. This is the first of this author that I've read, and I'm beyond excited to find more work by them.

The writing style is very particular and poetic while being concise and emotive. It reminds me a bit of Peter Beagle. The world building is subtle, but tight for what the characters experience; the magic is a lovely bit of soft magic that really does feel magical; the characters feel both real and mythical.

The asexual representation was the reason I found th
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Laure Nepenthes
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for a fair review.

This was a great read! Havesskadi is beautifully written, with vivid, immersive prose and its novel, well-thought-out worldbuilding. It's a story about love, enduring hardships, and how no man (or dragon) is an island. The pace is more contemplative in the first half of the book, before everything picks up in the second half. The ending left me hanging for more, and I hope the author will consider writing a sequel to expand
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Else
This book was a birthday present and I love it!!

What a wonderful take on dragons!
(view spoiler)

During the story the mysteries surrounding the dragons and their magic are revealed.
Trust me, you want to read about these dragons ;)
It references 'common' dragon legends but the pieces come together differently than expected.

When I was reading I could feel the love that has gone into the worldbuild
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Margherita Abitino
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review...

The senses run wild with this one. A beautiful story written with classic dragon tales in mind. I could feel the hurt, longing, happiness, eagerness, cold, heat, every emotion and sensation described in this book was so well delivered. Only in the last chapter did I wish for a little more from the story. I feel it ended too quickly and that might just be because I was enjoying it so much that I didn't want it to end
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Tessa
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inventive dragon lore, queer characters, love for snow... Good ingredients for a good book :D
Minerva
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves fantasy, dragons and queer characters
Shelves: lgbtqia
Queer dragons and wonderful world-building; what more can you wish for?

This is a great fantasy romance with exciting, sad, cute and funny moments. At times, the beautiful language made me want to read pieces out loud, like a bard telling this story of old in one of the taverns Orsie stops to work at.
I loved the interesting new concepts in this universe, (view spoiler)
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Dannica Zulestin
I quite liked this story of adventure and romance. Lots of queer dragon books coming out right now...it's good stuff.

The Premise
Orsie is a dragon. Long, long lifespan, two forms (one humanoid and one full blown dragon) and a jewel he keeps inside himself called an "anaskett". But one day a fellow dragon named Nevmis, old and insane, steals his anaskett. If he can't get it back he will slowly turn into a human and then die.

Arkeva is just an archer, until he shoots an arrow at a dragon and wanders
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Violet
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars rounded up

This reading experience was a bit unusual for me in that it started out really strong. I really liked the setup with Orsie and Nevmis and I was on the lookout for an awesome dragon fight as the resolution. Perhaps because I had built up some expectation of what I wanted to happen, the actual ending of the book seemed a little tepid in comparison. I also really struggled to connect with Orsie and Ark; both seemed like very flat, one-dimensional characters. I didn't know what m
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Charlotte
Orsie Havesskadi has been living a very solitary life hidden in the mountains. This is natural for a dragon...especially when there is a red dragon hunting all dragons. His peaceful existence is shattered one night when the Red Dragon finds him. As fearlessly as he fights, he still loses and as a result... loses his dragon magic.

In this world, when. dragon's magic is taken, they have 24 crescents to recover it. If they're unable to find it, they will become human permanently and will pass away.

O
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Becca
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tried really hard to get into this book and for the most part it was ok, because who doesn't love dragons. But I don't think this book is for me. I don't know. The plot was alright.
A dragon loses his soul to an evil dragon and is now losing his life. A human, who was a serviceman, was said to have killed the dragon. Ark never killed the dragon, he knows it. But he found a stone/gem that is calling to him and a castle he can't leave. He whispers at night to someone, knowing they hear somehow b
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Serena Yates
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dragons! ‘Havesskadi’ is an intriguingly different look at dragonshifters. In this fictional world that feels like it’s set in the past, dragons carry their magic inside themselves, use it to build their homes, and rely on its presence for health and long life. It is possible to steal this magic, or anaskett, and while it used to be greedy humans who did this, now there is a dragon who has been corrupted by all the anasketts she amassed. The driving force behind this tale is the main character’s ...more
Susan Anne
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Havesskadi by AvaKelly via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review. I can understand why this story won an award. It is both sweet and touches on deeper issues at the same time. I think a lot of us are searching for something and don’t realize when it is literally within our grasp. I did not find the story focusing on just Orsie and Ark to be restricting, but rather played up their need for each other. The author did a good job of differentiating between h ...more
Charlotte
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Arc provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

While this was a shorter novella it still built this world that I wish I could see more of. The lore for the dragons was just amazing and something that I have not seen before. IT was part travel book as well as part romance and yet nothing felt stagnant. Everything flowed together making me enjoy the journey along with the characters. I would highly recommend this book to those that want something about dragons that is quite new and fr
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Justyna Małgorzata
I almost put the book down after just a few pages because of the present tense. It felt awkward and I couldn't focus properly. I kept reading because of my love for dragons and slow-burn romances. Overall the story wasn't bad, but not breathtaking either. I kind of liked the protagonists, with a slight preference for Orsie. Not enough for re-reading though, or willing to read another volume when/if it's released. 3 stars. ...more
Sadie Forsythe
2.5
This isn't horrible, but it's too long by half and heavily dependent on two people not having a conversation that the continued avoidance of feels manipulated and unnatural. Further, there's very little character development and almost no actual characters beyond the two main ones. I also have questions about these all important dragon souls. It's an interesting idea, but not nearly well enough explained. All in all, it's a sweet story, but it's a poorly executed book.
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Coltostallion
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this title. Havesskadi's journey was realistic to the point of frustration. The dead ends and wrong turns had me internally screaming at many points. The villains were a bit evil-for-the-sake-of-evil but it works in a fairy tale type setting like this book has in a way it wouldn't in other settings. The ending was especially refreshing. ...more
Kathleen Luckenbill
I am not very good with reviews. But this story is beautiful. And everyone should read it.
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