If you liked Susan Illene's urban fantasy series, The Sensor, I guarantee you will enjoy this one. She takes an apocalyptic event of our world collidi..Show More »ng with an another dimension, and creates a believable, creative scenario, blending dystopia and fantasy genres, magic and technology, dragons and college graduates.
Bailey just graduated from college and is getting ready to ride back to her parents ranch in Texas, when there is a huge earthquake, and suddenly dragons roam the sky attacking people. During an attack on the campus Bailey survives and realises that she is immune to dragon fire.
Suddenly our rational, sensible heroine is forced to admit there is more to world than she can see with a naked eye. Dragons and witches and crazy survivalists thrive, while ordinary people are forced to band together, loot neighbouring stores for food, clothes and water while the thin veneer of civilisation slowly crumbles away.
Bailey's point of view is counteracted by Aidan's, - a young dragon shifter determined to help his clan survive and prevail in the collision of two worlds. Finding Bailey on his territory he recognises her as one of rare dragon slayers and offers to teach her if she helps him fight pure dragons who consider people as food and nothing else.
Aidan's character is pretty awesome. He is cunning, strategic but at the same time, there is no darkness in him. He is a decent guy who is determined to do what's needed to be done, nothing more.
Both him and Bailey have separate struggles and dangers, and both have a solid circle of secondary characters whom I really enjoyed.
The narrator, Marguerite Gavin, whom you might know for her narration of Kim Harrison's works, does a stellar job with Southern drawl for Bailey and her friends, and for expressionless, slightly alien accents of dragon shifters.
Overall, this is a book which lays down the rules and creates the base for an extensive world-building. It's interesting, easy to listen and full of potential. I enjoyed it and very much am looking forward to the next one in the series.
I feel like this series develops at a steady, good pace. The world-building is clear and established, the romance is a very slow burn, and the action ..Show More »sequences are as tasty as ever. Overall, big thumbs up to Susan and her dragon slayer.
Bailey continues her training with Aidan, who not only wants her as a strong ally to his shifter clan, but is more and more attracted to her on a personal level. Aidan's character has some fantastic development in this book, starting from competing with his brothers and a sister for pendragon's seat where he brokers a peace treaty and helps in a murder investigation, and ending with revealed hidden agenda. I admit that his parts were my favorite, as I find dragon-shifters fascinating.
Bailey was no slouch either. She developed skills with new weaponry, learned to build tolerance to dragons, so she won't attack Aidan and his clansmen on sight and completed an intricate task of bartering with a sorcerer to find kidnapped children.
Both Aidan and Bailey are strong characters with memorable and likeable cast of supporting characters whom I can easily imagine developing their on stories in future books. Definitely, Donar, Conrad and Fibi (sorry if the spelling is wrong as it was on audio) deserve their own books as their characters strongly shine through the narrative.
It was a solid, steady, enjoyable urban fantasy which continues to expand its world-building with each new book. Recommended.