The Father Penny White series

The Temptation of Dragons
Father Penny White series #1
by Chrys Cymri (GoodReads Author)
Kindle edition, 331 pages, Mar 30, 2016

GoodReads Summary:  
Bishop Nigel smiled at me. ‘Holy water doesn’t harm vampires. Which is just as well, as it would make it impossible to baptize 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 comparison. 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 whiskey.

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…

My Review:  
First response: This is one of those fantasies that have that sense of fun and adventure even when things are dark and dangerous! It's not a perfect 5, maybe a 4 and a half rating. But I immediately bought the second book! Full review when the blog comes back online after the 20th...

The author provided me with a copy of this ebook for the purposes of a read and review. This is my honest review of her work for which I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

I downloaded this book when Ms. Cymri sent it to me and sat down to read. I didn't stop until I was at the end of the book and I immediately went to Amazon and purchased Cult of the Unicorn, book #2. I really hope this is a series that goes on for awhile, too! 

There's a richness to this world and its characters that are very pleasing. Using the Anglican church and Wales for a base does it, I think. Then mixing in elements of Dr. Who and Buffy the Vampire Slayer for scientific accents gives it a quirkiness that is just plain weird and appealing all at the same time. Not being part of the fandom of either one, I don't have the deep understanding or fluency others may have, but I was able to stay afloat with what was going on. And that's before the real magic begins!

Father Penny White is about to get a new job with a new assistant and a new pet. They've been waiting for her, she just hasn't been aware of them. She's not very impressed when she meets the snarky gryphon, but he does help her catch that snail shark from the garden. She's not terribly impressed at their second meeting either, but neither is he. And the stage is set.

All humans seem to have a sensitivity or fascination for one particular type of magical creature. A lot of them seem to go for the unicorn. But for Father Penny, it's the dragon. One particular dragon. Will he get her in trouble or save the day?

These characters are already well developed in book one, but there is room for emotional and professional growth there as well. I really look forward to finding time to read book two and see what Ms. Cymri does with all this fertile ground she's got. If you like deep, rich magic backgrounds and quirky characters with secrets to hide, this is a fantasy for you.

Cult of the Unicorn, #2