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Heart of the Dragon (Atlantis #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  9,996 ratings  ·  433 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
Jul 04, 2014 Carmen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance fans - non-human hero
Shelves: romance, fiction
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
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
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
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
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
★Moonrise Books
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
Barbara M.
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.

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."
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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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
Patricia BookExhibitionism
There are several things to say about the book.

First: It could have been very good.
Second: It wasn't.

I know, I know. "Why?" you wonder.

Dear reader, it's not like I didn't enjoy Heart of the Dragon. On the contrary, it was very entertaining. Which is why I gave it a 2.5 rating =from 0-5 stars it's the absolute average.

I wanted to read something about Dragons, started "Dragon Actually" (by GA Aiken/Shelly Laurenston) because of that and disliked that novel. Unlike Dragon Actually, Heart of the Dr
First book in the Atlantis series. I loved this story!! I’ve already started the second book in this series!! I loved the h/h!! They are such a good match for each other. The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars is because I thought the story slowed down a little too much in the middle. Other than that, I thought this book was just amazing; I love Ms. Showalter’s style of writing!! She packs her story with fun, adventure, sexy guys, and humor!

Grace Carlyle is searching for her missing bro
I have to say, I wanted to like this book. I am a fan of this author and have liked her other series so I was excited to find this series, but I really didn't like this book. I found myself skimming through the last 20 pages just to get the story read. I found the male lead to be a real jerk that no women would even like let alone fall in love with. I also hated all the reverances to the female lead being fat or curvy or what ever. there is even a part where she almost has an orgasm with a taste ...more
This is a great story about Grace who gets lost in the Amazon jungle looking for her brother Alex. Alex has been looking for a portal to Atlantis and disappears. Grace stumbles into Atalantis and meets Darius the King of the Dragon Warriors. He holds Grace there against her will. She does escape and runs into Alex's company that he works for. They tell her they are looking for him to, and quickly send her home. Without giving the whole story away, I will say that it truely picks up from here. I ...more
[...] La historia de Grace y Darius no me ha parecido en absoluto inolvidable. Ella es una mujer con ganas de aventuras, que por supuesto, nunca ha tenido una relación con un hombre pero que anhela tenerla (¿qué esperabais? :D). Darius es un hombre atormentado por lo horribles que son los humanos de la superficie, destinado a matar personas, muchas inocentes, por el bien de su raza. Él no tiene sentimientos y nunca se ha enamorado... hasta que aparece Grace. [...]
Aly is so frigging bored
Buddy read with Maru.

January 2013 read:
Favorite quote:
“You saw the violence of my past,” he said, mistaking her silence. “You know the things I’ve done and can guess the things I will do. I’m asking you to accept me regardless. If you can do this, I will give you my life, my riches and my vow to always protect you.” The last words left his lips with all the desperation inside him. With all the longing. With all the need.
Her expression softened; her lashes dipped to half-mast. “I don’t need your
After 300 years, Darius has very little humanity left. He has pushed his pain and grief over losing his family so far away that he can't feel anything. He protects the mists into Atlantis from invaders, but he finds that he can't kill Grace. She has stumbled into Atlantis while searching the Amazon jungle for her brother.
This story reminds me of the Dark series by Alexis Morgan. Men who can't feel saved by the women who love them. What can I say? I'm a sucker. :D
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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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Other Books in the Series

Atlantis (5 books)
  • Jewel of Atlantis (Atlantis, #2)
  • The Nymph King (Atlantis, #3)
  • The Vampire's Bride (Atlantis #4)
  • The Amazon's Curse (Atlantis, #5)
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