Book Review: Slither by Melody Steiner

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

I’m going to let my geek flag fly for a minute. I love dragons. Dragons are the coolest mythical creature in my opinion. I mean, they fly, they are practically impervious to injury, they have cool spikey things on their heads and backs, AND they breathe fire. Think a unicorn could stand up to that? If you love dragons, too, you must read this novel. You’ll get more dragons than you can keep up with and each with their own “abilities”!

The plot of Slither is complex and complicated. This isn’t a cheesy read. Elanor finds herself knee deep in a twisted mystery with plenty of deceit and secrets. Set against a land where ancient dragons coexist with humans, the novel is almost like an alternate history. The medieval world of Trana could easily be part of Great Britain. Though there are hints of romance, it’s not a romance, and it doesn’t have the full-immersion of high fantasy.

This novel would have been perfect for me if there had been more romance. I so wanted more of Adom or even the hunky King Siles, but Elanor’s feelings for Adom run from wanting to hurt him to hurting for him. I kept waiting for the sigh-worthy moment, but unfortunately, I didn’t get it. At times, I had difficulty keeping up with the secrets and who was playing who, but it all works out with a great surprise at the end.

4.5 Stars

Melody Steiner is a novelist, librarian, warrior woman, and a mother. She grew up in a home where science fiction and fantasy were staples of the imagination. Her earliest novels were written in elementary school and involved rocket ships to the moon, alien life, and gumdrop kingdoms at war with other invading candy nations.

Over the years, she found herself drawn to fantasy stories that empower female characters and particularly women of color. Currently, she’s based near Columbus, Ohio, along with her husband and the wild things they call “children.”

Her recent work, Slither, is a traditional fantasy about a young woman who is enslaved by a herd of dragons. You can find her at or on her author facebook page:

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