War makes strange bedfellows.
I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.
Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…
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people looking to start a dragon story, this is a great series
I was a latecomer to G.A. Aiken’s Dragon Kin series, and while I’ve accumulated (ok – hoarded) the earlier titles in the series, I’ve only read one prior to Feel The Burn. Meant to be read in order, I did some digging and asking friends who had read from the beginning to fill in the few gaps that I needed, but those were reasonably few. And this title just brought forward the elements that I adore in these stories: arrogant, spoilt and snarky dragons, human love interests that give as good as they get and the sense of fun that just leaps from the pages.
Gaius is a King, and quite long-winded. That just makes his rants and whinges all the more amusing for me: like one giant two year old who covets ALL the toys As a rebel King, he has allies and foes alike, but doesn’t shirk from the next fight, and is wholly involved in the plots and plans. There are moments his over-the-top arrogance drove me nuts, but it so fits him, and this series, that it is a momentary niggle.
On the other hand, Katchka, daughter of the Steppes is that sort of uber feminazi that just seems to have an attitude about ALL things male, whether or not, as she claims, women can do everything a man can. I’m not a huge fan of the strong and oft-repeated rhetoric from her and her kin, but the relationship between she and Gaius is actually quite amusing. Secondary to the action and plotting, the story moves forward quickly, and it goes without saying that there were twists and turns galore. As I’m not wholly familiar with each earlier element, the surprise factor for me was never ending, and most of those twists felt as if they made sense and added to the story.
A large cast, frequent POV changes, moments that alternate between funny, silly and logical and this story fits right into the mix. I will say that my plan is to dive into this series from the start to get a real ‘feel’ for everything, I just know that would have improved this reading experience for me. I would think that fans of the series will love this book, and for people looking to start a dragon story, this is a great series – start from the beginning and just escape into the world and the humor that Aiken develops so well.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Feel the burn
Love the riders. They are great.
I was literally laughing out loud as I read this book! Aiken has mnaged once again to create lovable characters, a story of wild intrigue and suspence sprinkled well with humor.
I have read every one of her books in this series but this bok especially can be read as a stand-alone. I thikn her books get funnier as the series goes on. The only problem is the long wait between books. Can’t wait for the next installment!