Series: Dragon Kings #3
Published by Pocket Books
Pub Date: April 28th 2015
Format: eARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Demonic gladiators, ruthless mafia villains, and a race on the brink of distinction: What will become of them? One proud leader wields his power to unlock dark mysteries in the third in this fierce, sensual new paranormal romance series.
When the head of the Five Clans of the Dragon Kings wants something, he gets it. Raised among the most privileged of his dying race, Malnefoley conceals a devastating tragedy from his youth. Now, many call him the Usurper because of his unconventional rise to power. His influence is waning while the Dragon Kings must solve the puzzle of their slow extinction. So when a particularly important captive escapes his compound in the Greek mountains, Malnefoley leaves nothing to chance. She is his prisoner to retrieve.
The woman is known as the Pet, a former associate of a sadistic doctor from the Asters, a human crime cartel. Her loyalties cannot be trusted, even when she claims to hold the secret to conception—an invaluable secret for a race unable to procreate. Neither can her unique gift from the Great Dragon be believed. She’s a soothsayer, able to see glimpses of the future. Her quest is to find and save a Cage warrior on the verge of her first match—a young woman whose destiny is bound to a timeless prophecy.
Malnefoley has no respect for the ancient superstitions that brought about his childhood trauma. His only goal is to return the Pet to his compound and use her knowledge for the betterment of their people. Yet her restless energy and raw sensuality are as intriguing as her predictions about the rise of the Great Dragon. He dares not trust the crafty fugitive’s loyalties, but as their treacherous chase turns passionate, can he even trust himself?
The Dragon Kings are an ancient race of powerful beings that look human, except for a slight glow of their skin. There are five different clans of Dragon Kings and each have special powers: Clan Garnis (aka the Lost) have enhanced senses, reflexes and speed. Clan Indranan are telepathic, Clan Pendray (aka the Reapers) are berserkers and have incredible strength, Clan Sath can steal or borrow other Dragon Kings’ powers, and are also known as the keepers of secrets and knowledge. Lastly, Clan Tigony (aka the Tricksters) are the most powerful of all the clans and can bend electricity to their will, they are also quite charming and known for being great negotiators. The clans are governed by the Council, and the leader of the Council is the Honorable Giva, the current Giva is Malnefoley of Tigony.
The Dragon Kings are facing extinction since they are unable to conceive children. Three human cartels have surfaced and the human cartel known as the Asters have found a way to extort them by enslaving Dragon Kings and pitting them against each other to fight to the death. These fighters are known as Cage Warriors and the winner gets an opportunity to conceive a child. The Asters enslaved a female Dragon King simply called the “Pet” with a unique gift that allowed her to glimpse the future, the success of conception was due to this soothsayer gift. Her stay with the Asters was not a pleasant one as she was their captive and had her share of torture at the hands of the Asters’ sadist doctor. The Pet was captured by the Giva and kept her imprisoned until she glimpsed an important vision, and escaped. She knows she must retrieve an ancient weapon to assist and save a Cage Warrior she has yet to meet. She sets off on a path that her visions have opened for her until she is interrupted by the Giva himself. Malnefoley is furious that she has escaped and taken with her knowledge that could save his people so he vows to bring her back. Only problem is, the Pet is not having it. She also knows that Malnefoley is destined to be her lover, she has seen them together in her visions. Malnefoley of Tigony is the most powerful of Dragon Kings and also one of the most gorgeous. The Pet must continue her mission and she will not let the Giva get in her way. The Pet’s background is a mystery to the Giva, he does not know what clan she is from or what her abilities are. There aren’t many people that believe in her gift and she is reluctant to tell him since she is certain he will be skeptical. She needs to convince Malnefoley to believe in her and help her continue this mission, and she is very aware it’s going to be a long shot.
I jumped into this book without having read the previous two in this series and what I found was an exciting and action-packed story. There are series where it is nearly impossible to jump in half-way and be able to follow the storylines, I was stoked that this wasn’t one of those. I’m sure I am missing some background but I felt that the story gave you enough detail to follow the Pet’s story arc without any huge question marks. The Pet is such a brave and strong-willed character, which was surprising knowing she had been someone’s puppet for years. She is beautiful and an amazing warrior with a unique gift. How must it have been for her to glimpse her and Malnefoley in the throes of passion and having no clue how they would get there? She knows he despises her for her involvement with assisting the Asters. Barely knowing someone and glimpsing such passion would definitely shock me to the core. Malnefoley’s powers are something like Storm from the X-Men he can call electricity to him from nearby friction or from just rubbing pieces of clothing together. The scenes where he shows us his power were incredible.
I have not read anything by Lindsey Piper (also known as Carrie Lofty) before, but let me tell you her writing is fantastic. This world she has built is intense and detailed and these characters are profound and captivating. I was in love with the Pet from the start, and once I got to know Malnefoley and his inner thoughts I couldn’t help but be drawn to him. If you are looking for an intense, action-heavy, paranormal story, you need to pick this one up. I can’t speak to the whole series so far but this one alone was so entertaining. What I also loved about this story is that yes, there is a romance but there is so many other things going on that it only intensifies the rest of the story. It doesn’t feel like just a romance, it is so much more than that but I will say the “sexy times” are definitely electric (both figuratively and literally)!!! If you like paranormal stories with intense romance and action, I definitely recommend this one! Have you read this one yet? Thinking about reading it? Let me know in the comments below!
About the Author: Lindsey Piper is the alter ego of award-winning historical romance author Carrie Lofty. Readers and critics are wild for the “red-hot” (RT Book Reviews) Dragon Kings series, her unique first foray into paranormal fiction. She lives and writes in Chicago. Visit her online at LindseyPiper.com and CarrieLofty.com.