Fire of the Dragon by Lori Dillon

Fire of the Dragon

byLori Dillon

Kobo ebook | April 29, 2013

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Being sent back in time to the Middle Ages wouldn't be so bad if the knight in shining armor who comes to your rescue didn't swoop down in the form of a fire-breathing dragon. Unfortunately for Jill Donahue, that's just the way things have been going in her life lately. A Maiden Wrenched back in time through the magical power of an old dragon tapestry found in a vintage clothing store, Jill Donahue lands in an ancient medieval town where the villagers decide to sacrifice her to the local dragon. As if the threat of being eaten alive by a giant flying lizard isn't bad enough, she learns there’s a curse surrounding the tapestry and she has to break it in order to get back to her time. But she isn't the only one whose fate is tied to the ancient weaving... A Dragon Baelin of Gosforth is a valiant knight who has been cursed by a vindictive witch to live as a dragon for eleven months out of each year. Now he has thirty days to break the curse or he turns back into a fire-breathing beast and, as much as he hates to admit it, he needs Jill's help to do it. And A Curse Forced to face many challenges along the way—from the harsh world they travel through to the fiery passion they both try to deny—each is determined to break the curse so the other can get their happily-ever-after. And it just might work, if Jill can manage to overlook the fire-breathing, bat-winged remnants of Baelin's dragon half long enough to see the man beneath the beast and get the job done.
Title:Fire of the DragonFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 29, 2013Publisher:Lori DillonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1301259551

ISBN - 13:9781301259557


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun, flirty fairy tale Actual rating: 3.5 stars. This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Fire of the Dragon starts with an intriguing first line and dives right into the engaging mind of the main character, Jill. Within the first chapter, she is transported to a medieval England complete with conniving villagers bent on sacrificing her to a dragon. The beginning of this book had me turning pages when I should have tended to various chores. It hooked me with the opening and dragged me all through witty banter and sizzling chemistry. Jill's spunky attitude carried the book through parts which might normally have dragged on. Jill is a go-getter. For all she complains about being a procrastinator in the beginning, when life as she knew it is on the line, she steps up and searches for a solution. Her brash twenty-first century attitude worked well as a contrast to Baelin's reserved speech and nature. She was determined to lead, and he reluctantly followed. He was too busy reigning in his inner dragon to be much of the traditional alpha male at first, but I enjoyed the forays into his point of view as well. As the story unfolded, more and more of Baelin's tortured past is revealed. He is the perfect broken hero, and his path to redemption is riddled with trials. However, upon reaching the meat of the story, a few flaws slowed my progress. <spoiler> I found Jill's sudden leaving of Baelin to be a bit of an overreaction. Yes, he used surreal dragon-like abilities to burn a man to a crisp. But he only did it as a last resort when that man held a knife to her throat. Would she rather be raped, tortured, and killed? I doubt it. The antagonist's voice is distinctly different, which is always a welcome addition to a book. However, I didn't find the evil witch's motives to be entirely enough to hold the story together. Is she really so consumed with luring young men into her bed that she can't let Baelin go even after centuries? Her singleminded pursuit, with no viable reason, detracted from the book. In fact, chapters featuring her made for easy break points. I didn't feel at all remorseful for putting the book down. As a lover of the intricacies of fantasy, I was peeved that the rules of the magic were never defined or alluded to. The witch casted a curse able to be broken in a way she didn't know. I was on board for a self-weaving tapestry, and certainly for her dominion over dragons, but when the dark Witch walked through solid walls with no hint that it was an illusion or that the walls restructured themselves to accommodate the sudden door, I wanted to throw the book down. And this was only one of the feats the witch performed. In fact, the longer I read, the more the potential of the book died away. Jill and Baelin's blossoming relationship fell by the wayside to make way for interactions with new characters. When I reached the end of the book, I discovered that the next book will be from the point of view of one of these characters. If the author hadn't needed this book to introduce that sequel, I don't think the knight's inclusion in this tale would be necessary. He stalled more than drove the story further. </spoiler> As soon as the knight left their side, their relationship -- and the character progression I found stalled while he was in the picture -- picked up where it left off. The pages flew by. I didn't want to put the book down. The sizzling excitement here more than made up for the sagging middle. For all the faults, the climax is appropriate, gut-wrenching, and page turning, like most of the book. Readers who love time travel, dragons, and a meaty maiden-saves-dragon fairytale should definitely consider buying this book.
Date published: 2014-04-10