Drakon's Promise by N.J. Walters
Series: Blood of the Drakon #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on December 5th 2016
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Darius Varkas is a drakon. He's neither human nor dragon.
He's also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon's blood can cure any illness and prolong a human's life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.
When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she's quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
What a gem! This was my first NJ Walters book and I am hooked! Drakon’s Promise had everything I need in a shifter story. Super-hot chemistry, action, suspense, great villains, sexy times aplenty and a story so cool I just can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment.
Darius is a Drakon, the result of a dragon and a human woman procreating, a shifter who can either be in dragon or human form. They have extremely long lives (we’re talking thousands of years here) and like to be on their own, not bothering with the world (again, thousands of years is a long time). The Order of the Knights of the Dragon is a medieval group who hunts them for their blood, which, if taken fresh from a Drakon, can prolong life and maintain youth.
Sarah is a librarian. So how does she end up tangled with a Drakon and an order of crazy humans who go all out to hunt them you ask? Well, Sarah has a gift, and awesome gift that lands her in the employ of the Order (unbeknownst to her, of course) and searching for a lost book. When she hears a conversation about a man named Darius who’s about to get kidnapped by her new employer and the book she’s been tasked to find ends up being a very evil feeling one, she does what any good person would. She steals the book, runs for her life and goes straight to this Darius person to warn him of the upcoming plans to capture him.
This is how Darius and Sarah’s adventure begins. First thing, though, Sarah needs to know what Darius actually is and they need to figure out what to do with the crazy attraction that flairs whenever they are near.
Darius was the typical alpha, bossy broody dragon used to getting his way always. This clashed fantastically with Sarah’s independent nature but made for crazy good banter. Sarah was a great heroine, with not one TSTL moment, she was smart, sweet and a good person. I really loved them both, separately and as a couple…. And I can’t wait for them to procreate (baby dragons! Yay!)
Evil books, crazy medieval zealots, lots of hunky dragon shifters and more action that you know what to do with, made Drakon’s Promise one hell of a book and a fantastic start to this shifter series.
Rating: 4.5 “And that’s how dragon shifter books are done” Stars
This book has me torn. N.J. Walters is one of my go-to authors so I expect a lot from her. The storyline was great, the characters compelling and interesting, and the antagonists fascinating. But I found myself getting frustrated and which led me to constantly setting the books aside. It took me three days to read this book. Three days, when I can usually knock a book out in one, two if it’s a long one.
I liked Darius. Mr. Tall, dark and mysterious was alpha to his core and extremely impressive in most things. The heroine, Sarah, was a research librarian with an amazing gift that I would love to have. Especially since she had control of it and not the other way around.
The antagonists, the Knights of the Dragons, hunted and imprisoned drakons and stole their blood to prolong their lives, heal their bodies, and maybe get an extra power or two. This wasn’t a loyal group and the backstabbing and jockeying for position made things interesting.
What kept me frustrated was the mistakes made by Darious and his brother View Spoiler ». I thought that the successful and powerful drakons who had lived for thousands of years, knowing they were hunted, would have planned better. They didn’t even have untraceable vehicles planned to get to their many hidey holes. They also forgot about things like GPS tracking even when one was a communications expert « Hide SpoilerTheir actions did not match what we were being told about them, in fact, sometimes they seemed like amateurs. Since their actions didn’t fit the characters, some situations felt contrived and just a way to move the story along.
Other than the main characters and the bad guys, we really don’t meet a lot of other characters, except for Tarrant, Darius’ brother. Yes, he made a couple mistakes (arguably Darius made them, he just didn’t check) but he vacillated between showing glimmers of sweet and being kind of a dick. Of course this meant I really liked him and now want his story.
So now I have to decide how to rate the book. As I said, it had an interesting storyline, characters I really liked, and the sexcapades were hot, hot, hot which makes up for some of my issues. I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series as they are released.
Spice’s Rating: 3.5 Drakon’s Are Hot Stars
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