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Caged Warrior (Dragon Kings #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  554 ratings  ·  145 reviews
The first installment in this fierce and sensual new paranormal romance series features demonic gladiators, ruthless mafia villains, and a proud race on the brink of extinction.

Ten years ago, Audrey MacLaren chose to marry her human lover, making her an exile from the Dragon Kings, an ancient race of demons once worshiped as earthly gods. Audrey and her husband managed to
Mass Market Paperback, 380 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Pocket Books
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Duchess Nicole
Mar 18, 2013 Duchess Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of gamma heroes, paranormal romance with a lot of action
4.5 Stars for this brutal, passionate, imaginative new series!!

I've waited a week to write this review because I thought that I may have been overly exuberant about my feelings for this new series. But it's days later, and I'm still ridiculously excited about this book.

It's a world set in modern times, yet also set apart from the modern world. Nearly the entire book takes place underground, in a place hidden from society. The dragon kings aren't shifters. They are a race of people born with gif
Stacia (the 2010 club)

Leto's side : Three matches. Keep her alive. Then his comatose younger sister would be protected forever.

Nynn's side : Leto was the alpha she needed in order to survive. To get her son back.


There's so much to love about Caged Warrior. Aside from the "women can be kings" angle, there's the whole "cage match" thing going on. Leto and Nynn have their own reasons for needing to fight, and much of their interactions revolve around Leto training Nynn to become the stron

My Nynn and Leto:

Caged Warrior is story about tough journey of a woman who transforms from broken individual into ruthless warrior, fighting for her dignity and freedom for her loved ones as well as for the love itself.

Nynn descends from Dragon Kings race of individuals with special abilities. After death of her human husband and one year of being tested in laboratory in terrible conditions, she finds herself to be trained as a cage warrior. Collared and unable to use her special ability she is
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
4 Stars … Sexy and Dark Alternate Underworld

Exiled from her clan, Audrey MacLaren married a human and bore a natural-born Dragon King. Life had been happy and ordinary until violence bursts into her family’s home. As captives of the Aster cartel, Audrey and her child are subjected to sadistic underground science experiments until a turn of events lands her in a Cage warrior’s training. She will fight to save the life of her son.

Leto Garnis followed in his father’s footsteps to become the premier
Amanda P
Reviewed for: Where the Night Kind Roam

*****WARNING I feel compelled to tell you all that this book does NOT actually contain dragon shifters. I know the name of the series is misleading. There are no actual dragons. THE dragon is their deity and what legends say created the dragon kings. I know this will disappoint some, but they still have cool powers. *****

This is a great new start to a new series. It is not for the faint of heart and is in no way fluffy, it is pretty dark but I like that. As
Rating: 4 out of 5.

I am a hero-centric reader.

But in this novel, all four whole stars were given because of the heroine, the plot and the setting only. I’ll come to the hero later.

In this modern world, there is a different race of people called the Dragon Kings. Humans don’t really know about them, except a group of humans that do know about them, use their knowledge to force the Dragon Kings into cage matches.

Audrey was exiled from her clan for marrying a human. But when her union with the hum
Book 1 of the Dragon Kings series throws the reader right into a brutal and violent world featuring a supernatural race – the Dragon Kings. Featuring one of five powerful ‘gifts’ (depending on their family of origin), The Dragon Kings exist in the modern day, but are mostly hidden from humans.

Despite being a Dragon King, Nynn was exiled to the human world as a teenager, and has been living there ever since. She is aware of what she is, but has very little memory of her past, and lives an idylli
When Audrey is violently drawn back into the Dragon King world from the human world to which she'd been exiled, she is first subjected to torturous experiments and then thrust into training to become a cage fighting 'gladiator'. Given the job as her trainer, undefeated champion of the Cages, Leto, gains a grudging respect for the woman who defies him at every turn, her determination to free her son from the horror of the labs motivating her to fight her captivity despite the fact that she has e ...more
What a brutal and great novel!!!

Since the first sentences it made me cringe. The labs, the unknown training facility, the brutal first encounter between Audrey and Leto… it was almost overwhelming!

Audrey/Nynn is a mother whose child has been taken away from her to be experimented upon by a sadistic mob scientist; she’s been his experiment too and she knows what he will do to her child; she’s a wife whose husband has been killed in front of her…

Leto is a Cage-warrior. He’s brutal, he’s cold, he
Written by: Lindsey Piper
Series: Dragon Kings #1
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publish Date: June 25, 2013
ISBN-10: 1451695918
ISBN-13: 978-1451695915
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Age Recommendation: Adult
Genre: Dark Romance
Buy It: Amazon Barnes & Noble

First you have to understand, there are no dragons in the Dragon Kings series. The Dragon King are an ancient race of beings, called demons, that were once worshiped as gods. Now there are only 5 known clans left of the Dragon King and they are
5 stars

The sheer brutality of 'Caged Warrior' took me completely by surprise - but I enjoyed the ever-livin' heck out of it! I mean seriously - this one was intense!!!!

Going into it, I'm not sure what I was expecting, except maybe
(at most) a typical paranormal romance with a bit of angst and lots of lovin' involving sexy dragon-shifters.






Not only is there not a dragon-shifter in sight, but this is about as far removed from a fluffy feel-good romance that you can
Jess the Romanceaholic
I almost hate myself for enjoying this one so much. Very dark, lots of Very Bad Things happening to people, but awesome.

It's good to mention that there aren't any shape shifters in this series though. The Dragon Kings are a sort of paranormal race descended from (or who worship, not 100% clear on that at the moment) The Dragon, their deity.

4.5-5 Stars, full review to follow once I get my thoughts in order.
I had been waiting to read this ever since I read the review that posted up on GR back in March. Thus, my expectation might be a tad high. Although this new PNR series is not mind blowing, I do feel invested with both the character, Audrey aka Nynn and Leto, the Caged Warrior. Overall, this is a strong and engaging first in the series book.

The book except had provided a good background for us to get started with the story. There isn't much time wasted on Audrey's past ordeal about her losing he

I've been dying to read this book for months!! The synopsis was so captivating, that although I couldn't wait to delve into this story, I wasn't sure what I would expect.

Leto is a caged warrior, rising to the rank of Champion with one sole purpose: help his family!!

Audrey's tragic past was so heart!!!!! I won't say too much, other than every time she spoke of her love for her son and her husband, it twisted my heart, knowing what she went through, and what her son was still going
Danielle Annett
The is one for the record books. I had never read anything from or even heard of author Lindsey Piper and for that I am shocked because her book Caged Warrior was AMAZING! It was impossible for me to put it down. Audrey/Nynn suffers through so much but she keeps on fighting and she never gives up. There were moments when I wanted to cry because I felt her pain as if it were my own. The author evoked that much emotion and the relationship that develops between her and Leto is surprising in how it ...more
Barbara Ann
Imagine being stripped of your family, tortured, and then enslaved in an underground world where survival depends on how well you can fight. This nightmare has become Audrey MacLaren’s life. Audrey’s real name is Nynn, and she is a Dragon King born of the Clan Tigony. Dragon Kings are an ancient race of supernatural beings with special power endowed to them. They are proud warriors who have kept their identity a secret from most humans.

Audrey is branded as a traitor and exiled from her clan whe
I thought the book was brilliant!
Savagely beautiful! First book form Lindsey Piper but it will not be the last.

I found the idea and story behind Dragon Kings truly creative. What I really loved was the book unfolded and told it's own story. Without pages of defining every term, everything explained it's self as you read.

Fast paced and heart stopping all the action was perfectly detailed!! You saw it all happening as you read. I found the brutality just mind blowing but it made the revenge all t
Christi Snow
My Review:
I've had this print book in my TBR pile ever since it came out (did you see that gorgeous cover? Yes, that is why I bought it.) Then I received book #3 in this series for review. I honestly still didn't have time to read this book, but partway through reading that book, I was feeling slightly confused about the world. I thought if I picked up this first book in the series and read the first couple of chapters, that it would probably clear up the confusion. While that honestly never hap
Jessie Potts
What it's about: I loved the prequel, Silent Warrior, and was ecstatic to begin reading the official start of the Dragon Kings series. Audrey MacLaren did the unthinkable and married her human, exiling her from the Dragon Kings. She and her husband gave birth to the first natural-born Dragon King in a generation. This, of course, leads to a lot people wanting the baby. Then her husband is murdered and Audrey's life is changed forever, yet again, she is forced to become a Cage warrior and fight f ...more
FV Angela
*ARC received through Edelweiss
Review originally posted at

“Leto leaned close and brushed his lips against hers. “This my brave girl. This is beautiful pain.”

After reading the prequel for the Dragon Kings series I couldn’t wait to delve into the first book, Caged Warrior. This is what I would call a dark paranormal romance, there is little humor and a lot of suffering and strife. I think I should warn readers before I get into the actual review that regard
Anne Dirty Girls' Good Books
I picked this book up at the RT Convention and packed it in a bag to take along to my sister's house. I read the first 20 pages on the plane and I was hooked!

In this world a dragon race lives among humans. Though they look human in appearance, more or less, they possess dragon powers. Their race has problems reproducing. Audrey was banished from the dragons and led a life with humans, until she and her human husband had a baby. One day dragons arrived. They killed her husband, kidnapped Audrey a
The Urban Book Thief
I adore trying out a brand new book series. It always feels a little bit like Christmas – some years it is awesome and fun, but other years it can be over-hyped and slightly disappointing. But not this year folks, oh no – Santa has delivered and it is COMPLETELY BODACIOUS. Yes, even Bill and Ted would get down on their knees and worship at the shrine that is Lindsey Piper and her fantabulous Dragon King series.

This has to be hands down my favourite new paranormal romance series of 2013 to date.

Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*eARC received from Edelweiss

DRAGON KINGS is a good new series, but I actually enjoyed the prequel novella better than the first full length novel. It just felt like I was missing something for a good part of the story (even after reading Silent Warrior), but once I filled in the gaps in my head and got things straight using my imagination, I was able to better enjoy the story for just that... the story.

I loved the different clans
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

3.5 Stars

"Ms. Piper did deliver a sexy warrior " ~ Under the Covers

Ms. Piper wrote a very promising start to a new series. Caged Warrior is not your typical Dragon books, in fact; there are no dragons in this book, which was a bit disappointing only because the cover and title shouted it was a dragon book. But let me assure you that even without dragon shifters, this novel is overall a good read.

Let me tell you the things I liked about this book. First is the cover. Okay, I will tell you that I
Brutal, creative and very dark! Lindsey Piper’s first installment in her new series Dragon Kings, Caged Warrior is darkly sensual, brutally painful and, as I discovered had no dragons! The dragon kings are an ancient and proud race of people born with special gifts ranging from supernatural speed to the powerful energy and senses. They are now on the verge of extinction and must either hide to survive or face being used as lab rats or gladiators in the dreaded Cage fights. Audrey has left her pe ...more
I didn't know what to expect in this book, first glanced reminds me of the movie Gladiator. hehe, but Caged Warrior is not your typical paranormal/fantasy romance book. First impression? not your typical paranormal love story. It's too dark, ugly, raw, fighting and violence for my taste.. it was shocking and to be honest I didn't want to continue it but for some odd reason I feel like I was inside the book and couldn't look away!

The storyline is pretty good, though I did find some parts a littl
I really wanted this book to be amazing. I read the short prequel just before Christmas and I was supper impressed with it so I had high hopes for Caged Warrior. I find the whole of this series amazing; it is so fresh and original. I like that this series is dark and dangerous, these are no sweet romances they are dirty, violent and brutal.

The first half of this book was just what I thought it would be and I was really impressed with it. I liked the horribleness, the roughness. I loved the char
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Caged Warrior was an entertaining read with a novel premise but something was missing for me. For some reason, I wasn’t as emotionally touched as I should have been for the plight of a woman who’s child is being used for who knows what experiments.

The Dragon Kings are a race of beings with supernatural abilities. They are NOT dragon shifters, just a different species that sprung from a deity they call the Dragon. They have lived among human
Nichole ~Bookaholic~
WOW....that is what I am reduced to after finishing this...I don't think I can really give a review that will do it justice...even though I had a bit of an idea of what to expect after reading some of the was still unexpected and very different from anything that I have read so far, which is very refreshing in this age of everyone jumping on the same bandwagon of the "next big thing"

I'm not going to go into a synopsis of the story there are other reviews that have done that and have
Coyora Dokusho
Okay, so, Goodreads keeps eating my reviews I think... Because I already did this one!!! Or... maybe I fell asleep before I did... XD completely possible. Anyway, it was good!!! Some of it was fairly disturbing and some of it was a bit face-palmy but I liked it!
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