Passion burns hot in Dragonfire, the next Dark Kings novel from New York Times bestseller Donna Grant.
It was a soul-deep longing, one that got into his bones and settled there, sending whispers of desire through him. The need, the hunger, grew tenfold with every breath. . . .
As a Dragon King, Roman is sworn to protect all mortalseven though they no longer believe in dragons. But deep in the Carpathian Mountains, he discovers a beautiful and mysterious gypsy who possesses the power to see into his very soul. To reignite the fire in his heart. And to help him find the long-lost sword that could save the dragons forever…
Sabina remembers the stories her grandmother told her. Legends of dragons and kings, fire and ice. And she’s never forgotten the dark prophecy that filled her ancestors with feara fate they tried to prevent by stealing a Dragon King’s sword. Sabina knows that helping Roman is dangerous. He is a dragon betrayed, and more powerful than any man. He could destroy her in a single fiery embrace. But how can she resist the longing in his eyesor the feelings in her heartwhen their destinies are bound by desire?
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The sun blazed fiercely as it crested the mountains and poured its light into the valley and straight into Roman's workshop.
He paused and closed his eyes as he soaked up the rays. In his mind, he was flying high in the sky, his wings slicing through clouds as the warmth of the sun wrapped around his body.
Roman allowed himself just a few more minutes of the memory before he opened his eyes and took a deep breath. Then his gaze returned to the two-foot-tall metal dragon he'd made. He ran his hands over the silver scales. It was to be a gift for Ulrik.
Now that the King of Silvers had returned to Dreagan where he belonged, it was time the Dragon Kings got down to business. First up was V. His friend had suffered long enough.
Roman placed the sculpture in a box filled with tissue paper and closed the lid before taking it and striding toward the manor. On his way to the great house, Roman saw V standing outside, his gaze directed eastward.
Roman placed the gift outside of Ulrik and Eilish's room before he made his way to V. They stood side by side for several quiet moments, each lost in thought.
While every Dragon King had suffered in some way, the betrayal V bore hit Roman hard. None knew why someone had taken V's sword and hidden it. Sadly, they hadn't had much time to search for it after the theft because they were at war with the humans and then they sent the dragons away.
After that, each of the Kings found their mountains and slept away centuries. They woke in turns, but Roman knew Constantine, the King of Dragon Kings, had always kept a lookout for any weapon that even came close to matching the description of V's sword. Many of those were in the armory because Con sent the Dragon Kings to retrieve the weapons — either by buying, bargaining, or stealing — to see if any were V's.
All the while, V remained asleep in his mountain on Dreagan. The few times V woke, his need to search for his weapon overruled everything else. And the outcome was always disastrous for mortals. Which was why Con made sure that V remained asleep.
Until there was no choice but to wake all the Kings to fight a foe bent on revealing them to the humans.
"You doona have to do this," V stated without looking at him.
Roman shook his head. "Same old V."
Piercing blue eyes swung to him. V's gaze narrowed. "What's that supposed to mean?"
"It means that you still doona understand. All these thousands of eons, and you still believe that you have to do this on your own."
"It's my sword."
Roman glanced at the ground and tried again. "Aye, old friend. It was your weapon that was taken, but how many times have you gone searching alone?"
A muscle ticked in V's jaw.
"How many of those times resulted in catastrophic events?" "I didna set the fire in Rome," V argued.
Roman held up his hands. "No one said you did."
"Nor did I cause the Black Plague. Or —"
"None of it happened until after you woke and went looking for your sword," Roman interrupted. "I'm no' blaming you. I'm simply stating facts."
V stared at him for a long moment. "I lost my sword. I should be the one to find it."
"I agree, but there's no harm in having help."
"You control metal, Roman. It's Kellan who can find it. If any King can help, it would be Kellan."
Roman cocked a brow. "I'll try no' to be offended."
V ran a hand down his face. "That wasna my intention."
"You've spent most of our countless centuries asleep. You've no' interacted with the humans. Or anyone, for that matter."
"So you doona trust me alone?"
"We all want you to find your sword. It's time. And I'm going to make sure that happens."
V looked off into the distance once more. "I can no' remember where I lost it."
"That doesna matter. It's probably long gone from there anyway."
His head jerked to Roman. "You know where I lost it."
Roman held his gaze for a long moment, hesitating just a heartbeat before nodding. "Aye."
"Do the others?"
Fuck. This was so not how Roman wanted this conversation to go. V was unpredictable without his sword, and each time he had gone searching for it, horrible things happened to everyone around him.
"Roman," V growled dangerously.
"After the last time you woke from the dragon sleep, I went looking."
V's eyes blazed with fury as he faced him. "You've known."
"I told Con the next time you woke, that I was going to help you. We would've left sooner if no' for the whole Mikkel issue. I know you're angry, and I'm sorry for that. But let me help."
"I can no' remember anything of that day. I had my sword, then I woke and I didna. Only because I refuse to go any longer without it will I accept your help."
"Good. No' that you could've stopped me from going," Roman said with a grin. "I'll let Lily know so she can get the helicopter ready."
V let out a loud snort. "Nay. We're going ourselves."
Roman opened his mouth to argue the danger, but no words came out.
One side of V's mouth lifted in a smile. "I didna think you'd mind. I've already asked Arian for some help."
Roman looked up at the clear, blue sky but dark clouds were fast approaching Dreagan from off in the distance. "Con's no' going to be happy."
"No human will see us," V stated. "Arian will make sure of that."
After a brief period where no dragon was allowed to fly around the sixty thousand acres of Dreagan, Con had finally lifted the ban. The magic barrier around Dreagan kept most mortals away, and anytime someone crossed it, the Kings were immediately alerted.
Years of being private had been shattered in one night when the Dark Fae released a video showing the Dragon Kings in battle, shifting in and out of dragon form while battling the Dark. Now, everyone wanted to know if real dragons existed on Dreagan.
A part of Roman wanted the humans to know the truth. Though there was little doubt that history would repeat itself and there would be another war between humans and dragons. Except this time, the Kings wouldn't turn the other cheek. If there were another war, the outcome wouldn't be the Dragon Kings hiding in their mountains for centuries.
A whistle above them had Roman and V turning toward the manor to see Arian leaning out the window of his chamber with his mate, Grace, by his side.
"Well?" Arian asked.
V gave a nod. But Roman watched as Arian's champagne-colored gaze shifted to him. After a brief hesitation, Roman also gave a nod.
"Where are you two headed?" Arian asked.
V swiveled his head to Roman and waited.
Roman looked at the sky, already itching to shift and spread his wings to fly. "Romania."
His advanced hearing caught the sound of Grace's gasp, but he paid no attention. Arian would fill her in on all the details.
"We own homes in every major city around the world," Roman told V. "There's one in Bucharest, but we also have another in Timisoara, which is nearer the mountains."
"Of course you do," V said with a shake of his head while wearing a smile. "And I suppose there is a closet full of clothes for each of us."
Roman grinned. "Con doesna do anything halfway."
"He has always looked out for us, thinking of details few of us ever would."
The clouds were nearly upon them, rolling into each other and growing darker by the second. Excitement rushed through Roman. He wanted to fly, yes, but it was more than that. Almost as if he awaited something.
Or something awaited him.
With every second the clouds took to reach them, Roman's skin grew tighter. He yearned to be in his true form, to inhale and feel the fire rumbling in his chest.
To soar into the sky until the ground below was nothing more than a speck.
"And I thought I was the one with secrets."
V's words caused Roman to look his way. But he didn't deny anything. What good would it do?
With a sad smile, V nodded and took off his black boots. Roman waited for him to remove the rest of his clothes, but V casually set the boots aside away from him.
Roman raised a brow. "Just the boots?"
"I like them. Shara bought them for me," V explained.
Roman hid his smile. Shara was not only a Light Fae, but also mated to Kiril. She'd been one of the first mates to approach V, and she did it with the designer boots.
"What about you?" V asked.
Roman looked down at his clothes. He shrugged and quickly removed them. Unlike V, he tossed his boots toward the manor before wadding up his jeans and shirt and lobbing them near his shoes.
V rolled his eyes with an irritated shake of his head. "You couldna fold them?"
"Why?" Roman asked as a crack of thunder pierced the air.
Roman shot V a smile before he shifted and immediately launched himself into the air. The moment his wings spread and he caught a current, he drew in an easy breath. This was where he was meant to be, not stuck on the ground in a form not his own.
Shifting had made it easy to talk to the humans when they arrived, but he would always prefer being in dragon form. Everything felt ... right.
The air smelled sweeter. He could feel the electricity from the lightning crackling in the atmosphere. And the rain ... ah, the scent was divine. He loved how the drops hit his scales and rolled down his body toward his tail.
He glanced down as V came alongside him and spotted Con standing at the backside of Dreagan Mountain.
"Well," V said via the mental link all dragons shared. "He's no' yelling at us."
Roman studied Constantine for a long minute. "He's different now that Ulrik is back."
"Ulrik is where he was always meant to be," V said. "Everyone knew that. Even Con."
Roman flew higher into the clouds and shifted his direction southeast toward Romania. He glanced over and caught the sight of copper scales meandering through the clouds.
They might be on an important mission, but V was enjoying himself. It was such a change from the other instances when V had woken from sleep and left his mountain. Perhaps this time would end differently than the others, as well.
Maybe this time when V returned to Dreagan, he would have his sword with him.
Roman glided upon the air currents and, for just a moment, he allowed himself to believe that the mortals had never come to the realm to settle. That at any moment, his pale blue dragons would join him.
It was a dream he only allowed himself once every few days. And, frankly, it was getting harder and harder to remember what his old life had been like.
"Perhaps you should've slept more," V said.
Roman glanced to his right to find his friend. "Meaning?"
"I see the far-off look in your gaze, but more than that, I see the misery."
"I feel like memories of our other life are fading. I can no' hold onto something I can no' remember."
"Maybe it's better if you doona," V said.
Roman's head snapped to him. "You doona think the dragons will ever return."
Roman searched his mind and realized that he didn't either. "We will be hiding for eternity."
"Give the humans long enough, and they'll destroy themselves. Look what they're doing to this planet. I give them another two hundred years."
"Before they die out?"
V chuckled. "Before they leave. They're looking for another planet. I'm ready to point them in the right direction to hasten their departure."
"No' all will leave."
V's lips peeled back to show his long teeth. "Then we help them."
Roman had to admit, he liked the idea. If only the Dragon Kings hadn't sworn to protect the mortals. On a realm filled with magic, the humans didn't fit in.
The Kings had felt sorry for them and gave them a place to live. After a couple of generations, a select few mortals were born with magic. They weren't nearly as powerful as the dragons or even the Fae, but they could still do magic.
There was a time when some humans revered the Druids, but those without magic, who wanted a taste of that kind of power, grew jealous and soured the others until the Druids finally gathered in a safe place.
Roman hadn't been to the Isle of Skye in ages, but the Druids survived there even now. Their numbers were dwindling, but they clung to the old ways and their magic.
Just as the Dragon Kings did.CHAPTER 2
Something kept pulling her gaze out the window, an unknown, inescapable force. Sabina slowly set aside the jewelry she was making and rose from the chair. A strange, puzzling feeling churned in her stomach as she made her way outside.
Standing in the sunlight, her gaze moved upward. She frowned at the dark clouds in the distance. There was something at work here, of that she was sure. She didn't know how she knew it, only that she did.
She inwardly snorted to herself. She hadn't tried to use her gift for years, nor had she felt anything that would give her any impression that it was the Sight.
So why now?
More importantly, why did she get the feeling that the storm she watched was heralding something?
A shiver raced through her. She rubbed her hands up and down her arms to warm herself, but it didn't dispel the tumultuous thoughts rushing through her head as fast as river currents.
She turned at her brother's voice and gave him a reassuring smile as he stood in the doorway of the back door. She didn't want him to know that anything was wrong. "Everything's fine."
"No," Camlo said, frowning. Wind ruffled his too-long, dark hair into his eyes. He wiped the strands away, his dark brown gaze never leaving her. "I saw your face."
She walked to her brother and tilted her head back to look up at him. He was a big man, tall and muscular, but he had the mind of a child. Yet, no kinder, sweeter individual lived on Earth than Camlo.
Sabina put her hands on his arms and pulled him down to kiss his cheek. "I was just looking at the weather."
"It turned. It wasn't supposed to." His eyes lifted to the storm.
"The weather is fickle. You know that." She raised her brows until he looked at her and reluctantly nodded. "How are the animals?"
If there was one thing she could always count on, it was Camlo's love of animals. He cared for them like a mother would her own children.
His face split into a smile as he named off each cow, sheep, chicken, duck, goose, pig, and rabbit they had, telling her if they'd slept well and how they were eating.
She didn't really want such an in-depth update, but because it mattered to him, she stood and listened to it all, nodding and asking questions. Her world revolved around Camlo. It had ever since their parents died.
While there might be some who would resent their brother for keeping them tied to the farm, that wasn't her. She didn't particularly like people, and people didn't like being around Camlo. It was a situation that suited her perfectly.
No one was there to bother her while she made the jewelry that supported them. Thank goodness so many people bought things online now. She had orders from all over the world. Since every piece was handmade, she charged extra, and customers still bought it. It kept her busy. In fact, she had nearly ten orders waiting to be filled.
The only downside was when she had to go into town to mail the packages.
Camlo, still talking, turned and wandered back to the barn. Sabina watched him for a few minutes. From the moment he came into the world, she had wanted to protect him. Camlo was a gentle soul, but many were fearful of his height.
And the men ... well, Camlo's size and mental handicap made him a target. The men of the village mercilessly teased him or tried to get him to fight.
After finding her brother beaten and bloody a few years ago, Sabina had nearly packed their belongings and gone off to find their Romani family. The only thing that kept her from doing it was that she had no idea where they were.
When her mother took her from the Romani, it was the last Sabina had seen of them. If the family ever came close to Brasov, she didn't know it.
Sabina couldn't say she'd had a bad life. Within a year of moving to the area, her mother had met and fallen in love with Petre Negru. Nine months later, Camlo was born. Petre was good to Sabina and loved her mother dearly. Perhaps it was because of the happiness in the home that Sabina had been able to adjust so easily to remaining in one place after a childhood of wandering.
Most likely, it was because the house was situated in a valley next to the mountains that offered a willful child an overabundance of places to play.
Sabina looked over at her brother. Camlo lifted a rabbit from the pen and held it in his arms, stroking the furas he began to sing to it. Sabina smiled while watching him, but in the back of her mind was always the nagging worry about the future.(Continues…)
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Outstanding serise by Grant can't wait for the next book releas. Roman and Vald set out in sreach of Vald's sword that was taken form him a thousand and thousand of year ago. They have a new enemy (the others) more information comes to light and how far they are willing to go to destory the Dragon Kings. They met Camlo and Sabina bother and siste. camlo the can camunacate
Donna Grant never Ceases to amaze me. With every new story I find myself transported into the Dragon Kings’s world. Just when I think I have something figured out, I’m shocked by a new development. I never wanna stop reading but am always sad when I get to the end. Can’t wait for the next one.
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! I think I want to collect this series in paperback!! The cover has a beautiful light blue dragon. This is the 14th book in the series. I wish I have read them all, but this is the 3rd one I’ve read. It is for adults only due to the steamy content. All of my favorite characters were in this book, and some new ones were added. Rhi and Eilish are awesome women. They are snarky and awesome. Sabina is just as awesome. There is mystery and adventure about the Others in this book that adds to the ever growing questions and what the Kings have to deal with. Sabina and Roman and put through the paces, and Sabina’s brother is sweet and has some amazing gifts. Roman and V are trying to find V’s sword, and they found some help with Sabina and her brother. As always with the Kings, there is a lot going on which keeps you engaged in their story. Sabina and Roman are going through a lot trying to get through the obstacles put in place by the Others. Donna Grant does a fabulous job to engaging you in the mystery and adventure to find V’s sword. I love that gypsies are part of the story, and they have gifts that they are using to help the Kings. She does a fantastic job with the dramatic parts where Sabina is involved. I highly recommend any of the Dark Kings books because they have adventure, shifters, romance, fae, Druids, and so much more!
On the journey to help his friend and fellow dragon king V, Roman finds a gypsy that he is finding really hard to resist. When Sabina was a little girl, her gypsy grandmother told her a story about how their ancestors stole the sword of a dragon king in order to save their people. Little did Sabina know, but that story leads her on an adventure that changes her whole life. I loved Sabina’s and Roman’s story, but it was really about half the book and not my favorite part. This, as with all of the Dragon King books, tells an overall story of the dragon kings. There is a lot of Rhi and Con in this book. I am DYING waiting for books (or hopefully it’s just 1 book) for these two characters, so I was really happy to read so much of them even though it was driving me nuts. This book also interwove characters from her Reaper series, which I absolutely loved. It also introduced new characters/problems. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Another great book from the series. A book full of mystery, unexpected events and searching for answers. Roman is helping V with finding his sword and their journey is leading them to Sabina and her brother who have a special sight. Sabina's grandmother had warned her about dragons but her gut and her brother action make her decide to help V and Roman. A journey full of unknown, finding of the past, searching for an answer, finding love and passion. Really great interesting read. Both Sabina and Roman likable characters who make reading even more interesting. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
Roman and Sabine's story will keep you on the edge of your seat, and up late into the night. Will V finally get his sword? Loved this read. More clues are coming in, and the fae/druid enemy strikes again. Donna Grant' s Dragon Kings is a must read. She has created a world of Dragons, Fae, Druids, Reapers, Humans, magic, adventure, family, friendship, loyalty and betrayal, and of course love. The vision she creates makes you want to open the door and run in.
I gave Dragonfire a 4-star rating. This was a well written 14th book in the Dark Kings series. I connected with the characters. The plotlines were well written with no lag or dropped storylines. I did wish that more explanation was given about Camlo and Sabina’s powers. And the end frustrated me. I enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait to read book 15. I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
I love all your books and can’t wait for the next one I love that there’s a new twist and turn.
I love this series. Cant wait for the next one. Her writting puts you right there with the chacters. Read the dark warriors first, as she intertwines them with dragon kings. Great books.
This story did not disappoint. Loved the way it continues from the last book. Looking forward to the next one.
Dragonfire by Donna Grant Dark Kings #14 The first book I read in this paranormal fantasy world was in the Reapers series and I have managed to read all of them except the second. I came into the Dark Kings series on book 10 and missed the book that preceded this one. I have to say that though it was an exciting action-packed thrilling read I did have times I got bogged down in wondering who some of the characters were from what seems to be a “world” I am not totally conversant with. That said, I wouldn’t mind one day starting at the beginning and reading through the books in order. In this book we hear of many characters in the realm(s) but the main focus is on finding dragon kind Vlad’s sword. Roman, another dragon king, is going along with him to search for the sword that has been missing for uncountable years and is so necessary to the dragons. While in Romania they come across Sabina and her brother who are much needed on their sword-quest. They travel, encounter magic, have problems to overcome and eventually manage to accomplish what they set out to do…although at the end of the book there are still many loose threads to be dealt with before the series can be completed. For some reason this book did not hold my attention like some in the past have. I am not sure why but think it has to do with not having read enough in this specific sub-series to keep all the characters from all the various groups 100% straight. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I like to read more in this series? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
You are sucked into the story and spellbound to keep reading till its finished then saddened because you want more! Loved it as much as the other books in this series! Donna Grant makes you see dragons and wish they were real
The books keep getting better and better cant wait for con's story
Another Fantastic Dragon King Novel! Dragon Kings V and Roman are on a quest to find V's stolen sword. Due to V's amnesia of the incident, they travel to V's territory hoping to find clues when they arrive. The duo meets Camlo and Sabina while on their search. V and Roman discover that the brother and sister, who are descendants of the clan V protected, have information relating to V's curse and his lost weapon. V and Camlo work together to uncover V's memories, while Roman and Sabina, the couple of the story, descend inside a mountain for V's sword. The path to retrieve the Dragon King sword was tense, and fast paced. At the climax of the story, I was bouncing in my seat. Roman's clever Dragon power lends to his artistic tendencies. Sabina's creativity, although different in expression than Roman's, gives the couple a common interest. Roman's dominance induces fantastic desire during their intimacies. The spark between the pair is potent, which is a common thing with Donna Grant novels. I make it no secret that I am a huge fan of the Dark World series. The subplots continue to grab my attention. At this point, the recurring characters are as much of a focus for me as the main couples are. Dragonfire is the first novel since Ulrik's redemption. He played a minor, but crucial, part here. I believe his presence will be game-changing, especially for Con. I see Con reaching his breaking point, and that could be a very good, or a very bad thing. Every Dark King book is a comfort, and a curse, all rolled into one. There is an overwhelming sense that resolution is just around the corner, and I am eager for the good versus evil showdown. But at the same time, I do not want them to end. Dragonfire by Donna Grant was given to me by Saint Martin's Press, through NetGalley, for my honest opinion.
I love love love this series. So we'll written! This book ensures there will be many more. Love Roman and Sabina! Ulrik and Eilish! V! Rhi is the bomb! Can't wait for the next!
I'm so in live with this series! Every book is amazi ngly written! I just can't get enough.
A beautiful and mysterious gypsy possesses the power to see into Roman’s very soul in this magnificently powerful and mesmerizing new Dragon King novel. Roman and Sabina are two very bold and convincing characters that burn with magnetic chemistry and reaches deep into the readers very imagination and brings forth gripping emotions and wonderful shivers. Their romance is one that spans the realms as they embark on a dangerous journey in order to find the Vlad’s long lost sword that could save the dragons forever. Exhilarating suspense and delicious shivers throughout this fast paced plot full of flying dragon and treacherous traps are sprung along with strength, courage and daring keep readers turning the pages and grasping for every last detail. Twist and turns keeps readers guessing as the Dragons discover that is way more to their enemy than they ever could have guessed and that events were set in motion eons before. There is no way for readers to resist falling in love with the sexy, powerful Dragon Kings and their mates because the author makes them so lifelike and the series itself is a gripping, pulse pounding world that readers never want to leave because it stirs the soul and sets the imagination on fire.
The next book gives us more and more about the new threat that is worse than the Fae, Mikkle, or Ulrik. They know that both Light and Dark Fae teamed up with both Mie and Drough Druids to take them down, but what they don’t know is why or how far they will go. In this one, we start to see the great lengths and for how long this new threat has gone to to bring the Dragon King’s down. Along the way, Donna Grant, I swear, is dropping more and more hints about who might be Rhi’s Dragon King, but I don’t know if I can believe what I think or is she is just trying to throw the reader off. Time will tell! Roman and Sabina’s story was just as entertaining and exciting as all the other DK books. I liked watching the interactions between Con and Ulrik, and Ulrik and Eilish both play roles in Roman and Sabina’s adventure. It was fun, passionate, intriguing, and the plot just keeps getting more complex and more dynamic. The scope that the Dark Universe has taken is just amazing to think that it all came from one woman’s imagination. So cool. And so good.
The Dark Kings series is one I've been following for awhile now and I love those dragons. I was seriously curious as to what we were going to focus on as a story arc now that Ulrick's story had been told. We still have the Fae, led by Balladyn causing chaos. However, Balladyn seems to be more focused on Rhi. We also have the Light Queen, Usaeil. She's definitely a problem for the Kings now. But the big storyline is the wooden dragon found by Dmitri and the spell it is wrapped in that is steeped in both Druid and Fae magic. Vlad has been looking for his sword every time he wakes. It is his main focus. Roman decides he is going to make the trip to Vlad's homeland and help V look for it. There they meet Sabina and her brother who both happen to be descendants of gypsies from the area. There was very little preamble with the Kings pretending to be human. They were pretty much outed right away, and Sabina and her brother already knew about Dragon Kings so that part was easy. Ironically, as the story unfolds, the path of the sword takes them to Iceland, Roman's homeland. However, their path has been pre-destined. There are major forces at work. V finds that he is getting better along the way, thanks to Camlo, but that doesn't mean the magic is gone. It just changes targets. I really enjoyed the characters in Dragonfire. Sabina was a great heroine. She was human with great determination and an instant attraction to Roman. This kind of surprised me because knowing this book was about V's sword, I thought the love story would be V's. I think that the romance between Roman and Sabina was sweet. Don't get me wrong, the sex scene was hot. But the romance itself was good. The path to the sword kind of reminded me of an Indiana Jones adventure. The trek through the tunnels for Roman and Sabina, with it's trials and tricks had me on my toes. Sabina comes to a point where she has to face her greatest fear for her love. I have a same fear and I could completely understand how much it took for her to do what she did. Also, the completion of one of the prophesies was surprising for me because I didn't anticipate it going the way it did. There was one issue I had that maybe other readers of this series can help me with. I've never seen the other Dragon Kings use magic the way that Roman and V did. Creating balls of light, magically dressing themselves, etc. In previous books, someone has always been handy with a pair of jeans for shifting, but V and Roman were both able to dress themselves. For some reason, that drove me nuts. They did it a couple of times, but then another situation had one King providing jeans for another. It was kind of confusing for me. I knew each King had a power or certain magic, but what the Kings were doing in Dragonfire was beyond just their specific power. So, the consistency with the previous books had me somewhat confused. In Dragonfire, we learn bit by bit how powerful this force of the Fae & Druid (Others) power is. We even get treated to a bit of an introduction to the Others so we can start to put names to the enemy. Also, the hope that finding V's sword brings to the Kings appears to have a problem. AND the next pairing gets introduced I think. It left openings for the next book with the only completion being the HEA. I was definitely left wanting more. No cliffhangers, just a desire to continue on with each the storylines. Despite having some consistency issues, I really enjoyed the adventure our characters had. I
5 AMAZING stars Review by Leah Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog
Who's the lucky girl to get an ARC? This girl! Thanks to St. Martin's for the opportunity. 3.5 stars for the relationship as it took a backseat in this 14th Dark Kings novel. 4 stars for the quest and the details surrounding what’s coming. Dragonfire takes place outside of Scotland as we follow Roman and V on the quest to find V’s sword. A sword that will bring all the dragons home. As they travel through the Carpathian Mountains they come upon a man who can speak to animals and his older sister. Sabina has been protecting and caring for her brother, Camlo, since the death of her parents. Aside from his gift with animals, he has a mental disability and can’t fully care for himself. Sabina descends from a Romani family and has the gift of sight. V and Roman soon realize the siblings may be able to help V regain his memories of when his sword was taken from him. Sabina and Camlo are immediately swept up in the search for the sword and join the Dragon Kings to Roman’s homeland, Iceland. As they journey into a cave, they realize that magic is at work as there are drawings that show events in the past and predictions of the future. What I liked about the book is that we get more information about who may be against the Dragon Kings and some foreshadowing regarding Rhi. But more information isn’t necessarily answers. Just more pieces of the puzzle that we have to wait to figure out. I also liked that we got more of V (guessing his novel is next) and Ulrik was a prominent secondary character. I wish that Roman and Sabina had more of a spark. As Roman is the Dragon who rules over the land of Fire and Ice, I found it ironic that there wasn’t more passion between them.
I am a fan of this series, but this book dragged on terribly to me. I liked Sabina. She wasn’t some damsel in distress, and she wasn’t rash in situations she was not educated in. Roman was cool, V was just kind of there, and Camlo was sweet. The problem was the majority of the book was spent talking about what they needed to do, instead of just doing things. I also thought it was weird that the conflict and the sword that needed to be obtained weren’t really about Roman. He was connected because he is a dragon and V is his friend, but it wasn’t his personal issue. Because it was so much about V and Sabina’s Romani family it seemed like V should’ve had a much bigger role in this book, instead hanging of around in the background like scenery or unconscious. Also I wish they said what Camlo’s disability was. I was also disappointed with the side stuff focused on the Fae. Usually those chapters have things occur that affect the overall story, but like the rest of this book it was just a lot of talking not doing. I’m not giving up on the series, but I do feel like this was a waste. If you’re a fan you could read the first chapter and the last two chapters and get everything you need to be up to date for the next installment. Finally I wish the writer would combine the multiple series. Because although each series focus on different species, the overall story is all encompassing. I wish there was a name for all of the species and the books were ordered by release date so a new reader would easily follow along. They could still keep the numbers as is, like how Sherrilyn Kenyon does with the Dark Hunter books and their offshoots.
Nice continuation of the Dark Kings series. It's heavy on characters, dangerous situations, and angst but light on the romance....which was fine with me. I thought Roman and Sabina were good together. This book is considered a stand alone, however, I've read the last few books in this series, and knew most of the characters, but I still got a little lost a time or two....although it did not take away from my enjoyment of this book. All in all, I thought this was an excellent addition to the series and recommend it and the Dark King (and the companion Reapers) series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias.