4 Star Review for Slither by Melody Steiner Includes Herds of Dragons!

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | | | | | | |


Melody Steiner

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Dragon Moon Press
Date of Publication: April 24, 2017
Number of pages: 310
Cover Artist: Gwen Gades
Tagline: Her revenge is better served cold-blooded

Elanor of Onyx, enslaved by the dragons who scorched her kin and country, is determined to escape her island prison.
When the changeling dragon, Adom, demands that Elanor come with him to the mainland on a secret mission, she sees this the opportunity she’s been waiting for—a chance to exact her revenge. But when his actions take a surprising twist, Elanor begins to suspect that maybe things are not as they seem.
With a plot brewing against the mainland king, alliances are tested and Elanor discovers a secret that will forever change the way she views the slithering dragons—and herself.

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“Forgive me,” he says. “But when I say the word, you really should scream.”

That’s all the warning I need. If Adom wants me to scream, he wants the others to think he’s hurting me. He wants to send fear shuddering down their monstrous, twisted spines, to dry their mouths and shrivel the pits of their cavernous stomachs.

He wants to show them that he is the king, the master of this mountain, the
master of me. 
Adom averts his gaze. “Scream.”
In the seconds it takes him to morph from human to dragon, his chest expanding, scales popping out of his skin like boils, I’m already at the door. I scream, just as he asks
me to.
The full blast of flame doesn’t hit me, but it’s enough heat to sting my lower back. Good thing I tied my hair this morning—he misses singeing it off by a few inches.

The monstrous roar he releases bursts a decanter on the table. The mirror
cracks. But the fire inside me has nothing to do with Adom’s monster, and
everything to do with my own. Only mine burns for revenge.

Dragons? Shifters? Revenge and plots? Of course I signed the fuck up for this! 

I was so excited for Slither, though I had to put off reading it for a bit with a sickness making the rounds and unable to concentrate. Once I got into it though, it flew by. 

Of course there's more to the situation than Elanor knows. Her being so naive and oblivious at first was a bit frustrating. I didn't know or guess everything right away but it made me itchy waiting for her to clue in. 

Soon she got her head in the game though, when she made a move and was finally included in the plotting, it was fantastic! She got things and was so capable. But then missed some pretty obvious clues again. Like talking about the old man, the riddler, the hostage? Come on! 

I LOVED Patience! She reminds me of another character by the same name in the Elderling Realm. I really hope my ship for her sets sail in the next book *crosses fingers*

I like Adom and his plans for the dragons, though he has to know he can't run both areas without a second. I wonder if someone will come up in the next installment to help? 

The changeling's abilities were obviously convenient. 'Oh, if only we  could do [this] but that's not possible, no one can do that. [Hit roadblock] Guess what the next changeling can do!? *shock* Okay, it wasn't story killing or anything, but felt clunky and amateurish with the execution. 

I did not see the ending reveals coming and am dying to know what happens next with Elanor and Patience. 

Great dragon fantasy, with a realm I want to know more about with the Sun setup, plots I want to follow, and ships I want to sail. If only it wasn't so obviously and clunky with the plotting....

About the Author

Melody Steiner is a novelist, librarian, warrior woman, and a mother. She grew up in a home where science fiction and fantasy were staples of the imagination. Her earliest novels were written in elementary school and involved rocket ships to the moon, alien life, and gumdrop kingdoms at war with other invading candy nations. Over the years, she found herself drawn to fantasy stories that empower female characters and particularly women of color. Currently, she’s based near Columbus, Ohio, along with her husband and the wild things they call “children.”
Her recent work, Slither, is a traditional fantasy about a young woman who is enslaved by a herd of dragons.
You can find her at Twitter Facebook Website 

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