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October TBR Challenge Maiden Flight: Dragon Knights Book 1

Posted by Jenn on October 17, 2006

First in the DragonKnights series.

War is coming for the knights, dragons, and a damsel who is not quite in distress, but finds her heart’s desire in the strong men of the Border Lair.

A chance meeting with a young male dragon seals the fate of one adventurous female poacher. The dragon’s partner, a ruggedly handsome knight named Gareth, takes one look at the shapely woman and decides to do a little poaching of his own.

Sir Gareth not only seduces her, but falls deeply in love with the girl who is not only unafraid of dragons but also possesses the rare gift to hear their silent speech. He wants her for his mate, but mating with a knight is no simple thing. To accept a knight, a woman must also accept the dragon, the dragon’s mate, and her knight too.

She is at first shocked, then enticed by the lusty life in the Lair. War is in the making and only the knights and dragons have a chance at ending it before it destroys their land and their lives. But there’s nothing a knight enjoys more than a noble quest and winning the heart and trust of a maiden is the noblest quest of all.

Title: Maiden Flight: Dragon Knights Book 1

Author: Bianca D’Arc

Year published: 2006

Why did you get this book? I have always loved shape shifting and paranormal books so I thought what the heck I might like dragons too. On a side note, this was one of the first books Samhain had put out. To support the new publisher I found myself buying every book they put out weekly. Of course they have increased the number of weekly releases and I can’t do tquitequte as often as I would like to now, but I do try to get as many as I can, when I can.

Do you like the cover? Yes, the Dragon is definitely a key part of the story and the woman on the cover does capture you eye, plus she somewhat resembles the author’s description of the heroine.

Did you enjoy the book? More than I thought I would if I’m being honest. I expected a story full of dragons and battles, full of all the thrills and chills you get from reading a paranormal book, Ms. D’Arc managed to surprise me quite well. When I read I always get pulled into the emotion of the story and I find myself riding the waves of all the characters emotions, this book had me in tears a few times. For me that’s the greatest compliment I can give a book. If an author and his/her story can touch me and reach me with it’s ability to make me feel is always a keeper for me. A book that elicits all the emotions I have and leaves me with a good cry as well is a winner in every way. Silly I know but the tear factor is a big deal to me as a reader.

The characters in this book drew me in with their complexities and compassion. Belora is innocent in many ways, but not so much so that she comes across whinny and needy. Gareth is strong and commanding, but at the same time gentle and loving with Belora from the very beginning. Sharing the experience with them as they fall in love was truly a joy. The dragon Kelvan is believable and I found myself having great feelings for him as well as the other dragons of Border Lair. Rounding out the book is a cast if secondary characters that help pull this story together and had me dying to read the next book right away. Fortunate for me I have the next book in the series already, unfortunately it was way past my bed time when I finished this book and I could not start the next one.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Yes she is new to me, I suspect I will be reading all of her books eventually. She is definitely going on the Autobuy list.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Keeping

Anything else? If you haven’t read this book yet, you really should.

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