Sword of the King (Dance with the Devil #4) by Megan Derr ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

sotk400x600Title: Sword of the King (Dance with the Devil #4)

Author: Megan Derr

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Cover Artist: London Burden

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/11/2012

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Bisexual, Gay, Menage/Poly, Paranormal

Blurb:

Dragons are amongst the most feared creatures in the paranormal world, nigh unbeatable and barely controllable. Every year, countless men and women who bear dragon potential are stolen away and turned into beasts, their former lives lost forever. They are drugged to compliance and trained to fight in the notorious D Pits for the profit of the crime lords who breed them.

Blaze has been a pit fighter all his life, and it is a life he hates. The only thing that keeps him going is that if he stops, he risks losing the only thing that matters to him: his dragon, Erie. Though pit rules say it’s a bad idea to get too close to the dragons, Blaze has never been able to help it. He’ll do anything to protect Erie.

Ken and his dragon Nevada were once victims of the pits, stolen from their normal lives and made to fight. Now, they work to bring down the pits they despise, though the battle seems futile. Everyone who has ever tried has wound up dead. Stopping the pit fights once and for all would take a miracle—or a legend.

My View:

See here is the thing about this series. I don’t usually read menage, and I don’t usually read historicals. However, I happily devoured both sub-genres while reading this series. Hell, I fully plan to read Phil’s story when it comes out, and I don’t read vaginas! That is really all you need to know about this series. However, since each title could stand alone, while linking back to every other book in the series, I am reviewing each title separately.

So what makes Sword of the King special? umm DRAGONS!?! Seriously kick ass dragons. This story is all about dragon lore. It is about how they are abused (along with their masters) and how they need to be respected and loved. There are some kick as dragon fight scenes and some hot as hell menage scenes, with shifted dragons.

One thing I like about the dragons in this series is that they aren’t like normal humans when in their humanoid form. They retain many mental characteristics of their dragon personas when they are “human.” I also appreciate the bond between dragon and owner.   The Dragon chooses his owner, and that is that for them.

Of course, we see just how far some humans/abnormals will go to control that power — and with it the money.   However, we also get to see the loving side. We meet the people or revere and respect dragons. We get to see those people fight for their dragons and fight to free as many dragons as they can. We get to see them fall in love and find their soulmates. We get to see that human laws mean nothing to the dragons when their owners are involved.

As with the other titles in the series, we see characters we met in previous installments. Some were merely mentioned in passing in those installments. Some were merely mentioned in passing in this installment. There are subtle thread woven throughout this series. I fully intend to read this series again, as I know there are connections I missed the first time through.

Links

Sword of the King (Dance with the Devil #5) on Goodreads
Less Than Three Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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