Dragon Fire

Dragon Fire

by Dina von Lowenkraft

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BN ID: 2940148693581
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Publication date: 08/05/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Born in the US, Dina von Lowenkraft has lived on 4 continents, worked as a graphic artist for television and as a consultant in the fashion industry. Somewhere between New York and Paris she picked up an MBA and a black belt � and still thinks the two are connected. Dina is currently the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Belgium, where she lives with her husband, two children and two horses.

Dina loves to create intricate worlds filled with conflict and passion. She builds her own myths while exploring issues of belonging, racism and the search for truth... after all, how can you find true love if you don�t know who you are and what you believe in? Dina�s key to developing characters is to figure out what they would be willing to die for. And then pushing them to that limit.

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Dragon Fire 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ClaireTaylor More than 1 year ago
The cover art, story and concept all drew me in from the start, and I was really looking forward to getting engrossed in the world of dragons for a change. I found the beginning a little confusing, as the story jumps from one group to another and there are so many characters (many with ‘dragon’ and ‘human’ names) to remember but once I got used to the writing style this became second nature and my imagination soon took over, picturing it all as the story unfolded. It’s a very complex, magically descriptive read that needs full attention, and I’m sure there are things that I missed given the detailed nature of the story, but it is definitely one to read. It did take me a little while to get lost in the story (fantasy and dragons aren’t my normal reading material), but once I did I was happily turning page after page to see how things were going to work out. I enjoyed how it ended, but there is so much more to come from this story and I can’t wait to read what comes next. I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
craftymama More than 1 year ago
Wow, this is an amazing book! Dragon Fire is s fast, intense read that will leave you longing for more. In an effort to avenge their family, dragons Rakan and Dvara set off to find a dragon said to be hiding in the form of a human girl, June. What they found, however, was something no one could ever suspect. Rakan falls in love with Anna, June's best friend, and must choose between what his heart knows is right and what his family believes is best. In this heart-wrenching, action packed tale, you will be rapidly turning pages trying to unfold all the secrets of this dragon race, and those who have crossed paths with them. You won't be able to put this book down! You will meet those thought to be ancient legends, and second-guessing the identity and motives of all those you meet. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy or the paranormal genre. You will not be disappointed!
VonnieR More than 1 year ago
I was drawn into this book by the cover and its premise. I was allured by the idea of shape-shifting dragons. I wanted to know how these fantasy like creatures played a role in our present world. As I began to read this book, I realized that it was an interesting challenge. The story itself was intriguing but it was very confusing. The reader was immediately thrust into this world without knowing what the terminology was or what was going on. I felt like I missed a whole book because I thrust into the middle of a story. What frustrated me was that things were slowly explained but further on with the book. I kept getting confused with the unknown words, the multiple names of the characters (a dragon's name was different from its human name), and what was going on. I had to read a few chapters over just to get the gist. However, what I did understand was quite amazing. There was great detail on the characters and the situations. I could vividly imagine the strife between the dragons and I just loved how they were able to morph between their human forms. I came to learn a few things as well: how it took place in Tromson, Norway, and how the characters were into handball. Tromson was an actual place where the sun didn't shine but a few times a year. This immediately set the tone of the story on how dark the world was for the characters. Then there was handball. I didn't realize that it was a whole competition game and it didn't involve a wall. I had to look it up to see what the author was talking about and I found this game to be extremely fun. This kind of competition game helped me understand the characters more. Talking about characters, I found them to be well written. Anna was a strong girl, Rakan was a caring and loyal dragon/human, and Dvara was feisty. Unfortunately, as well as these characters were written, I didn't find myself connecting to any of them. The closest one I came to care about was Dvara. I found this to be quite strange on my part. To sum up, this was an alluring story but was quite challenging for me. I was confused the majority of the time and I didn't feel connected to the characters. I felt frustrated towards the end of the book. However, I did enjoy reading about the unique take on shape-shifters and I quite enjoyed learning about actual things such as Tromson and handball.
AmandaP2012 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. There was not enough of it! I wanted more. I want more. I really look forward to reading a second one. I hope this turns into a long series.  The characters are wonderfully written. The world that the dragons come from is well developed with a good history. The story is engaging and really held my interest. I could not put this book down. Well, my phone on which I was reading it, anyway. I feel that there is a lot more to learn about Anna and her father. I want to know what happened. This book only skimmed over it and I am sure it is going to come up again in the next book. I can't wait to see how Anna and Rakan's relationship progresses. The chemistry between these two is practically touchable.  I am trying so hard not to just start talking about the book as though everyone has already read it. I don't want to give anything big away about it. Gosh I would love to see this turned into a movie. I can visualize it all so well from the author's descriptions that I almost feel like I was watching it instead of reading it. I totally recommend this book to anyone that loves fantasy stories, paranormal type romances, urban fantasy, or just a really good story. This is a fantastic YA book, as there are no really explicit scenes that would make me uncomfortable if my teen read it. It even shows teens being responsible with intimacy and being very controlled about their physical needs. Disclosure: I received a free book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to leave a positive review.
srfeike More than 1 year ago
Drawn to this book by the promise of dragon shifters, I was delighted when the story was as unique and interesting as the description suggested. Dragon shifters Rakan and Dvara are sent to hunt down and kill a rival dragon to get vengeance for their family. Things become complicated when feelings get in the way, and Rakan becomes torn between his family and his heart. The author was able to provide us with a complex story with complex characters. Anna was an interesting character. She seemed very innocent but had this otherness about her that made her notice things more than she should have. It made her question everyone and everything, and it was fun to watch her learn all about the world around her. Rakan was a realistic character in that his inner struggles were written well. He understood he had to honor his family but his heart led him in another direction completely. Of all of story's characters, Dvara actually interested me the most because I never quite knew where she stood. She added a lot of mystery to the story. While there were many layers to this story and great world building, for me the beginning of the book was a bit confusing. We were thrown right into the story with story-specific wording that was not explained, triggers for example, and I felt a bit lost for a while. Things did eventually come together for a coherent and complete story, but it would have been nice to have a bit more description or explanation of these things in the beginning so we had it right from the start. Also worth mentioning is the absolutely beautiful cover for this book. It is definitely eye-catching. Overall this was an entertaining story with a unique premise. I look forward to more from this author.
Lisa-Dixon More than 1 year ago
Magic. Dragons. Unexpected romance. FIVE STARS!!!!! I just finished reading Dragon Fire by Dina Von Lowenkraft and I recommend this book to EVERYONE! I loved the magical world she created for her dragons! And I never thought of traveling to Norway until now:) Rakan and Anna were my favorite characters. Their budding romance sizzled with unexpected innocence. I can't wait to read what Dina writes next... perhaps Dragon Fire 2? I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
ErinMT More than 1 year ago
I have to start by saying this is one of the most intense books I’ve read in quite some time.  But it was such a GOOD intense!  The worlds and characters and intricacies of the relationships throughout the book were incredibly creative and detailed. My only reason for giving the book 4 instead of 5 stars is because of the beginning of the book.  The reader is instantly put into this world with names, places, beliefs, and phrases that are very important to the story, but a bit hard to wrap your mind around in the beginning.  Almost like there is a prequel that I missed.  However, DO NOT let that keep you from reading this book! It may take a bit (and some may figure much of it out much faster than me), it does eventually become more and more clear, and you find just how important all of it is to the story. Of course, my most favorite characters were Rakan and Anna, the main characters.  But I especially loved how well translated the complication of their relationship was, since he was a Dragon falling in love with a human, and so desperately needed to be with her, without scaring her away or hurting her.  I adored him, and every choice he made increased how much I adored him.   All of their friends, family, and extended family were very well placed, and easy to like as well.  I was very surprised with how detailed this book was, and to find out only when I got to the last page, that it was only the beginning of the story.  And it is clear that this story is just going to keep getting better.  I can’t wait to find out what happens next! This Review is copyrighted. Please do not share without giving Paranormal Reads/Erin full credit.
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Debut young adult author, Dina von Lowenkraft entertains in Dragon Fire, a thrilling fantasy filled with mystery and suspense. Setting this story north of the Arctic Circle in Norway allows the author to build a unique world where humans, dragons, and Elythia are the norm. Along with his half-sister Dvara, Rakan, a dragon, set off to the Arctic Circle, sent by their mother, Yarlung, to find and kill Jing Mei (aka June), another dragon. At the beginning of their quest, Rakan meets Anna and realizes that he is attracted to her, which surprises him because relationships between dragons and humans are not permitted. Anna further astonishes Rakan with her ability to feel the dragon energy naturally emanating from him. Being manipulated by Yarlung to seduce Anna to learn from her memories, Rakan is a conflicted character, especially since he refuses to violate Anna in this way. His constant struggles to remain honorable while following the Dragon Code make Rakan a believable character. Anna’s openness to different creatures makes her a perfect companion for Rakan. Their chemistry sizzles as they learn about each other and figure out what is actually going on. Dina von Lowenkraft develops intriguing secondary characters along with multiple plot lines that keep the reader fully immersed in this fresh new world. Yarlung bends others to her will, making her a character that you love to hate. And Dvara has her own issues to contend with because Yarlung is forcing her to mate with a dragon she does not love. Also, Anna’s best friend, June, and her Elythian boyfriend, Erling, are a compelling couple that I’m look forward to reading more about. With an addictive plot, stunning action, an original world, and amazing characters, Dragon Fire will keep readers of all ages, especially teenagers, hanging on every word. I received an eBook copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.