Ok this is the first review ive written because i have to say that this was the most stupid, irrational, girl i have ever read a book about, and ive red quite a few. All she does is run run run. if i could have i would have jumped in the book and slapped sense into her...
I'm glad I got this one on sale.
Coreene Callahan presented an engaging story idea, but almost destroyed its deliverance with poor word choices and unnecessary slang references. Benjamin Darcie's narration however, was a big part of why I continued to listen to the story. He did a fine job. Overall, I think the book was okay, and has the potential for being a really good series.
First, let me say I am not big dragon book fan. I prefer vampires, shifters, and the occasional werewolf. But Fury of Fire has me hooked. I was surprisingly engaged with the story and it's characters. I loved the NightFuries and Bastien is just tooo yummy. The whole dragon culture was believable and the premise interesting.
The author has clearly set up the first book to lead into a series. She drops clues as to what may come. Obviously we have something in the works with Ryker and the lady cop, Forge carries a secret to be unraveled. The main character, Myst's, realtor best friend is set up to also be a high energy female. The story has the usual elements of "big bad" against "big good" and the added plot of needing to find a why to prevent the dragon-bearing females from dying in childbirth. There is also the yummy McCord, Irish cop partner in the wings...hmmm wonder how he will fit in as there are no female dragons. Perhaps he will joing the group. I have a feeling he has a secret.Benjamin Darcie was a great narrator. I have not listened to him before but he did a great job with the voices and accents. It is hard for men to do female voices well but he carried off. He also put great emotion into his narration which carried the excitement and tension of the story.
I liked the scenes with the house elf. He was great comic relief. The fight scenes were excellent and you could see the action happening.
My greatest extreme reaction to the book was that I ABSOLUTELY wanted to strangle Myst Monroe. She constantly just brought out the worst in me. She is put up as being a "strong woman" when all she ever did was run away. I mean come on, she has this great night of passion and is building trust with Bastion when she finds out about her pregnancy and the fact it may be fatal. What is her reaction? She runs away! Naked! Pleeeeze! all this woman ever did was panic, not be able to breathe and run away. She obviously never heard of trying to talk things out. Nope she just 'Had to GET OUT OF HERE". I just about could not stand her. I hope future heroines are not so stupid.The only other thing that drove me crazy was the fact that she COULD drive away. They make such a point of going through the waterfall and the magic door and Bastien makes it clear there is "one way in and one way out" which is why the Black Diamond is so safe. And then she just drives away???? Huge plot hole! All the baddies have to do is drive up the lane.
Last comments, a number of people have compared/ criticized this series as being a ripoff of Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yes, there are definite similarities but these give this series a bit of familiarity to those who like BDB. Otherwise, this series stands on it's own merits. The author clearly does not try to emulate the BDB. She builds a unique and interesting world and culture of her own.
Nurse working at being a nurse practitioner. The only way I have time to read for pleasure is audio books while I drive to work. I have always liked audio books.
This was the biggest waste of time. Very wordy. The dragons kept saying my female. "I love the female". Just plain stupid.
If you're a fan of JR Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood, this is a similar story with dragons. Collahan's style is similar in personality and the fact that the alpha males stand no chance against falling for their mates.
The narrator is good. He can do the accents and carry the story, but his voice for the characters is too high. If he could narrate in the tenor of Jim Frangione it would have been perfect. These are warriors, and he makes them sound like dweebs.
Great New Series!!!
Changes characters well
Was worth the credit. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
i'm a major fan of JR Ward's BDB series. like, serious adoration. Fury of Fire was *so* similar, i couldn't get past the parallels and enjoy this story. i keep asking myself if this was a product of fanfic, but a rudimentary search didn't turn up evidence of this. example: the warriors live in an impenetrable fortress with a fresco ceiling, mosaic floor, and a grovelling butler who cooks lamb and creates intimate dinners for two for the head male who feels driven to feed his worthy female? c'mon. do yourself a favor--if you read and liked BDB, skip this one. if you didn't, you won't know the difference and would probably enjoy it!
the writing was fairly good. i laughed out loud a couple of times, and things flowed pretty well, if rather quickly. i was more intrigued with the secondary characters than the main ones. it's *possible* i'll check out Rikar's story, but only because i liked him more than Bastian.
mostly, i think i kept listening because i very much enjoyed the sound of the narrator's voice. he sounds really great, and i'll keep him mind for when i'm looking for future listens!
Easy going listener, I only write reviews is the book is really good or really bad.
The narrator has an interesting accent, it's cool. It's fun that each dragon is quite from each other from the next. Makes it more interesting.
Kinda sorta like Dragon Bound.
He voices the female characters well without sounding goofy.
When the men are emotional
I listened to all the books, and after each one, you know who the next one is going to be about. That part is a bummer because I like some surprises.