Kiss of Fate
Dragonfire, book three
Published February 3rd 2009 by Signet
For millennia, the shape-shifting dragon warriors known as the Pyr have commanded the four elements and guarded the earth-s treasures. But now the final reckoning between the Pyr, who count humans among the earth's treasures, and the Slayers, who would eradicate both humans and the Pyr who protect them, is about to begin.
Haunted by dreams of a lover who takes the form of a dragon, Eileen Grosvenor searches for the truth. She never expects to find a real dragon shape shifter, let alone one who awakens her passion and ignites memories of a forgotten past.
Erik Sorensson is focused on leading the Pyr against the Slayers when a powerful ancient relic reveals itself. Erik tries to retrieve it from Eileen's possession-and is shocked by a fury of passion. Her presence touches him in unexpected ways, reminding him of mistakes he's determined not to make again, and Erik is forced to make a choice-duty or love.
The leader of the Pyr has always been adamant about one thing- breeding. So it shouldn't have surprised me that he was the duty type when it came to his mate. But it did.
Seriously, Erik? Mindset is completing the firestorm, sire a child, and then go back to work? And then you haven't the balls to do any of the above? How appalling.
On the flipside, it was nice to find Erik so shaken at discovering a second chance, whether he wanted one or not. Just as the first two stories, our girl Eileen comes to learn of Erik's past. This time, through a legend- the story of the Dragon Lover of Madeley. A mythologist, Eileen ventures to England to learn of the truth behind the tale and finds it has more importance than she ever would have guessed. For she herself had lived the story.
For some reason, I had assumed Louisa, Erik's mate's first incarnation, had been killed. Not committed suicide. *shrugs* My bad.
Eileen, though, I took a quick liking to. What a well crafted character. And everything I felt the leader of the Pyr needed in a partner and mate. Sophie, meanwhile, let me down big time. You're the blessed, freaking Wyvern, damn it. How do you throw that away? Admittedly, I was all too happy to see her go. All these dragon babies coming into the world, you have to figure one would be a female. But, dang, did she need to take Nikolas down in that mess. 3 out of 5 stars.
And why is so freaking hard to kill these Slayers!
- Quinn Tyrell (the Smith), mated to Sara (the Seer)
- Donovan Shea (the Warrior), son of Keir (Slayer); brother of Delaney; mated to Alex (the Wizard)
- Erik Sorensson (the King), leader of the Pyr; mated to Louisa (reborn as Eileen; the Consort)
- Sloane Forbes, Apothecary
- Niall Talbot, mentor of Thorolf
- Rafferty Powell, mentor of Donovan
- Thorolf, newly discovered Pyr
- Boris Vassily, leader of the Slayers
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