Thursday, May 2, 2013
[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Caged Warrior
Lindsey Piper is the alter ego of an award-winning historical romance author. Her hotly anticipated 2013 DRAGON KINGS series is her first foray into paranormal fiction. She lives and writes in Chicago.
Caged Warrior (Dragon Kings #1)
by Lindsey Piper
The first installment in this fierce and sensual new paranormal romance series features demonic gladiators, ruthless mafia villains, and a proud race on the brink of extinction.
Ten years ago, Audrey MacLaren chose to marry her human lover, making her an exile from the Dragon Kings, an ancient race of demons once worshiped as earthly gods. Audrey and her husband managed to conceive, and their son is the first natural-born Dragon King in a generation—which makes him irresistible to the sadistic scientist whose mafia-funded technology allows demon procreation. In the year since her husband was murdered, Audrey and her little boy have endured hideous experiments.
Shackled with a collar and bound for life, Leto Garnis is a Cage warrior. Only through combat can Dragon Kings earn the privilege of conceiving children. Leto uses his superhuman speed and reflexes to secure the right for his two sisters to start families. After torture reveals Audrey’s astonishing pyrokenesis, she is sent to fight in the Cages. If she survives a year, she will be reunited with her son. Leto is charged with her training. Initially, he has no sympathy for her plight. But if natural conception is possible, what has he been fighting for? As enemies, sparring partners, lovers, and eventual allies, Leto and Audrey learn that in a violent underground world, love is the only prize worth winning.
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*eARC received from Edelweiss
DRAGON KINGS is a good new series, but I actually enjoyed the prequel novella better than the first full length novel. It just felt like I was missing something for a good part of the story (even after reading Silent Warrior), but once I filled in the gaps in my head and got things straight using my imagination, I was able to better enjoy the story for just that... the story.
I loved the different clans and their respective Gifts - it should be noted that the characters are not dragons though, they are immortals with a Dragon deity, each with a God/Goddess given Gift depending on their bloodline.
The ups and downs of our hero and heroine's journey to one another was emotion filled and tense, the characters were wonderfully created and portrayed, and the world was unique and complex. It was also quite dark, and for a reader who leans more towards the grittier Urban Fantasy reads, I enjoyed that greatly!
There were also some great twists throughout the story that kept me riveted.
With all that said, I give Caged Warrior 3 1/2 Skulls and will be looking forward to book #2 and more time spent with our Dragon Kings.