Genre: Fantasy/ Magic/ Erotic Romance
“During spring rites, Dragon Lord Arius claims Pena, a healer from the Plains. He likes her small body, flame hair, and spunk. Pena wants nothing to do with the Dragon Lord. She wants love and comfort. Arius carries her away from her Plains village. The shadow dragon rises, reaching out his power to aid Pena's enemy, Indirez. Betrayal within the Dragon Clan endangers everyone that Pena holds dear.”
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The Dragon Clan has long since stopped pillaging smaller villages to find mates. They are a highly respected Clan and the unclaimed women of mating age gladly line up naked to be chosen during the spring rites when clans travel through seeking mates. By the time the Dragon Clan reaches the Village of Barrow, Arius, the Dagon Lord, has grown tired and bored with the choices offered. He is not interested in a thin, weak, or submissive mate. When Pena’s aunt drags her to line up with the rest of the girls, Pena resists and causes a commotion. She also refuses to strip down naked. Her curves, spunk, and fiery red hair capture Arius’s attention and he doesn’t hesitate to choose her. Pena makes it clear to him that she will never submit, but she has no recourse but to leave with him.
Pena is a strong heroine; she is outspoken and stands up for herself. She has had a hard life living with her abusive aunt for the last ten years since her family was slaughtered. Pena has gifts, which her aunt had considered curses, and was severely punished when caught using them. One of her most developed gifts was healing. Pena can also find lost items and sense when there is danger around. She is completely unaware of what other gifts she has potential to develop.
On their long trek back to Measc Realta, where the Dragon Clan dwells, Pena and Arius’s relationship starts to grow as they learn more about each other. In the beginning Pena often felt her body betrayed her as his kisses and hands lit a fire in her she couldn’t deny. Twists in the plot and trouble on the trail fill the story with danger as we learn about other Dragon Clan members and the mates they have chosen. The settings are realistically described and easy to imagine because of their earth-like qualities.
By the time the group arrives at Measc Realta Pena and Arius are fully mated. Arius was so smitten he used ancient rites to bind them together. I enjoyed learning about the Dragon Clan's history and myths that had been long forgotten during the long age of peace. There is an old evil that has found a new font of energy and it is growing stronger. Pena and Arius have to risk everything that is dear to them as the dragons of light and dragons of shadow are awakened. Old truths have to be rediscovered and learned. Pena must also learn and master her true power of the elements to overcome this threat. The battles are bloody, graphic, and will enthrall the reader. While this story comes to a satisfying close, it is far from over. I will be eagerly awaiting the sequel.
Several graphic sexual scenes without a single F-bomb dropped. :) However, there are also scenes of graphic rape.
A few small proofing errors, nothing that threw me out of the story.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Approximate word count: 90- 95,000 words