Battle Bond: An Urban Fantasy Dragon Series (Death Before Dragons) Paperback – March 13, 2020
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- Publisher : Lindsay Buroker (March 13, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 276 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1951367049
- ISBN-13 : 978-1951367046
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #151,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lindsay does a great job with world building, but, in this case, it's more of using an existing place (Washington state, esp around Seattle) and creating places within an already existing world and making it her own. And she does so well that, even if you've never been to Seattle, you end up feeling like you've lived there.
Characters...I love that Lindsay always has a strong, independent,yet loveable woman as one of the 2 principal characters...and although your pretty sure a romance will develop, and usually does, she works it into the story in such a way that it adds to the story without taking over.
In this story, Val is a special type of bounty hunter (I guess you could call her that). Her job I'd to track down magical creatures who are breaking the law, and eliminate them. Zav is a dragon who comes to our world looking to capture and take back bad guys for trial and "rehabilitation". Of course they meet,and clash!!
I love Val's snarky attitude and her willingness to go toe to toe with a dragon. You fall in love with her character as she struggles with issues stemming from distancing herself from family, friends, would be friends...Any one that the bad guys can use to hurt her, while wishing that she could have someone to be with. In spite of her size, strength (will, magical, and physical), she is quite relatable.
The other very quirky characters that become part of her world are so much fun and I can't wait for the rest of these books so that I can watch them grow as the dysfunctional, weird, awesome family that we all wish we had...including the vampire who yearns for her blood.😀
Read this series,you won't be disappointed.
Oh, and you'll have a larger vocabulary.
I really enjoyed the book, it's a great follow up to the first! I still like Val and Sindari’s banter back and forth and I love the way Val gets under Zav's skin. I'm eagerly anticipating the third book to see what the repercussions are from activities at the end of this story. In my opinion, this series is worth the investment!
The plot is full action from the start. A new dragon shows up, killing humans, and both Val's boss and Zav want him gone. And a group of shifters is harassing Val's weapons supplier, so she's helping her too. Neither task is going well, and Val gets her ass handed to her many times before everything is solved. Luckily she heals fast. However, the way she deals with the dragon causes a rift between her and Zav, which might spell trouble for her in the future. I'm eagerly awating to read what happens next.
Interesting plot line engaging characters, action that makes sense and doesn't insist on describing everything blow by blow but still gives plenty of information so that your mental picture is complete.
For me, a well written book is like watching a movie, I "see" and "hear" the action and narrative.
These books are extremely well written and I can sink into them and enjoy.
Highly recommended series.
Highly recommended Author.
"Cool factor" is something that urban fantasy can do really well, and Lindsay Buroker certainly accomplishes with her Death Before Dragons series. Want a snarky heroine who shares a psychic connection with a magical tiger? You got it. Traditional fantasy races like elves and dwarves plopped into a modern-day setting alongside shifters and dragons? Got that too. A magical weapon named after a character from the princess bride? Lawn ornaments that come with defenses against the supernatural. Check and check.
But the great thing about Battle Bond is it goes beyond cool factor. The storyline is exciting and funny, and Val is a multilayered heroine that you not only route for but feel for. Add in a romance that ends up being a lot more compelling then you might expect, and you have a real winner. The next time you find yourself looking for an excellent urban fantasy book, I would start with this series.
Top reviews from other countries
All action and i could not put it down. The characters are well written and their places in the book developed into a book that sends me reaching for book 3
Well done ms. Buroker, keep them coming