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Of Cinder and Bone

(Of Cinder and Bone #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  30 reviews
After centuries of being the most dangerous predators on the planet, dragons were hunted to extinction. That is, until Dr. Rhett “Jack” Jackson and Dr. Kamala Anjali cracked the code to bring them back. Through their research at MIT, they resurrected the first dragon anyone has seen alive since the 15th century. There’s just one problem.

Someone stole it.

Caught between two
Kindle Edition, 438 pages
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N.N. Light
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm nuts over Reign of Fire and all things dragons so when I saw this was a freebie on Amazon, I had to grab it. I mean, what's not to love when you're cloning dragons, like in Jurassic Park? A honest-to-goodness dragon thriller filled with adventure, suspense, kidnapping and intrigue. Science and cloning are front and center in this story. A tad slow in places but just my thoughts on that. Kamala was my favorite character and I have to read the next one to see what happens next.

My Rating: 4 st
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of Cinder and Bone
Written by: Kyoko M
Kindle/ E-book version: 491 pages
Amazon Digital Services LLC, December 23, 2016

*May contains some minor spoilers*

This ain't ya mama's dragon fantasy novel! The first book of Kyoko M’s new series is a fast-paced fantasy/adventure novel that features an intriguing love square, descriptive battles, and the birth of an ancient creature that could destroy cities in under an hour. This book is well worth ditching Netflix and chill for the love square alone! Who ca
Emily Pennington
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Dr Rhett “Jack” Jackson and Dr Kamala Anjali were working over the incubator at MIT. After more than 60 attempts, the genetically modified egg was still not fertilized. They put everything away in the lab and left for a party to unwind.

As the work continued, Kam thought about the asexual reproduction that a Komodo dragon is capable of; so they again prepared the egg and implanted it in a female Komodo. The egg implanted and grew – developing faster than expected. Within a month, the eggs were a
Jeanne Pocius Dorismond
Terribly Written

I am sorry. This book reads like the text of an anime book. The author spends more time describing clothing and colors than on character development or plotline. The title and teaser enticed me, but this is an embarrassingly bad piece of writing whose author needs to spend some time reading better quality books to learn how to write. If I could have done so, I would have given it zero or negative stars because it is so bad. Don't waste your time on this one. D- ( would be an F if
Kenya Starflight
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've always loved and been fascinated by dragons -- so a book where two scientists create their own dragon in a fantastic twist on "Jurassic Park" sounded right up my alley. The fact that this was a Kindle freebie didn't hurt things either -- if I end up hating it, I'm not out anything, right? I'm pleased to say that, despite starting off slow and some iffy science along the way, "Of Cinder and Bone" is a highly entertaining and exciting ride, one that kept me reading and that has me eager to st ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My apologies for the late review, but life has kept me busy these past few months.
I won a copy of the novel via the author’s GoodReads giveaway
The novel’s a great read, it has everything a reader can ask for in a sci-fi/fantasy book.
I applaud the author’s characters who are not only well-developed characters but are diverse and inclusive. It was great to see that one of the main characters is a WOC AND she’s not the only WOC present. Back ground characters are also not one dimensional a
The Glassed And The Furious
Jul 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
I never like to stop a book only a few chapters in because I always wonder if there is going to be a turnaround and an amazing story will surface. But this time I just couldn't. The three characters that are introduced at the beginning are beyond ridiculous and I just can't get over the childish interactions, the high school drama, the over stereotyping of a nerdy scientist and the annoying dialogues. It was just all too much. I also felt like there was no natural flow to the writing. It felt fo ...more
Janet Forney
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mattaku subarashidesu

Hopefully I didn’t offend anyone, but trying to keep in the same frame of mind. This book had me hooked right off the bat. I truly couldn’t put it down. Just when I thought I had a plot line figured out, the author did a 180, like Pete would. I can’t wait to read Of Blood and Ashes. I love the combination of science and fantasy. Too bad dragons aren’t real (or are they?) My only wish is that there were translations of the Japanese. I could figure out the basics, but a link
Mandy Walkden-Brown
Highly entertaining. Great premise well executed.

Why is it that authors have an incredibly annoying habit of making their book perma free just days after I've bought it? However, this one I'd be more than happy to re-purchase as it's a very well written and quite riveting story.

The science is grounded in reality, the characters are vibrant and interesting and there's more than enough action, intrigue and suspense to keep the pages turning. And dragons. Don't forget the potential dragons.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
An intriguing concept, dragons brought to life via DNA (very Jurassic Park, and yes, that scenario is mentioned!). This is also a thriller, loads of mayhem that crosses the globe. A good story, but I felt it was a bit shallow here and there, and didn’t focus enough on the actual dragon. I wanted to stay with her, see how the modern world is for her.

Characters, however, were well rounded. I could definitely identify with each, particularly Jack; loved his take on things, his humour, and his hidd
Michelle Willms
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful fantasy

A team of two scientists have discovered the means to genetically engineer the return of dragons. Due to hunting by humans, the last dragons became extinct in the 14th century. The project is immediately under attack by rivals from Japan, who want the dragons not for research and preservation of the species and the environment, but for nefarious reasons. Great book, ends in a cliffhanger
Kayla Torres
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been reading this on my breaks at work and it was SO HARD to put down! I loved everything from the characters to the development of the story, even to the little romance that was sprinkled in but didn’t change the path of the story.
Sure there were some corny jokes but I found it endearing with the characters. Cannot wait to read part 2!
Donald E Rockwell III

There is more. I only put on Goodreads the ones I like with excellent characters and good plotting. Strange to hear me say this but there is almost too much action. The whole Japanese subplot is over the top but it does set up the next in line. Read this one, you'll like it.
Beverly Schulte
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great first book!

This book was a great first book and I totally want to read what happens to Jack and Kamala in successive books. This book was full of action and twists and turns. I really enjoyed reading this book and will be looking forward to more from this author.
Sharon Holmes
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cliffhanger Alert!

Great book but it has one neck of a cliffhanger at the end! Luckily, I read Book 2 first and loved it as well so I had to get Book 1. Author has a way with words but her characters are so lifelike you expect them to walk through your front door
Blow Pop
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, written-by-woc, 2017
Content warnings: heterosexual relationships, girls kissing girls (but not explicitly stated as lesbian or bisexual or any other sexuality), alcohol use, mentions of abusive relationships, sex (more implied than shown)

Review can be found here at Blow Pop's Book Reviews.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of cinder and bone

What can I say? Thoroughly charmed Kyoko M. Thank you. Loved everything about this journey you took me on. Excellent character and plot development, just the right mix of violence, gory, wonder and romance. Excited to read on.
Tessa in Mid-Michigan
This is mostly an adventure. It would be an okay movie. I was kinda bored with it—too much running around and not enough dragon. The dragon was really just kind of incidental to the story, barely there. More about the couple and how great they are.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Character driven

Reading the synopsis if the book, I thought it was about dragons. Turns out it is more about the
Scientists, their friends and family.

It was a page turner that I didn't want to put down.
Aviar Savijon
One more Great and outstanding book written by Kyoko M, one of the most interesting and wonderful books I have read so far this year. This is what fantasy tales are all about. I loved it! Get your copy today.
Teressa Surber
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Dragon of a book

Not at all the book I was expecting! It was so much better than the usual Dragon fantasy book. Dragons, technology, science, and romance mixing with unforgettable characters. Loved it!
Darlene Long
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by this author, but I will be reading more. There are many turns and twists. It grabbed me from the very beginning and didn’t let go until the end. There are cliff hangers so will definitely be watching for the next book.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Kyoko M has done a superb job showing the types of problems we would have if introducing a dragon into this world was possible. His characters are charming and or terrifying. Putting it all together has made wonderful reading.
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Good read ! Honestly the ending was sort of drawn out but I stuck with it !
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragon named Pete

I really wasn't sure what to expect when I downloaded this book but I'm glad I did! Love the main characters. I can't wait to read the next one!
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing fantasy book. Two drs crack the code to bring a dinosaur back, but somehow it gets stolen. A fast paced, wonderful book that keeps you entertained until the very last page. Appreciated receiving an ARC and my pleasure reviewing.
Brooke Banks
Of Cinder & Bone opens with Jack and Kamala in the lab working on making a hybrid – dragon DNA spliced with a komodo dragon. They’ve been working together for a year and the deadline is rapidly approaching. I love it when contemporary fantasy brings the science and melds it well with magic.

Not only are they colleagues but close friends. It’s awesome to see. They’ve got great banter. Jack is secretly in love with Kamala but isn’t a creepy jerk about it. Eventually, he lets that cat out of th
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. it was funny, exciting, and slightly thrilling. Dr. Rhett Jackson is smart, sweet, and lovable. Dr. Kamala Anjali is also smart, sweet, and loyal. the two characters work so well together. Especially since Jack is a nerd but secretly a macho man. I love his character. The plot and theme were also awesome. At first I thought it was gonna be some sort of shifter story but instead they created a real dragon from the 15 century. Throw in a Japanese gang and it gets intriguing. I h ...more
Lori Titus
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dragons and Desire

This story has a lot of action and campy fun but my favorite thing about this book were the complicated characters and their interactions. Two scientists in love, a best friend who is a mutual crush, a former lover turned bodyguard, and two brothers locked into trouble with each other. All the characters were strong and thoughtfully created. Kyoko created a great spot to launch her fiery dragon series from.
Lori Titus
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun, campy adventure with complicated characters and messy, intriguing relationships. A fun read.

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Kyoko M is a USA Today bestselling author, a fangirl, and an avid book reader. She has written the Amazon bestselling Black Parade urban fantasy series as well as the Of Cinder and Bone science-fiction dragon hunting series. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Lit degree from the University of Georgia, which gave her every valid excuse to devour book after book with a concentration in Greek myth ...more

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“I swear to Vishnu, if this doesn’t work, I’m going to stab you in the throat with a Pipette.” 12 likes
“They sent a knight to save you once And found you curled up with the dragon Crown askew, skirts singed They tried marrying you, Couldn’t hack it, went home, You liked the acoustics much better In empty castles. (the dragon was teaching you to roar.) Six wars they waged against you— Disgruntled princes with their Silent knights. Blood in the fields, in the water, In the snow, on their crowns, When you added them To your collections. Rarely smiled, laughed only with the dragon, Looked so often over your shoulder You almost forgot to watch ahead. Here’s the secret you took to your grave; You were holding whole kingdoms But your palms were made of sand. - Elisabeth Hewer, “Obituary for the princess who forgot to be a fairytale” 7 likes
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