Saturday, October 17, 2015

Review: Dragon on Top (Dragon Kin 0.4) by G.A. Aiken

Release Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Zebra
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website
Try a little dragon tenderness.
I am Glheanna the Decimator. I am a warrior. A soldier. I know no fear. No pain. No mercy. I do, however, know acute embarrassment! How could I not after getting dumped by a bastard dragon in front of my own troops? So I tuck tail and return to my cave, drowning my sorrows in ale—as is my family’s way. But instead of leaving me to my misery, I’ve been summoned to the Dragon Queen’s court.
As if my life wasn’t pathetic enough, Her Majesty now has me escorting the highborn Bram the Merciful through dangerous territories—not exactly the best use of my military training. And just so he can negotiate with enemy dragons instead of battling them? Honestly, what has my world come to? Then again…Bram is quite easy on the eyes. And the perfect distraction for what ails me. Perhaps I’m looking at all this the wrong way. Maybe there is a place for a little “mercy” in my life…

I like G.A. Aiken's Dragon Kin stuff, so I'm familiar with the characters and their world. However, if this is your first introduction to the series, some things may be confusing and/or you may not get all of the inside references. Although, you also don't have to know anything about the ongoing stories to read this, because it's a prequel (of sorts) that tells how Glheanna & Bram originally got together.

The  good thing is, since none of the other things in the series have happened yet, you won't get bogged down trying to figure out how all of the other humans and dragons that keep popping up are relevant to the story. But you since this is mostly written as a story for hardcore fans, I'm not 100% certain it would be all that much fun for the newbies.

Personally, though, I had fun reading this shorty!
Bram is known as a bookish royal that the queen sends out as an ambassador to broker treaties and such. Glheanna is a badass warrior that frightens everyone into submission.
At first glance, not exactly the kind of couple that looks like they would mesh well.

Of course, they do, because these guys are the parents of a some of the main characters in the full length books. Plus, you know...romance novel!
Can't remember their kids' names right now, but I'd know 'em if I saw 'em!

If you're a fan of the books, you won't want to miss out on this little gem
And if you've never read about Aiken's insane, brawling, foul-mouthed, shape-shifting, sexy dragon clans before, then you don't know what you're missing.


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