Flora Reviews… Dragonfire (Dark Kings #14) by Donna Grant
Read: 9th – 14th October 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
So what’s this book about?
Dragonfire is a paranormal romance tale (approx 400 pages) and the fourteenth novel in Donna Grant’s hugely popular Dark Kings series – a spin off from her Dark Warriors Series and Dark Sword Series – featuring supernatural/mythological beings including dragon shifters, dark and light fae, fae Reapers (who work for Death herself) and magic welding druids (the mies who use light magic, dark magic users the droughs and the druid Warriors who have the powers of the old gods). These various species can be found inhabiting our world as well as in their own magical realms hidden from the knowledge of humans.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
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 mortals–even 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 fear–a 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 eyes–or the feelings in her heart–when their destinies are bound by desire?
It is possible to read Dragonfire as a standalone story; yes, this tale features numerous characters from previous books, has multiple existing story arcs that continue through this one and beyond plus has multiple references to past adventures but Ms Grant tries to ensure that any new readers aren’t completely lost by weaving pertinent information into this book without slowing the pace. Having said that, as this book is the latest in a long standing series, a new reader will miss the nuances of experiencing past relationships, plot lines and knowing the characters jumping in cold like this.
So, what did I like about it?
I’ve only read one other book in Ms Grant’s Dark Kings series (Heat – Dark Kings #12 see my review here) but I enjoy the way that she tells her stories, the pace her plots develop and the fantasy world that she has created. I like that she gives us a prologue to set up what happened in the past as well as an epilogue to whet our appetites for future books.
I enjoyed the mystery aspect of this story and the way our lead couple were trying to solve it. I appreciated the various twists and turns that Ms Grant weaved into this paranormal romance story, not only with Roman and Sabina’s quest but within the other plot lines too.
I did enjoy that there are a few plots running alongside the romance aspect in this book; Roman and Sabina’s quest to find the Vlad’s sword, Vlad’s missing memories, the threat and power struggles within the Dark and Light Fae plus the continuing mystery/threat of the Druid and Fae partnership.
Having not read most of the previous books I may be able to view this story’s characters differently than existing fans; what I’m enjoying is that we have different sorts of bad guys here; downright evil sods, misunderstood rogues, friends turned into enemies and bad-turned-good heroes. I love that, it keeps us readers on our toes. 😉 I appreciate an author who writes multidimensional characters that aren’t good or bad but a multitude of grey. I really liked our heroine, Sabine; she’s intelligent, resourceful and her brother Camlo is a beautiful soul who I fell in love with too.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
As you can tell by my rating, I did like this book but there were a few things that took the shine off for me.
For example, I found the phonetic Scottish dialogue used throughout this book annoying and although it wasn’t a deal breaker it certainly didn’t help.
Jumping into a well established series, I was prepared to encounter background story arcs that continue from previous books and even go on to subsequent books. But although Ms Grant does a good job of giving the relevant information within these pages I should warn other newbies that a lot has happened in this series – a heck of a lot! I am sure that Dragonfire is the sort of book that existing fans will absolutely love but as a new reader I felt as though there were too many cliffhangers by the final page – there were too many unresolved issues and I was left with more questions than I could shake a stick at.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really enjoyed this book; I couldn’t stop reading until I found out how it ended. I love it when a story keeps me guessing, makes me chuckle, puts a lump in my throat, warms my old romantic heart and sends tingles of titillation to my nether regions.
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About the Author
Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a hundred novels. Her most popular series is the breathtaking Dark King (aka Dragon King) series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.
In addition to her novels, Donna has written short stories, novellas, and novelettes for digital-first and print release. She has been dubbed as giving the “paranormal genre a burst of fresh air” by the San Francisco Book Review. Her work has been hailed as having “deft plotting and expert characterization” by Publisher’s Weekly and “sizzling” by RT Book Reviews.
She has been recognized with awards from both bookseller and reader contests including the National Reader’s Choice Award, Booksellers Best Award, as well as the coveted K.I.S.S. Award from RT Book Reviews.
Donna travels often for various speaking engagements, conferences, and book signings. She is also a frequent workshop presenter at national conferences such as RT Book Lovers Convention and Thrillerfest, as well as local chapters.
Born and raised in Texas, she also has ties across the border in Louisiana. Growing up with two such vibrant cultures, her Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. She is never far from her faithful 80 pound dog, Sisko, or her cats. She can often be found at the movies or bookstore. Or buying makeup. And shoes.
The publication date is 30th October 2018.