ROARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! We’re back with dragons! Given by Nandi Taylor is a romantic fantasy when a tribal princess goes on a spiritual journey and runs into a dragonkind man who says she’s his soulmate aka given. Like it’s a given thing. That does not fly with Yenni. Nope.
I received this book for free from Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Title: Given
Author: Nandi Taylor
Pub. Date: January 21, 2020
Publisher Wattpad Books
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, W/M
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A subversive fantasy-romance steeped in West-African and Caribbean traditions.
Yenni has never been this far from home. With only her wits, her strength and her sacred runelore, the fierce Yirba warrior princess is alone in the Empire of Cresh. It’s a land filled with strange magics and even stranger people—many of whom mistrust anyone who’s different. But Yenni will prove herself, and find a cure for her father’s wasting illness. She will not fail.
No one warned her about the dragons. Especially not about him.
Yes, there is something powerful and compelling about the violet-black dragon known as Weysh. In human form he’s muscular, beautiful—and completely infuriating. What kind of arrogant creature claims a stranger as his Given; as his destined mate? Yenni is no man’s—or dragon’s—plaything. But other magics must be at work here, because Weysh might just be her best hope at finding the answers she seeks.
Only now Yenni can’t tell if she’s fighting her attraction to a dragon…or fighting fate itself.
I loved Given so damn much, it’s all so…*perfect* that I just kinda want to throw up the 5 stars and call it a day.
Yenni is driven and clever. She’s a warrior, mage, and a scholar. Her father is sick and she is going to get to the bottom of this. She’s a princess that’s going to be promised to another that she’s not hot over, but whatever, she always does her duty.
Weysh is dragonkind with fa-mily issues and a…girlfriend? What? Until he gets his first sniff of Yenni. He’s in his last year at the top warrior/mage college in Cresh. He’s got a plan and a chip on his shoulder as an untethered dragon. But everything changes as his typical MO fails to sway Yenni and he’s gotta shape up.
She makes A-MAZING friends. One of which is a lesbian! One is Asian. Several of which are dragons.
He’s got a couple dragon friends. One nemesis. And an ADORABLE little sister.
She learns a lot of Creshen magic. He learns her runelore. They go flying and exploring and dining together.
What more could you goddamn ask for?!?!
Favorite Quotes from given:
“The Sha will protect me while I’m away, and if nothing else, I know which end of the spear is for stabbing.”
Creshens had a curious habit of letting leaves grow on the surface of the stone like animal fur, but it was pretty and exotic.
She smelled like…forever.
But as often happened, his dragon mind had dragon plans.
“Because respecting a woman’s wishes is one of the most seductive things a man can do.”
It is their nature to take what does not belong to them.
Weysh bit back his own retort about getting Yenni out of her clothes. Good. Be good.
“Like someone has stolen something you did not even know could be stolen.”
Was it truly her destiny to be nothing more than a link in her own shackle?
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