Silver Bound (Dragon’s of Tarakona) by Jody Wallace – Review

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About Silver Bound by Jody Wallace

A heroine burned by magic…a hero who burns only for her.

Nadia Silver’s escape from indenture in the world of Tarakona leads her through a portal to Magic, New Mexico. A rare silver dragon shifter, she hopes to find a place where she will be safe from the wizards who would exploit her gifts.

Barnabas Courtier, a wizard without a dragon of his own, joined the Dragon Liberation Front when he heard of the seizure of a magnificent silver dragon – a dragon who has the power to turn the tide for the DLF. He has made freeing her his personal mission. Barnabas is shocked when he discovers not only has the silver dragon freed herself, but she has disappeared from the Tarakonan dimension. Determined to ensure her safety, his quest leads him to the world of Earth and the town of Magic.

Once in Magic, nothing goes according to Barnabas’s careful plans. Nadia isn’t the beautiful innocent of his dreams. She’s strong, passionate, and determined to resist everything he offers her – even love. How can a wizard convince a silver dragon to return to a world where she’s hunted when she’s found a place where she fits right in? And can he protect her from those who would enslave her once again?

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Review of Silver Bound

This series opener is the introduction to the Dragons of Tarakona.  Tarakona is the land where dragons are magical beings but are enslaved by wizards.  The only ones that escape are those that run before they are claimed by a wizard.  Since I started the series at it’s current end (Pearl of Wisdom), it was good to go back and learn a little bit about the dragons’ history.

Silver dragon Nadia has had enough with slavery.  Plus she doesn’t think her master is using her precog abilities for good.  Her brother helps her escape to Magic, New Mexico.   In the meantime, Barnabas, a rebellious wizard, begins an attempt to free her.  Nadia hates all wizards, so you may imagine, misunderstandings (withholding of truth) abound and running and chasing are constants.  Barnabas and Nadia have differences to work out and attraction to deal with.  They make a cute couple with a whirlwind romance that is fraught with danger while Nadia’s former wizard master is trying to hunt her down. 

Non-stop, high-flying action made for a very quick read.  If you want more dragons in your life, add this series to your bookshelf. 

Many thanks to the author who sent me a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.

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Sigvard the Nameless (Dokiri Brides, #5) by Denali Day – Review

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About Sigvard the Nameless by Denali Day

Tasked by his chieftain, Sigvard the Nameless will do whatever it takes to save his people, and the whole of Sestoria, from succumbing to darkness. He’ll travel the continent to claim a magess said to be so powerful, she can wake a sleeping mountain. It won’t be a true bonding. One must have a heart for such things, and Sigvard’s went dormant years ago.

Adira Greykeeper has spent her life hidden behind high walls, under the thumb of a man she both despises and depends upon. The only thing she fears more than her prison is the thought of a life without it, a life where her power reigns unchecked—even by her own will.

When a wild man on a legendary mount spirits her away, Adira is determined to return to her gilded cage before she can relive the horror of her youth. The savage is willing to suffer any fate to keep her at his side, a folly Adira knows will herald his doom. Despite his tortured soul, the barbarian lends her a bravery she’s never known, and with it, hope. But it comes with a price, and he’ll demand more from her than she could ever have imagined.

Two hearts. Two wounds. One great love—may the mountain fall.

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Review of Sigvard the Nameless

This last book in the Dokiri Brides series brings together two wounded hearts.  Sigvard and Adira both have pasts that have broken them and they share the knowledge that they are not worthy.  While this may sound like they are now destined for a great love, I found it hard to read about their constant self-doubts and recriminations. 

Luckily, not all the characters in this book share these traits.  The ongoing story of the soul eaters and veligiri rising up from beneath the mountains provides plenty of interest, danger and action to give one a break from the personalities of Sigvard and Adira.  Series readers will be pleased to know that Sigvard’s brothers and their families are all part of the the story in this battle against the soul eaters.  The gegatu (wyverns) are less present, though not forgotten.  The tightly-knit Dokiri community has been spread out to keep them safe.  I missed that aspect of the story, but as the story grew, so did the community of players.  Non-Dokiri became just as important in the war against the soul eaters.

I enjoyed Sigvard the Nameless, but it was my least favorite of the series.  However, as a whole, the Dokiri Brides series is time well-spent reading.  While the history of the Dokiri people was built on abducting brides (which I was not crazy about), the author found other ways to bring people together in perfectly acceptable ways.  Plus the Dokiri treat women very well.  The community evolved and expanded as the story progressed.  I was very happy with the ending of the series. 

Many thanks to the author who provided a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.

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The Second Resurrection of Jack Selkirk (The Dragon’s Bidding, #2.5) by Christina Westcott – Review

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About The Second Resurrection of Jack Selkirk by Christina Westcott

As an embezzler, Jack Selkirk had been a failure. That had gotten him murdered, mind ripped and resurrected as the assassin Cypher. That didn’t go so well either, leaving him as little more than a scrap of digital rubbish drifting through the datasphere. Now he’s been given a another chance to prove his worth and save the only people who ever gave a damn about him.

Can Jack manage not to screw this one up too?

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Review of The Second Resurrection of Jack Selkirk

Since I loved the first two books in The Dragon’s Bidding series, I was eager to get this one on my Kindle.  This short story has a little bit of the first two books (Fitz and Wolf) along with Jack – who was actually an enemy in Cypher

In The Second Resurrection of Jack Selkirk (read the story to get up to speed on all Jack’s lives) Jack has a chance to turn things to the good.  Teaming up with Fitz and Wolf, they take on a foe in both real and virtual space.  Missing from the story is Jumper, who’s wit and wisdom cannot be replaced.  But the cats can take a vacation while Jack is on the job. 

Humor is infused throughout the story, along with the intrigue and action.  While it had been a while since I read Cypher, reading this story effectively reminded me of the backstory.  The quick read got me hungry for more of the series. 

Many thanks to the author who provided a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.

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