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Dragon King: A Dark Kings Novella (1001 Dark Nights) Paperback – August 25, 2015
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This is generally how these books have gone in the past, with a bit more story sprinkled in.
I think Dragon King did well with providing a new experience with the heroine learning of the Dragon Kings. Instead of the horribly lengthy history lesson that’s been a common element of previous books, Grace witnesses the Kings in dragon form first hand and from there needs a bit of an explanation (understandably so). Outside of that, I found her just like the other women–they’re all seeking something and instead find themselves mated to a Dragon King.
There were a few parts of her character that I wanted to see expanded on. First, she’s an author with a terrible case of writer’s block (totally understand that). So here and there we get glimpses into that writer’s mind but then once Arian shows up those scenes switch to his point of view and are summarized as “she was writing.” Grace also has a fear of storms that is sort of explained and then overused as a way to create tension but I wanted to see it brought out more to really give the story that extra something.
Arian wasn’t really different from the other Kings either. He’s newly awakened for the coming conflicts in the full-length novels but other than being highly attractive and unable to keep it in his pants (common traits with the Kings), he’s just a name on the page.
Dragon King is a quick novella. Not sure how it will impact the next novel, if it really makes a difference or not, but utterly average.
Grace Clark is desperate to finish writing her book that is way overdue. If she can’t complete it in the next three weeks then the publisher will cancel her contract. She’s having a major case of writer’s block and doesn’t know what to do to get her creative juices flowing. So, she has come to Scotland, where her story takes place, in a last-ditch effort to get her book written.
In her search to find a quiet peaceful place, Grace stumbles onto Dreagan property and into the mountain of recently awakened Dragon King, Arian. He doesn’t know how she was able to find his home with the magic that hides the property from the mortals, but with the war brewing he’s worried that she’s working with Ulrik or the Dark. However, after spending some time with her, he quickly realizes she’s innocent, but strangely enough doesn’t want her to leave.
I wasn’t sure if I’d like this book or not. The previous book, Soul Scorched, was a dud for me and this one was a novella to boot, which I usually don’t like. But I found this story flowed nicely and I really enjoyed the characters. There was no real depth or backstory to them, but the book was a nice way to spend the afternoon.
Dark King is no different. I have happily read all the books in this series so far. Donna Grant is by far one of my favorite Paranormal (Historical) Romance Authors. For fans that love this series as much as I do you will not be disappointed in this book and for new fans you are going to want to run out and start the series right away.
Arian has been asleep for centuries but with the latest developments in the war between the Dark Fae and both known and unknown enemies King of Kings, Constantine has begun to wake all the Dragon Kings to assist in the coming turmoil. As Arian slowly comes back to the world his hidden (and spelled) sanctuary is compromised by a human woman who is about to turn everything on it's head.
I loved that Grace is an author. It was so fun to imagine Donna in this role of hunting down the perfect place to escape and write, only to stumble into a world she could never fathom existed. I can totally see her stressing about being behind on a deadline, panicked that her contract is going to be cancelled and then having everything come to a halt when a handsome, NAKED, incredibly 'cut' man comes waltzing up to her in what she assumed was a deserted cave in the middle of no where. Doesn't that just make you grin like the crazy book reader you are? (Just me? Okay, then...never mind, haha)
The chemistry between these two is wonderful, of course it is going to be a bit of insta-love but in this type of series that is not uncommon, it's a Mate thing and then add to it that this is a novella it all happens fairly quickly. Donna does a fantastic job of not making anything feel rushed though. There is a natural progression that goes along with the storyline in previous books. I didn't feel like even though this was a novella that I was truly missing out on anything, although I of course would have loved for the book to have been full length, simply because I can't get enough of the Dragon Kings.
Donna also nicely continues on in the vein of making us all question and not so much like Con. Which I know is leading us up to the explosive book that will be his. The last several books in this series have been an absolute tease when it comes to Con's storyline and we are all getting anxious. I also love that while we get a bit more of Con and this build-up, his issues don't take anything away from Grace and Arian story. Some books have the unfortunate happening where you are so taken in with the story of another character and the wait for their book that you begin to loose the characters in the books that are out now, but Donna manages to make us all crave answers when it comes to Constantine without pushing aside the current Hero and Heroine.
Don't be afraid that you will find yourself lost, confused, or ruined for the other books in the series if you have not read any of them before. This could easily come out as a standalone. It gives you background and a new story that intermixes with out taking anything away from the rest of the books. Any fans of Paranormal Romance will thoroughly enjoy this series. If you do decide to read the series you can start with book one in Dragon Kings, but I would like to suggest going all the way back to Donna Grant's Dark Sword series. No, you won't miss anything if you don't but the books all slightly weave together and in the end they are all so worth the read!