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- Publisher: Berkley; 1st edition (May 3, 2011)
- Publication Date: May 3, 2011
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004Q7DQLS
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,764 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Black Dagger Brotherhood readers will love Dragon Bound...I'm hooked!”—J. R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“I loved this book so much, I didn't want it to end. Smoldering sensuality, fascinating characters and an intriguing world—Dragon Bound kept me glued to the pages. Thea Harrison has a new fan in me!”—Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author
“Thea Harrison has created a truly original urban fantasy romance....When the shapeshifting dragon locks horns with his very special heroine, sparks fly that any reader will enjoy. Buy yourself an extra-large cappuccino, sit back and enjoy the decadent fun!"—Angela Knight, New York Times bestselling author
“Dragon Bound is full of tense action, toe-curling love scenes and intriguing characters that will stay with you long after the story is over. All that is wrapped inside a colorful, compelling world with magic so real, the reader can feel it.”—Shannon K. Butcher, national bestselling author
“Sexy and action packed, Dragon Bound features a strong, likable heroine, a white-hot luscious hero and an original and intriguing world that swallowed me whole. This novel held me transfixed from beginning to end!”—Anya Bast, New York Times bestselling author
“Every now and then a book comes along that blows your socks off—this is one of those books! To say that former category author Harrison makes a stellar foray into the paranormal genre with this Elder Races series starter is truly an understatement. Utilizing vivid characters, edge-of-your-seat danger and an intriguing alternate reality, Harrison crafts a novel that grabs you from the first sentence and makes you bitterly regret that the book must end. Move this to the top of your must-buy list immediately, you won’t be disappointed!”—RT Book Reviews
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Knowing that didn’t make it easier. She couldn’t believe she had been so lacking in good judgment, taste or sensibility.
Honestly what had she done? She had taken one look at a pretty face and forgotten everything her mom had taught her about survival. It sucked so bad she might as well put a gun to her head and pull the trigger. Except she didn’t own a gun because she didn’t like them. Besides, pulling the trigger on a gun was pretty final. She had issues with commitment and she was so freaking dead anyway, so why bother.
A taxi horn blared. In New York the sound was so common everyone ignored it, but this time it made her jump. She threw a glance over one hunched shoulder.
Her life was in ruins. She would be on the run for the rest of her life, all fifteen minutes or so of it, thanks to her own foolish behavior and her shithead ex who had screwed her, then screwed her over so royally she couldn’t get over the knife-like sensation in the pit of her stomach.
She stumbled into a narrow trash-strewn street by a Korean restaurant. She uncapped a liter-sized water bottle and chugged half it down, one hand splayed on the cement wall while she watched the sidewalk traffic. Steam from the restaurant kitchen enveloped her in the rich red-pepper and soy scents of gochujang and ganjang sauces, overlaying the garbage rot of a nearby dumpster and the acrid exhaust from the traffic.
The people in the street looked much as they always did, driven by internal forces as they charged along the sidewalk and shouted on cell phones. A few mumbled to themselves as they dug through trash cans and looked at the world with lost wary eyes. Everything looked normal. So far so good?
After a long nightmarish week, she had just committed the crime. She had stolen from one of the most dangerous creatures on Earth, a creature so frightening that just imagining him was more scariness than she ever wanted to meet in real life. Now she was almost done. A couple more stops to make, one more meeting with the shithead, and then she could scream for oh say a couple of days or so while she figured out where she would run to hide.
Holding on to that thought she strode down the street until she came to the Magic District. Located east of the Garment District and north of Koreatown, the New York Magic District was sometimes called the Cauldron. It was comprised of several city blocks that seethed with light and dark energies.
The Cauldron flaunted caveat emptor like a prizefighter’s satin cloak. The area was stacked several stories high with kiosks and shops offering Tarot readings, psychic consultations, fetishes and spells, retail and wholesale sellers, imports, those who dealt with fake merchandise and those who sold magic items that were deadly real. Even from the distance of a city block, the area assaulted her senses.
She came to a shop located at the border of the district. The storefront was painted sage-green on outside, with the molding at the plate-glass windows and door painted pale yellow. She took a backwards step to look up. The name DIVINUS was spelled in plain brushed-metal lettering over the front window. Years ago her mother had on occasion bought spells from the witch who owned this shop. Her boss Quentin had also mentioned the witch had one of the strongest magical talents he had ever met in a human.
She looked in the storefront. Her blurred reflection looked back her, a tired young woman, built rather long and coltish, with tense features and a pale tangled ponytail. She looked past herself into the shadowed interior.
In contrast to the noisy none-too-clean surroundings of the city street, the inside of the shop appeared cool and serene. The building seemed to glow with warmth. She recognized protection spells in place. In a display case near the door harmonic energies sparked from an alluring arrangement of crystals, amethyst, peridot, rose quartz, blue topaz and celestite. The crystals took the slanting sunshine and threw brilliant rainbow shards of light onto the ceiling. Her gaze found the single occupant inside, a tall queen-like woman, perhaps Hispanic, with a gaze that connected to hers with a snap of Power.
That was when the shouting started.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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The author put a huge amount of effort into creating a world of magic with appropriate rules, and although some things weren't spelled out to the reader, we were able to understand that there was a complex system that had definite rules, and that the author wasn't just making it up as she went along and going with what was convenient for the characters at the time.
Dragos had a fearsome reputation, and a common mistake of authors is to tell the reader that the hero had earned such a reputation, but not let us see it for ourselves. While Dragos made a great romantic hero, there was also enough of the fearsome predator still about him (particularly in battle scenes) that we were able to believe his reputation had been fairly earned.
The side characters were brilliant. I loved the gryphons. I want to read Rune and Grayson's books next, but I see the next one is Trick's. Either way, I'm definitely reading more of these.
It is written from a dual pov and although I love that, the author did tend to jump from one to the other randomly at times.
But back to the story. Apart from the minor issues above, it has a good plot and well thought out characters. It is a paranormal romance with various shifters and is a medium burn with no cheating and a hea. I really enjoyed how Dragos was all "you are MINE!" and beware the person that got too close to Pia. Pia on the other hand is quite capable of standing up for herself, even if she doesn't realise it right from the start.
3.5 stars from me.
To sum up---there were typos and some character flaws-- but it was a fun read. I would recommend this book.
Pia (1/2 human & 1/2 wyr) is a woman schooled from birth to hide herself and her powers from everyone...and even she doesn't fully understand what she is or how great her powers are. A bad decision with an ex-boyfriend leads her to steal an item from the hoard of the most powerful Elder of all - Dragos. As the saying goes, Pia is caught between a rock and a hard place. I loved this heroine. Pia is determined, intelligent, spunky, and funny...a refreshing character that is willing to go toe-to-toe with the mighty dragon. Poor Dragos never really stood a chance!
Dragos is in a word - Magnificient! What a man/creature! Harrison's description of him in both man and dragon form is so vivid & real that you cannot help but believe that this gorgeous, domineering alpha male can change into a mythical dragon right before your eyes. Both passionate and feared, Dragos is truly King of all the Elders and accustomed to having everyone recognize that fact, but the mighty dragon has met his match in Pia. The chemistry between them is sizzling as they must stand together to fight enemies that want them both dead as well as fight their growing attraction for one another. While Pia helps Dragos open up to new possibilities including love, Dragos helps her discover her own true magical and beautiful self. The cast of secondary characters in Dragon Bound is also outstanding and deserving of a lead spot in future books.
Dragon Bound is a riveting read with mesmerizing characters, an intricate plot, and yes, some passionate love scenes! What more can you ask for? This is a must read!
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I loved the construction of the Wyr race, which are essentially a race of shifters. The division and politics of the Elder Races becomes apparent as the story progresses and plays a part in the overarching plot of the series but the real story for me is the developing relationship between Pia and Dragos. Pia is a wonderfully sweet character that I adore. She innately good, despite the fact that one of her particular talents would make her an incredible thief. She’s the type to always do the right thing, even if endangers her. And it will. Dragos on the other hand is your typical alpha male. What’s perhaps not so typical is the fact that he seems to be quite aware of his character flaws and willing to change without too much argument. I think one of my favourite things about this novel, is the fact that when forced to steal from Dragos, Pia not only chooses to take a single coin from his hoard but leaves a replacement coin and a note in its place. Her actions show from the start that she’s no thief and that she does in fact have a conscience. It also shows she has a sense of humour, since she could have taken several valuable items from his hoard and didn’t. It’s an act that not only saves her life, but amuses the dragon (once he’s calmed down). This action not only endears Pia to Dragos, but to the reader too. At least it worked on me; but don’t take my word for it, give it a go and see for yourself.
Profanity: Fairly Frequent
Sexual content: Occasional and explicit
Violence: Severe in places
Cautionary element(s): Contains a kidnapping and scenes physical abuse.
My first book featuring dragon shifters and I am now obsessed!
The plot was so action-packed that I was never bored, the character development was brilliant and I loved our two main characters together.
The story follows Pia, who is on the run after stealing from the most powerful dragon shifter in the city.
The world building was good however I was slightly confused at times.
I have read the 2nd book in the series but this one remains my favourite and I doubt I will be continuing on as I just love Pia and Dragos too much to like any other couples!
I would definitely recommend giving this book a go and seeing what you think, especially if you love dragons, romance and adventure-driven books.
This was a pretty decent book. I enjoyed it but yet I can't say that it hooked me on the series - i am not desperate for the next installment or particularly bothered about how the story continues. I didn't really connect with the characters all that much but there was plenty going on to keep me interested, especially the mystery of what kind of Wyr Pia actually is - something she doesn't even know herself. This part was genius - i was totally surprised which was nice.
This book was good on its own: it had a few flaws and like I said before im not hooked but it was decent. I didn't feel a strong pull to the characters but the plot was quite good.
Worth a read but, for me, not a keeper
The plot thickens; Pia is recognised by the elves due to her resemblence to her mother, but they do not like Dragos. Dragos does not want to let her go, then they are kidnapped. As they try to escape from their captors, things happen that reveal more about Pia and who she is.
I love Dragos - he's been around since the birth of the world and old habits die hard. He's not used to anybody defying him or standing up to him, but he cannot let her go, and there is the matter of the enemy trying to kill him, and her by association. He has to learn to love on her terms, not his and it is wonderful how the two leads learn to cherish each other, both having to learn to trust each other. I thoroughly recommend this book. It's already one of my all time favourites.
Just a couple of observations:
Pia's ability to defeat some of Dragos's strongest men in this magical world on the gym mat is a little unrealistic, but this is to be a fantasy novel so anything goes. And occasionally Pia's choice of colloquial language did also have me cringing, especially the terms "Big guy" or "Slick" which I felt was far too casual and disconnected when one is dealing with a Dragon from the beginning of time. But being English, perhaps that's just the Americanism I don't connect to. Although I did like "Peanut".
After finishing this book, I was thirsty for more and was initially disappointed to find the subsequent Elder Races books were about other characters. Now I have discovered "Lord's Fall" which continues the story of Pia and Dragos. Thank you Thea Harrison!
Pia Giovanni is a half with secrets and an unusual talent. Dragos is a very old, very badass, verrry powerful and extremely tasty wyr dragon who pretty much rules New York.
Pia also has an extremely dodgy human ex boyfriend who blackmails her into stealing from the dragons hoard.Let the mayhem commence!!
Now the Good Stuff. (in my humble opinion)
I read between 7 and 20 books a week, so i have a fair idea of what works for me and why. Thea Harrison writes books that really, really work. If i run out of reading material i'm always happy to pay Dragon's Blood another visit. I have lost count of the number of times that i've reread this. Love it.
The characters are alive, you get to know them, decide whether or not to like them and wish that you were there with them. Not just the main, but secondary and background characters as well. They are so well rounded and developed that they could probably support their own storylines and not in a weak, half assed way.
When reading this book i never ever skip bits. There are loads of parts that make me laugh and snigger, and i admit to the odd sniffle as well. But, it always makes me think.(gets the rusty old cogs turning and everything!). I wish i had a Dragos of my very own,he's so very pretty, sigh,...I MUST GET A GRIP! Anyway.
Now For The Bad Stuff.
There isn't any!
Yeah. Riiiight, as if. Oh hang on there are the goblins!
Anyhow, at the mo, along with Nalini Singhs Guild Hunter series, this is my favouritist? book. Never would have guessed would
ya? Thea Harrison is great.
I love this book. I made me laugh and smile, i was able to connect with the characters and loved the way that Dragos and Pia's relationship develops partcularly as you read more of them in other books particularly Lords Fall.
The writing is emotive and clear pulls you in to the book and the world. The characters are well developed and continue to grow throughout the story. Although it is a PR you can still relate to the characters emotions fears,joys and love.
I would recommend this book and have done so to family and friends who have all not only loved it but purchased other books by Thea as well.
Can't wait to read the next book in the series