Review of The Dragon of Ynys by Minerva Cerridwen

Read: 9th September 2020

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Spoilers in review: Very mild, but I tried my best to be vague

Rep: aroace main character, trans sapphic side character, cis sapphic side character, trans minor character

CW: challenged transphobia, flirting with an aroace character, theft, spiders

Goodreads desc: Every time something goes missing from the village, Sir Violet, the local knight, makes his way to the dragon’s cave and negotiates the item’s return. It’s annoying, but at least the dragon is polite.

But when the dragon hoards a person, that’s a step too far. Sir Violet storms off to the mountainside to escort the baker home, only to find a more complex mystery—a quest that leads him far beyond the cave. Accompanied by the missing baker’s wife and the dragon himself, the dutiful village knight embarks on his greatest adventure yet.

The Dragon of Ynys is an inclusive fairy tale for all ages.

This was a delightful short story! I found myself smiling for the majority of my time reading this. The story has a strong focus on friendship and showing kindness and understanding to others, and the world was one in which I’d be happy to live in myself.

My favourite thing about it hands down was the dragon. Snap is polite, a touch mischievous, gets very excited about shiny things, and more than anything else just wants a friend. Cerridwen can just @ me next time, okay?

It’s worth mentioning that the version I read was the version released in 2020, which has undergone edits and further sensitivity reads from its previous version. Having read about what the story used to be, I think that its current incarnation is much better. It’s still not perfect. Personally, I think that the characters that the narrative follows didn’t show much concern at all for the situation they left behind when they went on their quest. Then again, they were gone from the village for two days at most, and the nature of the story meant that I was never unsure of whether everything would work out or not. YMMV I suppose.

I would’ve liked Violet’s aromanticism and asexuality to have been mentioned or referenced before someone tried to flirt with him, but I didn’t have any issues with the way it was handled after the fact.

All in all, this was a sweet fairytale-esque story that I’m sure I’ll be coming back to in future! I would recommend it.

I received an e-arc through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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Non-review related note: I did a lot of edits to my blog today, and from now on I’m going to (try to) include header images in my posts! I really like how the header image for this review looks, but there might be some inconsistencies in the next few things that I post as I try some different things out.

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