12 Tropes of 2020 – Consorting with Dragons by Sera Trevor

Cinder(f)ella from
12 Tropes of 2020

The beautiful, hard working, put upon commoner girl who never loses her hope will be a princess or queen by the story’s end.

Taken from TV Tropes

A commoner by birth, or with only minor ties to nobility. Nonetheless, through hard work, perseverance, and the help of some musical animals, she’ll swoop into the ball and make the prince her “husband.”

Taken from TV Tropes

Consorting with Dragons
by Sara Trevor

Lord Jasen of Grumhul, an impoverished young nobleman, has come to the Draelands to find a rich husband to help pay his father’s debts. To the shock of everyone, he ends up attracting the attention of King Rilvor himself, and the dragons who control the magic in the land. Becoming royalty wasn’t something Jasen either expected or wanted, but he can’t control his growing feelings for kind and handsome king. Scheming factions at Court conspire to keep him from Rilvor’s side, and now Jasen has to decide if the chance at true love with Rilvor is worth the burden of being the husband of a king.

This sweet and funny Cinderfella romance is complete at ~85000 words and ends in a solid HEA. After all, true love always wins in fairy tales! 

Blurb taken from book blurb

My thoughts

I’ve previously read Consorting with Dragons in 2016 as a novella and was so excited to see that it had been revised and extended into a full novel.

What was a big draw for this excitement was that Lord Jasen was such a distinct, sarcastic, and sweetly cynical character. It’s a tough thing to do, to have a character be sweetly cynical – the emotional vulnerability yet almost resigned expectation of being hurt for me, can blend together to make a nuanced and beautifully moving character.

Add to this sweet cynicism, an open and emotional romantic lead, a fantasy setting full of magic and dragons, and you have an almost perfect story but when you add a Cinderella style happy ending – you have a story that I could not put down.

Not only did I enjoy all aspects of the story, from the characters, to the emotional arch of the story line, I found the writing style of Trevor to be very engaging and deeply rewarding. While I did listen to the audio book version, I found the narrator to be an asset to the story telling and often found myself, sitting in a hot car waiting for chapters to finish.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I LOVED Consorting with Dragons and was so happy to have rediscovered this extended novel. I could not have picked a better selection for my Cinder(fella) square.

The Trope

Who doesn’t like a good rags to riches story? There is just something so inherently satisfying about the Cinderella trope. It is almost the ultimate happy ending. Not only does the main character get a happy and romantic ending, but all their financial and personal woes are solved as well. I mean, we can dream can’t we?

In this challenge, I left it open to be either a Cinderella or a Cinderfella story line. The only difference other than the f is that instead of a female main character, the ‘Cinderella’ character is male. Thus the Cinderfella.


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