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Bonds of Fire

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  208 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Drekken is a dragon warrior. Bonded to his dragon, Miri, together they lead a squadron of fliers. His fliers respect him, his enemies fear him, his reputation precedes him. Yet, nothing in his life could have prepared Drekken for his greatest challenge: babysitting.

Stranded after a deadly battle, separated from his squadron and Miri, Drekken finds himself the only hope for
Kindle Edition, 60 pages
Published June 6th 2011 by Wittegen Press
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Mandy*reads obsessively*
Interesting Free Short.
There is a lot of world building for such a short story, but that didn't stop me from wanting to know more about the war going on, the dragons and the bondings between them and humans.
The 'romance' part is very a very small part of this story and not really clear, but I loved the baby dragons and would love to know how the two young empaths and Drekken and Miri and Baby D continued on.
A well-written short story; good writing, and good world building to fit in a short story. It picks up right away with action and world building, an interesting mix of magic, technology and dragons. I would like to know more about the Feras and what their beef was with Army Draco, their society and pair-bonding, but then it wouldn't be a short story anymore :) Oh, and especially more about the relationship, but more on that later.

The story is narrated by Drekken, an army general who has been sep
Quickly finished this short fantasy m/m story. Drekken is an augmented human warrior life-bonded to his dragon Miri. In this story he leads two empathic humans and their group of young dragons to safety, including newly-hatched baby dragon D. Feels like this should be part of a much longer book..

"I don't want him, not without you," Drekken sighed the second of his realisations that day.
Malachi looked so young then, his dark eyes uncertain and confused.
"But you've been flirting with him all the
I got this book for free a long time ago, but never got around to reading it. I finally randomly decided to read it, and boy am I glad I did. This was a great little read that I highly enjoyed. It took a little while for me to get into the story, and I almost gave up near the beginning, but I stuck it out and was well rewarded. This was a glimpse into a very interesting world, and my only regret is that it ended far too soon for me. I would love to see this book and this world expanded upon, as ...more
So...this story follows part-dragon warrior Drekken on a quest with two young men to bring a half a dozen newborn dragons to safety from those that would do them harm.

What's good: Bonds of Fire is free. Good world building and interesting characters. A man with strong parental (view spoiler) instincts is refreshing!

What irked me: the dragons...were they pets? Or powerful fantastical creatures? Could they be on the same cognizant level as humans?! And what was this "b
kindle edition.
Was drawn into this world and definitely would like to read more about these characters.
Kate Aaron
did I ever mention that I'm a sucker for baby dragons? Because I am! Loved this story!
Loved it!! Soo cute! Would love to read more about this unique family. LOL!
I must say that I very much enjoyed this short that's what it is...a short story, a VERY short story. There was so much packed into this novella that it definitely had the potential to be a full length novel. Even though things were a little crammed in I didn't feel that the romance elements were rushed in any way just that they weren't explored in very much depth. This is a M/M romance novella, however, it is very tame compared to a lot of other stories out there, especially when com ...more
Sadie Forsythe
Oh, I want so much more of this. It worked well as a short story, but there was enough to be expanded into a full length novel (always my preference). I love that, despite being short, the romance didn't feel rushed. In fact it doesn't really even come to a head in the story. I did feel a little bit like Malachi was shorted. Drekken's attraction to Yakov is so overt that, despite being told Drekken is falling for Malachi too, he feels secondary. I was a little disturbed in the beginning because ...more
Elly Helcl
Okay...why does almost every book have to have gay/lesbian elements...

Other than the above, this was a really good story. I enjoyed the characters and the story line. It was a little short but over all, if you like big bad guys who are suckers for kids, this is for you.

I think I am actually going to follow this series. I usually don't like books that are partitioned but I will have to watch for these.
Shadowstorm Norwicca
A very unique story that caught at my heart strings. A warrior injured and without his bonded dragon. Now in search of his unit and to get out of the enemies range. On his way through a village destroyed by the enemy he stumbles upon children. Some are young children and two others are young adults, but they are empaths and young dragons. The dragon who protected them is seriously injured and his only dying request is that Drekken takes care of them. This harden warrior takes on the responsibili ...more
Very short and not wht I thought it was !warning! Spoiler

so, its very short and not appropriate for younger children. there's gay stuff and its disgusting so dont tead. but I did like the plot and I would want to readd a 2nd. but only if there is nothing gay in it. toatsMCgoats
Akime Salt
Jul 26, 2014 Akime Salt rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poeple who like dragons and short stories with some m/m action.
Shelves: dragons, fantasy, m-m
I got this book for free from Amazon many months ago, but didn't actually read it until now.

I was pelasantly surprised by the story and would have loved to read more of Drekken and his companions.

Christian Angelo Danazar
Good book

this is a really nice book I highly recommend it. five stars. super good. I didn't get a part of the book when drakken kisses yavok but I think yavok is a boy.
lesley dawn wallace
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Bonds of fire is a great story I enjoyed it greatly loved all the action an love an caring hearts
Coyora Dokusho
I really liked it! There were adorable dragonlings and interesting characters I got emotionally involved with. Well-ploted as well. Would love a sequel.
Julie scott
Bonds of Fire

I Liked it I hope there's more I would like to see how baby D grows up...And I hope it's soon..
Lenna Wright-Berry
This really a great little story about dragons, baby dragons and friendships. No spoilers here but it is really great
This is a nice little M/M fantasy story with dragons.
There is nothing particularly original in it, but it is well done:
-setting is clear and well outlined with its interesting mix of magic and technology;
-characters are likeable and credible;
-plot is interesting and makes sense.

On the downside, beside a couple of editing problems (missing words here and there) the ending -happy though it is- releases too much tension and implies a change in atmosphere from the warlike to the cosy that is not wel
Surprising. The conceptualisation of the world and the apparent caste system in place was really well done and I wanted to know more. The characters were however a little irritating.
I wish this had been a longer story as it had all the elements of a great novel. Solid characters and storyline as well as plenty of good world building and backstory for it's length. My only other complaint is that a romance was hinted at but never actually came to fruition by the end of the story. Hopefully the author will write a continuation and give the reader more of the romance and this really intriguing world.
Alysa H.
I enjoyed these characters and their world enough that I wish Duncan had spun this into a full-length novel. As a 20k word novella, it could have done with more world-building and fleshing out of environment, backstories, and relationships. Drekken is a great character about whom I'd love to read more, and all the rest felt a little bit short-changed. Except for the baby dragons!
Really loved this short story. It has both great action and character development. I enjoyed it so much I went looking for other stories with these characters. Unfortunately I couldn't find any others. If she wrote more, can someone let me know.
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
I started it and made it to 10% and am very confused.

It opens after a fight is some war? It used a bunch of fantasy words so I'm not sure what they mean or who is what.

I thought the mc was human with mechanical enhancements but then his arms are scaly and he shoots fireballs? And he can control the fire? And he has telepathy?

So yeah I'm very confused
Pamela Craft Jenewein
Smashwords freebie

This was an enchanting fantasy, pictorial in its descriptions and mesmerizing in its adventurous plot. Drekken and his charges, a combination clutch of youth empaths, dragons and hatchlings now in his care, were believable and endearing. A sweet story.
Really bizare!! Still trying to figure the right shelves to put this one.
Good thing is, it's a short story. Don't know if it's a series or a stand alone {{{Does not stand at all never mind alone}}}
Dragon/semi human, semi human/ young boys...
I knew it. I was warned in the other reviews, but I didn't listen and now, here I am: totally in love with a short story that was just too damn short.

However, I just found a new author to stalk. Think I'll go do that. Excuse me...
Kia Shiru
Loved the great story ^^
Did not expect the plot at all. I love the LGBT genre but since I did not sort on genre but just free books I thought this was a regular fantasy story.
The surprise was one of happiness though :)
I absolutely loved this story and can only hope there will be more... about the characters we've already met, about this new world we've been given an all too brief glimpse of, and of the DRAGONS.

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I've been writing since I was a wee thing, and publishing since I discovered the internet in 1994 or so.

Half of my week, I am a project manager developing IT solutions. For the rest of the week, weekends, and every waking hour outside work, you can find me scribbling away at many a story that just won't leave me alone.

So what do I write? Contemporary and urban fantasy have mainly been my playgro
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