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“A pale, pale imitation of J. R. Ward's writing style that just doesn't feel authentic. DNF'd at 50%”see full review » see other reviews »
“Great story but sometimes describe too much sex. and we don't received more info about the dragonkind”Dennise wrote this review Thursday, March 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A pale, pale imitation of J. R. Ward's writing style that just doesn't feel authentic. DNF'd at 50%”Geekius wrote this review Friday, March 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Welcome to Washington State.
This debut novel is the beginning to many additional installments.
Bastian is one of the oldest of his kind; an all male race born of human females - dragon-shifters. As leader of the Nightfury dragon clan it is his duty to protect humankind. With their numbers declining he needs to set an example. With only 5 days until the Meridian’s axis realign, he has less than a week to find a mate. “…Be the first to commit, to have a son, to lose his female in child birth.”
Myst Munroe, a nurse practitioner, just wants to check on her pregnant patient – Caroline Van Owen. She is still recovering from her mother, Dana’s, murder. When she arrives at Caroline’s house and discovers her lying in a pool of blood – the flashbacks begin. Her training kicks in and she works to save both mother and her unborn child. Soon Bastian and his first in command, Rikar, arrive dressed as EMS workers – the battle begins.
Bastian feels an immediate attraction to Myst; her energy is unlike anything he has experienced before. Seeing her distress, he feels a compelling need to take care of her. For Bastian, that is something that has never happen before – but it is the one thing that he can’t seem to control. When Myst starts to recover from the shock she become desperate, he knows that she will need his help – even if she is reluctant to accept it. Before long, Bastian finds himself unable to maintain his control – he wants to claim Myst for his own.
This is an emotion packed book that will make you laugh and make you cry. Myst’s plight comes right off the pages. Her confusion over her feelings for Bastian tears her.
The secondary characters enrich the story.”
Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
This is a long over due praise and review to a wonderful debut novel. I've read it few weeks back and had procrastinated on my reviews. So here goes.
Coreene Callahan did an extraordinary job with this intricate world of humans and dragon shifters. Everything about this book had me turning the pages one after the next.
The Dragonkind exist but endangered and their numbers continue to dwindle. It’s bit complicated as it’s not that easy for these male dragons to produce offspring. They are only fertile twice a year and only with certain human females that have certain "energies". Unfortunately, even when pregnancies occur, the mother does not usually survive the delivery.
Though procreation is at top priority, for the Nightfury, saving humans from the Razorbacks (rogue dragons) comes first. These rogues are on a mission to up their numbers by impregnating any female they can. Then, kidnapping the babies as their own.
Bound by duty, Bastian and his Nightfury dragons will do what it takes to protect human kind, take responsibilities to the orphaned babies, and raise them the right way. And one night in a rescue mission, Bastian will meet his mate Caroline, a nurse practitioner. Fates as you call it, as they meet in the same place with similar intentions… to rescue a dragonkind baby.
Fury of Fire is one of the best books I have read this year. It is action packed, full of humor, banter and it had an interesting plot of dragonkind. The romance was also great and it had a good amount of smexy scenes. Bastian is very alpha and Caroline is a very independent and strong heroine. I love their chemistry together. The secondary characters were definitely entertaining and I found myself wanting to know more about them. I am especially interested to know more about Angela *cough*beautiful Name*cough* and Rikar who is obviously to be the H/h for the next book. Rikar, Wick, Sloan and Venom are Nightfuries we can expect to hear more of or hope for anyway. These guys have the funny banter that will have you LOL several times in the book.
Now here’s the thing, this book has some similarities to the world of BDB; language, some personalities, love, humor, banters and camaraderie between the brothers. But….it is also a world of its own. So, if you like BDB and you are open to something similar, these Dragon Shifters are alpha males you can enjoy. I truly enjoyed them and I highly recommend this book.
“good story, but reminds me Black dagger brotherhood a lot, nevertheless i ilked it ”Chista D wrote this review Monday, July 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent story, riveting!”Sailon wrote this review Saturday, April 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great new series! Tough warriors, strong women, new twist to dragons!”Dianne wrote this review Wednesday, March 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“~* 3.5 Stars *~
When nurse practitioner Myst Munroe gets to the front door of her last house call of the night, she's horrified by what she sees through the window. The young pregnant woman she's been caring for is in labor and bleeding out on her kitchen floor, so near death that getting her help is out of the question. Myst has to face a horrifying decision, one that may save at least one of the two lives close to sputtering out as she watches.
Bastian, head of the Nightfury clan of dragon shifter warriors, has been waiting for the birth of the Razorback rogue's child. When he gets word that an ambulance has been dispatched to the human mother's address, he races to the human's home with his right hand warrior, Riker. He is poleaxed, though, when he walks into the home and sees another human female, her energy incandescent to his senses, cradling the child to her chest. In that blink, Bastian knows that this strange female is his. And in taking her, mating with her as his kind does, he will ultimately cause her death.
Myst is caught in a nightmare from which there seems no escape. Having to remove a baby from his dead mother's body is bad enough. Then when she turns to the newly arrived EMTs to help her with the newborn, they're all attacked by creatures out of some twisted fantasy novel. What she sees short circuits her synopses and alters her world forever. Dragons. They're attacked by...dragons! And the men she thought were EMTs change - grow horribly - and become dragons, too.
Trying to flee with the newborn gets her face to face with a creature out of the depths of hell, but Myst is determined. Problem is, once Bastian and Riker dispatch the squad of rogues who come for the child as they had, Bastian is hot on his female's trail. There is nowhere to go that he can't track her, and when he finds her and the child, he lifts them both up...with her car...and flies them off to his clan's lair.
As petrified as Myst is by the past several hours, she refuses to be a prisoner, no matter how drawn to Bastian she may be. She plans to escape with the baby at the first opportunity. Whether or not the huge dragon with all the attitude will give her that opportunity, however, is anyone's guess.
There just aren't enough dragons in paranormal romance. It's a shame really, because dragons and gargoyles are two of my favorite supernatural beasties and I think they're sadly underrepresented in PNR and UF fiction. When I stumble across a series that features one or the other, like this debut by Coreene Callahan, I can't help but give it a try.
In Fury of Fire, that compulsion turned out to be mostly a good thing. Callahan has created a nice world for her dragon-shifters. I didn't get as much world-building or as detailed an explanation of the mythos as I would have liked, and some elements were glossed over entirely, but what's there is enjoyable. I wish the history of the dragons had been introduced into the story a little earlier, details about their race fleshed out more and sooner, but for a series debut, what's there isn't bad and it at least sketched out both the troubles of the Nightfury clan and the larger issues with their entire race.
The war waging between the Nightfury (good guys) and Razorbacks (bad guys) gave me a few problems, most of which were relatively easy to wave away with the thought, "unrealistic, all things considered, but I'm willing to overlook it if the action is high and the romance is hot enough." Believe me, that's a necessary occurrence in most paranormal romance I read, so I'm pretty okay with that. And on the good side, the action was totally high octane and descriptively written, making it very easy to visualize - always a good thing for me.
Character definition, and by extension, the romance arc, were a little more of a problem. It's not that I didn't like the characters, exactly. Bastian was a fairly prototypical romance hero of this subgenre and one hell of a warrior with some definite combat advantages, but man...there are some pretty horrendous stumbling blocks in the relationship between him and Myst. I really wish he'd dealt with them in a less selfish, more honorable manner. I just couldn't quite get over the idea of claiming a mate you believe is going to die during childbirth when you have every intention of getting her pregnant in a few days time. That's particularly cold, man, regardless of how it all plays out.
Myst annoyed me. And I can't even totally blame her for it, really, which annoys me even more. She spent so much of the book with an eye on escaping Bastian and getting back to her life, though, that any threads of romance and any attempt at relationship evolution flat-out failed for me. Given that the events of the book take place over a handful of days, her thoughts, fears, and actions make sense as far as realistic human reaction goes, but it sorta sucked in relation to fully satisfying PNR romance. It's the classic double-edged sword of this particular genre and frankly, I've read other series that deal with it much better.
Secondary characters lacked a level of individuality and presence, but the bad guy was pretty well represented, as were the plot threads that featured him. I can't say I was totally thrilled with the manner in which the point of view shifted throughout the story, it provided too much distraction and limited the romance. I do think, though, that it added some very nice layers to the plotline of this series debut and provided a fairly wide base on which the series can be built.
Fury of Fire wasn't completely successful to me as a multifaceted and engaging paranormal romance, but it was one of the better series debuts I've read recently and there is tons of potential for future books. It's similar in style and tone as the series of some of the masters in the genre: Ward, Kenyon, Showalter, Adrian. That might be a negative to some. It's not to me. In fact, I consider it a positive, because the characters and the storyline are unique enough in this debut to stand the book up on its own merits and the style is one that I have always found appealing. Plus, dragons! I'm looking forward to following this series into the next book.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book through the Amazon Vine program on Amazon.com. This rating, review, and all included thoughts and comments are my own.
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“ ***SPOILERS......AS ALWAYS...BEWARE****
This is book 1 of Coreene Callahan's Dragonfury series which just came out February 7th. Books 2 and 3 release later this year. What first attracted me to the book was the concept of dragons (think Dragos for Elder Races) not to mention the blurb was intriguing. It is fast-paced, hence never a dull moment. I was constantly engaged and entertained. In addition to reminding me of Elder Races, there is also a combination of LOTU meets BDB meets Midnight Breed and Nightwalkers as well, for those of you who have read these series. Anyways, I hope you decide to read Fury of Fire.
I was hoping we would find out about the birth, but I guess time would have to fast forward for that to happen and book 1 can only be so long. Talk about being so similar to BDB in terms of the Razorbacks having Angela. Like the lessers having Bella. That was predictable. Now I can see rikar's book reminding me of Z's book, but just not to Z's emotional level. I am curious to mow more about rikar. One thing I do remember is he does not like recognition. He is the skip tracer of the group. It seems they will be spending time retracing their history. Forge's history still plays a huge part in all of this with his mother being able to bear 3 sons. I have to remember that they did apply that tazer on Forge...so there is a sub plot that still needs to be played out. I have a feeling Forge will wind up joining the Nightfury team and bonding with his son. I want to see that happen and eventually down the line, he'll find another HEA. Yes, Wick is so mysterious. Him and his 2 syllable talk. I like how Coreene didn't spill everything about him as well as Sloan and his past (with his female gone, etc). At least Coreene has left the possibilities open for all the dragons. Ivar reminds me of Dragos from Midnight Breed with the science and the breeding. What reminded me of Nightwalkers was their realization that maybe they were meant to bond with high energy females to ensure that their is no death at birth. We have yet to be introduced to Gage and Haider as well as the involvement of the Archguard. I'm sure well be hearing more from them, too. I really did love this series because I was looking for fast paced and high action. The dragons had me from page 1. Their kind involves poisonous gas, flames, etc. It was a different kind of paranormal and I love how each look different and have different strengths. The females having high energy remind me of breedmates. It seems that once the females are pregnant, they are really no longer 100% human.
Rikar is mine. :-)”