After his sister touches a lethal Frost Flower and succumbs to Frozen Sickness, Rainor seeks out the mysterious Dragon, who purportedly holds the only cure for the fatal disease. In gratitude for saving his sister’s life, Rainor agrees to bring him fresh bread twice a week—despite the man’s insistence he wants for nothing.
As Rainor makes his deliveries, the two slowly become friends, and Rainor finds in the Dragon all the things he never found in his little village. But on his way to make his latest delivery, the unthinkable happens, and Rainor fears that if he asks for the cure he needs to live, he’ll lose the man he’s coming to love…
Book – Frostbite
Author – Alexandria Bellefleur
Star rating – ★★★★★
Word Count – 18k
Cover – Gorgeous!
POV – 3rd person, one character
Would I read it again – Yes!
Genre – LGBT, Fairytale, Fantasy, Short
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Captivating. That’s the only word I can think of to describe what I just read. Captivating and beautiful.
From the characterisation to the evocative storytelling, there wasn’t one thing I didn’t love. This is a true fairytale, from the setting, language and execution, to the plot and characterisation. The story is one of those timeless things where it doesn’t have to be past, present or future, because it could be any of them, so easily.
Rainor was this sweet, smart kid who is optimistic, brave and hopeful in ways that others aren’t; he’s aware enough to see what others miss and looks beyond the surface, even beyond his own fear. Drachen is his opposite; a pessimist from experience, afraid to leave his comfort zone and trying to do what is right while being considered a monster, he is the recluse who was chased away by a society who didn’t understand him. Together, this pair are amazing. A beautiful, perfect couple who share their secrets and experience a true romance, with some heat, that I could happily read again and again.
I’ll happily read this again in the future and I’ll be eagerly keeping an eye out for more stories by Bellefleur.
“Run all you want, Rainor, but expect I’ll follow.”