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*Note*: Originally got from NetGalley for Review
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 3.50 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thoughts when Finished: Great new world and fed my dragon fascination :)
Story Thoughts: Those pesky dragons! They can be so darn testy. I really enjoyed this new dragon world where humans/dragons co-exist and are aware of each other. Never Deal with Dragons was a nice mix of mystery, action, political intrigue, and romance (Personally I felt the romance in this story was secondary). Overall it was a great beginning to the series. There is a slight cliffhanger (pesky) but it wasn't to bad!
Character Thoughts: Myrna was an awesome character. She was smart, good at her job, and had a pretty sturdy spine. She also has a great friend, incredible linguistics talents, and the ability to adapt to her situations but also the ability to rise above them. All around she was fantastic. It took awhile (3/4 of the book) for me to warm up to her love interest: Trian. I liked him as a character but have to admit their romance wasn't "sizzling" to me. Trian was everything a person working with Dragons should be: quick, agile, daring, and a little to smart for his own good!
Narrated By Leslie Bellair / Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
This is the first time I have listened to Leslie and it probably won't be my last. I really liked how well she did Myrna's voice! I also liked her pacing and nuances. I wasn't a huge fan of her male voices but they did grow on me through out the story. As always, you should listen to a sample of audiobook before purchasing so you can decide if the voice works for you.
Final Thoughts:Can't wait till book 2! I want to know what happens.
I rapidly found myself sympathizing with Myrnah. I mean, it's hard to not like a woman who can negotiate in a pencil dress, muck boots, and standing in puddle of half digested dragon vomit. At first, it reminded me of Office Space with Dragons. Once Myrnah's one time lover Trian enters the picture, Myrnah spends a lot of time angry at him. This is actually quite understandable, since the novel would only be a few pages long if they worked out their issues like rational human beings.
The dragons in this novel are on the "sword and sorcery" end of the dragon scale as opposed to the "dinosaur planet" end. In other words, they are intelligent, clever, and spend an amazing amount of time off screen. There's an appropriate level of "you are tasty with ketchup" banter between the dragons and the humans, and each dragon has a relatively unique personality.
The dragon origin story is probably the weakest part of the story, but honestly, all you really want is a reason for there to be talking, fire and fume breathing, flying dragons, right? So enjoy it, laugh about it, and go on reading. It's a fun story, with the expected plot twists, unexpected villains and handsome rogues you'd want nestled right in with a daily dose of dragons.
I am undecided on the narration, in the beginning I did not care for it, but her voice grew on me and while great for most of the characters some of the dragons would have been better with a deeper voice (while not really feasible...I think it would be awesome if all audio's had "full cast" narration) I know that realistically I'm not going to get all the voices to be what I think they should be.
So all in all a good read/listen and hope the author does more in this world.
Christensen puts a new twist on dragons, giving them a quasi-scientific origin and control of the planet, and she does it with humor, from a pregnant dragon suffering (in Myrna's office) from morning sickness to a fashionista roommate lusting after Myrna's shoes. The book is thoroughly enjoyable (and the cover ain't bad, either).