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Bonds of Fire

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  399 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Drekken is a dragon warrior. Bonded to his dragon, Miri, together they lead a squadron of fliers. His fliers respect him, his enemies fear him, his reputation precedes him. Yet, nothing in his life could have prepared Drekken for his greatest challenge: babysitting.

Stranded after a deadly battle, separated from his squadron and Miri, Drekken finds himself the only hope for
ebook, Smashwords, 62 pages
Published June 6th 2011 by Wittegen Press
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Awwwww..... what a cute little story!
Drekken, a dragon warrior, takes baby dragons and barely legal humans under his protection while trying to escape enemy forces that occupy a destroyed village.
Yes, there are typos and various editorial mistakes, but did I say it was cute? and sweet? and it had dragons in it? =)

3.5 stars, rounding up to 4.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mandy*reads obsessively* by: Tailtiu
Interesting Free Short.
There is a lot of world building for such a short story, but that didn't stop me from wanting to know more about the war going on, the dragons and the bondings between them and humans.
The 'romance' part is very a very small part of this story and not really clear, but I loved the baby dragons and would love to know how the two young empaths and Drekken and Miri and Baby D continued on.
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
Not a bad story, but editing mistakes kept me from fully engaging.
Norma Banzi
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Sweet little book with baby-dragons, elves and a warrior with a golden heart. No sex, some MMM erotic. I wish, the book would be longer.
Mar 23, 2012 rated it liked it
A well-written short story; good writing, and good world building to fit in a short story. It picks up right away with action and world building, an interesting mix of magic, technology and dragons. I would like to know more about the Feras and what their beef was with Army Draco, their society and pair-bonding, but then it wouldn't be a short story anymore :) Oh, and especially more about the relationship, but more on that later.

The story is narrated by Drekken, an army general who has been sep
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pc, novella, magic, m-m, fantasy, lgbtq
Quickly finished this short fantasy m/m story. Drekken is an augmented human warrior life-bonded to his dragon Miri. In this story he leads two empathic humans and their group of young dragons to safety, including newly-hatched baby dragon D. Feels like this should be part of a much longer book..

"I don't want him, not without you," Drekken sighed the second of his realisations that day.
Malachi looked so young then, his dark eyes uncertain and confused.
"But you've been flirting with him all the
Shadowstorm Norwicca
A very unique story that caught at my heart strings. A warrior injured and without his bonded dragon. Now in search of his unit and to get out of the enemies range. On his way through a village destroyed by the enemy he stumbles upon children. Some are young children and two others are young adults, but they are empaths and young dragons. The dragon who protected them is seriously injured and his only dying request is that Drekken takes care of them. This harden warrior takes on the responsibili ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got this book for free a long time ago, but never got around to reading it. I finally randomly decided to read it, and boy am I glad I did. This was a great little read that I highly enjoyed. It took a little while for me to get into the story, and I almost gave up near the beginning, but I stuck it out and was well rewarded. This was a glimpse into a very interesting world, and my only regret is that it ended far too soon for me. I would love to see this book and this world expanded upon, as ...more
This is a nice little M/M fantasy story with dragons.
There is nothing particularly original in it, but it is well done:
-setting is clear and well outlined with its interesting mix of magic and technology;
-characters are likeable and credible;
-plot is interesting and makes sense.

On the downside, beside a couple of editing problems (missing words here and there) the ending -happy though it is- releases too much tension and implies a change in atmosphere from the warlike to the cosy that is not wel
Kate Aaron
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
did I ever mention that I'm a sucker for baby dragons? Because I am! Loved this story! ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
kindle edition.
Was drawn into this world and definitely would like to read more about these characters.
Viv Ross
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tantalizing, endearing, and satisfying in way that leaves you wanting much more.
Coyora Dokusho
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked it! There were adorable dragonlings and interesting characters I got emotionally involved with. Well-ploted as well. Would love a sequel.
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! Soo cute! Would love to read more about this unique family. LOL!
This is a rather complex story. Which is good - and bad.
It really keeps your interest. The hint of worldbuilding is good and gets you to want more. There was a bit of mystery surrounding the characters’ past.

For such complexity it was way too short. Instead of an intriguing tale unfolding you get a loose web spread out on a couple of scenes. Which in turn made it a bit hard to follow. It also didn’t lend it self to give the characters any depth and made the chemistry between the main characters
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-fantasy
The impression I had from this book is that there are people, who live peacefully with their dragons, while they fight mercenaries hunting and selling dragons. It's an interesting world, but due to the length the reader only gets a glimpse of it. Drekken is a warrior, bonded to his dragon Miri, with special technical upgrades all over his body. He fell off his dragon in a fight and lost contact with his squadron. Now he finds himself faced with two human empaths and six baby dragons he needs to ...more
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unexpected and a feel good story

I recommend this story at its warmest, surprisingly good even if it was too short.

Good world-building and characters that were interesting. You sense the chemistry between them, but that's all you get. And the enemy image isn't addressed well enough either. As a reader, your left with more questions than answers.

I don't want to complain too much, since this was a freebie. Hopefully, the author finds inspiration to pick up this story and develop it further.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-recs
This one was short and adorable. A hardened warrior thrown off his dragon and forced to babysit dragon hatchlings. It was a heartwarming story and the interaction between Drekken and D was so sweet. The mothers though. Poor guy. Would happily read a continuation of this one.
I really liked it

Although this was really short I really liked it. It definitely needs more world building. For example, who are the Feras? Why are they at war? I just need more. Hopefully everything will be more fleshed out in the next book.
An interesting and quick read. I enjoyed it and really liked the bond between Brekkan and Baby D as well as his growing relationship with Malachi and Yakov.
EscaPe iNTo thE PaGEs
4 solid stars for this book. I liked the establishment of family and the relationships between human and dragon. I would have liked to know more about the opposing forces. The dragons were cute!
Jeffrey A. Dewey
Technology and dragons

Bonding with dragons, technology and humanity are all intertwined with in the saga. Pern w with a mixture of Dune and a little of magic.
✟Roxanne✟(Death by Book Avalanche) ☠
I must say that I very much enjoyed this short that's what it is...a short story, a VERY short story. There was so much packed into this novella that it definitely had the potential to be a full length novel. Even though things were a little crammed in I didn't feel that the romance elements were rushed in any way just that they weren't explored in very much depth. This is a M/M romance novella, however, it is very tame compared to a lot of other stories out there, especially when com ...more
Sadie Forsythe
Oh, I want so much more of this. It worked well as a short story, but there was enough to be expanded into a full length novel (always my preference). I love that, despite being short, the romance didn't feel rushed. In fact it doesn't really even come to a head in the story. I did feel a little bit like Malachi was shorted. Drekken's attraction to Yakov is so overt that, despite being told Drekken is falling for Malachi too, he feels secondary. I was a little disturbed in the beginning because ...more
2.5 stars

This held my attention alright and I loved all the dragons, but I was a bit underwhelmed. Maybe it was just that I wanted more than a novella, maybe it was the writing at times, maybe the ending felt too rushed... and maybe I should stop saying maybe because yes, it was all of those things. I enjoyed reading a polyamorous relationship simply because I haven't before, but I can see why other reviewers were saying it should've been expanded on more with Malachi. It did feel a little lopsi
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
So...this story follows part-dragon warrior Drekken on a quest with two young men to bring a half a dozen newborn dragons to safety from those that would do them harm.

What's good: Bonds of Fire is free. Good world building and interesting characters. A man with strong parental (view spoiler) instincts is refreshing!

What irked me: the dragons...were they pets? Or powerful fantastical creatures? Could they be on the same cognizant level as humans?! And what was this "b
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully imaginative story with suspense and sweetness. Drekken is an fascinating character with his dragon bond, enhancing implants, and surprisingly loving and gentle aspects. There is plenty of cuteness with the young dragons, balanced by building attraction between Drekken and the pair bond of Yakov and Malachi. While there is nothing more than kissing, the chemistry is great. I am not one for menage but this didn't have the usual erotic overtones, just warmth and tenderness (and no sex). ...more
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I was genuinely interested in this story. There was a big soldier man having to take care of a bunch of widdle baby dragons, and I knew that was going to be a super adorable, sweet dynamic. The world is a mix of fantasy and sci-fi (my fav). However, there were so many editing errors, it was cringeworthy. It was definitely a "I am into this book, but not enough to endure this blatantly unedited text."

Beta readers are important. Actual proofreaders (not your friends) are important. Self-publishin
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wish this had been a longer story as it had all the elements of a great novel. Solid characters and storyline as well as plenty of good world building and backstory for it's length. My only other complaint is that a romance was hinted at but never actually came to fruition by the end of the story. Hopefully the author will write a continuation and give the reader more of the romance and this really intriguing world. ...more
Elly Helcl
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Okay...why does almost every book have to have gay/lesbian elements...

Other than the above, this was a really good story. I enjoyed the characters and the story line. It was a little short but over all, if you like big bad guys who are suckers for kids, this is for you.

I think I am actually going to follow this series. I usually don't like books that are partitioned but I will have to watch for these.
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