I realized I missed the Dragon Blood books a lot when I started reading this new series. I got reacquainted with my favorite soul blade Jaxi, Sardelle, Ridge, Captain Kaika, Cas and Duck. There were mentions of Tolemek and his sister Tylie who went on a mission and were deemed missing.
There are fresh characters, our protagonist Trip, Rysha, Leftie, Major Blazer and the mysterious Cofah Dreyak. If you are just coming in to read the series for the first time, it's okay - you will not be lost. Although it's advantageous to read the Dragon Blood Series first, it's not a requirement because the old characters are given a backgrounder in the book and the focus is on new missions and new heroes, heroines and more dragons! The series retains Lindsay Buroker's trademark military humor. This first book is all about getting to know Trip. He's clueless and I love that he gets to know more about his mysterious heritage and his capabilities at the same time as the reader. Although I enjoyed this book a lot, I found it a little slow at the start but when the mission starts, the adventure rolls in. Ordered the next 3 books and am halfway through the second and I am very thankful that Lindsay Buroker is a prolific writer and there is not much lull in between books. I keep the momentum going. I would love to know what happened to my favorite dragon Bhrava Saruth who I expect will another appearance in this series.
Sometimes an author writes a story that just snowballs on them. They may start with just a short story, or a few ideas on characters and where the plot should go. This is what I think happened with Lindsay Buroker and her Dragon Blood series. It is great work and well worth reading, but the author never intended that it would last as long and began writing herself into corners that took a bit to get out of.
What she needed was a soft-reboot, to start afresh in the same world she had built with different characters that she hadn't shoe-horned into positions too early because she thought there would only be a few books. To have a plot that slowly unfolds because the series would be lasting a while.
That is what this book is, the first of the reboot. We are introduced to three new characters, re-united with another three who manage to get fleshed out even more, and are set out on a large mission, that is barely started by the end of the book. This doesn't mean that the pacing slows down; there is action aplenty as the characters are often diverted by events.
The Good - This novel feels like the start of a great journey, with the characters both being pro-active and reactionary as situations change. The world building is excellent with intriguing details and great mysteries. The characters all stand up well, especially the two new ones which are more complex than Ridge and Sardelle from the previous series.
The not-so-Good - To fully appreciate this novel you will have to have read all of the stuff that Buroker has written in this world beforehand. While it is possible to read this book on its own, I think readers could become confused by a lot of things that happen. While I'm sure that many of her fans enjoy the large part romance plays in Buroker's books, it is laid on a little heavily for my tastes. Still, I'm probably in the minority here.
Great to have a continuation of this story with familiar characters as well as a mix of new ones, which blend in amazingly well together. This has plenty of action as per usual, as well as the expected irreverent humour that can be associated with this author. The easy flow of the writing really makes you feel as though you are a participant rather than an observant reader, which of course makes it hard to stop reading once you have started! With new dragons and new magic swords also thrown into the mix, things have certainly become very unpredictable. On to book two post haste!!
After a hiatus Lindsay returns to the Dragon Blood setting. It was well worth the wait. Fast paced action, witty banter and interesting characters. Good to see Jaxi appears in this one. A self aware sword with a earthy sense of humour. The lead character Trip has an interesting story, hunches that are accurate but have the potential to land him in hot water. This plotline has plenty of room to grow and I'll be following along for the ride.
I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the series. The combination of action and humour made the book very entertaining and difficult to put down. I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Good read and reasonable price. Went to purchase the next in the series but consider $5.99 just not worth it when there are so many good books at a bargain price. Now looking for a good author with a lower starting price. Good Hunting.