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Smoke and Fire

Dark Kings, Book 9
Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
Series: Dark Kings, Book 9
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (369 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A dragon shape-shifter and a computer mastermind, Ryder is sent to guard Glasgow after a devastating Dark attack. But when memories of an explosive affair come back to him - in the flesh - Ryder cannot help but want to protect the woman who haunts his dreams. Even if means shifting into the dragon he was never supposed to reveal....

Kinsey could never get enough of Ryder. His every touch only left her wanting more. But now that she's seen him in his true form, Kinsey's world is rocked to the core. She knows that to stay - and feel - alive, she must be with Ryder. But is Kinsey's passion worth the risk of danger that comes with being a part of Ryder's dark and fierce world?

©2016 Donna Grant (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 03-09-17

Just ok..

SMOKE AND FIRE Part 1

After three years of not seeing one another someone sends Kinsey to Dreagan, unbeknownst to her her ex-lover Ryder is there. Ryder left her when she saw him shift into his dragon form and ran from him screaming like a banshee. Anyway, together they try to figure out who wanted Kinsey at Dreagan with Ryder and why.

Of course, you have to have a couple of murdering bad guys so Taraeth, king of the dark fae, and Mikkel, the killer uncle of Ulrik. Balladyn was here too but you never know if he’s decent or evil.
AND Rhi was there, too. I really, really like Rhi and I can’t wait to find out who her dragon king was. And I’d like to know why death’s minion, Daire, is following Rhi, invisibly.

No sex in in this part be the F-bomb was used 5 times.

SMOKE AND FIRE Part 2

The second book was spent with Ryder being love-sick and Kinsey being stubborn and acting like she was done with Ryder, while always thinking how much she wants and loves him. A little too much angst for me in part 1 & 2. I wasn’t going to judge to harshly until I read the other two parts, though. A lot of searching for any sign of Ulrik on their computers, only to find him right under their noses. AND still thoughts on Balladyn’s part of killing Taraeth so Balladyn could become king of the dark fae. Seems like he’s been thinking that for the past 2 or 3 books. He needs to kill, or be killed, and stop thinking about it. And I’m still not sure how I feel about Balladyn capturing Rhi and torturing her forever and she forgives him and has sex with him in this book? Yeah, I have a hard time with that.

And Con is still having a hard time believing Kinsey didn’t make up some reason for her to be there and that she’s really there to spy on the dragons and get proof that there really are dragons at Dreagan.

No sex in this part and the F-bomb was not used.

SMOKE AND FIRE Part 3

So, this will never be one of my Dragon King books. I got so tired of Kinsey saying, “He left me,” and her constant pity party; how he broke her heart, how afraid she was about giving him another chance, but having sex with him anyway. I had a hard time liking Kinsey. The best thing about this part was the time dedicated to Rhi and her “watcher.”

SMOKE AND FIRE Part 4

I wish I had just read this part first since it was the only one that was really any good: The “evidence” that Kinsey was at Dreagan to spy on them, Ryder dreading the fact that he was going to have to kill Kinsey, her in an almost catatonic state while she walked through the mansion, naked, and kicking the dragon asses, to get to Esther to kill her, to getting lost in her own mind, caused by a druid’s magic. Just all kinds of excitement in this final part. Best part in the series.

There was a couple of sex scenes and the F-bomb was used 1 time.

As to the narrator: No matter how hard I try Antony Ferguson will never be a favorite of mine. There just something wrong with his voice. None of his voices are “verra” good, male or female. And he has a difficult whispering when he really, really needs to.

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Rhi'ly?

I'm struggling with the fact this many books in the narrator, of his own accord or not, has changed the pronunciation of Rhi's name from a long i sound to a long e sound. I'm not far enough to rate the rest of the book but this is driving me a little nuts.

I get Ryder plays heavily in this book but I think we're all astute enough to keep it straight without the switch up in the audio presentation.

I hope it switches back soon.

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Smoke and Fire

Loved this book it is just so full of twists and turns that you will not be able to put it down

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RHI

It just erks me that after several narrations Rhi's name has turned from a short i to long i. It wouldnt of bothered me so much except it seem her name is said excessively. Its very hard to ignore.
Ryder's story did not interest me as it should since technically hes was the first King to fall in love. The heroine's over the top ( I want him, I cant want him) turmoil drove me a little bonkers. It was easy to understand that just a little more explainations could of fixed it all. It was dragged out and I was disappointed cause I love this series.

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Fair story

I have read or rather listened to a few of things. I find the narration of the female voices to be painful to listen to. Maybe even more so in this one because I was sick of this woman whining. The story was pretty predictable too. This was so far the weakest of these stories. Hopefully the next one will be better. Honestly these could be short stories without the redundancy’s and overt whining.

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  • Cathie
  • Linton, IN, United States
  • 10-16-18

Enjoying this series

Narration—ok, but I wanted to smack him. He pronounced “Rye” through all the other books and “Ree” this time, bout drove me nuts. I know how Fleetwood Mac pronounce it. Lol

Story was good. I’ve noticed I enjoy the back story more than the main character story. Lol

I have found very few times that I wasn’t fond of the lead female. Well KB was on my smack the sh$& outta her list. Boo hoo he didn’t tell you he was a dragon. Give me a break, even Batman didn’t tell everyone everything.

And....I’m freakin sick of Ry and her dragon lover. Get over it. Gah!! Tell me if I have guessed already.

Excellent series!!! Will listen to again in the future. Now....on with the story.

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Ree?

I loved everything as usual but what's with this Ree Ree business?!? Rei was better!!

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Story line was good. BUT! The change of rhi's name

Story line was good. BUT! The change to Rhi's name to Rheee killed it for me i could not get over it made this story less interesting to me.

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Narrator should know how to pronounce the characters names

Overall it was a good book in the series. The narrator in this series didn’t take the time to pronounce the characters names correctly he could’ve just listened to a previous book and the pronunciation is correct overall disappointed

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  • Jodie
  • Laurel, IN, United States
  • 02-24-18

It’s Rhiiiii, not Rheee

What made the experience of listening to Smoke and Fire the most enjoyable?

The story is fine....predictable but fine. The narration was also fine. But why did Ferguson change the pronunciation of Rhys name? He has narrated the 8 books before this one...HE introduced us to Rhy. Even if someone came along and said ‘Hey, actually it’s pronounced differently’....it’s too late! You’re 9 books into the series....you cannot change it now. So, of course, that distracted me from the story a bit.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rhy is always my favorite.

Any additional comments?

As much as I have enjoyed the series, I do hope we get to the end soon. Or at least move the story further by answering some of the long drawn out questions. Who is Rhys’ King? Why did he leave her? What is the weapon? Etc.