Here be Dragons . . . picky eaters (S.J. Higbee)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Well, all ye scalawags should be familiar with Matey Sarah’s blog and wonderful book reviews.  But some of ye may not be aware that she also be a writer.  (What be wrong with ye wretches?)  In these crazy times, Matey Sarah decided to publish her short story as an escapist uplifting tale to raise our moods.  And here be dragons . . .

This story follows grumpy Casta the Grey, who hangs out in his lair lamenting the lost good ol’ days and tries to live out his remaining days in peace.  Then he has to watch his grandkids one afternoon and his life is tossed upside down.

At a little over 50 pages, this read was quick and delightful.  I absolutely loved elements like discussions over the best type of food (clever!) or how the dragons really use all that treasure they hoard.  But mostly it was the relationship between Casta and his granddaughter that I adored.  It was so wonderful to see it grow and to see Casta get a new outlook on life.  Who doesn’t love a rough exterior that holds a marshmallow deep inside?

I would love to talk more about the specific plot but I don’t want to spoil it.  I certainly would read more about this silly and lovely dragon family.  Arrr!

Goodreads has this to say (shortened by me because spoilers):

Castellan the Black, now better known as Casta the Grey, has led an eventful life, but these days he’s content to live alone in his mountaintop lair, fending off occasional attacks from the food and waiting to die. At least, that’s what he tells himself . . .

Babysitting his young grandchildren is definitely not on his to do list. Keeping his grandkids out of trouble might be more of a challenge than this over the mountain warrior can handle.

To visit the author’s website go to:

S.J. Higbee – Author

To buy the first book go to:

picky eaters – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author:

running out of space – Book 1 (3 Bells – Sci-Fi)

dying for space – Book 2 (3 Bells – Sci-Fi)

breathing space  Book 3 (3 Bells – Sci-Fi)

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11 thoughts on “Here be Dragons . . . picky eaters (S.J. Higbee)

  1. Thank you so much for your lovely review, and I’m delighted that you enjoyed the story. That was the point of it – to take folks away from the rather grim everyday to somewhere else… Apologies for not responding sooner – but we’ve been away to celebrate our wedding anniversary and only returned today:).

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      1. Thank you for your kind good wishes, Cap:). You’re very welcome regarding Picky Eaters, it was a lovely place to escape to… I’m currently having great fun writing the sequel, which is turning into something quite a bit longer. You’ll be shocked to discover that Castellan has quite a lot to say for himself.


  2. This reminds me that I need to do my review soon too. I enjoyed reading it too! 🙂 And enjoyed the relationship between Casta and his granddaughter. I liked it when she shined one of his scales and then he realized he’ll need to clean up so he doesn’t look weird lol.

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