Genre: Paranormal, Romance
LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay
Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild
About The Book
Fate and a dragon unite two men in a battle for love, magic, the march of time, and holiday joy.
In a time of tall-masted ships and hand-made lives, a Guardian and a sailor find true love and their fates in each other. But romance, and a future together must wait, for duty calls. In a battle against dragons, can they seize victory in time to rescue the magic of Darknight and deliver holiday joy to a world that can no longer find its own way?
All Reo Faramund plans for the evening is to take his son Pariso to the Festival of Lights in Sailor’s Cove, their home when they’re not out to sea on the tall-masted merchant ship, Mighty Hawk. Then, in less than a blink, the festival, the town, and the life he knows all vanish. When they find themselves high on a wintry mountain, Reo fears for their lives until an extraordinary stranger comes out of the night to offer help.
First Guardian Jael Kohlinor patrols high up on Mount Lucia’s flank, his sole purpose to make sure no Flatlanders find out about Lucia, a tiny country hidden in a fold of time where a dragon named Nicholas presides over a bloom of dragon eggs that yields gems and riches every Darknight solstice. Without the Darknight cache, Nicholas can’t deliver holiday wonders across time, and time itself will suffer the consequences. When Jael finds Reo and Pariso shocked and shivering in the winter cold on the night before Darknight, he contemplates wiping their memories and getting them off the mountain, which is what the need for secrecy dictates. But invisible bonds pull Jael toward Reo like fate, and defying all rules he takes the strangers in out of the cold.
Unknown to anyone on Mount Lucia, strange and greedy dragons are already winging toward Lucia with plans to steal Nicholas’s wealth. Jael and Reo might have a future, a family, a fated love, but only if they can first save Darknight.
Jael Kohlinor is a guardian – in fact the first guardian of the Guardian Agency – whose job is looking for threats against Mount Lucia. In spite of the fact that reaching the mountain would be near impossible for flatlanders, it’s a job he and the others take very seriously.
Reo Faramund and his young son Pariso were attending the Sailor’s Cove Festival of Lights when he found himself on top of the mountain, face to face with Jael, who knows his duty is to remove them.
But duty be damned, because when he sees Reo and Pariso, his first instinct is to protect them and get them somewhere warm. He knows that if the dragon Nicholas discovers what he has done, there will be hell to pay.
Nicholas surprises him when he is not mad, but instead confesses that he was responsible for their arriving on the mountain.
Reo is a sailor who was found and raised by another sailor. Just as he found Pariso when he was an infant and raised him like his own. Nicholas needs Reo to fly his new airship. And Rogue dragons – the Pale – are determined to steal Nicholas’s cache for themselves along with Pariso.
Jael and Reo recognize that they are soulmates, and that the mission in front of them, a fight with the Pale, is dangerous. Reo discovers where he came from, and secrets about his son which I will not share in this review. At times I found the story a little slow moving.
Still, I enjoyed Saving Dark Night – the magic, the dragons and the main characters. It was a new take on the Santa Claus story we all grew up with.
I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York.
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