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Heart of the Dragon (Atlantis #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  11,017 ratings  ·  472 reviews
Grace Carlyle no podía imaginarse que buscando a su hermano perdido acabaría descubriendo un mundo secreto poblado por monstruos mitológicos, ni enfrentándose con un guerrero dragón que superaba en atractivo a cualquier ser mortal.

Pero allí estaba, Darius Kragin, miembro de una raza de guerreros consagrada a custodiar l
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Published (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Meh. An unconvincing romance in the middle of an unoriginal story. I just didn't see any reason for Grace and Darius to end up together. I never bought the love at all. I've just seen this done better.


I read a review of a different book by KimKirt today that mentioned how there's something that rubs you the wrong way about a book that just bugs you and keeps you from fully enjoying the book. Unfortunately there were several with this. But one that I feel I should mention concerns a cou
5 STARS !!

I just LOVED this book. It was so good, just the best thing I have read in such a long time, marvelous , PERFECT!

If I had had a clue this series was this good I have read it much sooner. As the AVG rating of this book was 3.88 I just thought I would not like it at all. I just started with it because I was missing paranormal romance terribly! I was pretty sure I had read all the ones worth reading so you can all imagine this was a huge surprise for me! I wasn't aware of how much I was
Sep 21, 2015 Carmen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance fans - non-human hero
Darius en Kragin is a weredragon who lives in Atlantis. Atlantis is populated with mythical beings, apparently. Weredragons, vampires, nymphs, and Formorians. Darius is assigned to guard "the mist" (a portal between the mortal realm and the realm to Atlantis). It's his job to mercilessly kill any man, woman or child who comes through the portal.

Although Darius vomits after killing his first human being, he spends three centuries doing this job, brutally murdering anyone who comes through the po
Ugh, that was horrible. Let's tick off all the formulaic things, shall we?

1) She's a redhead. Now, I have a real soft spot for redheads, being one myself, but at one point she actually says she had never met anyone who went for the red hair and freckles things. Girl, you have obviously never been outside.
2) She's a virgin, although HE has bedded lots of ladies. None of them ever meant anything, of course.
3) They "bond" through some spell so that it's like they're married before they actually do
This book was a pure whine-fest. The plot was horrendously predictable, and the heroine is a major whiner, and a B with an ITCH. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with her? She's like those anorexic, cheerleader whiner-babies that is totally unsatisfied with her life. And don't get me started on the male protagonist. He was an emotional wreck when he saw her, all "i should kill you but i cant cause i get all tingly with this insta-love shit that i still dont want to acknowledge is love thing". D ...more
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Benernya buku ini berpotensi 5 bintang kalau saja :
- Ceritanya lebih banyak tentang mitologi atlantis dan penghuni-penghuninya. Padalah gambaran sekilas tentang atlantis di buku udah cukup keren.
- More deep characters rather than standard characters, lebih suka Darius yang dingin dan kaku yang sebelum ketemu Grace lebih keren dan coba kalau Grace digambarkan lebih galak, keras kepala dan ngga terangsang setiap kali ketemu Darius, pasti lebih keren. Tapi setelah ketemu karakternya malah pada jadi
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I am a huge fan of Gena Showalter, I love her Lords of the Underworld series, her Alien-Huntress series, and even a couple of her stand alone books. So while I think that Heart of the Dragon was good, in comparison to her other work this book was booooring. What I admire about GS is that she makes you fall in love with her characters and with the world she creates. There is always someone or something to connect to in her stories and she usually has a fast pace that makes the book flow. All of t ...more
I love the idea of taking the premise that Atlantis is real and still here though hidden so I was very eager to read this series. This first book also hit one of my other favorites- dragons!!!

Darius is a stone cold dragon warrior king and guardian of the portal to the human world. He is sworn to kill any who stray through the mist into Atlantis. After three hundred years, a lone woman becomes the exception when he is attracted to her and cannot find it in himself to kill her right away. He must
Laura Marcela ✎・:*:・
Oh, buen señor. Yo realmente quería amar el libro, en serio. Gena te.presenta los eventos y los personajes de una manera tan atractiva que de verdad te metes en la historia. Pero eso no me ocurrió con éste libro.
Al principio creí que me iba a llegar, hubieron varias cosas que me entretuvieron y me gustaron, a que el libro avanza me llegué a aburrir (el tiempo que Grace estuvo retenida en el palacio fue muy pobre y predecible). Luego de eso el libro tomó fuerza y el hecho de que Darius
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Meh. An unconvincing romance in the middle of an unoriginal story. I just didn't see any reason for Grace and Darius to end up together. I never bought the love at all. I've just seen this done better.
Felicity Heaton
I went into this book not expecting much which is perhaps why I got so much out of it. Just like how I really enjoy a movie when I go into the cinema with zero expectations about the film. We enter the book in the past, with Darius as a child taking on the role of a guardian responsible for killing anyone who enters through the portal in his palace. Understandably he’s a little reluctant to kill, but he’s driven by a need to protect his dragon people and Atlantis from the kind of brutality that ...more
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Before Gena Showalter’s hit series, Lords of the Underworld, there was Atlantis: a series about an undersea world inhabited by immortal, mythological creatures, including dragons, nymphs, shape shifters, and more! The first installment, Heart of the Dragon, introduces us to the shape-shifting guardian of the gates of Atlantis, Darius en Kragin. Vowed for centuries to protect his dragon kin and Atlantis itself Darius has seen his fair share of wayward humans, lost in the jungle’s mist, slip throu ...more
The only reason I read this book was because of the word "Atlantis". I've always liked the Atlantis myth and I found the concept for this book quite intriguing. Unfortunately it wasn't all that great.

Basically there's this woman who is lost in the jungle and accidentally finds her way to Atlantis. And then there's the dark and brooding man that has never felt love, guarding the entrance. It doesn't take a genius to know where this is going.

I liked the concept about Atlanis being a place for al
3 Stars...It was ok

So I have tons of Showalter books that were given to me by a friend who's obviously a big fan...but I just don't understand why. I don't think I've ever rated one of her books above a 3 Star so maybe I'm just not "getting it". Creativity is there, but there just seems to be something missing in every book I pick up. I will say though that HOTD was one of the better one's I've read by her so I'll for sure give the second in the series a shot.

Chippy *Moves Like Jagger* Marco
Damn hot! Jumping onto the next Gena Showalter book like an old man on Viagra!
I thought that this book would be much more interesting than 'Awaken Me Darkly' because it is about dragons- scratch that-, (hot) dragon warriors. But I feel that there's not enough of this and not enough of that.

I wish that there's more of the love between the two characters, the steamy parts are fine, but I feel like the other details on why they love each other are minimal. She loves him because there was more than just a strong warrior but a vulnerable, loving man. But what else? He loves h
Christy Stewart
"I've got a cracker jack idea for the cover, boss."
"What's that, Smitty?"
"The back of some broad with a tramp stamp."
"Perfect! You sure do know how to market to the ladies, pal."
I don't know why i keep thinking i'm going to like books of this genre. The only series i've enjoyed has been the Dark Hunter series from Sherrilyn Kenyon.

I just can't believe a story where the man has been guarding that portal for hundreds of years, probably killing MANY attractive women in his time as guardian and all of sudden this girl makes him pause. In reality he'd run her through with his sword in the 'disorientation stage' that the guy talked about in the beginning and he'd go home and
Lisa P
This was my second book by Gena Showalter and I liked it even less than the first one I read The Darkest Night. The idea of Atlantis was very cool, but we never really got to learn much about it. Other than visiting a couple of palaces, a pub, and a quick run through the forest; we discover almost nothing about this world. There was a passage near the beginning of the story where Darius is staring out the window of his palace, and the city of Atlantis is described like this "Crowds of Sirens, ce ...more
This was my first Gena Showalter and I really loved it. Atlantis is subject that I haven't really read much about before and I found it facinating. The book is very well written and I was just carried along, captivated by the story and rich characters.

Darius is king of the Dragons. He is a guardian responsible for the protection of Atlantis and as such he must kill any who enter their world through one of the two portals. His family were brutally murdered when he was a boy and to cope with the f
Grace travels to Brazil to catch up with her archeologist brother Alex, and gets lost. Her dragon necklace leads her into a cave that leads into Alantis. There, she meets Darius, a guardian dragon sworn to kill any traveler that comes into the cave. They fall in love, there is a bit of conflict with Alex, his boss, and some vampires, and that is about it. Most of this book was monologue about how much Grace wanted Darius or vice versa. There wasn't enough action to keep me from skimming through ...more
Merve  Özcan
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Darius en Kragin has been schooled from the tender age of 8 to become a Guardian of the Mist, a dragon that stands between people who enter Atlantis through the portal and his own people. No one can enter, everyone has to be slain for the safety of Atlantis, no exceptions.

Grace Carlyle is lost in the jungle after her guide deserts her in her search for her brother who seems to have disappeared after mailing her a necklace, an old dragon necklace. As she now tumbles through the jungle, thirsty, h
Astri  Nasthasia Videlia
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Cool concept, memorable characters, lovely romance.
If you are a fan of Showalter, you will enjoy this one too.
I felt the LOU similarities more than once, but not quite as strong.

Darius is a dragon shape-shifter, King of his race. He is guardian of the mist, the entrance to Atlantis. Cool concept, aye?

Grace is an adventure junkie, danger-seeking chick searching for her missing brother in the Amazon. She is stubborn, brave and tender at the same time. She accidently stumbles into Darius's world an
The story flows so fluidly that when I found at least two logic flaws, I was, like, whoa, really? How can it be?

OK, so the dragon-man is from another world, so he can't be expected to understand the "ways" of the world.

But from what I gather, the stewardess isn't stupid. She should know not to lay all the cards on the table. She should know that they shouldn't discuss their plans freely and most of all, who Darius really is in front of the bad guys.

So at first they threatened the man who tailed
Dawn Ang
Where to begin with this one? Well, I did like this book. I thought it was an entertaining, light read. It wasn't great, though. The plot was not original--it's a tried and true fairytale (complete with dragons and damsels in distress, except in this case it was the heroine's brother who needed to be rescued).

The main love-story between Darius and Grace was plausible in the beginning but it plunges into the territory of ridiculous very quickly. And I mean QUICKLY. The characters were not rounde
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been transl
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