Monday, May 3, 2010

BREATH OF FIRE by Tammy Kane

Book 1 in series
Publisher: Lovespell
Date published: June 2009
ISBN: 978-0-505-52816-2
Fantasy Romance
Mass market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained via Publisher

Karl is on his way to his final journey where he stumbles across a village about to give a virgin sacrifice to a dragon. Scoffing at the superstitious villagers, he volunteers to be the sacrifice in order to show them there is no dragon. To his eyes, there is a dragon and just when he thinks his life is gone, a beautiful dragon slayer saves him. Now Karl, though trained as a warrior as a Mattaen Initiate, finds he is to be the prize for Elera has demanded that be her price for saving him from the dragon. With one shattering kiss, Karl finds himself drawn to the one woman who will shatter his defenses and have him make a choice between the brotherhood that was his home and the woman who stole his heart.

BREATH OF FIRE is one wonderful book from start to finish. I couldn’t put this one down at all and stayed up in the wee hours of the morning just to see what would happen next to Karl and Elera. It was a nice blend of romance, mythical creatures (namely dragons), ethics and politics. The author has the right amount of balance between all her elements and throws in a few surprises as well to keep you intrigued. I loved the way Karl and Elera were strong characters and fairly stepped off the pages of BREATH OF FIRE. With some wonderful secondary characters to keep the story flowing, simmering sexual tension and mysteries to explore, Ms. Kane delivers a story that will keep you intrigued long after the last page is read.

Meet Karl, a Mattaen Initiate, who is on his last journey when he stumbles across a village about to sacrifice a virgin girl to a dragon. Scoffing that there is such a thing, he volunteers to be the sacrifice instead and finds himself face to face with the great beast to his dismay. When a beautiful dragon slayer saves him and slays the dragon, she demands Karl as her payment for this deed. What comes next is will shatter Karl’s defenses and steal his heart as he is drawn into a world of politics, ethical dilemmas and romance. Elera is a dragon slayer and she wants Karl for her payment in killing the dragon. I love these two characters together. Both are strong, independent and man, do the sparks fly between them. Ms. Kane creates vivid characters that keep the reader intrigued and a world where dragons roam. This author gives a fresh take on dragons and delivers her version wrapped up in a bow to the delight of this reviewer.

BREATH OF FIRE is a wonderful new take on dragons and the world they inhabit. With some amazing characters, tight writing, simmering tension-sexual, politics, etc- to keep the reader flipping the pages, Ms. Kane delivers a story that will leave you sighing one minute and the next gasping in disbelief with her twists and turns amid the pages of BREATH OF FIRE. I am highly looking forward to the next book in the series and hope I don’t have long to wait for it. If you enjoy a new take on fantasy romance and filled with dragons, then grab BREATH OF FIRE. You won’t be disappointed. I just recommend you make sure nothing is burning before starting this as you will be sucked into the story from the first page. I highly recommend BREATH OF FIRE for those who enjoy a new take on dragons.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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