Published: 19th July 2016
Author: Deborah Cooke
Nero has always aspired to be an astrologer in the royal court of Incendium. When he divines a portent about the pending royal marriage, he makes the perilous journey to the capital city, only to be kept from delivering his tidings in time. Worse, Nero is assigned the task of pursuing a dragon princess bent on taking vengeance upon her reluctant groom; a feat he knows can’t be done. His dream appears to be lost forever—until the captivating princess Peri surprises this unlikely advisor.
Nero’s Dream is a short story set in the same world as the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances. It should be read after Wyvern’s Mate.
Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a dragon in it. Well a dragon shifter but a dragon all the same and one you should be very careful about annoying.
Nero is an astrologer who has figured out what is really going to happen on the wedding day for Dragon Princess Drakina and Prince Cantos of Regalia. His horoscope is a lot different from the others but seems to be the only one accurate. He knows he needs to get a message to the King to let him know that the royal marriage is doomed and was never meant to be in the first place. Seems the royal astrologers are too stuck in their ways to view things differently and in doing so have caused a bit of a mess. Well about to anyway when things don’t get underway with the wedding. Seems the Kings advisor Kraw is sent to deal with Nero beforehand but doesn’t seem too interested in what he has to say. Well at the time that’s the case but about ten minutes later when Drakina smashes through the ceiling and gives chase to a messenger he changes his mind.
Well if you’ve read Wyvern’s Mate you know exactly what happens to Cantos when Drakina catches up with him but then again that was hearsay. This time we see it for ourselves when Nero is sent by Kraw to bare witness to what is going to happen. Seems our princess wasn’t too keen on being stood up at the alter, then to add insult to the injury to have a messenger be the one to say that the prince would not be coming was just too much. This is the start of a difficult journey for Nero, as he doesn’t know if he will make it back unscathed. He was always told by his teacher never to cast a horoscope for himself, always look for others’ as it would only be dangerous for his own so doesn’t know. Seems Drakina did a kindness in the end but still had her vengeance as was foretold by Nero himself. Things happen for a reason and if you’ve read Wyvern’s Mate you know it all works out for her. Cantos well not so much.
Seems Nero gets a bit of a reward in return for his good deed. One he is very much looking forward to if it means he can spend a bit more time with a certain princess. Seems you really shouldn’t offend the house of Incendium. They are dragon shifters after all.
4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.