A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon-shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon-shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her, he is bound by duty.
Myst loves her life in the human world, but Bastian has captured her heart in an instant of electric connection. But Bastian and his warriors are in the middle of a deadly battle with the Razorback dragon-shifters, intent on killing every Nightfury clan member - and the humans they protect - the fate of their world and ours hangs in the balance. An extraordinary blend of action, fantasy, and steamy romance, Fury of Fire brings to life a dangerous new world intertwined with the survival of humanity, all while exploring the meaning of honor and the nature of true love.
©2012 Coreene Callahan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I'm a huge dragon fan and when I ran out of typical dragon books to listen to, I tried the shapeshifting dragon in human body romance novel genre. I've now read books in three such series, but I think I have to rank this series at the bottom.
First, the author makes a lot of references to actual products, from beers to phones to shoes. This might be an attempt to make the story seem more real or relatable, but it seems more likely they were paid product placements and I found them a little jarring.
The story seemed to jump back and forth between heavy and often gory action scenes and romantic emotional scenes in a way that felt oddly forced, like the author was trying hard to interest the stereotypical action-oriented male and romantic-oriented female readers. Characters often seemed to go out of character a bit just to create various conflicts or situations that weren't entirely believable. In fact, the whole mythos of the story seemed contrived to create this artificial need for an all-male race of dragons to suck energy from human females while giving them incredible pleasure as if to provide an excuse for them to have a romance (or at least to have sex). But I will give the story points for not devolving into a series of too many inexplicable sex scenes like one of the other similar series I read. In fact, I think there's really only one explicit scene in the whole book, and a couple glossed-over scenes.
I think my main problem with the story was that Bastian (the main good-guy dragon man) was too powerful and faced too few actual challenges. He mysteriously won most battles with little obvious effort, seeming to majorly outclass his opponents for little obvious reason. VAGUE SPOILER ALERT: Even when the main villain in the series set up this big, supposedly cunning trap for Bastian, and even when Myst (the main female human love interest) found out about the trap, she never tried to warn Bastian (which made no sense at all) and Bastian avoided the trap simply by spotting it a little before it sprung and asking one of his buddies to thwart it, which they did easily. Huh? Basically the final battle scene felt like an old Gi Joe episode where they're flying through a cloud of bullets and never getting hit while easily taking out waves of enemies for no apparent reason.
END SPOILER ALERT
If you like dragons, at least you get a fairly good dose of them in this book, but they rarely felt like dragons. They felt like humans fighting in dragon bodies or even fighting in jet planes (yes, dragons were described as "going supersonic" a number of times, I guess with the aid of magic). The dragons sometimes even fought like humans, using a punch where a bite or a breath weapon would have made more sense. You also get a large dose of enemy dragons getting fairly graphically brutalized, so if that bugs you, stay away.
As to the love story between Bastian and Myst, it was decent. Kind of contrived. The only real reason she had to fall for him was a mysterious energy attraction thing and the way he was so strong and protective of her. I guess some women really go for that. But I did find both characters to be likable and interesting, so I did enjoy seeing them get together in the end (as if that wasn't inevitable in this kind of book). Rykar and Angela (a second love interest obviously set up to be the central theme of the second book) were also likable characters. However, the end of the book played out pretty much as I predicted it would, which is never a good thing. I'd much rather be surprised.
Oh, and my wife found the pacing/tone at which the narrator read the story to be kind of annoying and found his voice acting to be a bit unemotional in areas that required emotion. I actually thought the tone of the narrator went with the almost military style of the action scenes, but it was a little unusual for the non action scenes. The most noticeable odd thing was he would say "Blah blah blah and..." and then pause before continuing the rest of the sentence. I actually didn't mind that aspect of the reading and... sometimes it even helped build suspense.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
It was okay, I almost didn't finish it and after listening the story leaves you hanging. The actual story had good premises, it wasn't boring and it picks up at the end. What I hated was it had very bad character development, this was a turn off for me. The men were all abusive and had a built in ability to roofie women into having sex with them and make them forget what happened, which was not sexy. The main character was a jerk, he intentionally took Myst to breed with him knowing it would kill her, but at the same time didn't want the relationship to get personal. Well I think that is pretty personal for the person who is having the baby and expected to die. And all he could think about was himself not about her at all. He started to feel bad later, what a peach. He did get more tolerable towards the end. Myst drove me crazy because she was scared of him because he was bulling her but thought he did nice things for her, what I haven't figured out yet. What is wrong with women who let themselves get sucked into this kind of situation without sticking up for themselves. Although some culture colloquialisms are good the author went overboard with hers and it distracts from the story. I happened to buy the second installment on my kindle for only $1, so I think I will read it instead of listening to it, but I did not like Rikar at all in this story, so maybe it is a buck down the tube. Otherwise I would probably have passed on the next book. Narrator was mediocre at best. Despite this review I love shifter stories I recommend Thea Harrison, Suzanne Wright, Charlaine Harrison, Nalini Signh and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Great narration. I like to list this first as it can make or break a story.
Loved this story. Easy listerning and very entertaining. Will be impatiently waiting for any new books in audio from this author.
I really enjoy it when readers with similar reading interests list their favourite authors and series. It really helps me find new authors too follow. Mine are Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter, Molly Harper, Ilona Andrews, Kresley Cole, Deborah Harkness, Nalini Singh, Coreene Callahan and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
This was a really good book. I liked the idea and the plot behind it. I will admit that Myst (the female lead) drove me insane with her reactions to things and through most of the book I wanted to smack her upside of the head. But there other points I wanted to address. Some of the reviews on here are saying this is another BDB and a rip on JR Ward. JR Ward isn't the only person to write fantasy/paranormal romance books nor is she by far the best. This has nothing to do with Vampires and to compare the two books and authors are like comparing oranges with apples.
People that are hardcore BDB and think the world revolves around all things BDB and Ward will tell you that this book is not worth it, I disagree. I like the idea of half human/half dragons. The guys in the book are interesting and intriguing. The action is good but it does have some slow points, especially with Ivar and the lab stuff but have a feeling that will pick up in the next book.
If you are looking for a new type of book to read but want to stay in the para/fantasy romance world that I recommend this book.
Too much modern slang for my tastes, and the leading lady was annoying at times. I truly will never understand why all of these beautiful single women abducted by stunningly gorgeous supernatural males are so determined to go back to their mundane lives. I'm happily married and I'd be hard pressed to deny Bastian, even with the whole I-need-to-impregnate-you-with-my-killer-dragon thing he has going on.
But I digress. If you're bored and or not yet jaded, it's ten bucks. Get it, keep your expectations low, and it's actually not too bad. I'll probably even read the second one.
The Dragon Mother
Recently I have had a thing for dragon shifter stories, mostly because I think of myself as a dragon woman, especially when I get angry. So I look forward to adding new dragon and dragon stories to my TBR list. I came across this one and thought I would give it a shot.
When the story starts out, Myst Munroe, a regular lady working as a nurse, comes across a bad situation where a pregnant lady lays dying. Try as she might, she is unable to save the mother, but is able to save the child. Enter the dragon! Before Myst is able to get away from the situation, her and two paramedics are attacked … by dragons! Sounds great right? So much potential in such a great start.
There were many things I liked about the story. The fight scenes between the different dragon factions were pretty awesome. The different abilities of the dragons were pretty cool too. I wasn’t too keen on the fact they couldn’t go out during the daytime, but each author has to make their dragons unique, so it was okay.
There were a few things that just didn’t sit well with me. For example, if you have a dragon lair that you can only enter by a cave entrance behind a waterfall and a ‘force field’ that makes it so you cannot sneak in. What the heck was with the cars and driveway when Myst needed to escape?????
I will probably read the next in the series just to see if Ms. Callahan will let our dragons soar or if they will be shot down in flames.
The Narration Review
This audiobook was narrated by Benjamin L. Darcie and I really enjoyed his narration. His voice was clear and his character voices were easily distinguishable. When it came to the more steamy scenes, Benjamin’s voice and tone rose and fell with the perfect tempo making me hang on every word.
If you read Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series, then you will recognize the similarity in this book. Instead of Vampires, we have Dragon half breeds. The story tended for drag along for the first half of the book, then by three fourths through, it sparked my interest. Unfortunately, there is no ending to this book, as the story is left in the air, for the next installment to build upon. I doubt that I will read the next book, as the story is an old concept that I truly love in the writings of Lara Adrian, and J R Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. I will just wait for those sequels.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
This one didn't disappoint. Action from the very beginning, nicely done plot, and an ending to ensure a continuation of the story.
The word choice was truly awful. There was a vast quantity of profanity that became distracting, along with some odd use of words that was repeated so many times as to be annoying. Like,
The story itself was interesting, and that was the only reason I kept listening. I wanted to find out how she resolved the problems she posed. I thought her premise had amazing potential. In the end she didn't even show that the heroine survived the birth; although, one assumes she did. I suppose she left room for, God help us all, a sequel.
The narrator did as well as could be expected from such abysmal material, but if he'd scaled back the tone of breathless panic substantially it would have improved.
I'm just here for the laughs!
I can see how this book would be a good listen for someone who's never read JR Ward before, but as a huge fan of hers, this book honestly disappointed me. The writing style has a very strong resemblance to Ms. Ward's, not to mention some of the character's and
similarities in dialogue. Some of the terms and phrases used are very popular in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and it felt like I was listening to a watered down version of it.
That being said, I did enjoy the plot, but when it comes to this kind of novel, I'll stick to the Master- JR Ward's done it already, and done it right.
"Good Narrator, Less than spectacular story"
Some pretty good ideas, but the heroine really got on my nerves and the main male character Bastian was a bit flat.
For Dragon romance I much prefer G.A. Aiken's novels. Especially "About A Dragon".
"What a wild ride!"
Loved every minute of it! To tell you the truth, when the heroine was in danger I literally had to force my muscles to relax because I'd suddenly notice that I was totally tense like things were happening to me! More Dragon furyv please!
Very descriptive, and emotive story and plot, excellent narrator - voice smooth as silk yet hard as nails - enjoyed every minute
"Poor imitation of J.R Ward's Black Dagger series"
I don't know if this series was released before or after the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, so I have to try not to be too unkind. Either this came first and J.R Ward stole the concept and produced a far superior version. Or this series came after and is just a really poor attempt to jump on the bandwagon. Just simply awful.
"Super sexy voiced narrator"
Yes because the narrator does it justice and give the char rotors good voices not completely silly ones
Most me memorable would be for me the car grab
Just the way he says "belmeia"
When Mist was trying to escape the dragon layer
This book was proof of how a good narrator can keep a good book a winner, too many times had a decent book been ruined by a poor one.
"A Fantastic Paranormal Erotic Romance!"
I love paranormal romances with shifters (either werewolves or dragons), and when I first heard about this book and read the blurb, I became very interested indeed!
Bastian is an intriguing character. He is a typical alpha male - all testosterone and protectiveness towards his family. He is the head of the Nightfury clan, a group of half human/half dragons who protect the humans from another group of dragon shifters. He is uber sexy and knows how he affects the females! I must admit that he did get my heart pitta-pattering too!
Myst Munroe is a character that annoyed me at first. She is a midwife, who was in the right place at the wrong time. Being thrown into a dangerous world of dragons would terrify anyone, never mind Myst, but I found her character a bit weak and pathetic. However, as the story progressed, she finds her backbone and I began to like her a bit more.
I originally bought this book in the Kindle format, but I also got a copy in audio format when it went on sale. I have only recently started using audio books because of time issues - I can listen to the story whilst preparing dinner, or other household chores (NOT vacuuming though!). This story was a bit hard to get into at first, because I had to get used to listening to someone else reading a story. However, once I got into the story, I was totally hooked! There was only one issue I had with this story, and that was the excessive use of swear words. I don't mind the occasional ones, but the author has peppered the story with what I think were gratuitous and unnecessary f-bombs.
The story was a bit predictable, but there was a couple of interesting twists that kept me intrigued enough to keep listening. There is an amazing battle that is described in detail, and made me feel like I was actually there! There are also scenes of a sensual nature that are rather explicit, and made me wonder what the male narrator thought as he read the story! Oh, that reminds me, this book is told from mostly Bastian's point of view, but Myst has a say in the story too, which gave me an insight into her thoughts and feelings. A couple of other dragon-shifters also have their point of view shown. Rikar is Bastian's right hand man, and another sexy half-dragon! Ivar is a Razorback, and enemy of the Nightfuries. He is CREEPY! He made my skin crawl with his mad scientist lunacy! The end of the book finishes on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I'm looking forward to reading/listening to the rest of the series.
Coreene Callahan has written a fast paced, sexy read that had me wishing these characters really existed!
Due to the use of bad language and the explicit scenes, I do not recommend this book for younger readers. However, I recommend this book if you love erotic paranormal romances or books with sexy dragon shifters! - Lynn Worton
Fabulous fantasy fiction
The setting was believable and the narrator is clear speaking. The individual characters were all discernable too!
He makes the characters more alive and really conveys each characters emotions well!
Absolutely I disliked having to pause it so I could get on with real life
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