The Ice Dragon

The Ice Dragon

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by Bianca D'Arc
     
 

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She is the kingdom's only hope... and the king's one chance at love.

Dragon Knights, Book 3

When a royal black dragon falls under enemy fire, only the wild Northern Ice Dragon and his unlikely female rider can save him. Half wild, like the baby Ice Dragon she calls friend, Lana is a rare and powerful dragon healer. She saves the life of the royal black, only to

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She is the kingdom's only hope... and the king's one chance at love.

Dragon Knights, Book 3

When a royal black dragon falls under enemy fire, only the wild Northern Ice Dragon and his unlikely female rider can save him. Half wild, like the baby Ice Dragon she calls friend, Lana is a rare and powerful dragon healer. She saves the life of the royal black, only to learn this most sacred of dragons is half-man, able to shift from one form to the other at will.

Roland is king of all dragons and humans in his land, but he's far from home, mortally wounded, and his only refuge is the incredible woman who has saved his life and her young wild dragon friend. Lana is the purest form of magic to him, heaven to his senses in both dragon and human form. He knows almost from the first moment that he wants her for his very own.

But a warlord plots in the north, seeking to kill the dragons, who protect the northern border, and overrun Roland's peaceful kingdom. Lana and her incredibly skilled Ice Dragon friend are the only ray of hope for the knights and fighting dragons of the Northern Lair. Just as Lana is the only love Roland will ever know. He can reunite her with her lost family, but can he win her heart and make her his queen?

Warning: This book may feature an Ice Dragon, but the hero is smoking hot in either of his forms. We recommend keeping a fan handy in case you experience a sudden need to cool down.

Editorial Reviews

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“Okay, I have to say it; no one does dragons like Bianca D’Arc. With the third in the Dragon Knights series, she continues to awe me with her characters and her fertile imagination.”
—Fallen Angels Reviews on The Ice Dragon

“I thought this story was wonderfully different and had a lot going for it. I always like a strong heroine who gets to rescue the hero, and the fact that there was non-stop action throughout.”
—The Romance Studio on The Ice Dragon

“Once again, in The Ice Dragon, Bianca D’Arc produces a lovely story of dragon shifters and their human companions. Her world-building is very detailed and complex, with nary a thread left to unravel.”
—TwoLips Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599982878
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Series:
Dragon Knights - Daughters of the Dragon Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

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The Ice Dragon


By Bianca D'Arc

Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Copyright © 2006 Bianca D'Arc
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59998-287-8


Chapter One

Are you all right?

Tor's young voice sounded through Lana's mind though she knew he addressed the black dragon, panting on the ground. She jumped off Tor's back and went to Roland, her hands outstretched to stop the new flow of blood from the wound in his side.

I will be. I just need to rest.

Can't stay here, though. It's too cold up here for Lana.

Between the two of us, we will keep her warm enough for tonight. This is the safest place for us right now. There's no way Salomar's men can climb up here after us.

Tor seemed to consider. You're right! You're smart, Roland.

The black dragon chuckled while Lana worked on his wound. She was tiring fast, giving him a great deal of her energy, but he really needed her help.

"It's not as bad as I'd feared. You need to rest though, and this place is a good one. I'll make do with the furs."

If you can drag that dead wood over here, I'll start a fire for you. They won't see it way up here and even if they do, there's nothing they can do about it.

Lana smiled and made a dash for a good-sized fallen pine log, but it was too heavy for her. Tor saved her the work by plucking it up in one talon and dropping it neatly in front of the black dragon. She scooted out of the line of fire, and within moments, Roland gave her a roaring fire that would last a few hours at least. Taking the few furs she'd managed to grab with her travel pack from Tor's back, she made a bed of sorts for herself.

Come here, Roland told her quietly, closer to me. I'll keep you warm.

Lana shook her head and laughed. "No, thanks. Tor has nearly squashed me too many times for me to sleep near a dragon ever again."

I promise I won't move a muscle. I'm fully grown, Lana. I do have some control over myself, contrary to when I was Tor's age. He'll learn to settle down as soon as his bones stop aching from the growth spurts.

"So that's why ..."

When dragons are his age, they are growing fast, particularly while asleep. The bones ache slightly as they expand and movement is the only way to relieve it. He doesn't even know he's doing it. It's instinctive.

"There's so much I don't know about dragons."

You've done very well with him for a novice, Lana. Your love has guided him. That's the most important thing. He has a kind heart, even after all he's been through.

Lana couldn't respond around the lump in her throat. She moved her furs closer to the black dragon and jumped slightly when he raised his good wing over her head. It was starting to snow lightly.

Under here, Lana. I promise I won't hurt you and you'll be warm and safe while you sleep.

Lana was skeptical, but it really was freezing at this altitude. She could barely feel her feet as it was. Snuggling into the furs, she allowed Roland to wrap his good wing around her, tucking her into his side. He was right. It was toasty warm next to his hot body and the snow sizzled into steam as it touched the wing over her head. She looked out on the snowy sky, the small fire burning steadily in front of her and realized in that quiet moment, she was comfortable and completely warm for the first time in years.

"You're a good dragon, Roland. Thank you. After I sleep a bit, I'll try another treatment on your side. I'm too tired now."

That's fine, little one. Sleep now. We'll worry about everything else in the morning.

Roland dozed, careful of the woman at his side. She felt right, cuddled next to him. She unconsciously stroked his flank with her face and hair as she moved slightly, her hands coming to rest in the ticklish spot just where his wing met his body, but he didn't move. He liked the feel of her small, gentle hands on him. Perhaps too much.

He became aware of warmth seeping from her into him that should not be. Taking quick stock, he realized she was reaching out to him with her healing ability, even in sleep.

Lana, sweetling, wake up. You have to stop trying to heal me. I don't want you wearing yourself out on my account. It could be dangerous.

"What?" Her voice was drowsy, still half-asleep as her hands subtly stroked him.

Pull your power back, little one. Do not expend your healing energy like this.

"But I'm not doing anything."

You are. I feel it, Lana.

"No." She faced him, coming out from under the shelter of his wing to meet his gaze. "I feel no power drain."

But I feel your heat. The heat of your healing power.

"That can't be."

Roland remembered then, a legend of his family. It didn't seem possible that this little, unexpected woman could hold the powers his family had thought lost for generations, but then, stranger things had happened since he'd flown north. This would require a great deal of thought on his part and he didn't want to trouble her with the magnitude of the discovery until he was certain.

It's all right, sweetling. Go back to sleep. I must have been mistaken.

She moved back under his wing, settled back against him and was soon asleep once more. Roland watched carefully, gauging the energies flowing once more from her to him and back again. He knew then he wasn't mistaken. Relaxed and out of immediate danger, they were feeding off each other in an endless loop. Neither would suffer ill effects from this kind of innate healing, or so the legends held. This was a rarity among rarities. No pair had formed this kind of bond in centuries, but it seemed this big-hearted, self-trained healer was doing so. It was a miracle. Or perhaps, he thought with a dragonish snort, it was magic.

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

Bianca D’Arc has run a laboratory, climbed the corporate ladder in the shark-infested streets of Manhattan, studied and taught martial arts, and earned the right to put a whole bunch of letters after her name, but she’s always enjoyed writing more than any of her other pursuits. She grew up and still lives on Long Island, where she keeps busy with an extensive garden, several aquariums full of very demanding fish, and writing her favorite genres of paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance. Visit her at biancadarc.com.

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Ice Dragon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The remarkably clumsy use of adjectives just about drove me nuts, and they were so often very inappropriate in context. The "breathtaking black dragon," "beauteous young woman," etc, over and over. Yeah, we get it, this is a romance, where all the participants are infinitely desirable. We get it; don't beat us to death with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is a must! The plot is entirely unique and thorougly entertaining! Mix with dragons, danger and a boiling hot love: you have this. This is the only monogmous dragon story of author's keep in mind. The other dragon shifters are polygmous. Romance: 9/10 Steaminess: 10/10 Storyline: 7.5/10 Characters: 7/10
sassybees More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book - enjoyed it very much. Am trying to read all of the author's books on dragons - they are so entertaining.
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I have read all her dragon books now. What a different type of book on dragons.I bought one then went on to get the rest.kinda steamy! If you dont like that part skip ahead . You will find thebooks well worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and this series! I look forward to reading more!
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This book had alot more story than book 2. Was good and would recommend to buy.
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WHiggins More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and I wasn’t sure if I would like it being I’m not a big fan of dragons. Well this book changed my mind. I thought the flow was good, the characters worked well and the storyline pulled you in. I will be following this author with this series and others she writes.
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