Fire of the Dragon

Fire of the Dragon

by Lori Dillon


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Being sent back in time to the Middle Ages wouldn't be so bad if the knight in shining armor who comes to your rescue didn't swoop down in the form of a fire-breathing dragon. Unfortunately for Jill Donahue, that's just the way things have been going in her life lately.

A Maiden
Wrenched back in time through the magical power of an old dragon tapestry found in a vintage clothing store, Jill Donahue lands in an ancient medieval town where the villagers decide to sacrifice her to the local dragon. As if the threat of being eaten alive by a giant flying lizard isn't bad enough, she learns there's a curse surrounding the tapestry and she has to break it in order to get back to her time. But she isn't the only one whose fate is tied to the ancient weaving...

A Dragon
Baelin of Gosforth is a valiant knight who has been cursed by a vindictive witch to live as a dragon for eleven months out of each year. Now he has thirty days to break the curse or he turns back into a fire-breathing beast and, as much as he hates to admit it, he needs Jill's help to do it.

And A Curse
Forced to face many challenges along the way-from the harsh world they travel through to the fiery passion they both try to deny-each is determined to break the curse so the other can get their happily-ever-after. And it just might work, if Jill can manage to overlook the fire-breathing, bat-winged remnants of Baelin's dragon half long enough to see the man beneath the beast and get the job done.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615801216
Publisher: Amari Press
Publication date: 04/21/2013
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

In a previous life, Lori was a graphic designer for fourteen years. In her current existence, she lives in Virginia with her engineering geek/hero husband, two kids who test her sanity on a daily basis, a dog named Hokie (named after the Virginia Tech Hokies, of course), and various other critters of the furred and finned variety.

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Fire of the Dragon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Dacchic More than 1 year ago
The story of Jill and Baelin grabs you within the first few chapters, sweeping you away with kinghts, magic quests, and a woman completely out of her time and element. I truly enjoyed this book and would hightly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Dragon Tale I was lucky to be given a review copy of Fire of the Dragon.  Dillon's storytelling skills, along with a compelling plot, made her book an enthralling one.  The characters are the kind that stay in your head for a while.  This book will go on my to-be-read-again shelf!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this story. Sorry I waited so long!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Fire of the Dragon starts with an intriguing first line and dives right into the engaging mind of the main character, Jill. Within the first chapter, she is transported to a medieval England complete with conniving villagers bent on sacrificing her to a dragon. The beginning of this book had me turning pages when I should have tended to various chores. It hooked me with the opening and dragged me all through witty banter and sizzling chemistry. Jill's spunky attitude carried the book through parts which might normally have dragged on. Jill is a go-getter. For all she complains about being a procrastinator in the beginning, when life as she knew it is on the line, she steps up and searches for a solution. Her brash twenty-first century attitude worked well as a contrast to Baelin's reserved speech and nature. She was determined to lead, and he reluctantly followed. He was too busy reigning in his inner dragon to be much of the traditional alpha male at first, but I enjoyed the forays into his point of view as well. As the story unfolded, more and more of Baelin's tortured past is revealed. He is the perfect broken hero, and his path to redemption is riddled with trials. However, upon reaching the meat of the story, a few flaws slowed my progress. I found Jill's sudden leaving of Baelin to be a bit of an overreaction. Yes, he used surreal dragon-like abilities to burn a man to a crisp. But he only did it as a last resort when that man held a knife to her throat. Would she rather be raped, tortured, and killed? I doubt it. The antagonist's voice is distinctly different. However, I didn't find her motives to be entirely enough to hold the story together. Is she really so consumed with luring young men into her bed that she can't let Baelin go even after centuries? Her singleminded pursuit, with no viable reason, detracted from the book. Chapters featuring her made for easy break points. As a lover of fantasy, I was peeved that the rules of the magic were never defined or alluded to. The witch casted a curse able to be broken in a way she didn't know. I was on board for a self-weaving tapestry, and certainly for her dominion over dragons, but when the dark Witch walked through solid walls with no hint that it was an illusion or that the walls restructured themselves to accommodate the sudden door, I wanted to throw the book down. And this was only one of the feats the witch performed. In fact, the longer I read, the more the potential of the book died away. Jill and Baelin's blossoming relationship fell by the wayside to make way for interactions with new characters. When I reached the end of the book, I discovered that the next book will be from the point of view of one of these characters. If the author hadn't needed this book to introduce that sequel, I don't think the knight's inclusion in this tale would be necessary. He stalled more than drove the story further. As soon as the knight left their side, their relationship -- and the character progression I found stalled while he was in the picture -- picked up where it left off. The pages flew by. I didn't want to put the book down. The sizzling excitement here more than made up for the sagging middle. The climax is appropriate, gut-wrenching, and page turning, like most of the book. Readers who love time travel, dragons, and a maiden-saves-dragon fairytale should definitely consider buying this book.
MedievalLady More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 Stars!!! Present day Richmond, Virginia and 12th Century England Jill Donahue, out shopping for her niece, finds herself in an old shop, with an old woman named Clo, looking at an ancient tapestry and finds herself thrown into 12th century England. The villagers give her to the dragon as a sacrifice. The dragon takes her to his lair and slowly she starts trying to figure out what's happened to her and the reasons. The next morning she awakes to the awful sounds of someone in pain. She watches as the dragon turns into a man...a man with dragon wings and a star-burst scar on his chest above his heart. For 216 years Baelin has been a dragon. He was cursed by a dark witch for not serving her. He lives as a dragon for 11 months out of a year and during one month he is human. He has that one month to get a maiden from the village to help him break the curse and to this day each one has feared him and refused to help. The maiden has to pass three tests.... Honor, courage, and bravery are needed to be accomplished before the month is out in order to break the spell. He begins telling Jill how he was cursed and she tells him of her visit in the shop, the old woman, the tapestry....THE tapestry he pulls out right in front of her. The one he has been guarding for the last 216 years. The both know then that the tapestry holds the key. They decide to leave the cave and see what they find. Along the way they meet Sir Roderick of Kendale, who is a dragon slayer, and his squire Owen who decide to journey with them for awhile. Thus begins the tale of fate, friendship, betrayal, trust, and love with a good dose of danger and mystery along the way. This is the first I've read by Lori and I look forward to continuing the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book but I had to force myself to finish it. I didn't like the main female in this book in my opinion she came across as unintelligent and kind of rude.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story line.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While out looking for a last minute gift for her niece, Jill stumbles into a lady who owns a small shop. While in the shop Jill comes across an old tapestry and before she knows it, she’s waking up in the year 1214. In an area where every year the villagers sacrifice a maiden from their village to the dragon so that he will continue to guard the village and keep them safe. So when Jill falls from the sky, they decide to use her instead of one of their own. Which is how Jill finds herself in a cave with a dragon in a strange world trying to break a curse to return the dragon sifter into a man again. I liked the idea of this story. It was a fun read and there was always something happening to keep the readers interest. Baelin was captured by a dark witch and when he refused to serve her, she turned him into the one thing he despised and hunted, a dragon. In order to break the curse, a woman from his village is required to break the curse. He has no idea what’s required of the maiden other than it involves the knightly virtues honor, courage and bravery. He has spent 216 years trying to break the curse and had had no luck getting anywhere close. Normally the maidens cower in fear of him the entire month that he has as a man to break the curse, thus leaving him to become a dragon once more. At first Jill is terrified of the dragon… I mean, who wouldn’t be? But the dragon never once attacks her and even seems to be looking out for her. For instance it warms up the cold pool of water in it’s cave when she’s shivering and wet. Regardless of how calm the dragon is acting, she still doesn’t allow it to come too close to her and makes sure that the thing knows she will defend herself if need be. So imagine her surprise when the dragon turns into a man with wings. Once Baelin explains his predicament, she agrees to help him but she still doesn’t trust him and has no intention of letting her guard down around him. I thought the two characters were interesting. I really like Baelin’s character though. He has been through so much and every year he’s hopeful that he will finally break the curse. Jill is like no one he’s ever met. Not only is her speech odd but the way she carries herself is more dominant than the other maidens. He’s convinced that she has to be the one to break the curse. I did have one problem with Jill though. Even after she realizes that she’s time traveled to the past, she still talks about 21st century things, like planes, cars and television shows, knowing that Baelin has no idea what she’s talking about. I found that a little annoying. It was as if the author was trying to show the readers over and over again time difference between Jill and Baelin’s worlds. I think it bothered me so much because I deal with language barriers a lot at my job. I come across a ton of international visitors where I work and once I realize that the visitor speaks little English, I try to use basic words instead of the every day slang we use. So for Jill to continually talk about technology and things of that sort and then go “Oh yeah. I forgot” got a bit tiresome after a while. Regardless of the whole Jill thing, I still really enjoyed the story. I liked that the two of them were on a mission throughout the entire book trying to break the curse. Meanwhile coming across other dragons, dragon hunters and the dark witches goons. It was a fun time travel/paranormal romance and I cannot wait until the next story comes out in the Bestiary series.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lucianne Carino Bernal for Readers' Favorite Lori Dillon's Fire of the Dragon has a unique flavor that distinguishes it from the masses of time-traveling romances available on the market today. Plucky and flawed heroine -- check. Gorgeous, chivalrous male in need -- check. Diabolical foe -- check. Engaging sidekicks -- check. A near insurmountable quest -- check. Enormous fire-breathing dragons -- big check. The author manages to infuse the traditional elements of a good yarn with her special twist to give readers a rollicking good time. Magic and fate throw modern-day Jill back 800 years in time to meet Baelin, a curse-stricken knight who needs the aid of a virgin courageous enough to face the titular dragon. The story is fast-paced and engaging, with the heroine spending just a few pages in her time before being catapulted back into a world populated by dragons. Nearly everything happens for a reason and pieces of the puzzle fit into place before the story wraps up in a very warm and satisfying manner.  In the face of all she's been through in such a short period of time, my one main quibble is Jill is unusually level-headed. Any normal person would have at least fainted or have had a temporary breakdown. It seems she took everything in stride too easily, although the presence of Baelin at her side would have had a very reassuring effect. Other than that, it would have been nice to learn the identity of the mysterious person who led her to Baelin.
Eloise_In_Paris More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Bestiary Series and I am hooked. Jill is funny, brave, and even though her smart mouth get’s her in trouble more than once she never censor’s herself. Baelin is struggling to hold onto his humanity and beat the curse. Two people who literally should never have met, but it’s a good thing they did because they are perfect for each other. The story is usually fast, totally fun, and full of action. While I was annoyed at times because of the spacing of the trials, the story didn’t lag to much and it did allow for character development. I loved that the author did not romanticize the times. Jill had to deal with misogyny, superstition, and a severe lack of cleanliness. There was no cliffhanger here, and the next story will follow the womanizing Knight Roderick. I can’t wait to read it. This is definitely going to be one of my favorite series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my! Cant wait for the next book by this wonderful author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago