Flora Reviews…Ignite (Dark Kings #15) by Donna Grant
Read: 17th – 20th March 2019
Publication Date: 30th April 2019
Quote from Ignite
“Things weren’t going well, and they didn’t look to be improving anytime soon.”
My Overall Rating: 4/5
Plot: 4/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 4/5
So what’s this book about?
Ignite is a paranormal romance tale (approx 416 pages) and the fifteenth 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 of any kind or reveal any plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
Every inch of him was molded as if from granite…and her blood ran like fire…
For centuries, V has waited to awaken from his doomed sleep and reclaim his destiny. But this Dragon King–one among a legion of legendary warriors sworn to protect the human race from darkness–must first find a way to win back his sword. Wield its power. And try not to fall prey to his own illicit desires.
Claire may possess the beauty and soul of a goddess but V knows better than to mess with a mere mortal. Still, he instinctively knows that Claire is The One who can help him regain the use of his sword and restore his place at Dreagan. But if she learns the truth about who–and what–he really is, her memories of him would be erased forever. How can V love Claire truly, madly, deeply…and protect her from the forces of fire and darkness that could destroy them both?
It is possible to read Ignite 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 numerous 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 Ignite is the latest in a long standing series, I worry that a new reader would miss all the nuances of experiencing those past relationships, plot lines and knowing the characters’ personalities when jumping in cold.
So, what did I like about it?
I enjoy the way that Ms Grant tells her stories; the pace her plots develop, the characters she introduces us to and the fantasy world she creates. I’ve only read two books in this series (Heat – Dark Kings #12 see my review here and Dragonfire – Dark Kings #14 see my review here) but I have quickly become captivated.
I enjoyed the mystery aspect of this story and the way that all of the characters were working together to try and solve it. I appreciated the various twists, turns, subterfuge and surprises that Ms Grant weaved into this paranormal romance story, not only with V (aka Vlad) and Claire’s romance but within the other plot lines too.
I did enjoy that there are a few storylines running alongside the relationship and romance between our main couple, V and Claire; Vlad’s issue with using his newly found sword, the escalated threat from Usaeil, The Queen of the Light Fae plus the continuing mystery and threat from The Others – who are they, how will they strike next and what can the Dragon Kings do to protect themselves and vanquish them.
Having only read a couple of books in this series, I may be able to view 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 greys.
Those of you who have read my reviews before will know that I definitely enjoy a story more deeply if the lead female character is intelligent, resilient and has plenty of gumption; I wasn’t disappointed here, Claire was all of these and more. In fact, Claire and V were both characters that I connected to; I was completely engaged in their story.
Ignite made me chuckle out loud, wipe the odd tear from my eyes, had me on the edge of my seat with tension and gave me yummy flutters of arousal; in short – I was gripped from the first page to the last.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
As you can tell by my rating, I did really enjoy this book but there were a couple of things that took the shine off for me.
Although I have read two of the previous books in this well established series, I was still prepared to encounter references to adventures from previous books that I hadn’t read and that some storylines would continue through to subsequent books. Ms Grant does a good job of giving the relevant information within these pages about past events but I should warn newbie readers that a lot has happened in this series up until this point – a heck of a lot – and I feel that we miss that connection that existing fans would have built up. Ignite is a story that seems to progress existing storylines rather than conclude any or start new ones.
My second niggle is about the ending; I felt as though there were too many cliffhangers by the final page which I found very frustrating – there were numerous 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. It’s got everything that I’m looking for in a great story; action, romance, passion, humour and enough titillation to keep me blushing on the bus. I couldn’t stop reading!
Due to some of the darker references, violence and sexual content, I’d recommend this book to adults who are not offended by scenes of this nature who are fans of relationship and romance stories with oodles of fire and passion.
So, has my review of IGNITE (DARK KINGS #15) encouraged you to find out more? I really hope so. Just click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself or to find out more about the author.
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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 April 2019.