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King of the Fire Dancers

(Shift Happens #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  29 reviews
When he’s propositioned by a wealthy stranger, it seems Coy Conlin’s impoverished life is about to be upgraded. But before he can share the news with his family, he comes home to find his grandmother murdered and his little brother missing. To make matters worse, he’s thrown in prison along with every other shifter under the Sovereign’s orders.

August Seaton left his labora
ebook, 257 pages
Published August 14th 2017 by NineStar Press
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Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**Received this arc from Ninestar Press in exchange for a review**

“Release me.”
Judging by the widening smirk on Coy’s face, the demand had amused him. “May want to reconsider your choice of words. But…”


King of the Fire Dancers was a novel that left me in stitches of laughter one minute and on the edge of my seat in the next breath.
This novel was difficult to tear myself away from as I wanted to read what happened next in the adventure and romance of two amazingly interesting characters. In short
Jude Sierra
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
*I received a free copy of this book from Ninestar Press

This is a hard one guys. I am *still* struggling with how to rate and review this book. I’ve been sitting on it for a while.

Initially this book was almost a DNF. At about the 25% mark I think, I just felt like I could no longer muster the interest. It sat on my kindle for an age before I finally decided to give it one more try. The premise of the book sounds awesome. However, the initial third of the book is slow,and at times disjointed (al
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, ow-om, cheating
-“Open your mouth.”
-“Never had someone say that to me without properly introducing themselves first.”

When it came to this book’s rating I was very indecisive. I liked the second half of the book. Coy with his social and openly sexual character was a nice contrast to August who has spent all his life isolated from other people. The fact that they had to work together to survive, along with their underlying attraction to each other, made things even more interesting. The chemistry between the
Sep 25, 2017 marked it as lurking-in-kindleland
This was chosen for me in a PIFM challenge.
I have tried... but it's not working for me. I get to about 15% and lose interest
It's probably just my current frame of mind so I am popping it back for now and will come back to it later
J.C. Long
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this? It's got grit, excitement--like, "edge of your seat realize you're holding your breath" excitement--and passion. Oh good lord does it have passion. And shifters.

This was a wonderful read that took me by surprise with how much it wormed its way into my mind. A well-thought out world, a wonderful descriptive voice with setting, and characters that aren't just archetypes thrown into a story, but feel like real people, that's what you get with King of the Fire Dancers.

Natosha Wilson
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Boy oh boy what a read!!! There are shifters, there is danger, there is a conspiracy going on, and there is attraction between the most two unlikeliest men. A little bit of everything in this first hooknin the series.

This book being book one in this series is basically a book that lays out the lay of the land for how this series is going to go, I believe. It gives background information and how itevents have led up to all the shifters in the land being arrested and caged up like animals. Not to
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given an advanced copy of the book to give an honest review.
I would say that overall I had a great time reading this book! the major characters were all engaging and interesting to me and the world was fascinating. I was honestly surprised by how honestly the writer dealt with with issues relating to the abuses the shapeshifter characters received while imprisoned, there was definitely no beating around the bush there!
I really enjoyed August's character in particular. I felt that his sto
DNF @53%

I hate to do this because the blurb really intrigued me. There were some great ideas here at play--a lot of potential--but it seemed various strands were left floating. Some scenes felt misplaced and overall, the story wasn't coming together cohesively. At 53%, not much had happened, the language was fairly dry, and I just was not feeling August as a character.

I would still read other titles by this author in the future. I just wanted some more high-voltage action.

I voluntarily reviewed
Kimya Gee
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have to say I feel like I got the better end of the deal. lol. I finished this book in about 2 days. It really dragged me in which is always a good thing.

The world building was really great; simple and easy to understand with lots of room to build onto it in the next book.

The characters were great, and I loved getting to know them better and watching them get closer through each of their interactions. I was a little w
James Cox
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good read. I really liked the characters and the plot. I'm going to have to check out more from this author.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well, to be honest, I didn't finish this book. I'm not a fan of persecution and this book starts with sneering humans visiting tagged shifters. Then we have one of the MC helping a character while he is murdering, kidnapping, beating people for his own enjoyment. I don't see how I'm supposed to like him after that and hoping he will be the love interest of the other MC.
So we have humans deciding to arbitrarily arrest all the shifters so they can do all kind of horrible things to them in a prison
'“How long are you going to stand there staring at me, Coy Conlin?” Amira asked from her spot behind the bar. “Don’t think I didn’t notice you slip in through the back door.”
Coy smirked as he approached her, maneuvering himself past a couple of women entwined in each other’s embrace. “Back door’s my favorite place to slip in,” he said.
She rolled her eyes...'

You know, I should have picked up on the snarky humour in the book because of the subtitle: 'Shift happens'. What can I say? I'm a littl
Joyfully Jay
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Wow. King of the Fire Dancers has a taut and well developed plot, a whirlwind escape, and two characters that take the definition of dark to a new level. Almost from the start, I was captivated by the story and while there were some mild pacing issues at first, the writing was strong enough to hold my interest. The author does an excellent job of creating and maintaining a palpable tension that keeps you guessing and waiting for the next event. This books starts
Veronica of V's Reads
4.5 Stars
Coy Conlin is one of the few dragon shifters left in Asuda, and he detests the Registry that comes every few months to check up on him and his elderly grandmother. August Seaton is one of the new Registry officers and Coy hates him on principle. It's even worse when Coy returns from a night out and finds August present and his grandmother dead. Oh, and capturing him for indefinite imprisonment.

August Seaton has had an unpleasant life, with a brilliant scientist mother who is colder than
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They go through a wild journey and end up having intense feelings for each other. The world building is beautifully brilliant. I really can’t say enough good about this book. I’m so excited this is a series!
King of the Fire Dancers is a must read!

This was an action packed, roller coaster, seat of your pants, hold your breath ride. It's an enemy to buddy, buddy to lover story, with great world building, lots of interesting characters, plenty of action., and lots of shifters. Oh and the snark is good!

I had a blast reading this! I picked this up on the recommendation of an author. I am so glad I did!

One note, it does end in a cliff hangar, but don't let that deter you, it's that good.

Oct 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
The blurb promised a lot of passion, action and world-building; the actual book delivers much less, and what it does deliver I was hard-pressed to care for. Things move very slowly for the first 60% or so of the story, because of lots of filler that I quickly found to be tedious, that is very complacently-described shifter abuse and human hatred - I would not go as far as to claim that the writer is into torture-porn and sadistic humiliation, but it sure headed this way on more than one occasion ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the unique world and plot in this book! A bit slow to start, but this story does pick up once the action gets going. Unfortunately, that wasn't quite enough to get me really into this book.

I like where the author is going with this series. I can definitely see the enemies-to-lovers trope playing out, and the romance is slow-burn enough to make it believable. But there was just something missing that I can't quite put my finger on. I didn't feel much of a connection between the MC's. W
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I'll admit I was unsure about reading it as the shifters genre is not one I generally read, but I thought the premise was interesting so figured I'd give it a go. I liked it a lot! I regret that would not likely have purchased it because I would have missed a really good read.

What I liked: The author built a world that made sense to me. I often don't read a lot of fantasy or shifter type books because the worlds get too co
3.25 stars

The first half of the book was terribly frustrating. I didn't particularly like either protagonist. And an "edge" to the action (specifically, the chase) was missing. The burn was so slow I'd forgotten a match might have been lit and the world building left much to be desired. The ending? Well. All things considered, I'm not convinced the next one is worth waiting for.
Lisa The Novel Approach
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
~ 3.5 Stars ~

King of the Fire Dancers started off slow. The pacing was definitely off for me, and it took a while to resolve the issue. The story being told from the alternating POVs of August and Coy created an inconsistency with the flow that I’ll admit was rough to get past during the first half. Coy’s perspective was faster and moving in a more action-packed direction, and I would get totally down with that; but then the switch would happen, and August’s point of view was more introspective
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A free copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

King of the Fire Dancers has a lot of different things going on. As the series title hints, there is an element of humor that appears throughout the book. There's also plenty of sexiness, although no particularly detailed sex scenes. The second half of the book also contains a lot of high-paced escape action. However, the bulk of the book is darker than I had anticipated, which suits the serious subject matter. T
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: whit
Review can be read at It's About The Book

As the blurb promises this has some dark content. Mainly injustice, captivity and torture. Sometimes these things occur quickly or off page and we’re left to wallow in the MCs feelings on such things. Not in this book. It’s ALL on page. There are also some attempted rapes so prepare yourself for that. This is a trigger for me personally and I normally hate reading anything about it. I will say while it made me sick to my stomach it mostly just fueled
Rachel Finch
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this so much. I was looking for a good enemies-to-lovers book and stumbled upon this and it definitely delivered. I read it from start to finish in one sitting.

The blurb provided summarizes the entire first half of the book. Since it is the first in the series, it starts a little slow as Sterling introduces us to the world and the characters. I was keen to get to the point where they become cellmates which happens half way through, and that's where the book gets really good. I found the
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, m-m, paranormal
I received a copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I'll start by saying that this would have been a 5* review if it hadn't ended on a semi cliffhanger. Without giving away any spoilers, the cliffhanger wasn't as abrupt as it could have been and the ending did have a nice feel good factor to it, but - CLIFFHANGER!
I am going to assume (and truly hope) the relationship continues in the next book or I will be very upset. I am invested in the two main characters now and I want
2.5 Stars
I finished the book yesterday but wasn't sure what rating to give it.

The first part of the book was really boring and slow. I was in page 100 and nothing had happened.
I don't like DNF the books I choose to read but this one was almost crossing that line. I continue reading and the story get a little better, not that much but it keep my curiosity alive.
While they're escaping and running the plot get interesting. We get to know more about Coy and August but something is still missing.
I don't know how to rate the part I've read.

I loved Coy's chapters, but August's dragged on and on. He had no will and no spark. I get it, such was his life and such were his circumstances, but why did the author have to bore me out of my wits talking about him?

The pacing of the book certainly did not agree with me. Which is a total bummer. I had high hopes for this book :(

3 stars for the 45% I struggled through :(
I'm not a fan of books with institutionalized and systemic persecution (or any book featuring 'camps'), and especially not if the narrative moves as slow as this one did. Also, I guess "MM Romance" now means "Bisexual Romance With Much Heterosexual Sex." I didn't get that memo, but evidently this author did.
Bretton Coppedge
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
This book will whet your appetite for more, and I want more: now. It starts out at a slower pace as you get to learn about the characters and in particular Coy. You get time to fall in love with his grandma and brother before they are taken from him and it will devastate you just as much as it does him. One great thing about this book is that you get both sides. The devastated Coy experiencing all the evil and August, passively participating in the evil and desperately trying, and for the most p ...more
rated it it was amazing
Apr 07, 2018
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