Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).
I think the author had a good idea here but I just wished that she had stayed away of the plot points that were like BDB. Doesn't it make sense for dragons to actually like the sun instead of being repelled by it? Also, the business of the energy and the meridian was so freaking complicated that I had problems keeping things straight. I also didn't get why the women died during the birth and how Myst thought she could have helped Caroline.
But besides the plot holes, my main problem with the book were the looong internal monologues. Several characters would just go on and on and on about things that were unimportant while important plot points that could have created tension weren't even addressed. Worse, some things seemed to have been communicated by osmosis: when did Bastian told Myst that Gregor was one of them? One moment she didn't know and the next she did.
The narration was good but not outstanding. Lots of the men sounded alike and the women were just OK but hey, at least the men sounded manly.
I'm still in the fence as to whether to read the second book in the series because even though I had problems with this book, I think the author has something. Oh well, I'll decide later whether to continue or not.
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The book didn't seem to fit together...the Heroine is a ob/gyn nurse but she can't handle herself in crisis, trusts no one, seems to lack interpersonal skills and seems mentally unhinged. She goes from trying to escape to unbridled lust within a few minutes. The Hero puts her on a pedestal, thinking of her as a warrior, and though he's the Alpha of his group, thinks that sharing a meal with her will establish the bond they need to become mates. I had to force myself to finish the book and I did that by forwarding over some parts of the book.
I bought this book as a romance/fantasy and the best part of the story..the description of the battles!!
I don't know that I would cut any of the characters; this book was obviously setting up characters and a scenario that would create a cliffhanger and carry us into other books in the series. At times the romance seemed an afterthought to setting up future books.
This author has a trait to make specific historical references and I found the detail of these and their preponderance throughout the book to be distracting. Instead of saying that the heroine hummed an ad jingle to distract herself, the author indicates the heroine tried to remember the words to the McDonalds Big Mac commercial and it had something to do with pickles and relish! As previously mentioned, there were quite a few of these historical references and they added no texture or depth to the story!
\m/ Austin, TX
Storyline is good, but the writing and character development sort of sucks, and that's putting it mildly.
First off... The main character is an ER nurse and in her mid 20's. Why dose she talk like some kid from high school. She is educated, but cant put 2 and 2 together. I'm not saying she has to be some feminist, but what exactly is so strong about her? What makes her special? It's like watching the loud mouth friend of yours that tells you what you should be doing in your relationship, but stays with their drag you down the stairs cheater of a man. She warrior types are hard to swallow, but these wishy woshy "special" types, (i.e. Bella form Twilight) are even harder to side with.
The dragon kingdom is old cavemen type, but talk the same way, like they are from high school. Curse words and pet names are over used. Broaden your vocabulary please, making the reader's brains expand and allowing the imagination to cultivate.
I'm not sure if I will continue to read this series, but if I do, it is from sheer boredom and storyline.
The writing style was just too hokey for me. I couldn't attach myself to any of the characters. I found the way the characters spoke to be unrealistic and the author's use of slang was completely over-the-top.
Also, I am getting very tired of books that have an unexception female who is elevated in the male's mind for no reason. As the reader, I feel the author owes me some action or character development to make the woman seem special in some way. Myst just wasn't all that great but, then again, no one in the book really had anything exceptional to keep me listening.
I keep trying to make it through this book, but I listen for about half an hour and then switch to something else. It isn't painful to listen to but it just doesn't pull me in and keep me engaged either. I think the narrator did the best he could with the characters. My problem wasn't the reading of the book. My grips are with the writing. In the end, I will probably request my credit back.
I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
Over the last couple of years I've really been getting into various shifter series. Nalini Singh, Thea Harrison and Suzanne Wright, along with a few others. This was the first big miss for me. Maybe it's just my own sexism in that female writers just tend to be better at writing erotica, but I'm ok with that. The story just didn't do it for me and the reader was not the right one for the book either. He made the voices of most of the characters sound, well, a little light in the loafers.
This is going to be one of the only series I've started that I see no chance of going on to read the entire series (including the entire psy-changeling series in under a year). Personally, I'd recommend one of the above authors if you're looking for a good shifter book (my personal favorite being Thea Harrison's Elder Race series) rather than spending your credits on this one.
I saw a review of Warrior’s Revenge saying that they liked the Dragon Fury books better so when the first one was on sale, I picked it up. I got wrapped up in the story so I’ve kept going. This series is ok.
The more I listen to Callahan’s books, the more her style grates on me. The story is interesting but it is written in “chick lit” style, meaning it is riddled with colloquialisms. And many of them she uses repetitively. It just gets a bit old.
I’m not usually a fantasy or contemporary romance fan but in terms of story, I liked Fury of Fire all right. The narrator was decent, although his female voices were all alike but not to the point of distraction.
Overall, I'd say it was just average. If you like a little more creativity and intellect in the writing, I wouldn't recommend it.
I really enjoyed it. I love the dominant male roles in the story. Even though I love my vampire novels, it was a nice change listening to another species. When there is a series, it's good to have the story line to be in continue that has you wanted to listening to the next book. Over all, in my opinion, this was an entertaining book with the perfect narrator, Super Hot heroes, and great story line. WHO EVER THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE SEXY DRAGONS!
I just purchased book 2.
It reminded me of the Black Dagger Brotherhood vampire series by J.R. Ward.
I think I like Wick. I would love to see him turn into the protective mate. It would be very entertaining.
This would make a nice TV series for Stars, Sometime, or any of the premium channels.
Not as good as any of the others but that's only because this is my first by a male narrator. He did a good job but a man just can't do a woman's voice so I won't be listening to the other books in this series.
It was a good book. I wish I could have enjoyed it more but, as I said, I can't really enjoy a male narrater.
I love the story. And this new author! I see the similarities to J. R. however. I found the story better and look forward to book two. I feel that her book is different and I enjoyed the story. I am excited about this new series and can't wait to listen to her other books. I think the more the story is developed the more of her personal style we will see. But I loved it sooo much! Great series and worth the credit!!!! Just enough sex to keep it interesting but not so much that there was no story as I have seen in other books. Sylvia Day and Sarah McCarty to be exact.
The Narrator was awesome as well!
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a good story. It's the first book I've read by this author. Based on this book I may try the next in the series.
Myst is a nurse that does home visits. She cares about her patients and when a patient (and friend) misses some visits, Myst decides to go check on her while doing her rounds. When she gets there medical issues have already gotten so bad that Myst isn't able to save the mother but she manages to save the baby. She doesn't realize that this encounter will change her life completely.
Bastian is a dragon shifter. He's the leader of a clan of dragons that fights to keep humans safe. Their enemy is a clan of dragons led by a mad dragon that wants to get rid of the human race. Bastian's clan is low on warriors and the only way to have babies is to impregnate a human female. The problem is the human females don't live past the birth and Bastian's clan is honorable and doesn't hurt women. Regardless of this, out of desperation, Bastian decides they need to take mates and also decides to lead by example by doing so right away. It's about this time when checking out a lead brings him in to a meeting with Myst.
To say that things don't go smoothly for Bastian and Myst would be an understatement of huge proportions. Bastian finds himself majorly attracted to Myst (and more than just physically) and decides she's it for him. Figuring she'd be in danger of being found by the bad dragons, Bastian kidnaps Myst..much to her horror. Myst, having seen Bastian in dragon form, fears for her life and being kidnapped by a dragon doesn't help things at all. The only thing that keeps her going is that she's trying to take care of the baby she saved (who it ends up is a baby dragon shifter). Bastian actually uses her caring for the baby against her, getting her to promise not to escape for 3 days (giving him time with her to convince her to stay).
TBH, this story could have gone a better in the romance department...it's an insta-love but not completely believable for me. Bastian kept lying to Myst and using every excuse to avoid telling her things he'd rather avoid until it was too late (and he'd impregnated her without her knowledge, risking her death). He did it so he could to get her to accept him, because he had developed feelings for her. She had feelings for him as well so she didn't push him for the truth like she should have. Bastian's plan backfires when Myst finds out about all the stuff he kept from her and that he's just put her life in danger by getting her pregnant. She gets majorly pissed and takes off when Basian's unable to follow her. This is actually a very TSTL moment because she knows the police have got to want to question her about her patient and the missing baby, not to mention she knows that she's in danger from the bad dragons. As was obviously coming, Myst ends up in trouble and has to be saved. Things end well (for the most part) and Myst finds out how to fix the danger caused by her pregnancy. The ending is pretty good and Myst and Bastian have a nice HEA.
Overall this was a good story. I guess my main issue with it was Bastian and Myst and the constant back and forth. They both were back and forth with their intentions, the lies and their feelings (1 & 3 were more Myst and #2 was more Bastian but they were both back and forth one way or the other) and it made it hard to get in to their relationship for me. I liked the story though and the action plot is pretty good with and interesting premise (although there was plot point I was disappointed didn't get developed like it could have been). I may try the next in the series as I've been told they get better as you go.
*note - A number of people have said this book is similar to the BDB series...I can see this as there are definitely some similarities. I didn't feel that it was too bad (I didn't feel like I was reading a BDB novel) but it's there. I've been told this decreases as the series continues but I can't say for myself.
*note2 - The Narrator is alright but he wasn't my favorite. He did good for the men's voices but the females seemed strained at times.