I can say I've breezed through this series. I had an urge, a nudge in my head to give this series some reading time and I am so glad I did. I've readI can say I've breezed through this series. I had an urge, a nudge in my head to give this series some reading time and I am so glad I did. I've read the first book quite some time ago, and the prequel story, and it was just not too great, it was more okay. But I'd like to congratulate myself for resuming it, because the series, as I've come to realize, had gotten so much better with every book.
Since I still gotta review the previous ones too, and there's the fact that this is part of a series and everyone should be aware of the general plot, I'm not going to go into the whole story. Basically, it picks up where the previous one left off, not minute for minute because we see that some ten years have passed after the last book. As huge as the gap looks, this was done to give us a better story, I think. Not to mention to give space space to the main couple to grow so they can present us with an unpredictable story. Let's face it, we knew both the hero and the heroine quite well, I don't think I'd be wrong in saying they grew up in our hands. And we know of the feelings they have for each other, the kinds of interactions to expect, so it was, I guess, best to skip some years and give them time apart so they could grow differently and separately. This way, I had no idea what to expect from them.
I didn't have time to review the previous books yet, so I'll use this book to express my love for the world G. A. Aiken has created. The idea of dragons has always been quite intriguing for me, although I guess it can be tricky -dragons are not like wolves or cats after all- but Aiken handles this very well. She has given them a common personality that's special for dragons, and they are arrogant and selfish and very frustrating most of the time, but you still can't help but love them! I did want to slap the shit outta them at times, mind you, but this made me love them even more, if that makes any sense. I think it has something to do with the reality check here, they give the message that family is precious, and you can't live with them but you cannot live without them either! A true family unit.and a healthy one at that.
While I'm still at it, let me add this too; when these couples, I mean every single couple in this series, get together,after they have their happily ever after, they can still fight and argue and disagree. In the paranormal genre, as much as I absolutely love the books, I feel like there's a silent rule that says once you fall in love you can't have a falling out. Sure, I've read fights and disagreements, but they're always on the softer side; fighting, but not really. This is not the case here. They yell at each other, they swear, they get frustrated and angry, they have 'real' fights. Does this make sense? Am I able to describe what I mean clearly? Some, or many, may not agree with me, but I realized this while reading this series. With all this fighting and yelling, you never doubt their love, as it should be, because they make sure they're there when it truly matters. I never thought a love between the hero and the heroine any less believable because they had a huge falling out where they yelled and spat at each other. I don't know, maybe this is just me, but I've realized this was missing from some of the books I've read.
The characters we already know. I gotta say, I've liked Izzie from the first time she appeared, but I was glad to see she grew to be a stronger woman than a clingy girl. Quite strong too, she was a great warrior. Glad to see she didn't fall into that category where the woman is supposed to look strong but she comes off as cocky. Izzie was a good combination of strong and smart, she knew what she wanted and what she didn't, although the line was more blurry when it came to Eibhear but that's only natural. Gotta give the woman credit though, she handles it very well.
Ever since the start if the series, I've quite liked Eibhear. I have to admit, I was a little bit surprised the kind of person he became over the years, but I guess he couldn't have stayed out sweet Eibhear forever. I did mourn that sweet soul for a few pages though. Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, he turned out to be one of the toughest bastards out there. At first I was afraid of this transformation but I quickly got used to it and in the end was glad for the change. The back and forth of his handling of his feelings for Izzie were a bit frustrating at times but thankfully it wasn't too bothersome to make me dislike the book. Not at all.
I enjoyed the additional characters too, Eibhear's comrades, these dragons added some very enjoyable pages to this already good book. I think I'd love to read books for them as well. Before all, though, I do look forward to a book for Eibhear's wonderful cousin, and Izzie's beat friend, Branwen. I loved that dragon, so naturally I'd love to read about her.
The plot was not disappointing, but then again, Aiken has no problems writing good stories that keep you engaged. More than once I felt envious for her style and creativity....more