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It was okay, I almost didn't finish it and after listening the story leaves you hanging. The actual story had good premises, it wasn't boring and it picks up at the end. What I hated was it had very bad character development, this was a turn off for me. The men were all abusive and had a built in ability to roofie women into having sex with them and make them forget what happened, which was not sexy. The main character was a jerk, he intentionally took Myst to breed with him knowing it would kill her, but at the same time didn't want the relationship to get personal. Well I think that is pretty personal for the person who is having the baby and expected to die. And all he could think about was himself not about her at all. He started to feel bad later, what a peach. He did get more tolerable towards the end. Myst drove me crazy because she was scared of him because he was bulling her but thought he did nice things for her, what I haven't figured out yet. What is wrong with women who let themselves get sucked into this kind of situation without sticking up for themselves. Although some culture colloquialisms are good the author went overboard with hers and it distracts from the story. I happened to buy the second installment on my kindle for only $1, so I think I will read it instead of listening to it, but I did not like Rikar at all in this story, so maybe it is a buck down the tube. Otherwise I would probably have passed on the next book. Narrator was mediocre at best. Despite this review I love shifter stories I recommend Thea Harrison, Suzanne Wright, Charlaine Harrison, Nalini Signh and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
31 of 34 people found this review helpful
I'm a huge dragon fan and when I ran out of typical dragon books to listen to, I tried the shapeshifting dragon in human body romance novel genre. I've now read books in three such series, but I think I have to rank this series at the bottom.
First, the author makes a lot of references to actual products, from beers to phones to shoes. This might be an attempt to make the story seem more real or relatable, but it seems more likely they were paid product placements and I found them a little jarring.
The story seemed to jump back and forth between heavy and often gory action scenes and romantic emotional scenes in a way that felt oddly forced, like the author was trying hard to interest the stereotypical action-oriented male and romantic-oriented female readers. Characters often seemed to go out of character a bit just to create various conflicts or situations that weren't entirely believable. In fact, the whole mythos of the story seemed contrived to create this artificial need for an all-male race of dragons to suck energy from human females while giving them incredible pleasure as if to provide an excuse for them to have a romance (or at least to have sex). But I will give the story points for not devolving into a series of too many inexplicable sex scenes like one of the other similar series I read. In fact, I think there's really only one explicit scene in the whole book, and a couple glossed-over scenes.
I think my main problem with the story was that Bastian (the main good-guy dragon man) was too powerful and faced too few actual challenges. He mysteriously won most battles with little obvious effort, seeming to majorly outclass his opponents for little obvious reason. VAGUE SPOILER ALERT: Even when the main villain in the series set up this big, supposedly cunning trap for Bastian, and even when Myst (the main female human love interest) found out about the trap, she never tried to warn Bastian (which made no sense at all) and Bastian avoided the trap simply by spotting it a little before it sprung and asking one of his buddies to thwart it, which they did easily. Huh? Basically the final battle scene felt like an old Gi Joe episode where they're flying through a cloud of bullets and never getting hit while easily taking out waves of enemies for no apparent reason.
END SPOILER ALERT
If you like dragons, at least you get a fairly good dose of them in this book, but they rarely felt like dragons. They felt like humans fighting in dragon bodies or even fighting in jet planes (yes, dragons were described as "going supersonic" a number of times, I guess with the aid of magic). The dragons sometimes even fought like humans, using a punch where a bite or a breath weapon would have made more sense. You also get a large dose of enemy dragons getting fairly graphically brutalized, so if that bugs you, stay away.
As to the love story between Bastian and Myst, it was decent. Kind of contrived. The only real reason she had to fall for him was a mysterious energy attraction thing and the way he was so strong and protective of her. I guess some women really go for that. But I did find both characters to be likable and interesting, so I did enjoy seeing them get together in the end (as if that wasn't inevitable in this kind of book). Rykar and Angela (a second love interest obviously set up to be the central theme of the second book) were also likable characters. However, the end of the book played out pretty much as I predicted it would, which is never a good thing. I'd much rather be surprised.
Oh, and my wife found the pacing/tone at which the narrator read the story to be kind of annoying and found his voice acting to be a bit unemotional in areas that required emotion. I actually thought the tone of the narrator went with the almost military style of the action scenes, but it was a little unusual for the non action scenes. The most noticeable odd thing was he would say "Blah blah blah and..." and then pause before continuing the rest of the sentence. I actually didn't mind that aspect of the reading and... sometimes it even helped build suspense.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
Some pretty good ideas, but the heroine really got on my nerves and the main male character Bastian was a bit flat.
For Dragon romance I much prefer G.A. Aiken's novels. Especially "About A Dragon".
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
loved it the voice makes the story co.e alive so need the next book now x
This is the first audiobook of Coreene Callahan Dragon fury series and i tell you,!this audiobook rock my socks off. I feel all the emotions of the characters mainly Bastian and Myst, wow their chemistry sizzles. Coreene is a poetic writer, the way she weaves her words seamlessly takes my breath away, it's fascinating how she writes the whole story. I have not encounter other writer like her, she is amazing x