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Lacking in World Building but a Good Read
3 October 2018
Taming is an excellent short read for those wanting a bit of dragon shifter action in their lives.
Arlow is a self prescribed selfish person who will always put herself first, but in reality she is a survivor who is barely living, too afraid to enjoy life to its fullest. Mentions of all the fantastical beasts that she’s tamed were nice little additions to the story. Now, the dragon shifters themselves. For the most part I liked them, but at times I felt that they were a bit two dimensional. This is something I felt the side characters suffered from. Why would a Prince be interested in a rough woman who walks around in bare feet? I could understand that he may want a bit of side action but to want to ‘date’ her seemed a little odd.
Koonce has a very specific writing style, it is one which flows easily across the pages and keeps you hooked but there is always a lack of world building in the books I’ve read of hers. Obviously Taming takes place in a fictional universe but I’m a little unsure what the world is actually like; Koonce writes of swords, carriages and pallet beds but then we also get jeans, ‘dating’ and lace panties - I’m a bit confused as to what I should be picturing here.
Taming is fairly fast paced on the steam factor and it comes with a big cliffhanger, which appears to be Konnce’s specialty, but thankfully book two is meant to be out soon.
I will certainly be continuing with this series.