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Fury of Fire (Dragonfury Series) Paperback – 7 Feb 2012
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About the Author
As the only girl on all-guys hockey teams from age six through her college years, Coreene Callahan knows a thing or two about tough guys and loves to write about them. Call it kismet. Call it payback after years of locker room talk and ice rink antics. But whatever you call it, the action better be heart stopping, the magic electric, and the story wicked good fun.
After graduating with honors in psychology and working as an interior designer, Callahan finally succumbed to her overactive imagination and returned to her first love: writing. And when she’s not writing, she is dreaming of magical worlds full of dragon-shifters, elite assassins, and romance that’s too hot to handle. Callahan currently lives in Canada with her family and her writing buddy, a fun-loving golden retriever.
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The blurb tells you that it's about good dragons battling for the existence of their race, and battling bad dragons, with the leader of the good ones, Bastian, being ready for a mating with a human that would result in a male being born to his race, and the human dying (tough). Not the best ending, but wait, it's meant to be a romance, so I read on...
At around a third of the way through, nothing much had happened between the leads, but due credit, the author was creating her world, I thought. Not so, not really, as she just dropped dragons into our world, incognito. No real world-building, but it was s..l..o..w.
At around two thirds of the way through, the leads got down and...not really that dirty, which was rather disappointing. There should have been more angst, more fire - both figuratively and literally, and more passion. Also around this time, I kind of clocked that the author hadn't really done anything original, and wondered if this was a case of her being a fan of JR Ward, Alexandra Ivy and Lara Adrian, and this tale being her tribute to them? She used names a la Alexandra Ivy - Venom (AI has Viper; the latter actually nearly got used in this tale), Torture/Torch (too much a la JRW with Tohrment), she used Forge, whom she made sound SO like Rhage from JRW's BDB series, she used 'bellmia' as an endearment, which was a touch too like Bella from one of JRW's BDB tales, and plain 'bella mia' a la cheesy Italian. She used American urbanisms a la JRW, but because of the latter, I was pretty familiar with most, and they didn't have me searching for the urban dictionary. She used an underground baddie lair/compound, a la...all three authors. She used a lot of 'my brother' and 'the warrior', and 'female of worth', the latter two in the third person, a la JRW. She even had the good dragons listening to Tupac et al, just like in JRW's BDB series. She even had a man-of-all-trades like old Fritz in JRW's BDB series. She had an evil, mad, scientist baddie a la Lara Adrian...are you being to see a pattern here? I have to ask, did the author's editor and publisher not spot all of these similarities and think, 'hey, I wonder if we might end up sued for copying/near plagiarism?'.
Additionally, this was clearly aimed at a US audience, with the many US expressions, abbreviations and speech that this was peppered with. I would think quite a few readers might struggle with this, much as I did with my first JR Ward tale...before I got bored with her affectations.
Admittedly, had I spotted this tale in a shop and paid for it, I'd have been fuming at the tale, and it's lacking-ness, and fuming that it was my own fault for judging a book by its cover and not researching the author, and for the fact that I couldn't get my money back. HOWEVER, the author can write, though nothing very exciting, by what I read here. It had massive potential, it could have been great, but this book, book 1 in the series, needs a serious re-write. It needs sexing-up, literally and figuratively, it needs livening up, it needs to be longer. Most of all, it needs to be new and original.
BTW, after reading the original book I got from amazon, an ARC, I thought that I'd skimmed through 400 pages pretty quickly, and that the tale wasn't great, but then I realised that I had 185 pages missing between chapters 20 and 30 or so - the book had failed to draw me in, so I hadn't really noticed. I contacted amazon and was sent a further, complete ARC, and read that, and really didn't change my review too much. Hmmm...
Although when he is in dragon form he does have some nifty moves. Then again so do the others - Riker in particular, though rogue Forge is pretty impressive too.
So, Bastian's tiresome, what about Myst? Aside from the name she has moments of being a strong, impressive woman. Then she gets caught in the circular thought trap and about twenty pages pass in contradictions.
Which is a shame because the last fifty or so pages are packed with well-flowing action, and the plot strand with Angela and Mac wasn't too bad either. Ivar has a whole mad-scientist thing happening, but he's another of the mental reflectors, filled with contradictions and pointlessness. Don't get me started on the product placement issues. It's like reading an ad break.
Basically this book needed some serious editing. The internal monologues and contradictory character traits - particularly in Bastian and Ivar - all needed tightening up and the whole book could have lost great chunks of text without missing them.
All that aside there is a semi-decent story here - if you have the patience to wade in and find it. The prospect of Riker and Angela might tempt me back for book two, but in a pretty well-stocked genre this book was disappointing.
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