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“5 Signs You’ve Pissed Off a Dragon-Shifter:

  1. His eyes start to glow.
  2. Twin columns of flame rise from his nostrils, much like mini tornados.
  3. The air fogs as steam rolls off his scales.
  4. His spiked tail begins to rattle, like a venomous snake’s right before it strikes.
  5. He develops a facial tick that pulls the side of his lip up and bares one huge fang.”

― Coreene Callahan, DRAGONFURY SERIES: A Reader’s Companion to the Dragonfury World

Over the years, I’ve read a few of Coreene Callhan’s Dragonfury series and most lately, some of the Dragonfury: Scotland series.  These stories are different from the fantasy books reviewed the last two days because they are set in contemporary times, and actual earth locations.  Day 3 of I Believe in Dragons is a review of a book that releases on February 15. 

Bonuses: Quotes about dragons begin and end each post. Plus, featured art by Stefan Keller, via Pixabay.

Review of Fury of Isolation by Coreene Callahan

The dragons of the Dragonfury series are in-your-face, bad%&&, males that are often described with words such as toxic and lethal.   They all love to trade insults and are always looking for a fight against foe or friend.  Basically, they are dragons that would probably annoy me.  But then, they meet their mate. And….they get all gooey.  Which is kind of delightful.

At the beginning of Fury of Isolation, Rannock has already met Cate who is sister to Nicole (see Fury of Persuasion).  On the phone.  They’ve been talking regularly and have become quite close.  The book does not give the backstory on how they ‘met’, but that does not seem to be important to the story.  They’ve become close enough so that when Cate is in trouble, she calls him rather than the police.  And Rannock is an ocean away.   

I really like this heroine.  Cate has a delightful direct attitude.  Like when she says things like “Ran gives me orgasms.  I’m much nicer to him.”  And when she considers being called “odd” a compliment. 

This book introduces some new supernatural beings.  Fae Shadow Walkers are the ‘Albanian mob’ mentioned in the book blurb.  They are evil, but not really, dragon-like in temperament and make a great adversary in this story.  It seems like they could be part of the ongoing Dragonfury story. 

While Cate’s dad is sort of a background figure, it becomes obvious that there is much more to him than the story reveals.  More possible Dragonfury fodder?  And speaking of unfinished stories, at the beginning of the book, Rannock is hunting rogue dragons in Scotland – but that part of the story never progresses beyond his unsuccessful hunt.    

Readers of the Dragonfury series recognize the long story arcs that are present.  While you can read each book as a standalone, it can be a bit frustrating if you are a stickler for wrapping up loose ends. 

The verdict:  Fury of Isolation is what I call a palate cleanser.  Light and romantic, with just the right among of danger.  Great between heavier novels and always fun to read.

Thanks to the publisher who provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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About Fury of Isolation

Sometimes the person you need is the last one you expect…

When the Albanian mob shows up at her door, Cate Biscayne knows her father is up to his old tricks. Determined to force him out of hiding, the criminals he conned take her hostage. The clock is ticking and few options remain. She’s forced to decide—risk her life and do what they want, or accept help from a man who might be even more dangerous.

Brutal by nature, Scottish dragon-warrior Rannock has little patience for humans. But when the woman he longs for goes missing, he flies halfway around the world to investigate her disappearance. With few clues to follow, he infiltrates a network in the criminal underworld, only to discover a magic more sinister than his own.

Can he find Cate before time runs out? Or will he lose the woman fated to be his forever?

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In three days, I’ve barely scratched the surface of dragon fiction available.  There are authors like G.A. Aiken who writes the laugh-out-loud Dragonkin series and Isabel Cooper, who’s centuries old dragons actually seem to be centuries old.  Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series features the serious and orderly Dragon race who are balanced by the chaotic Fae.  Movies like How to Train Your Dragon, Dragonheart, and Eragon bring dragons to readers and non-readers.  Do you have a favorite dragon book or movie?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments. 

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“He had only heard of dragons, and although he had never seen one, he was sure they existed.”

― Dee Marie, Sons of Avalon: Merlin’s Prophecy