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- Print Length: 123 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 25, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016IQRAZC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,422 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Fire In The Blood (Shards Of A Broken Sword Book 2) Kindle Edition
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In "Fire in the Blood" we open with a prince riding to rescue a princess held captive in a cursed Keep. Only we realize almost immediately that the prince is a piece of work, and happily start rooting against him before he ever reaches the Keep. And in fact, at one point I began to doubt that there was a princess involved at all (I was wrong, but that's all I'll say for fear of spoilers).
I also love that the 'Shards of a Broken Shard' series are separate stories, entwined together by the shards, but also capable of standing alone. So if you haven't read Book 1, that's okay. You can read this now and pick that up tomorrow.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. The structure of the story became a little repetitive, but that's to be expected when you have seven challenges (circles) to work through. Each chapter was a different circle of the Keep that the characters had to navigate. There were definitely some surprises, and a few things I saw coming. I enjoyed the voice, the characters, (the dragons!), and the story itself. I will admit to loving Book 1 more, but this was a solid and engaging read, and I will probably pick it up again when I'm looking for a fun, well-written read to sink back into.
The seven challenges are not my favorite WRG plot, but it was still quite enjoyable for a quick read. Rafiq is an interesting character, with strengths and weaknesses, and Kako calls him on the fact that he's become resigned to the loss of freedom of his role as ensorcelled slave, only ever getting the minor gratification of thwarting Commands in minor ways.
We the readers never did get the answer (as far as I can tell) to who made the Enchanted Keep to begin with, though.
Amazon 4 stars; Goodreads 3.5 or so.
I kind of figured out what was going on, but at the same time I kind of didn’t. Regardless, it was a little bit of a surprise ending and I loved it. The themes of morality and how the tests revolved around a person’s character were a wonderful, mythology-flavored throwback. The romance was cute, but not overdone. I did want more, but I do think what the author did was realistic for the characters. But in the third book…oh, wait. That’s a spoiler.
Since this is a novella, I won’t go into too much detail. With the exception of a few short scenes, the entire story is from the perspective of Rafiq, the dragon. He is more or less under mind control to a prince who is rather easy to hate. Rafiq on the other hand, is a dragon shifter with a passive-aggressive streak and a heart of gold. Just like Markon, I loved him to bits.
I especially appreciated the positive family portrayals for one of the other characters. We don’t see those enough in fiction these days and it was most refreshing. I went and downloaded the third novella almost immediately and you can be expecting that review next week! This is a wonderful series by a wonderful writer filled with magic, morality, and sarcasm with a touch of romance. It’s the perfect weekend read for a fantasy lover and I hope you all give the series a shot!
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