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Caged Warrior: Dragon Kings Book One (The Dragon Kings 1) by [Piper, Lindsey]
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Fierce battles inside a metal cage comprise the games central to the debut of Piper’s Dragon Kings series. Warrior Leto, of Clan Garnis, who fights for the glory of the Aster Clan, is given the task of making a warrior out of Nynn, of Clan Tigony, who was known as Audrey when she was married and gave birth to a son. Leto must keep her alive through three contests. Both fight for a cause: his, provide shelter for his cousin, hers, to get her son back. But Leto isn’t sure that he can turn this soft woman into a warrior, especially since she doesn’t know what her special powers are or how they work. But as he’s as much a captive as she is, he has no choice but to get into the practice ring with her every day and try to transform her into the fearsome competitor he needs at his side. Piper’s gritty tale of survival and love will appeal to those who like blood-and-sweat fantasy and romance. --Pat Henshaw

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“This new series is off to a promising start, pairing paranormal elements with a gladiator setting. Thef usion of the two will appeal to fans of both paranormal and fantasy. The tension and developing relationship between Audrey and Leto will keep pages turning at a fast clip, and the setup for future books is sure to have readers coming back for more.” (RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars )

“Fierce battles inside a metal cage comprise the games central to the debut of Piper’s Dragon Kings series. Piper’s gritty tale of survival and love will appeal to those who like blood-and-sweat fantasy and romance.” (Booklist )

“Fans of gritty paranormal romance will appreciate the strong and emotional story, which builds slowly to an exciting conclusion.” (Publishers Weekly )

“If you’ve become jaded toward serial paranormal romances, you should give the genre one last try. Caged Warrior is an excitingly fresh beginning to what promises to be a quality new series. The story is complex and demanding, the hero is both brutal and somehow innocent, and the premise, well, that’s just insane. The plot has a really nice twist, a shock that occurs that’ll have you dashing through the pages to find out what happens. Highly recommended.” (All About Romance )

“This book was the bomb. It is raw, it is violent and it made me cry like a right old ninny... Brilliant. Give this new series a try, you won’t be disappointed!” (Urban Book Thief )

“I was captivated from start to finish... Lindsey Piper does an outstanding job,making this new world vividly ingrained in your imagination and creating a story that will have you riveted to the pages.” (Tome Tender Book Blog )

"Ms. Piper’s new series promises a peek into a fascinating paranormal world. The chemistry between Leto and Audrey is brutal and explosive. She paints their story against a gritty background of survival at any cost. Readers will snap this one up only to be ravenous for more." (Coffee Time Romance )

“I loved it. Seriously one of my new favorite series. The characters were extremely well developed, and the world-building was solid and fierce.” (USA Today )

Caged Warrior is unlike anything I have ever read. It is a truly epic read that I highly recommend. I cannot wait to see what Lindsey Piper has in store for her next Dragon Kings book and I plan on reading and re-reading this book as the years go by. This is a story to remember!” (Coffee and Characters )


Product Details

  • File Size: 2678 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 034940299X
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (June 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A28GXQ0
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: This novel confused me in general. It was intense but disappointing, and not my cup of tea.

Opening Sentence: Leto’s eyes glimmered, as black and shining as the accents on his armor.

The Review:

Nynn is a Dragon King, one of few that make up a dying race with amazing powers. After being ostracized from the Dragon King Council and leaders, Nynn went into the human world and became Audrey, living a normal human life. Audrey had a husband, Caleb, and a son, Jack — the first naturally born Dragon King in a long time. This miracle turns bittersweet when a sadistic scientist kills Caleb, kidnaps her and Jack, and performs tests.

Soon Audrey is not needed to be tested on anymore, and she is sent to the cartels to fight other captured Dragon Kings. She begins to fall in love with Leto, her trainer of sorts, and discovers memories that were hidden and powers that were abstained.

Before I even flipped open this book, I checked out Amazon reviews, and after seeing four stars was pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, this book did not fulfill my expectations.

There were a few main points that got on my nerves. One, it took forever and increasingly tested my patience as Nynn trains for her first fight in three weeks. Two, it was so confusing. I didn’t understand that Dragon Kings were a “demon” race until I looked on Amazon, and I didn’t get the whole cartel idea until halfway through. Three, some scenes were becoming more of a Fifty Shades of Grey situation and I just felt I needed to skip those. The colorful language didn’t bother me, but the chapters I just described were uncomfortable and took up a surprising section of the book.
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Audrey MacLaren was an art teacher and married to a marketing exec. She was the mother to Jack. She also had a secret. She was really Nynn of the Clan Tigony, a dragon in exile. She was a type of hybrid without the dragon powers that her clan was known for. The Aster crime family has killed her husband and kidnapped Audrey and her son Jack. Jack is a true born dragon king and old man Aster has captured Jack and Audrey to conduct tests on them. He wants to find out how she was able to give birth to one when she was a hybrid and her husband was human. She and Jack have endured painful and humiliating tests and torture.
Then Audrey wakes to find herself is a cell and separated from her son. She has been given to Leto. Leto is to train her to fight in the cages. Leto is also from a dragon tribe, working for the Asters to keep his family safe. He trains warriors to fight in the cages in order to earn protection for his sisters.
Audrey has decided that she will learn what Leto has to teach her and save her son, then burn the place down. She would live for vengeance. Leto will use that drive to make her into a powerful warrior. As her powers develop, she is to become Leto's partner in the cage battles. They battle each other every step of the way but grow to trust each other. Leto's desire to have her wars with his duty to train her. Helping her against the Asters could destroy everything he has accomplished, but he knows what is being done is wrong. The decision he makes will change everything.
I had a really hard time getting into this book. It was not one of my favorite storylines. The main character, Audrey, was strong and willing to fight. I really liked the fire she had, but not wanting to do everything to access her powers was not something I expected.
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This book was a difficult read for me and took awhile for me to finish reading it. I do understand that it really isn't my type of book as I don't care for stories with a lot of intensity or violence. I can get through scenes that are violent as long as the rest of the story is really good, positive, or extremely interesting paranormally. This story was not what I expected, as I thought it was part romance, but it is NOT a sweet romance! I kept expecting more gentleness, but didn't find it. I think that if you are into intense books with lots of action than you would enjoy this story. I had a difficult time connecting with the two main characters and the horrible environment that this story takes place in. I strongly recommend reading the book flap (below the book description) before buying the book. If you enjoy that, and don't expect the story to get any gentler, than you will really enjoy this book. Also, the story does not end with this book.

(Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to review, however complimentary copies do not guarantee that I will review the book, and do not sway my opinion on the story.)
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4-4 1/2 stars. This story was definitely not what I expected, but I really enjoyed it. I was in the mood for a pnr, and since it was labeled a "Dragon Kings" book, I assumed it would be a "fated mates" type dragon-shifter story. Boy was I wrong. I would defintely consider it in the "darker" side. There was not really any "sunshine and cheery" moments, but rather a combination of a very intense and action-packed story line, with a decent romance. I thought the h was a great leading lady. She was super strong--both emotionally and physically. She did not always make the best decisions, but she learns from her mistakes, and grows from them. I wouldn't necessarily consider the H a "bad guy", but he is what he is, and does what he does to survive in the only environment he has ever known. When I first met him, his actions towards the h made me go back to the synopsis of the book to actually see if he was going to be the h's love interest. To be honest, I was very skeptical as to whether the author could pull this off to me as a believable romance, but she did. I feel there was a growth in both characters that really helped to build the foundation for a growing relationship. I thought the writing style was good, and had a good flow. However, I did find some parts confusing, like I was missing some information about this new world the author created. Not enough to detract from the total enjoyment, but just enough to make me wish for some answers.
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