What rating would you give it?
3 (maybe 3.5) of 5 Stars
Give us a summary.
(Taken from GoodReads)
Najlah is on the hunt for the traitorous coward who attempted to assassinate the king and nearly killed Najlah’s brother in the process. But the hunt has taken his team deep into the Shide, the treacherous, freezing mountains controlled by the mysterious Lukos, feral wolf shifters who do not tolerate trespassers.
When the Lukos come upon them, Najlah is reluctantly intrigued. The Lukos, especially the one called Barkus, are nothing like the soft humans he spends most of his time around. They thrive in the brutal cold the way he thrives in volcanic fire. For the first time, it feels like Najlah may have found someone who can equal the fierceness of dragons, and see them as more than demons.
But if he hopes to explore the bond forming with the Lukos, he must first survive the enemy—and the Shide.
What did you think of the book?
I actually enjoyed this book, but I wasn’t 100% sold. I’ve read better by Megan Derr, so I can’t give it the high ratings I normally would. As per usual, I love, love, LOVE her grumpy characters and interesting dragons. 😄 They’re so ridiculously loveable, it isn’t even funny.
However, this story was waaaay too info-dumpy especially in the stilted dialogue, with equally too many odd moments for side-tracked conversation. That was easily my biggest problem with this book. I’ve seen much better writing from Megan Derr, so I’m a little disappointed on that aspect. But other than that, the world-building was good. There needs to be more of it, and the story needs to be way WAAAY longer, but you get enough of this world to understand most (although not all) of what is going on and why.
The plot was a bit weak and uninteresting, but it made up for it in the characters — specifically the character interaction. (My favourite moments are the ones that play out between the brothers. They’re ridiculous, and precious, and gods — where are they now to brighten my day? Silly dragons. xD)
And on that note, I did actually like all of the main and supporting characters, however I could *not* get over the really dumb name of “Barkus,” for a WOLF shifter. It’s just too… it wasn’t even funny after awhile. @__@ Other than that, the characters are great. I absolutely love Derr’s interpretation of dragons in this book and what we’ve learned of their society, culture, sexes/genders/roles in their dens, and personalities. I just wished everything didn’t seem so… so… scripted. Like I opened an encyclopedia on Tahjili dragons.
Also all of the characters need to stop eating dictionaries and just spewing information out of their mouth like an out of control fax machine.
Yet still! All in all, I *did* like it. I’m just on the fence as to whether or not I’d ever recommend it to anyone.
Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?
Uhh… although I wouldn’t call it bestiality, there is a scene where the characters have sex in their shifted forms so… beware~~ And all that jazz.
Does it count towards any reading challenges?
Obviously. 😄 It was done for the NetGalley & Edelweiss challenge, but also worked perfectly for the 2015 The Eclectic Reader (#2 A Book set in a country starting with the letter S) reading challenge. It also fits into all these:
- 2015 GoodReads Reading Challenge
- 2015 LGBT Challenge (MM/OTHER)
- You Read How Many Books?
- 52 Books in 52 Weeks
- Read A Million Pages
- 105 Reading Challenge (Categories: 1, 3, 9)
- 2015 New To You Reading Challenge (Brand New Series — I didn’t know it at the time but it is Book 1 of the Heart of Fire series)
Would you recommend this book?
I’m still not sure. I mean… maybe. Yeah. I think so. I dunno. It was an interesting read, even if it did seem very… incomplete. I just wished it was longer and not so… “word-dumpy” in the dialogue. If you can get passed that, then you’ll enjoy it as a quickie read.
Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)
|Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: December 2013
Pages: est. 58
Genre / Themes: Romance, Gender
Study, QUILTBAG / LGBTQUI, Coming
of Age, Historical Fiction, Sex, Nudity,
Friendship (Male Friendship), Gender & Sexual
Identity & Study, Fantasy, Betrayal, War,
Peace, Warring Nations, Holiday Short,
Holiday Celebration, Master And Slave (non-
sexual), Social Injustice, Social Hierarchy
|Age: Young Adult (I think…)
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Index From Author’s Website
Challenge: 2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (18),
52 Books in 52 Weeks, You Read How Many Books?,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge,
Read A Million Pages, 105 Reading Challenge,
Readathon Day 2015, 2015 LGBT Reading Challenge,
The Eclectic Reader (#2 A Book Set In A Country
Starting With The Letter S),
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