Review – The Temptation of Dragons by Chrys Cymri

Book & Author Details:

The Temptation of Dragons (Penny White #1) by Chrys Cymri
Publication date: March 31st 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary, Mystery

Temptation Dragons.jpegBishop Nigel smiled at me. ‘Holy water doesn’t harm vampires. Which is just as well, as it would make it impossible to baptise them.’

When I was asked by a dragon to give him the last rites, I never dreamed it would lead to negotiating with his cannibalistic family or running from snail sharks. Life as the priest of a small English village is quite tame in comparision. At least I have Morey, a gryphon with sarcasm management issues, to help me. And if all else fails, there’s always red wine and single malt whisky.

As if my life weren’t complicated enough, a darkly beautiful dragon named Raven keeps appearing where I least expect him, I’ve met a handsome police inspector who loves science fiction as much as I do, and my younger brother is getting into trouble for trying to pick up vampires.

That’s what happens when you’re dealing with an incredible and dangerous parallel world full of mythical creatures. And I have to learn to navigate it all without losing myself, or my brother…



This is a really straightforward no nonsense mystery type of story. Definitely not your run of the mill Miss Marple.

Yes, there are dead bodies. Yes, there are bad guys.  But there’s also dragons and gryphons and vampires and snail sharks (oh my). Oh.  And a particularly sullen brother.

There is a particular skill in being able to create a connection between the reader and the fictional characters on the page.  Chrys Cymri has that skill. With wry humour and well rounded characters, this is a really enjoyable story. I look forward to the continuation of the story when the sequel comes out.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.



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About the author

Priest by day, writer at odd times of the day and night, I live with a small green parrot called Tilly because the upkeep for a dragon is beyond my current budget. Plus I’m responsible for making good any flame damage to church property. I love ‘Doctor Who’, landscape photography, single malt whisky, and my job, in no particular order. When I’m not looking after a small parish church in the Midlands (England) I like to go on far flung adventures to places like Peru, New Zealand, and the Arctic.

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