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Posted September 3, 2013
Title: 1303 The Dragonslayer (The 13th Floor book 3)
Author: Christine Rains
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Tags: Paranormal Romance, Short Novel / Novella, Dragons
Xanthus "Xan" Ehrensvard, the last in a long line of dragonslayers, missed his target, Governor Randall Whittaker, presidential candidate and an ancient dragon. Xan has not missed a shot since he was a mere boy. Worse yet the old dragon has seen him. Breaking down he rifle and leaving he goes down the elevator to the garage. Time is of the essence, the loop on the security camera will not last forever. The elevator stops short of the garage and a light flashes in his eyes. He reaches out to grab the camera phone. Lois King, a reporter covering the Governor's charity gala, tries retrieve her phone. After deleting the picture Lois takes another, then realizes he is the assassin trying to kill Whittaker.
With no time to waste Xan knocks her out and takes her back to her apartment, ties her up and then cleans up some of the trash in her apartment. When she awakens he tries to convince her of what Whittaker really was and that the dragon has killed many over the years. Lois thinks he is crazy until her door is knocked down and two men rush in and as one attacks Xan the other comes to her and tries to strangle her! Xan stabs them and Lois sees that their blood is black not red. Then Xan shows her their IDs and they state they are Indiana state police, from the Governor's own protection team.
Still believing that Xan is crazy, but accepting the things in her apartment living room were not human she is still not convinced there are dragons are real much less that the most popular candidate is a dragon Lois agrees to go with Xan so he can show her something to convince her and keep her safe. With Whittaker and his dragonkin on their tail Xan, Lois and her ferret hit the road to find the proof she wants and for Xan to plan his next, hopefully successful attack on Whittaker. Can Xan get Whittaker get them? "1303: Dragonslayer" is book 3 in Christine Rains 13th floor series. A delightful and fast moving series the draws you into the hidden world of creatures that live among us. Take care before you get your neighbor mad at you next time. He could be a dragon, a demon or even death himself.
Posted April 24, 2013
The Dragonslayer (13th Floor) by Christine Rains
The Dragonslayer is the third novella in the series The 13th Floor.
This series is turning out to be a highly imaginative entertaining set of stories that are woven together by a skilled author. The reader is pulled in from the very beginning with the sentence “Xan missed the shot,” and then Ms. Rains sets the stage. We meet our two main characters and get to know both through Lois King’s snarky dialogue. She is smart, confident, and sassy. Poor Xan never had a chance to resist her and when she packed up her pet ferret to take Xan’s place I nearly fell out of bed laughing. I loved Lois, everything about her made me smile.
Ms. Rains worldbuilding around her dragons was a cunning statement of today’s society. “They evolved with human society, taking on mortal forms, and slithered their way into positions of great influence and power.” Governor Whittaker was the perfect villain who had aspirations to be President some day. Dragonslayers were no longer celebrated heroes but outlaws having to stay in the shadows. The action was fast paced and the battles were dramatic. The only thing missing from the action was Xan’s battle lance, it was hanging on the wall in his spotless bedroom, having been replaced by modern weapons. I enjoyed the way the relationship developed between Xan and Lois, she really tried his patience and was a huge distraction to his dragon slaying as he began to recognize the warrior in her. I think this is my favorite story in the series so far, I can’t wait to see what comes next.
This is a sweet romance, nothing offensive but there were three F-bombs dropped. I found no significant errors or issues.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** April 19, 2013