Review: Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken

Posted November 23, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Feel the Burn by G.A. AikenFeel the Burn by G.A. Aiken
Series: Dragon Kin #8
Published by Zebra on November 24th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, romance, paranormal
Pages: 448
Format: ebook
Source: Free for Review, Netgalley
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five-stars

War makes strange bedfellows.
I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.
Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…

So this one is a romance. Its obvious right? I mean, look at that cover! Very stereotypical naked, muscly man. That must be to draw people in because this book series is so much more than just a romance. I would even say that while the book is about two people falling in love, sometimes romance takes a back seat.

The book genre is paranormal fantasy and the world is based around subcultures of dragons who can take human form. So in every book a dragon falls in love with a human. What I love most though is the very distinct cultures. The world is broad and there are different people (and dragons) in every corner. Some cultures are at war when the series starts and then find common ground and bridge a tentative peace. Others are peaceful but soon become offended or morally outraged and declare war. I love political intrigue and this series uses the different cultures to create interesting and inventive solutions.

This is a long series and in every book characters fall in love. In the later books, characters have established relationships, marriages and families. Still, old characters show up and play a large role in the proceedings. They aren’t just cameos.

Another one of my favorite things about G.A. Aiken is that she never takes herself seriously. The books are paranormal fantasy but they are also humorous. Her characters have big personalities that they stick true to, no matter the situation. I would compare her writing style to MaryJanice Davidson’s Queen Betsy series. Its funny and crude at times but still serious things happen.

I’ve loved these books right from the beginning. This is book 8 in the series, so there is 8 books worth of intrigue and history to wade through. This book especially started a new thread that really makes me look forward to the future. I just finished this one and already I can’t wait to read what happens in book 9! I think I know who the pairing is going to be and I am seriously excited about it!

five-stars

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