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Great book. It reminded me little of the Warriors of Hir by Willow Danes. The non ability to communicate was hilarious. Both narrators were great doing each characters point of view. Neither Kyle nor Claudia understood each other. At first she thought he wanted to eat her and he could not make her understand he wanted to be her mate. I love dragon stories and normally i prefer ones that have a balance of action and romance but even though these were more on the romance side, they were fantastic. I am currently listening to the second book.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I must say this is one of the most interesting books I have listened to in a while. RD managed to weave romance in a sort of post apocalyptic earth... something very few people manage to capture well.
The story is a little slow pace for my liking but it actually works. I would have liked for the first few chapters to be shorter but i stuck with it long enough to get caught in the story's web. I can imagine this is what would happen if dragons did somehow manage to invade the planet. After years of dragon rampages, nature finds a way to balance out the the power by linking a dragon to a human mate. Of course, the story wouldn't be as much fun if the female goes willingly. The story focuses more on resolving the heroine internal conflict, understandably because it's not everyday a human falls for another species. There is a bit of explicit sex scenes but for a paranormal book, it was a bit vanilla. Don't get me wrong she wasn't annoying but it would have been better if she didn't run hot one moment then cold the next..There are a few secondary characters but not enough back story about them to really make me like or dislike them. There were a few that got what they deserved! For a while I thought, RD was going to let them get away with their crap but lucky for me she didn't.
The narration was ok. I have listened to both narrators before and while they are not top of my list, they are good enough to keep my attention. To be honest, as a paranormal romance fan, I would say if you are going through a dry spell (I am right now.. sigh) give this book a shot. It's a couple of hours of entertainment and is really not that bad in my opinion.
19 of 22 people found this review helpful
As a devout follower of Ruby's Ice Planet Barbarians, I was expecting a bit more world building and background. There is quite a bit in this book but somehow it doesn't have the same pace and interest the IPB series has. The characters are well laid out and you get to know their motivations really well. The dystopian society that Ruby creates is also fascinating and we get to meet a few other players in their town that help to lay the foundation. I want to know more about where the Drakoni came from and why but I guess you gotta leave something for later in the series.
In the meantime though, the 3 stars were on account of the inconsistencies. Maybe because Ruby did such a bang up job of creating the most amazing Ice Planet and back story I'm not expecting inconsistencies, but a few of them are there and they do pull me out of the story sometimes. For example, how does he know some of her thoughts but not others? How is it they land in the midst of a barracks and soldiers don't swarm him the minute he turns human? Little bits kept jumping out to me as I listened. I guess I've been spoiled by the IPB series because once I'm in those books, I'm literally in that world and completely immersed. I didn't feel like that with this one.
Having said that, it is a good story. Claudia and Kyle did make be bark out the odd laugh here and there. And you do want Kyle to literally take a bite out of the Captain of the Guard and the Mayor because they are such turds (excuse the 6 yr old language!) The narrators do a great job of bringing it to life though I did chuckle and roll my eyes a bit when Kyle's voice had to repeat the madness mantra a few too many times in every which way he could think of. Points to him for making it different each time!
I will be buying the 2nd in the series because I'm sure I'll learn a lot more about this new Drakoni-Human world Ruby's creating and frankly, I'm ever so curious to find out more. I really want to know what happens to Sasha and if Amy ever grows a spine, or always had one that never had the opportunity to grow.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Repetitive writing, slow moving story. Irritating. Have returned. Got about a third of the way through.
OMG i nearly flipped when i found out Ruby has an audio book released :P I have been waiting forever and now it's here. This book is realistic in a futuristic way post Armageddon without dragons of course but this is fiction so it's totally awesome to have dragons in them. Kyle and Claudia are amazing together, he needed to claim her so that the madness that crippled his kind will be eased. i totally adore the narrative Noelle portrayal of Claudia is hilarious , sassy and feisty, and Jeremy's voice i imagined to be exactly what a dragon shifters sounds like. you are both excellent narrators and can"t wait to listen to more.