A very promising start to a new series. Dragons, Deuces (think Mage) and others live amongst us. They are The Hidden. First Rule of the Hidden is neve...moreA very promising start to a new series. Dragons, Deuces (think Mage) and others live amongst us. They are The Hidden. First Rule of the Hidden is never to let humans know about The Hidden.
Ruby Salazaar, became an orphan after a terrible boating accident, and was raised by her uncle Moncrief, whilst her grandfather Brom had a breakdown and was sent to an asylum. Brom and Moncrief are Deuces, though Ruby doesn't know that, and she also doesn't know that her mum was a carnelian Dragon. Dragons always breed true.
Cyntag Valeron, a black Dragon, was a Guard assassin, until the night he was ordered to kill everyone on a boat and went with his gut and saved Ruby. Cyn watches over Ruby from afar until the night that Moncrief is murdered.
Really enjoyed the world building, The Hidden, and I can see more adventures to come as those pesky Gods keep interfering.(less)
I read this long ago as an ebook and couldn't resist also getting it in print. For those who haven't read it, it also comes with a short, Chains and F...moreI read this long ago as an ebook and couldn't resist also getting it in print. For those who haven't read it, it also comes with a short, Chains and Flames which is the story of Fearghus the Destroyers' parent's romance. You can choose which one you want to read first, as Shelly said she wrote Dragon Actually first. The print copy also comes with a new story A Tale of Two Dragons, which is Fearghus's Uncle's romance, which is set before Chains and Flames.
Annwyl the Bloody, is human and leading the rebellion against her brother Lorcan and ends up fighting and losing in front of Fearghus's cave. He doesn't like the noise and comes to investigate. Fearghus becomes intrigued by Annwyl when she isn't afraid of him and he decides to heal her after polishing off the annoying soldiers who are fleeing in terror.
Thus the stage is set for much sword-worthy action. We see the rest of Fearghus's family and a right bunch of nutcases they all are. Dragon males love a mean female, of any species, and Shelly delivers mean in a good way.
Chains and Flames
Princess Rhiannon and Low Born Bercelak Cadwaladr, the Battle Dragon are thrown together by Queen Addiena in an attempt to mate/kill Rhiannon. The Queen is afraid of her daughter and has hated her for the past 125 years. Both of them are White Dragons, so are full of magic, but sadly Rhiannon doesn't seem to have the ability. The Queen forces Rhiannon to be human by magic in an attempt to weaken her so that she is easily killed. Meanwhile Bercelak has wanted the mean, very mean, Rhiannon for 55 years, so he's not letting her escape him.
A Tale of Two Dragons
More insanity of the Cadwaladr kind. Bercelak's older brother Addolgar the Cheerful and Lady Braith of the Darkness are sent on a quest to return Lady Katharina to her father, Lord Berg by Queen Addiena. Unbeknownst by everyone Braith's father, Lord Emyr, has betrayed the Queen, Braith & Katharina. The Queen, looking for a quick scapegoat intends to execute Braith and ignore the real culprit.
The Cadwaladr clan don't like that idea, so much scheming and planning goes into the rescue of Braith.
Love all the humour in these books and the characters. Also love that Eibbhear the Blue makes an appearance in the last story. (less)