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Drakon's Promise

Drakon's Promise

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by N. J. Walters

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Darius Varkas is a drakon. He's neither human nor dragon.

He's both.

He's also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon's blood can cure any illness and prolong a human's life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.

When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book


Darius Varkas is a drakon. He's neither human nor dragon.

He's both.

He's also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon's blood can cure any illness and prolong a human's life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.

When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she's quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.

The Blood of the Drakon series is best enjoyed in order
Reading Order:
Book #1: Drakon’s Promise
Book #2: Drakon’s Prey
Book #3: Drakon's Plunder

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Drakon's Promise

Blood of the Drakon

By N. J. Walters, Heidi Shoham

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 N. J. Walters
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-800-1


Music pounded through the giant speakers mounted high on every wall, and multi-colored lights flashed all around the crowded dance floor. From his seat in a dark corner of the nightclub, Darius Varkas watched. Bodies gyrated and hands groped as the dancers lost themselves in the booze, the drugs, and the music.

He was bored.

He spun the half-empty glass on the table in front of him and watched the amber-colored liquid swirl and catch the light. A woman wearing little more than chains for a top and what might pass for a napkin as a skirt sauntered up to him, her ruby lips turned up in a welcoming smile. It always astounded him how women could manage to walk in heels that tall and skinny. "Want some company?"

He didn't move. Didn't say a word. The woman's smile slowly faded, and she skittered away, going as fast as she could manage in her impractical shoes. She might not know why she was afraid of him, but she was right to be so. He wasn't totally human. And at times like these, he was more beast than man.

Emptiness ate at him. The cavern in his soul grew larger each passing day. Money was of little interest to him. He had more than he could ever spend, and it was easy enough to make. His business interests, which absorbed most of his waking hours, no longer held his attention.

It was a sign of his desperation that he'd come to the club tonight, something he rarely did, hoping to drive back his dark thoughts. But it hadn't done any good. The noise, the people, and the smells had only aggravated his already black mood.

The phone in his pocket vibrated. He almost ignored it, but only three people had this number. As much as he might want to, he wouldn't ignore his brothers.

He yanked the offensive piece of technology out of his pocket and thumbed the right button to answer the call. "What?" He didn't shout to be heard over the pounding rhythm of the music, knowing his brother could easily hear him.

"Hurt you to answer, didn't it?"

Darius swallowed his angry retort, knowing it would only encourage Tarrant to goad him more. Why his brother was obsessed with technology, he'd never know. "What do you want?"

"The Knights are back."

Fury replaced his annoyance. Darius stood and strode toward the door, his large strides eating up the distance, the music and his drink forgotten. He didn't pause and barely noticed the people scrambling to get out of his way. All he could think about was his brother's words. They beat at his brain until he wanted to roar his anger to the heavens.

Several people stumbled and fell to the floor in their haste. He simply walked over their prone bodies.

Darius could smell their fear, taste it. He knew what they saw when they looked at him. Clad in jeans and a black leather jacket, and standing almost seven feet tall, he was an intimidating sight. With the scowl on his face, he was something out of their nightmares.

He shoved the door open. The heavy metal panel slammed against the side of the building. The bouncer jumped and turned toward him but swallowed back whatever remark he'd been about to make. The patrons waiting outside the club backed up against the brick wall, many of them looking at the ground to avoid Darius's gaze.

He headed down the alley and out onto the sidewalk, glad to have left the stale atmosphere and noise of the club behind. He breathed in the crisp October air. It was tainted with car exhaust and the garbage that littered the streets of the city, but it was better than the stench of booze, chemicals, and sweat he'd left behind. Some days, he cursed his preternatural senses.

"Are you sure?" Even as he asked, he knew better. Tarrant would never have contacted him unless he was absolutely certain.

"Technology is good for some things, brother. I've picked up chatter while monitoring some very particular online sites."

There were places on the net that most people didn't realize even existed, used mostly by criminals, clandestine groups, and even some governments to keep conversations confidential. Tarrant knew where to find them all. Darius rubbed the back of his neck and started walking home. "Why now? Why after all this time?"

"We knew the Knights wouldn't stay gone forever. They're like cockroaches. Just when you think you've killed them all, another one pops up."

Darius almost smiled at Tarrant's comparison. "Keep me posted."

"You know I will."

"Have you contacted Ezra and Nicodemus?" He had no idea where his other two brothers were at the moment. They could be anywhere in the world.

"I did. I heard back from Ezra, but Nic still hasn't checked in."

That didn't surprise Darius. Nicodemus was probably somewhere warm, surrounded by adoring women. How his brother could stand being around people all the time was beyond him, but Nic seemed to enjoy it.

"Let me know when you hear from him."

"Will do."

"And, Tarrant. Be careful." Darius paused before crossing at the light. "I don't want to lose you."

"You watch your back," his brother warned.

"Always." Darius ended the call and shoved his phone back in his pocket. As he approached the glass and gilt luxury high-rise, the doorman leaped forward and pulled the door open.

"Good evening, Mr. Varkas."

He nodded. "John." He didn't pause and continued past the bank of elevators until he came to the one at the very end. This was his private entrance. He placed his hand on the palm-plate and waited until it verified his identity. He might not be fond of technology, but he damn well took advantage of it. When the doors silently slid open, he stepped inside.

The ride up to the penthouse took only seconds. The steel doors slid open and the lights came on as soon as he stepped inside. He was home. Just being here settled him. His gaze flowed around the room. There were floor-to-ceiling shelves on the far wall, containing treasures and mementos from his various trips around the world. The oversize sectional sofa and giant flat-screen television beckoned, but he bypassed them and headed straight to his office.

This was his personal sanctuary. Shelves lined all four walls, and many were packed with books. Tall, clear vases were filled with beach glass from every corner of the earth. Shards of pottery, much of it ancient, filled two shelves. Chunks of raw ore were scattered about. This was only the tip of the iceberg, his most personal possessions. He had much more housed in various vaults and homes around the world.

He stopped at the ornate wooden cabinet that served as his bar. It was inlaid with gold and had once belonged to an Egyptian pharaoh. It had been a gift from the man almost three thousand years ago. Taharqa had died young, but Darius had liked him. That was back when he'd still made friends with humans, before he'd watched too many of them grow old and die, or meet a violent death.

Darius poured some twenty-year-old Irish whiskey into a glass and tossed it back before pouring another. It was impossible for him to get drunk, but he did enjoy the burn and the taste. He went to the window and peered out over the city of New York. He'd made his home here for more than a decade. It would soon be time to move on.

He'd lived all over the globe, seen all the wonders of the world, including some that humans had never seen. He liked New York, the vibrancy of the place and the variety of people who populated the city. It was just starting to feel like home. He was tired of moving.

He swore and turned away from the lights and went to the nearest bookshelf. He let his fingers walk across the leather spines until he found what he was looking for. The leather binding was old and the pages inside yellow and brittle with age.

Darius sat in the leather chair he'd had custom built to accommodate his size, set his drink on the table beside it, and opened the book to the title page.

"Knights of the Dragon," he read aloud. "Knights of the Dragon, my ass." He guessed that Power-Hungry, Murderous Sorcerers wouldn't read as well to the members of the group or the public. The book had been written by a Catholic monk in the late thirteenth century. There had been many such books written since, but this was the oldest he knew of.

The fools didn't even know the difference between a dragon and a drakon. It had been four thousand years since the last dragon had left the world, leaving their sons behind, not caring enough to take them when they went.

Dragons were cold-blooded, cold-hearted, immensely powerful creatures who'd come through a portal from their home world. They'd temporarily taken the shape of men and mated with human females. Some of those women had borne sons — always sons. When the children had reached their teenage years, it had become evident there was something wrong with all of them. They weren't human, nor were they dragons. They were both.

They were drakons, sons of the dragons.

They had the cunning, strength, preternatural abilities, and instincts of the dragon, along with the intellect and emotions of a human. A deadly combination. And unlike their sires, their base form was that of a human. While their dragon fathers could hold a human form for a short span of time, a drakon could inhabit either human or dragon form indefinitely.

He closed the book and tossed it onto the table. It had been over a century since they'd had any trouble from the Knights, those self-proclaimed protectors of the innocent.

Darius surged to his feet and began to prowl around the room. What he really wanted to do was shapeshift, take to the skies, and fly. But the skies were a dangerous place for a drakon these days. Satellite imaging and radar made evading humans a bitch. There were still remote areas on the earth — hidden canyons, isolated deserts, the skies of the ice-bound poles, and crevices deep in the ocean — where a drakon could still fly, but New York was not one of those places.

His phone vibrated again and he quickly answered. "What?"

"You really need to work on your manners, brother."

"Don't test me, Tarrant."

His brother sighed. "Nicodemus checked in. He's in Vegas."

Darius cursed under his breath. "Does he know the meaning of low profile?"

Tarrant chuckled. "I doubt it."

Their youngest brother would never change, but you'd think he'd be a little smarter after living for more than four thousand years. "Anything else?"

Darius heard a clicking noise and knew Tarrant was on his laptop, which was practically surgically attached to the man. "Nothing. But be careful. If they catch you —" Tarrant broke off, not speaking the words.

"You, too." He ended the call and stared out the window, seeing none of the beauty of the city at night. The Knights of the Dragon killed drakons, but they preferred to capture and enslave them for all time. The blood of a drakon could cure any illness. It also prolonged a human's life and gave him certain powers and abilities, which varied from human to human. Drakon blood was coveted among these people.

Most drakons who fell into the clutches of the Knights managed to either escape or end their own lives. Anything was better than permanent enslavement. He didn't want to even think about the ones who'd been captured. To imagine decades, even centuries, in captivity was too horrific for him to even consider.

Darius turned his back on the city, left his office, and went into his bedroom. He stripped off his clothing and tossed it onto the bench that sat at the end of his large custom-sized bed. Naked, he padded into the attached bathroom and stepped into the shower stall. He turned on the water and adjusted the stream until it was hot.

The spray beat down on him, washing away the odors from the nightclub that still clung to his skin. Drakons were solitary creatures by nature, preferring their own company — except for Nic, who for some strange reason seemed to enjoy people — but sometimes Darius grew lonely and sought out places where humans congregated. Over the centuries, he'd had sex with more women than he could remember, but none of them had ever satisfied the ache in his heart or filled the emptiness in his soul.

Unlike his father, Darius craved a mate. One of the few things his dragon sire had told him before he'd left was that dragons mated only once, and it was a very rare thing. When it happened, it was permanent. Eternal. Darius assumed the same held for him and his brothers. But they'd all given up hope of finding that one special woman long, long ago. The odds of finding such a woman were astronomical. Even if they did manage to do so, she'd be human, with a lifespan measured in decades, not millennia.

Of course, drakon blood could prolong life. They had no idea for how many years, but it did allow humans to live a much longer time. But Darius had honestly never met a woman he'd consider sharing his blood with. That would mean he trusted her not only with his secret, but with the lives of his brothers as well. And he just couldn't see that happening.

He grabbed the bar of handmade soap from the tiled shelf and rubbed it over his chest and arms, inhaling the soothing scent of sandalwood. The artisan who made the soap handcrafted it to his specifications, and Darius paid her very well to keep him supplied.

He might have fallen prey to what drakons called the Deep Sleep eons ago if not for his brothers. Many drakons couldn't bear the endless years alone and succumbed to the Deep Sleep, settling on mountaintops or beneath the oceans, falling into a deathlike slumber until their bodies finally turned to stone. No one knew if these drakons were even still alive after so long. None of them had ever awakened.

They might have had different mothers, but he and his brothers shared the same dragon sire. That family connection had brought them together when they were young. Over the years, it had forged into an unbreakable bond. It had helped keep them all sane and very much in this world.

He finished washing, turned off the water, and rested his hands against the slate tiles. The faucet dripped twice before stopping. He pushed away from the wall and stepped out of the shower stall. A stack of pristine white towels sat on the nearby shelf. Darius grabbed one and rubbed it over his hair and body before tossing it aside. Still damp, he went to his bedroom and threw himself down on his bed.

Why were the Knights back now? What were they planning? Whatever it was, Darius knew it didn't bode well for him or his brothers.


Sarah Anderson tugged on the hem of her skirt and smoothed out some nonexistent wrinkles. It wasn't like her to be nervous. She was known for being levelheaded and calm.

"Mr. Temple will see you now." The man's personal assistant, a strikingly beautiful woman, smiled and nodded toward the double door that guarded the inner office.

Sarah stood, hitched her purse over her shoulder, and managed a smile. "Thank you." She strode to the door, trying to convey an air of confidence. She needed this job.

Taking a final deep breath to calm the butterflies in her stomach, she turned the handle and shoved the door open. The man sitting behind the desk motioned her in.

"Come in, Ms. Anderson. Come in."

Her sensible leather flats made no sound on the thick carpet. He gestured toward one of the two dark brown leather chairs that sat opposite him. "Please, have a seat. I'll be right with you." He turned back to his computer screen, giving her time to look around.

The office furniture was solid, like the man himself. From her research, she knew Herman Temple was sixty years old, had reportedly inherited a fortune when he was in his twenties, and had added to it since, dabbling in everything from oil to technology, but mostly pharmaceuticals.

She wasn't a research librarian for nothing. She knew how to find information on anyone or anything. That was her specialty. Or it had been until downsizing at the New York Public Library had left her scrambling to find a new position.

She still didn't quite understand how that had happened. One day she'd been happily working, and the next she'd been unemployed. Thankfully, she did have outside contracts, so she still had some source of income. And it was one of those contacts that had led her to this job interview.

Mr. Temple closed his laptop and smiled at her. "Forgive me, but I had to get that email off quickly."

"That's fine," she assured him. She fiddled with the strap of her purse. When she realized what she was doing, she carefully set the bag down beside her.

Mr. Temple sat back in his large leather chair and stared across the broad expanse of his antique oak desk. His full head of white hair gave him a distinguished air. "I thought you'd be older."

She frowned. "Sir?"

He waved his hand in front of him. "For someone of your accomplishments, I thought you'd be older. Jeremiah speaks highly of you." Jeremiah Dent was a highly respected dealer in rare and antiquarian books, contracted by museums and wealthy clients to find certain volumes for their collections. He was also the one who'd put her onto this job.


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Meet the Author

Once upon a time N.J. had the idea that she would like to quit her job at the bookstore, sell everything she owned, leave her hometown, and write romance novels in a place where no one knew her. And she did. Two years later, she went back to the bookstore and her hometown and settled in for another seven years. One day she gave notice at her job on a Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon, she received a tentative acceptance for her first romance novel and life would never be the same.

N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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Drakon's Promise 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG I loved this book might be one of my new paranormal series can't wait for the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great story and I am hoping the next book will come soon. NJ thanks for the great story. Your book is so great and unique. I hope the next chapter will publish soon. I can't wait to have it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great beginning to a new series by N.J. Walters. That last chapter has me hoping the next one comes quickly. This is a HEA, with no cliffhanger but does give you a taste of the next book which focuses on another character/brother. ?
Anonymous 6 months ago
Strong characters , a few twists , good sex, and no downtime. My kind of book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the new twist on the Salvation Pack Series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters that make you want to know more
Anonymous 2 days ago
A good weekend read, enjoyed the way the author kept the two lovers always close to each other..
Anonymous 29 days ago
Four brothers/Drakon, enter a female, add a chase, evil book that is alive, a fight or two, then some hot sex! Good story. But I hope the next will put this one to shame!! O' Tarrent...
Anonymous 5 months ago
Loved it. Characters were great, lots of action. Cannot wait to read the next book
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great story line!! Love the connections between these characters.
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Anonymous 8 months ago
Looking forward to the next book in the series
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
4.5 “And that’s how dragon shifter books are done” Stars What a gem! This was my first NJ Walters book and I am hooked! Drakon’s Promise had everything I need in a shifter story. Super-hot chemistry, action, suspense, great villains, sexy times aplenty and a story so cool I just can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment. Darius is a Drakon, the result of a dragon and a human woman procreating, a shifter who can either be in dragon or human form. They have extremely long lives (we’re talking thousands of years here) and like to be on their own, not bothering with the world (again, thousands of years is a long time). The Order of the Knights of the Dragon is a medieval group who hunts them for their blood, which, if taken fresh from a Drakon, can prolong life and maintain youth. Sarah is a librarian. So how does she end up tangled with a Drakon and an order of crazy humans who go all out to hunt them you ask? Well, Sarah has a gift, and awesome gift that lands her in the employ of the Order (unbeknownst to her, of course) and searching for a lost book. When she hears a conversation about a man named Darius who’s about to get kidnapped by her new employer and the book she’s been tasked to find ends up being a very evil feeling one, she does what any good person would. She steals the book, runs for her life and goes straight to this Darius person to warn him of the upcoming plans to capture him. This is how Darius and Sarah’s adventure begins. First thing, though, Sarah needs to know what Darius actually is and they need to figure out what to do with the crazy attraction that flairs whenever they are near. Darius was the typical alpha, bossy broody dragon used to getting his way always. This clashed fantastically with Sarah’s independent nature but made for crazy good banter. Sarah was a great heroine, with not one TSTL moment, she was smart, sweet and a good person. I really loved them both, separately and as a couple…. And I can’t wait for them to procreate (baby dragons! Yay!) Evil books, crazy medieval zealots, lots of hunky dragon shifters and more action that you know what to do with, made Drakon’s Promise one hell of a book and a fantastic start to this shifter series. *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
Steph_B More than 1 year ago
I didn't want it to end! The paranormal goodness, hot romance and suspense of what's going happen next has left me panting for more. I love Ms. Walters work in the past and she's just proved once again what a winner she is with this story. The way she weaves a tale draws you in and won't let you go until the end. I can't wait to see how these Drakon brothers plan to take down the Knights!
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Myth, legend, half-breed making it more than its made out to be . . . An introduction to a new series that will challenge you thought and views of possible otherworldly half-breed being present and what they could do. I love dragon and the such. I believe this was the first time that I heard drakon. I have lots of dragon shifters and various books and this was the first that I could recall with the term and the depth. I may have experienced some of the verbage but that doesn’t matter now. I am talking on this one. I enjoyed getting to know Darius. He was what should be expected of a drakon/dragon. He was strong alpha, determined, no-nonsense, self-assured, and a straight shooter. I got myself a read that had danger, intrigue, a sexy hot alpha and a likeable heroine, Sarah. I was captivate by Darius and Sarah and I stayed for the brother and what would come of them. I wanted to know all that I could to keep my tied to this world. I want more of the rest. I am certain to fall in love with them.
KristieK More than 1 year ago
Drakon’s Promise By: N.J. Walters 4.5 Star Review by Kristie K. N.J. Walters draws you into a world where dragons exist, and greed proves who the real monsters are… Sarah Anderson lives a quiet and unobtrusive life as a renowned research librarian, with an inborn gift for literature…at least until she finds herself employed by a ruthless group of men that will stop at nothing for money and power. When she locates the cursed tome that her new employer hunts for, she finds herself thrown into a battle she never knew existed…with a man who isn’t quite human. Darius Varkas is the CEO of several multi-national corporations, with more holdings and money than he could spend in ten lifetimes. The quiet and reclusive billionaire has many secrets, but when a petite librarian walks into his life with the key to his very existence, Darius is forced to expose his secrets to save both their lives. Can he trust her? Can he protect them both from the men intent on using them to further their own deadly ambitions? I am a true lover of all things paranormal, and surprisingly enough, this is my first book by Ms. Walters! Shocking, I know! That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book filled with sexy dragon shifters, danger, excitement, desire, and betrayal. Darius is a refreshing new brand of alpha male. He has all the characteristics we love in an alpha, but he is more…subdued. His brand of dominance is a bit more refined, perhaps tempered by millennia lived, but only slightly less primal. I adored him. Now, Sarah…Sarah contains a quiet strength that I can’t help but admire. Incredibly intelligent, with a sense of responsibility and care for people. She is kind, loving, and honest almost to a fault, with a streak of sass thrown in. I absolutely loved her! The plot was well planned, the storyline excellent, and the character development thorough. I would love to see more about their histories, their pasts, and what they experienced before now. The battles that have gone before, and the people they have lost. I truly hope that future books bring the Drakon people together to fight against the evil that has stalked them for so long. A definite read for any lovers of dragons, alpha males, and intense sexual tension. Well done, Ms. Walters…well done. Kristie K.
Andi_Babcock More than 1 year ago
Dragons, Knights and Librarians, OH MY! N.J. Walters has all of that and more in Drakon's Promise. And there aren't any dragons, but rather drakon, the sons of dragons. In Drakon's Promise, you meet Darius Varkas, half human and half dragon. He's tall, broody and oh so yummy. I really liked him and his brother. He is all alpha, but flexible enough to adjust to his new situation, Sarah Anderson. I loved the librarian. Sarah is strong and capable. I loved her gift and how she used it, rather than trying to suppress it or spend her life trying to be "normal". While she doesn't advertise it, she also excepts this is her normal and embraces it. Its a refreshing take. So you have a line of ancient drakons, and strong librarian with the ability to read objects. Throw in some nefarious Knights of the Dragon, looking for the benefits of a constant supply of fresh drakon blood, and you have a fun roller coaster of a ride. I am looking forward to reading more of this series!
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
Drakon’s Promise is book one in the Blood of the Drakon series by N.J. Walters. This brand new series brings together a unique set of characters, suspense, mystery, and romance. It’s a great start with lots of interesting plot twists, turns, and action. We get a good amount of world building and explaining on who The Knights of the Dragon. I liked the setup and premise of the story. The plot was thrilling and full of mystery. We are kept on our toes. Sarah captivated me from the start. I really liked her. She's brave and honorable while wanting to stand on her own two feet. I also liked that she’s a librarian with a unique skill set. Darius is sexy, charming, and a gentlemen. He is also a drakon. Though Sarah and Darius have feelings for each other they aren't “insta” and they both go through some concerns as to why they are attracted to each other. These two go on a wild ride and through it their connection and chemistry grow as does the danger. As for their romance I didn’t fully feel the connection between them, but they were still enjoyable characters to read about. The only two issues with me and they are minor detail oriented. Sarah mentions coffee a lot and drinks way too much coffee. Their was such a big emphasis on coffee. Don’t they drink other hot beverages, like tea and cocoa. And, the second thing was Sarah sits down to do some research and put feelers out, but Sarah never got back online to see if anyone had replayed. The characters in this scene just move onto the brothers idea. Why put this in the story if you aren't going to explore it? It felt like filler material. Drakon’s Promise had a lot to savor. I liked the idea of the Drakons and the Knights. I liked the world building and characters introduced. I very much enjoyed learning a little about Darius brothers and look forward to each of their stories. We get an intriguing set up for the next installment in the Blood of the Drakon series that really has my interest peaked. Rated: 3.5 Stars *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4.5 - "Watch... And don't be afraid." Stars! Drakon Promise is the first book I have read by this author, it is also the first book in Blood of the Drakon series, and I have to say I was mightily impressed. A drakon always protected what was his… My love of the PNR genre has grown exponentially over the last year or two, I think that is largely to do with the fact that I have discovered a few authors along my reading travels that have written books in this genre that have turned out to be absolute favourites, and I know that they are stories and series that I will revisit again and again in the future. N. J. Walters gave me that feeling with Darius and Sarah’s story. "You have nothing to fear from me." I only hope that the author/publisher keep the momentum going with the series, and don’t wait an absolute age to release the next titles from it, (sadly, this is something Entangled and some of their authors seem to excel at, and it quite frankly kills a series dead for me if I then have to wait 12 months or more for further books) reason being in the main is that there is a lot going on in the plot, and although I have a feeling the next two books will feature a different Drakon, there is a bigger story going on around them each finding their mates, which when there are great swathes of time between releases muddies the memory of the story that has already been told. Their fates were tied together, whether they wanted them to be or not… The dual POV from the Darius and Sarah as well as the villains of the story really gave added depth as well, you saw the plot from all sides as it played out, and once things got going it was full steam ahead. Another thing I liked was the fact this book really didn’t feel or read like anything else I have read previously, and I have to say I do have a bit of a soft spot for anything involving a fire breathing hero. There was plenty of chemistry between them as well, and the sexy-times were well written and diverse. Darius verbal sparring with his brother Tarrant was hilarious at points, and I am looking forward to him, Ezra and Nicodemus getting their women, and the general story arc playing out around that in the rest of the series. "You stay with me…" So to sum up, great start to what could be an absolutely outstanding series, as long as I am not waiting forever and a day for the rest of the books to be released. This is a voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
RLeigh81 More than 1 year ago
I’ve read N.J.Walters before and I have always enjoyed her books, so when I was given the chance to read Drakon’s Promise, the first in a new dragon series, I jumped at it. Although the downside of getting to read it early is that I am going to have to wait even longer for the sequel to come out, which will be hard because I loved this book. Darius Varkas is the son of a dragon and a human woman, therefore he is a Drakon. Darius is a 7 ft tall, strong, smart billionaire who just happens to be a few thousand years old and can change into a dragon at will. He’s also a bit of a loner since he’s lost a lot of human friends over the years, and while he loves his three brothers, he has never been in love. He’s also being hunted for his blood. Which brings us to Sarah Anderson, a brilliant librarian who has a pretty great secret ability herself. Sarah who was working for the New York library finds herself without a job, until she gets the chance to work for a private collector. Sounds great until she overhears something she isn’t supposed to, leading her to Darius. Now they have to protect each other. I loved how the relationship between Darius and Sarah unfolded, I love Sarah, I really love that she is no push over. Darius’s brothers are a nice addition and I enjoyed what we get to see of their relationship, I am very much looking forward to the next books in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance, action, shifters, and especially drakons. *I received a copy of this book for free for my honest review.
n7kk7br00ks More than 1 year ago
Darius and Sarah are so not the couple you'd put together but they work! Sarah may be a librarian but she has an inner fire, even if it kept well banked! She overhears plans to capture Drakons like Darius and attempts to warn them of the plot. Knights of the Dragons were a group you loved to hate and they sounded so chivalrous too!!! LOL The romance and adventure felt equally well paced and the characters were so vibrant. I hadn't read anything else by this author but now a new series to add to the ever increasing wishlist!
notwest1 More than 1 year ago
This is a refreshing fun start to a new series. Dragons have been done, but I've yet to read one quite like this. It's a little slow to get moving as the author builds the world but I enjoyed it throughout. I liked Sarah, she's sweet but strong and is so good for Darius. I loved Darius and I'm excited to see more on all his brothers. I'm thinking Tarrant is up next though. The plot is engaging, the steam between our leads is palpable and the potential for some awesome stories from this is high. I will admit I was a sad girl to be in Salvation but not get a glimpse of our wolves. Definitely recommend to anyone wanting a fresh new shifter series to start. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair and honest review from netgalley.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Drakon’s Promise is book one of the brand new series, Blood of the Drakon, by N.J. Walters. Darius Varkas is a billionaire businessman. He’s handsome, smart and reclusive. Because Darius is not human. He is a Drakon. A Drakon is the son of a dragon father and a human mother. He can easily shift between his two forms and has been alive for four thousand years. Darius has three brothers scattered around the U.S. that he keeps in contact with. He loves his brothers as they do him and they go to great lengths to protect each other. The thing they need protection most from is their biggest enemy, The Knights. The Knights seek Drakons for their blood. When a human consumes the fresh blood of a Drakon, it will instantly heal them of anything, and give keep them alive indefinitely, as long as they continue to consume the blood regularly. Darius has been on their radar for awhile now but they still aren’t 100% sure if he is a Drakon. The only way to be sure is to capture him. Sarah Anderson is a research librarian. Sarah has a special gift though. When she touches an object or book, she can see part of it’s history, who else touched it. Her gift is called Psychometry. Sarah has learned how to keep her walls up so she’s not bombarded with everything she touches, but when she is searching for a specific book, her talent is without fail. Sarah was mysteriously laid off from her job at the New York Public Library and was immediately hired by the privately owned Temple Library to catalog their books. Unbeknownst to her, the owner of the library is a Knight. And he wants Sarah to find a very specific book that will help him to capture Drakons. When Sarah learns of this, she feels like she must warn this mysterious man, Darius Varkas, if she can figure out how to find him. But now the Knights are watching her. When Sarah and Darius meet, the electric connection is instant. Darius is very confused by his reaction to her. He’s never experienced anything like it before. So, his plan is to keep her with him until he can figure out what is going on. Sarah is in danger now and needs protection. “Sarah Anderson belonged to him, at least for the foreseeable future. And a Drakon always protected what was his.” Sarah and Darius go on a wild ride from New York to the mountains where they stay with one of his brothers, and on from there. Through it all, their connection deepens, as does the danger they are in. The Knights are truly evil, driven by greed, willing to do anything to get what they want. “To him, she was perfect because she was Sarah.” Okay, my rating for this book was a solid four stars. There was so many good things about it but some things that just didn’t work as well for me as I would have liked. First, I loved the world created here. The idea of the Drakons is amazing. I loved both Darius and Sarah individually. It’s together that it didn’t work for me as well. I just never quite felt the connection between them. The sexy times were steamy but still, I just didn’t feel it like I wanted to. I never swooned or got butterflies. I just finished this author’s Project Alpha series and loved it. This just felt so different. With that being said, the first book of a series is always the hardest, setting up a brand new world. I am very intrigued and definitely want to follow through with more of the series. There is an epilogue with just enough there that makes me want to come back for more.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting start to the new series, Blood of the Drakon, where the drakons are being hunted by their ancient enemies, the Knights. The Knights wish to use the drakons’ blood because it has the power to prolong their own lives and to heal both injuries and illnesses. The problem with that is they need fresh blood and wish to keep drakons captive to obtain a ready supply. Reclusive billionaire, Darius Varkas is a drakon - his mother was human but his father a dragon which means that he and his brothers are both and can shift forms as they wish. One of his brothers rings to warn that “The Knights are back.” Research librarian Sarah Anderson has been coerced into working cataloguing a private library. She has a special, supposedly secret, ability which makes her ideal for her new role but when she overhears her new employer and his son discussing kidnapping Darius she wonders what she’s let herself in for! Soon after, she discovers a powerful, evil book which she decides to take to Darius and warn him about what she heard. Sharing that news is the trigger for this fast paced adventure and the beginning of romance between the two. He’s a strong alpha male, wanting to protect With cross country flights, exorcism, murder, gunfights as well as steamy scenes this is a well paced story with great characters and interactions. There are plenty of twists and turns as Darius and Sarah strive to thwart the kidnappers and some well developed secondary characters introduced, too. The epilogue hints to the next in the series and I’ll certainly be looking out for it! Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.
Brigittehf More than 1 year ago
A fascinating introduction to a new world of shifters. The Dragons who have procreated with humans have created the Drakons. They are persecuted by those who know of their existence to acquire their blood. The Knights are driven by greed for power, wealth and longevity which can be obtained from a Drakon's blood. Darius is a reclusive billionnaire who earns his fortunes in mining. He is currently being watched by the Knights who suspect his true nature. Sara is a gifted librarian who lives on her own and thrives on her work. She excels in research due to her affinity with books. When Sara is offered the job of cataloguing an extra large book collection for a well known millionaire, she jumps at the chance as it's a dream of a lifetime. Almost too good to be true! She accidentally stumbles on some information and a book, spelling danger. Sara contacts Darius to warn him of the impending danger but as he doesn't trust easily, it takes quite a bit of convincing. It's a matter of life and death and she is soon caught in the dangerous world of a vicious sect intent on capturing Darius. The chemistry between them is hard to ignore and whilst running for their lives, they embark on a hot and sexual relationship. Is it just sexual though? Darius is sex on legs with a nononsense approach. He is very protective of his brothers and now Sara! Sara is genuine and down to earth. She doesn't shy away from danger and acts on what she believes is right. The Knights are ruthless in their pursuits and very good at covering their tracks. Will the Drakons run from them or will they fight back? This novel is fast paced. The characters are very well portrayed and the story is addictive. It's a paranormal story imbued in dark magic. The relationship between Sara and Darius is quite potent. I like the dynamics between Darius and Tarrant, his sarcastic but devoted brother. It's a great start to this new series. I received a complimentary eARC from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley. The views expressed are my personal opinion.