Trial By Fire

Trial By Fire

by Chris Cannon


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ISBN-13: 9781682811405
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2016
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Trial by Fire

Going Down in Flames

By Chris Cannon, Erin Molta

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Chris Cannon
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-586-4


She must've been insane when she'd planned this. Sure it had seemed like a good idea at the time. Let's throw a Welcome Back to School party so students injured in the attacks on campus would receive a formal invitation to return to school. This was meant to circumvent the Directorate's policy of suggesting injured students stay at home with a private tutor. The Directorate's sucky rationale? Something about culling the weak from the herd, which was total crap since the Directorate had failed to protect the students in the first place. So, this may have been her plan, but it was her grandmother and Jaxon's mother Lillith's idea that she host with him. She didn't know what his problem was, but he was being more obnoxious than usual.

"Jaxon, I swear to God, if you don't stop bitching, I will set your hair on fire." Bryn spoke through clenched teeth as she smiled and nodded at the students streaming past her into the Welcome Back to School Gala. "Aren't you supposed to have this fake socialite crap down to a science?"

"It's not the greeting people I mind." He nodded at a group of students who entered the dining hall. "It's your proximity."

That was it. She didn't care what her grandmother and Lillith wanted. If she had to listen to Jaxon make one more rude comment, she was going to lose it and roast him like a marshmallow.

"Bryn." Garret walked toward her, his dark complexion a bit pale for a Green dragon, his brown eyes appeared wary, and his injured left arm hung limp in a sling.

And now she remembered why she was doing this. "I'm so glad you came." Only half of all the students injured during the attacks at the Institute for Excellence, aka shape-shifting dragon school, had been willing to return. The other less-than-perfect dragons had allowed the Directorate, the governing body of Dragon society, to bully them into private tutors.

A ghost of a smile crossed Garret's face. "I told the Directorate my left arm may not work and I may not be able to fly, but my mind was still functional, and they owed me for failing to provide adequate protection. You should've seen the looks on their faces."

"Good for you."

Garret headed toward the tables where the Green dragons sat. The color-coding still threw Bryn sometimes. All the Greens had the same dark hair, eyes, and skin as Garret. All the upper-class Blues, like Jaxon, had golden-tan skin, blond hair, and blue eyes. The artsy Black dragons always looked a bit Goth with their ivory skin, black hair, and dark eyes. The middle class Reds seemed Irish with their red hair, green eyes, and freckled skin. The two lone Orange dragons with their bronze hair, skin, and eyes, looked Hawaiian. Since her mom had been a Blue and her dad a Red, Bryn didn't fit in with any group of dragons. She wasn't as thickly muscled as the Reds and not as graceful and lithe as the Blues. She'd changed her blond, red, and black striped hair to blond, to make peace with her grandfather, but she still didn't blend in with the Blues. Far from it.

She envied the greeting Garret received from his Clan and loved that they acted like nothing was wrong. Then again, they were the smartest dragons, so it made sense they'd figured things out. Now, if only the rest of the Clans would catch up and realize the injured students didn't reflect badly on them, life would be good.

"You think this is a positive development," Jaxon said, "but you're wrong."

"That's it." Fire crawled up the back of Bryn's throat. Smoke drifted from her lips as she spoke. "Get the hell away from me."

"Gladly." Jaxon stalked off to join his Clan-mates.

Bryn's best friend, a Black dragon named Ivy, bounded over with her boyfriend Clint in tow. "I won," Ivy announced.

"You won what?" Bryn asked.

"She bet you'd try to roast Jaxon within the hour." Clint ran his fingers through his Mohawk. "I bet within the first thirty minutes."

"You made it forty minutes." Ivy grabbed Bryn's hand. "I declare your door greeting duties officially over."

Once they were seated at their usual table, Bryn sighed. "Finally, I can relax."

Ivy's eyebrows went up. "Maybe not."

Bryn heard the click of high heels on the marble tile. She cringed. That had to be her grandmother, Marie Sinclair.

"Bryn, why aren't you greeting people at the door?"

Turning to face her grandmother, Bryn gave a tight smile. "Most of the guests are here, my feet hurt, and I was five seconds from setting Jaxon's hair on fire." The woman could choose whichever reason she liked.

Her grandmother frowned. "It's inappropriate to leave the entrance unless you find someone else to greet your guests."

"This isn't my party. It's a school party."

"That's not what we discussed," her grandmother said.

"I didn't realize you meant I had to stand at the door all night."

Marie Sinclair appeared unswayed.

Bryn pushed to her feet. "If I find someone to greet people, will that make you happy?"

"No." Her grandmother said in her cold, upper-class Blue dragon tone. "But it will do."

"Fine." Bryn scanned the room. Who did she want to dump door duty on? Better yet, who could she convince to do it?

Rhianna stood on the outskirts of the Blue Clan, clutching a glass of punch. Coming back to school after her injury was one thing. Playing hostess was another. Still, it didn't hurt to ask.

Bryn approached Rhianna and spoke in a quiet voice. "I have a favor to ask. My grandmother won't let me sit down unless someone else takes over greeting guests. Do you think you're up for it?"

"I'm not sure." She nodded at her classmates. "My reception hasn't been what I hoped for."

"Idiots." Bryn frowned. Where was Jaxon? And then it came to her. "You could ask Jaxon to go with you. He'd be far happier standing up there with you than he was with me."

"Maybe." Rhianna caught Jaxon's gaze and waved.

He said something to the group of males he stood with and came over to hold Rhianna's hand. "What's wrong?"

"Bryn needs someone to take over greeting at the door. Would you do it with me?"

"Of course. We should have done it that way in the first place."

Okay, he was being nice to Rhianna, but did he have to be such a jerk to her? Not wanting to deal with him, Bryn clamped her lips shut and rejoined her friends at their table.

Clint pointed to her hair. "I see you decided to go native."

She rolled her eyes. "My grandfather interpreted my red, blond, and black-streaked hair as lack of pride in my Blue Clan heritage. So I went blond to appease him." She reached up to touch the inch-wide red streak by her temple. "He still hates this nod to my father's Clan, but I refuse to change it."

"I miss the black stripes." Ivy said.

"Me, too. But my grandparents took me in, so I'm trying to keep the peace." With her parents gone, it's not like she had anywhere else to go. If she alienated her grandfather, she'd be homeless. "Let's talk about something happier."

"I got my driver's license," Clint said.

"That's great." And it gave her an idea. "Maybe you could teach me how to drive."

Ivy shook her head. "Not a good plan. He drives like a maniac."

"I do not." Clint puffed out his chest. "I'm a fabulous driver."

"You took out the bushes at the end of my driveway, on both sides." Ivy laughed. "I don't know who gave him his driver's test, but they must've been caffeine deprived."

"If I could have your attention." Mr. Stanton, the Elemental Science teacher and head of the Green Clan stood near the punch bowl holding a microphone. "I'd like to welcome all of you back after the Christmas Holidays. I'm sure the new year will be an exciting time for all of us. The Directorate has taken security measures to protect the campus from any more disturbances."

Disturbances seemed like an understatement given the severity of the attacks that had occurred on campus before Christmas.

"Please enjoy your friends' company but remember, classes start bright and early tomorrow. Make sure you rest up this evening."

"Please." Clint threw his arm around Ivy's shoulders. "I'll be a zombie no matter what tomorrow. We might as well stay up tonight and have fun."

A growl echoed through the room. Bryn whipped around to see Jaxon facing off with a male from his Clan. "Rhianna does not reflect poorly on our kind."

The other male narrowed his eyes. "Really? Then why did your father void your marriage contract?"

Uh-oh. Jaxon wouldn't speak against his father or the Directorate, which left only one option. This was about to get ugly.

The air around Jaxon shimmered as he shifted to dragon form. The other male shifted, but backed up a step. Big mistake. Ceding ground showed weakness. Jaxon lunged, blasting frozen flames and striking out with his talons. The coppery scent of blood filled the air.

Jaxon backed the boy up to the wall and pinned him there with his talons digging into the boy's neck.

"That's enough." An all too familiar voice boomed through the room. Her grandfather, Ephram Sinclair, was here. Great.

Jaxon released the boy's neck, but didn't retreat.

"Shift back," her grandfather ordered. "Now."

Even though he shifted back to human form, Jaxon never took his gaze from his opponent.

"Jaxon Westgate, what do you have to say for yourself?" her grandfather asked in a voice that rang throughout the room.

"What I have to say, sir, is that the members of my Clan will treat Rhianna with respect."

"Not just me." Rhianna stepped forward. "My injury wasn't my fault. Neither was Garret's or any of the other students who were injured in the attacks. We have every right to be here. Don't you agree, Mr. Sinclair?"

Holy crap. Rhianna had just called her grandfather out in front of all these people. Bryn wasn't sure if she should cheer, or duck and cover.

"You raise an interesting point, young lady. It was brave of you and the other injured students to return to the Institute," her grandfather said. "I would like to think your classmates would recognize that bravery and treat you accordingly. Now, I believe it's time for everyone to retire to their dorms."

The injured Blue slunk away, blending in with the other members of his Clan. How many of them felt Rhianna didn't belong? Would they act on that feeling? Jaxon couldn't fight all of them. Then again, if he went all Westgate on them and proved he was the alpha male, he might not have to.

"Is it me," Clint said, "or did your grandfather wiggle out of answering that question?"

"He's a master of Directorate double-speak," Bryn whispered.


Bryn headed toward the door with her friends. She'd had enough drama for the evening. If her grandmother thought she was going to play the polite hostess by hanging around at the entrance and thanking everyone for coming, she was about to be disappointed.

The noise of chairs scraping on the floor and students gathering their things was a familiar, comforting sound. Who knew she'd miss school?

"Incoming," Ivy said.

Now what? Bryn turned to greet her grandmother. "I don't suppose you're just coming over to give me a hug good-bye?"

Her grandmother appeared at a loss for words. "Well, that would be nice, but I thought I'd accompany you to your new room and say my good-byes there."

"New room?" Bryn hoped she'd misunderstood.

"Yes. Your grandfather and I discussed it. Since you've been legally recognized as a member of the Blue Clan, it's only right you stay in the Blue dorm."

Bryn sent a mute appeal to Clint and Ivy for help.

"We like having Bryn in our dorm," Ivy said.

"We'd be happy to move her things back," Clint offered.

"I appreciate the kindness you showed my granddaughter when she first came here. I see nothing wrong with you continuing to be friends, but her grandfather and I believe her place is with her Clan."

"Is this more him than you?" Bryn asked, knowing the answer already.

"I mentioned you might not want to be uprooted from your current location, but your grandfather felt strongly about the issue. There is a silver lining. Since Rhianna's roommate asked to be reassigned, you'll be able to move in with her."

"Oh, that part I like. I don't suppose Rhianna could move into the Black dragon's dorm with me?" That way they'd be farther away from the people who weren't so friendly toward both of them.

"No." Her grandmother's answer was succinct and gave no opportunity for argument.

Bryn groaned and turned to Clint and Ivy. "I'll call you with my new room number, and we'll figure out some way to mark my terrace, so you won't land on the wrong one and have to deal with anyone's attitude."

"I've always wondered if their rooms were fancier than ours," Clint said. "I guess now I'll find out."

"All right. That's settled," her grandmother said. "Let's join Rhianna and tell her the good news."

Rhianna stood outside the dining hall with Jaxon by her side. Crap. Rooming with Rhianna would mean more exposure to him.

"Hey, roommate," Bryn said with a grin.

"Oh, good. Your grandmother talked to you. I wasn't sure how to bring it up."

"You'd be better off on your own." Jaxon spoke like Bryn wasn't standing right there in front of him.

What the hell? "You can turn back to your non-asshat self any time now."

"Why don't we go see your new room," her grandmother said, like she hadn't heard their comments. Odds were, she'd heard, and this was her way of telling both of them to suck it up and deal with it.

Bryn waved to Clint and Ivy and then followed her grandmother toward the one dorm on campus where she didn't want to live. The Green dragons' dorm had been nice, before she'd been poisoned, and she'd liked the Black dragons' dorm because she'd been closer to her friends.

Rhianna seemed to know what Bryn was thinking. "It will be all right. Most of the other girls will be so caught up in their own lives, they won't pay attention to us."

Would she be ignored or shunned? Did it matter? Not really. It's not like she was expecting to make friends, though it would be nice.

Entering the Blue dorm gave her a sense of deja vu. When she'd first come to school and entered the Green dragons' dorm, they had stared and whispered. The Blue dragons stared as she and Rhianna entered the lobby. Maybe they were too polite or too fearful of her grandmother to whisper. Still, the view before her was like a sea of golden tan skin and blond hair. Her light freckled coloring would never blend in, or truly be welcomed, here.

Despite the cold greeting, the dorm lobby seemed comfortable. There were several sets of couches and wingback chairs scattered about the room. The furniture made of leather and dark polished wood looked like expensive antiques. Rather than a standard cafe in the back of the room like the other dorms, there appeared to be a sit-down restaurant where waiters took your order. To say this was nicer than the Black and Green dragons' dorms was a severe understatement.

There was, of course, the same marble staircase, and no elevators. "Do you think the Directorate will ever modernize the dorms and put in elevators?" Bryn asked.

"No," her grandmother and Jaxon spoke in unison.

"That's a shame." Rhianna held the handrail and climbed the stairs with her uneven gait.

Jaxon's cheeks colored. Good. He should feel embarrassed at the Directorate's closed-mindedness. None of the buildings on campus at the Institute for Excellence, aka Dragon School, were wheelchair accessible. When she'd asked about this, she'd been told medics were able to heal almost all injuries by manipulating Quintessence, or the essence of life. Bryn was actually quite skilled in this area and hoped to become a medic one day. However, the recent attacks on campus had left multiple students with injuries that the medics had been unable to treat or repair. The students with limited mobility might need ramps or elevators, but it didn't seem like the Directorate planned on updating the buildings any time in the near future.

"What floor is our room on?" Bryn asked.

"The second," Rhianna said. "I used to live on the third floor, so this is an improvement."

They reached the second floor landing. Jaxon took both of Rhianna's hands in his and then leaned in and kissed her on the cheek. "Call if you need anything." Then he continued up the steps.


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Trial By Fire 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a series you pick up for whatever reason with zero expectations, thinking it's just going to be a easyily forgettable, cheesy and none effective read. Which turns out to be one of the best engaging, fantastic stories to have read. One can't help but fall crazy In love with the story and characters. It sneaks up on you, and just can't get enough of it.
Danii_045 More than 1 year ago
Trial by Fire is Valmonts instalment. He is Bryn's knight and love interest. Zavien blew his chance with Bryn and Valmont was waiting in the wings to impress her. They have a special bond but something seems strange about their relationship. They are trying to work out their problems but it's hard to work out what's not right. Meanwhile, Jaxon is standing by Rhianna after her injury even if they can no longer marry. Jaxon is jealous of everyone. He's jealous of Rhianna's new friend. He's trying to show an alpha front and stay strong with his fellow male dragons. He has a new potential marriage set up but it's not for love. Bryn and Jaxon are no longer fighting but no sparks are flying. They are hoping to find a marriage agreement that works for them both if they have to accept each other. The dragon school is back and so are the enemies. There is a new mystery to solve and a whole new library of books. Ivy and Clint are back as trusty friends but Bryn has new living digs. Nothing is smooth sailing in Trial by Fire. Dragon affairs are complicated and not everyone is happy with how things are run. Politics, secrets and another lockdown. It's all going on. I'm really enjoying this series and so glad I went back to read the other books. I would highly recommend reading these books in order but I'm enjoying knowing the secrets. 4.5 stars out of 5. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Danii_045 More than 1 year ago
Trial by Fire is Valmonts instalment. He is Bryn's knight and love interest. Zavien blew his chance with Bryn and Valmont was waiting in the wings to impress her. They have a special bond but something seems strange about their relationship. They are trying to work out their problems but it's hard to work out what's not right. Meanwhile, Jaxon is standing by Rhianna after her injury even if they can no longer marry. Jaxon is jealous of everyone. He's jealous of Rhianna's new friend. He's trying to show an alpha front and stay strong with his fellow male dragons. He has a new potential marriage set up but it's not for love. Bryn and Jaxon are no longer fighting but no sparks are flying. They are hoping to find a marriage agreement that works for them both if they have to accept each other. The dragon school is back and so are the enemies. There is a new mystery to solve and a whole new library of books. Ivy and Clint are back as trusty friends but Bryn has new living digs. Nothing is smooth sailing in Trial by Fire. Dragon affairs are complicated and not everyone is happy with how things are run. Politics, secrets and another lockdown. It's all going on. I'm really enjoying this series and so glad I went back to read the other books. I would highly recommend reading these books in order but I'm enjoying knowing the secrets. 4.5 stars out of 5. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed so hard at so many points my sides hurry. Then I cried so hard my entire body shook. I loved these books and cannot wait til book 5!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great book.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the third book in the Going Down in Flames series, Trial by Fire by Chris Cannon! The bond between Bryn and Valmont continues to be tested and threats to Bryn's life continue as well. She keeps looking for any signs of other hybrids while her grandparents and Jaxon's parents assume that Bryn and Jaxon will be married. The book ends with a possible opening for another book, but who knows? The series is enjoyable and a very clean read, so a book or books being added to the series would be welcomed by me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great continuation of book 2. Can't wait for book 4.
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT!!!!!!!!! Title: Trial By Fire Author: Chris Cannon Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Format: Ebook Pages: 287 Rating: 5 Setting: Institute for Excellence – Dragon school Main Characters: Bryn, Valmont Supporting Characters: Jaxon, Clint, Ivy Thoughts: Pretty sure I’m going to go through withdrawals, this series is so good! The story moves along so quickly that you don’t even realize that half the book has been read. And it’s so hard to put down that everything else around you just disappears. Part of me wants to read it again just so I don’t have to miss the characters. This has elements of Divergent with the classes, their jobs, and no mixing. There’s also an element of Harry Potter with all the mysteries that Bryn tries to solve, a bit of the magic, and the school just for dragons. I am anxiously waiting for the next book and recommend this to anyone that likes a snarky main character who stands up for what she believes in and won’t let anyone push her around. Kudos Ms. Cannon for creating such a wonderful story that makes me crave more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good series .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next book. :)
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
It was Bryn’s idea to have a Welcome Back Students gala after the attacks at the Institute Of Excellence school. She was to co-host with Jaxon and she was not happy about that. The Institute was a shape shifting dragon school. Only half of the injured students were returning. Bryn’s mom had been a blue dragon and Bryn’s dad had been a red dragon and it was frowned upon for clans to intermarry. Bryn did not feel she fit in with any clan of dragons. Bryn’s best friend Ivy was a black dragon. Bryn’s parents were gone and she lived with her grandparents as she had nowhere else to go. Bryn hoped to be a medic one day Bryn had grown close to her grandmother but she still found her grandfather a little scary. Bryn had a human who was bound to her with a spell in his blood that made him her knight his name was Valmont. Her grandmother ordered Valmont to stay with Bryn as another attempt had happened on Bryn’s life. Bryn had a roommate Rhianna but her boyfriend Jaxon made her move to a different room. Jaxon would probably have to marry Bryn but he would not give up Rhianna she would be his mistress. Bryn could not stand Jaxon. Bryn was falling for Valmont and when there was a problem between them emotionally Bryn got very sick. Bryn had been looking for other hybrids like herself she felt not all hybrids were violent. I like this story a lot. It had a lot going on most of the time. However it drag in some spots but not enough to stop me from reading this story. The ending was not a cliffhanger but did leave room for the author to start another story.I like the characters a lot especially Bryn and all the ups and downs she went through. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review** 4 ½ stars Red-blue hybrid dragon shifter Bryn McKenna has just started appreciating her grandparent’s affections, as bizarre as they are in the socially awkward world of the dragon community she lives in. Being a hybrid had at one time made Bryn an outcast, and while there are still those that don’t like her being accepted into their hierarchy, as a socially-superior blue dragon (as her mother’s parents are blue’s as well), she finally is finding a place for herself. The only problem is that her dragon only school and community are continuing to take attacks from an unknown source – one that is wounding or killing many members. But with her gallant (and handsome) knight Valmont by her side, what could really happen? When Bryn’s grandmother insists that she move into the blue dorms so she can hopefully be more socially accepted (and kept safer and more secure), she reluctantly agrees – especially when she finds out that her once enemy Rhianna will be her new roommate – not that Jaxon, the son of the Directorate’s head approves of his girlfriend living with the likes of Bryn. But he’s just bitter seeing as if the Directorate had its way, he would be marrying Bryn and not Rhianna, due to her sever injury during one of the attacks that left her crippled. Not that Bryn is excited about the idea either – she’d much rather explore the idea of being with Valmont. So when Bryn and Rhianna’s apartment is broken into and ransacked, Bryn’s grandmother tasks Valmont with being by Bryn’s side 24 hours a day – and staying with her even overnight – as it means keeping her safe. But when Bryn still can’t help but stir up mischief, and her and Valmont find something so huge it could blow the lid on the Directorate’s whole governing, it then becomes a race of who can save Bryn from the Directorate’s whims – what will they do to keep Bryn quite? While there was much more “romance” than fighting in this book, I still really enjoyed seeing Bryn grown and start figuring out where she stands within the dragon community – even if it means rocking a few boats along the way. Valmont’s devotion to her is so sweet and enduring, that I truly hope they are given a chance in the continuation of their story – even Jaxon deserves to be with the one he loves, even if he is a pompous jerk half the time. Bottom line, if you loved the action and not the romance Ms. Cannon’s series has see-sawed on throughout the 3 books, you may feel a bit of a letdown – but if you are anything like me, you know that an epic battle is just hanging on the precipice, ready to let loose in the next book. It’s an inevitability that the other hybrids will not rest until the Directorate takes them serious – and that in itself is what I am truly excited about! Seeing that final battle will undoubtedly be epic and not soon forgotten!
BooksInBrogan More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy these books they are one of the better YA paranormal series the only thing I don’t like is that there is never really an end to them there is always a lot of the story that is left at a cliff hanger type ending.
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
I have not read the other two books in this series so I really had nothing to compare this one to as far as Chris Cannon goes. I was able to pick up pretty quickly on this one without having read the two previous ones though. The characters are well developed and the writing was good. There were some lulls for me that I had to push through. This story was about Bryn and how she was pretty much in love with her knight that watches over her 24/7. There was a lot of back and forth with Valmont and Bryn though. You could tell that they wanted it to work between them but then you got the feeling that there were still questions as to how it was all going to play out. The whole time Bryn is fighting her attraction to Valmont, Jaxon is going after her too and showing his jealous/possessive side. Bryn and Jaxon are supposed to be married by a directorate arranged marriage, but Bryn is not sure that she wants that. With her attraction to her knight, she knows that it might compromise her training, but it might also be because he is her trainer that they have such a connection too. A dragon and knight most definitely have a special connection with each other. So, will Bryn not marrying Jaxon be easier than diverting a civil war? You need to read this story to find out what happens with Bryn, Jaxon and Valmont. Where does Rhianna and Jaxon 's relationship come into all of this? Like I stated earlier, there were some lulls for me in the story but I just kept pushing on through them. I need to go back and read the first 2 books so that I have a better understand of what all is going on in case I missed something. I am anxious to see what is next for Chris Cannon though!
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
4 ½ of 5 Stars Chris Cannon’s Trial By Fire is another exciting story as the third book in the Going Down in Flames Series. The story takes place after book two, Bridges Burned. Crossbreed red/blue dragon shifter, Bryn McKenna, goes back at school after someone once again tried to kill her. Her knight, Valmont Fonzoli, is assigned to guard her 24/7. Having no one to ask questions of, they are discovering the side effects of the dragon-knight bond. If that is not enough, she is coping with the potential arranged marriage to Jaxon Westgate; something neither of them wants. Plus, there is the looming possibility of a civil war. To say this story has a lot going on is an understatement. This Contemporary dragon shifter novel is suitable for young adults. Chris Cannon does a fabulous job with her character development. Bryn has gone through a lot since the first book. Being a hybrid in a society full of purebreds is tough enough. Then she is the first dragon in hundreds of years to form a bond with a knight. She is smart and open minded. She is great at negotiating. It often benefits her that she grew up thinking she was human because she looks at things outside the box. I like Valmont. I think it is great that he is not intimidated by the dragons. He would do anything to protect Bryn. I enjoyed how their relationship developed in this story. As much as Jaxon is supposed to be Bryn’s nemesis, I do think the two make a good team in terms of the Directorate. They are both open minded when it comes to doing what is right for the dragons. Jaxon is a worthy alpha that will protect what is his. I love seeing his softer side around, Rhianna. I also appreciated how Bryn’s relationship grew with both of her grandparents. I enjoyed the plot. It was full of action, mystery, and conspiracies. I love the discovery in the library. That was a fascinating development. We find out some interesting things about the hybrids and dragon history. The first snow day was fun. Overall, the story was well-written and hard to put down. I am looking forward to the next book. Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.