Nero's Dream by Deborah Cooke

Nero's Dream

byDeborah Cooke

Kobo ebook | July 19, 2016

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Nero has always aspired to be an astrologer in the royal court of Incendium. When he divines a portent about the pending royal marriage, he makes the perilous journey to the capital city, only to be kept from delivering his tidings in time. Worse, Nero is assigned the task of pursuing a dragon princess bent on taking vengeance upon her reluctant groom, a feat he knows can’t be done. His dream appears to be lost forever—until the captivating princess Peri surprises this unlikely advisor.

Nero’s Dream is a short story set in Incendium, which should be read after Wyvern’s Mate.

Title:Nero's DreamFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 19, 2016Publisher:Deborah A. CookeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927477948

ISBN - 13:9781927477946


Rated 3 out of 5 by from "Nero's Dream" by Deborah Cooke. Book 1.5 in the Dragons of Incendium novella series. I read this book in August 2016. This was my review. This is the first short story in this series. On the website for this series, it is explained that this series will be a number of novellas with short stories released in between each novella. Not to be read as a stand alone story. This short story (timeline wise) actually happens before the first novella but is meant to be read after it. This story focuses on a man named Nero who is an unaccredited astrologer. Princess Drakina is about to be married and according to Nero's charts, this would be a disaster! So Nero sets out to the palace to reveal the truth and stop a war. If you've read the first novella "Wyvern's Mate", you now Drakina did something to her first betrothed. This story tells you exactly what happened. It also give the reader a hint at a possible romance between Nero and Princess Peri. A little teaser, if you will, to keep the reader interested. On the whole, this is a cute short story providing more information about the world of Incendium and it's many characters.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from "Wyvern's Mate" by Deborah Cooke. Book 1 in the Dragons of Incendium novella series. I read this book in August 2016. This was my review. A quick and fast story about a dragon princess, Drakina, and her destined human mate, Troy. This is a sci-fi novella romance series and is no way related to The Dragonfire series Ms. Cooke writes. The basis of this novella series is that there are 12 dragon princesses of Incendium and each will be getting a mate throughout the series. The overall story arc is that the planets of Incendium and Regalia are getting too close to their sun and an alliance has been made between Incendium and Regalia to find a solution to the problem. In this debut novella, Drakina must mate with her destined mate and conceive a son who is prophesied to help save their planet. Drakina has no intention of staying with Troy once she has what she needs. But when she gets to know him, she realizes that Troy just might be worthy of being her Consort forever. But Troy's intentions are more devious. He's an assassin out to kill Drakina in order to gain his freedom. Will they both discover the truth about each other in time to avoid disaster? LOL! Yes, of course they do! I liked this little story. It was fast and fun to read. The characters are quirky and interesting. The only issue I had with the story is that most of the story happens on earth. Being a sci-fi romance I thought more would happen on the planet of Incendium. Other than that, I liked the story. Will I be reading the next one? Not sure yet. After checking the website for the series, this novella series will be a combination of novellas with short stories released between each book. I will read the first short story that comes out and make a decision after that to see if I'm still curious to see what happens in the rest of the series.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars-wonderful start to a new series 3.5 stars-- WYVERN’S MATE is the first installment in Deborah Cooke’s adult THE DRAGONS OF INCENDIUM romantic, fantasy series focusing on the twelve dragon shifter princesses of Incendium. This is eldest sister Drakina, and Mindbender Troy’s story line-a fated romance where Troy is expected to assassinate the royal princess. Told from dual third person perspectives WYVERN’S MATE introduces some of the characters, the history and the tepid truce between the planets of Incendium, and Regalia, and the royal decree whereby the twelve dragon princesses of Incendium will be betrothed to the twelve gifted princes of Regalia. When things don’t go according to plans, Drakina finds herself ordered to Earth where she will find the ‘Carrier of the Seed’-the one male able to fertilize the dragon’s egg that she carries so that she is able to birth the next generation of royal dragons. What ensues is a building relationship between Drakina and Troy- a relationship that could very well end Drakina’s life. For fans of Cooke’s previous series about dragons, THE DRAGONS OF INCENDIUM is NOT connected to, or a spinoff from, her best selling Dragonfire series. The current series focuses on female dragon shifters searching for their ‘HeartKeeper’-their mate- but the princes of Regalia are not necessarily the male that calls to the princesses hearts. The world building reveals the potential doom and fallout if no royal heir is to be conceived, and the possible destruction of two planets pulled into the heat of their sun. WYVERN’S MATE is a quick read; a fast paced novella length story of romance and love; duty and honor; magic and dragons. The character building is limited-I would have preferred more background information about Drakina, and Troy-especially as it concerned Troy’s time imprisoned at Xanto-the who, what and why. The premise is entertaining-almost science fiction is its presentation; the characters are colorful and animated; the romance is a quick build to a happily ever after. A wonderful start to a new series.
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a must read This novel was fun, funny, and endlessly hot. Cooke has taken an out of this world idea and woven it together with a rewarding relationship and some quite surprising twists to create a plot that kept me glued to the pages (or thinking about them when I had to get back to work). She left me a little broken inside at times, but the heartbreak was well worth the fantastic tale that I journeyed. Cooke’s world building was perfect. She allowed readers to picture the world and the events surrounding her characters, without taking away their ability to use their imagination. The history and politics of Incendium are presented without bogging down the plot. This was a fantastic start to hot new series. The relationship between the main characters sizzles while the action kept me on my toes. And don’t even get me started on the characters. I’ve never met a character who could make me laugh while breaking my heart before. Cooke has developed the main characters of this tale so well and subtly that I felt as if I knew them personally without ever actually having to stop my journey to get to know them. They were the type of character that I could laugh & cry with, but also the type that I wanted to be. I love how strong they both were, but still with vulnerability. I also enjoyed the peek that we got at the royal house of Incendium, hinting towards future novels and placing our heroine into a greater context. This may have been my first novel by this talented author, but it’s definitely sparked me to pop more of her work to the top of my TBR pile. I can’t wait for the sequel to this series or to delve further into other worlds that she’s created. If this novel is any indication, she will be quickly becoming a ‘go-to’ author for me.
Date published: 2016-06-03