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Love in the Time of Dragons by Katie MacAlister
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Mar 25, 2011

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bookshelves: audio, 2011, paranormal-romance
Read from March 25 to April 21, 2011

For fans of Katie MacAlister's dragon septs, this is an intriguing addition to the series mythology. A new sept is introduced, the first dragon makes an appearance, and the septs are on the path to war. The series feels like it's starting to evolve into something larger, and I'm excited to see what happens next.

Baltic makes a lovely brooding addition to a series where most of the dragons have been tamed. His antagonism to the rest of the septs injects drama, and places Isolde in a difficult position. But the great characters can't override the novel's major structural flaw. Love in the Time of Dragons mixes present actions with past recollections with little to no transition, and it's confusing to be jerked between plot lines so suddenly. It's a difficult structure, though the shifts do become easier to follow as the novel progresses. Still, the time shifts are disorienting, and this a poor entrance into MacAlister's world.

If you haven't yet read several books from this series, this is NOT the book to start with. The characters from previous books are so prevalent that some scenes feel like reunion specials, and newcomers would likely be lost. Sept politics take a new direction, and an understanding of prior history is welcome, if not strictly required. Recommended for completists, but casual readers and newcomers are better pointed to You Slay Me or Playing with Fire, the first books of the Green and Silver dragons, respectively.

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Kimberly [Come Hither Books] So glad I'm listening on audio. The narrative switches back and forth between past and present without warning, and without the change in accent I'd be lost. Still one of my favorite authors, but this one is not as strong as most.

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