Title: Light My Fire
Author: G.A. Aiken
Series: Dragon Kin, book 7
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Zebra (November 25th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
The trouble with humans is that they're far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months--and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I'm trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!
But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.
Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I'm sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?
Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Tribe of the Midnight Mountains of Despair in the Far Reaches of the Steppes of the Outerplains, (yes, that’s her name) was sent by the leader of her tribe on a “quest of honor”. Elina is supposed to find the White Dragon Queen and kill her.
“I am here to . . .” She cleared her throat. “. . . take your life, queen of the dragons, and bring your head back to my noble people.”
The white dragoness nodded slowly. “Aye. That’s what I thought you said.”
Elina knows is an impossible mission, she knows she won’t survive it, but for Elina her honor is more important than her life.
“I do not run,” Elina went on. “If I am to meet my death at your claw, then I will meet my death.”
Rhiannon actually likes Elina’s courage and decides not to kill her. She asks Celyn to find a safe place for her. The only place Celyn can think of is jail, so he leaves her there… and forgets about her… for months… Until a day when Annwyl needs an alliance with the Head of the Outerplains tribes and they remember about Elina. To say Elina is upset that Celyn forgot about her is an understatement, but she wants to help and accepts her new mission as Annwyl’s emissary.
To Celyn’s chagrin he’s ordered to escort Elina to the Outerplains. The last thing he wants is to spend time with the savage woman, but he cannot go against his queen’s orders.
Elina doesn’t want to spend time with the pompous dragon, but she is smart and knows he might be a valuable ally, mostly because she knows this most probably will be another death mission. Elina is not well like by her tribe because she’s a strategist and not a cold-hearted killer; for that reason they see her as weak and a disgrace to her tribe. They sent her to a death quest already and she doesn’t think she’ll find a warm welcome, especially from the tribe leader who hates Elina. Still, she wants to help Annwyl and will do her best to get an alliance.
Celyn never thought their journey will be so complicated; he also didn’t expect the welcoming they got from Elina’s tribe. He promise her he’ll protect her, but sometimes some promises are impossible to keep.
I love this series, I have loved some books more than others, but in general I can say I love them all… but, in the case of Light My Fire... I adored it… I adored this book!! Why? Because Light My Fire is much more than a simple paranormal romance book, it’s an amalgam of many small stories than intermingled perfectly to make a fabulous and complex main story.
Light My Fire is not only the story of Elina and Celyn, it’s the continue development of all the characters we love, their relationships and their offspring’s adventures. It’s also the continuation of the stories from previous books and the further development of the main arc.
One thing I have to mention is the world building. G.A. Aiken went the extra mile in this installment with the introduction of the Outerplains, its tribes and their culture. They were as different as it gets. The cultural clashes brought many laughing out loud moments, especially when Celyn is trying to understand Elina, her family and their culture.
I can’t say much without giving spoilers away. I will just say “the abominations” also known as “the kids” have grown and they are playing more important roles in the bigger scheme of things. They also bring many laughs to the story.
Some abominations that need mention are Dagmar and Gwenvael’s daughters, especially the older one, Arlais, she’s just a ray of sunshine. Here is an example of her charm.
“I want that woman executed,” the child announced.
Gwenvael stopped walking, rolled his eyes. “She’s your mother, Arlais.”
“Not by choice. She is a Low Born human who orders me around.”
“Arlais, my darling—”
“She is the daughter of a warlord, but I am the daughter of a prince. I outrank her . . . in many ways. In beauty, talent, and a rare grace that comes with being royal born.”
“Awwww. I’ve taught you so well.” He placed his hands over his chest. “It warms my hard dragon heart to see so much annoying and painful arrogance at such a young age.” He shrugged. “But you cannot have your mother executed.”
She stamped her little foot. “That is unfair!”
Light My Fire has romance, suspense, betrayals, adventures, laugh-out-loud humor, secrets and much more. The humor in this book is over the top, it’s bloody and it was perfect for me. As I said before I loved this book, I loved it so much I think it’s my favorite in the series. I’m not kidding you, since the moment I opened Light My Fire I couldn’t put it down until I reached its very end. Yes, it’s that good.
I can’t recommend you enough Light My Fire and the Dragon Kin series in general. One thing I recommend is to read these books in order to understand and get the full effect of all the currents that are going on in the story.
My Verdict: 5 Paws
Other books in the series
About a Dragon
What a Dragon Should Know
Last Dragon Standing
The Dragon Who Loved Me
How to Drive a Dragon Crazy
Light My Fire (November 25th)
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