Saturday, July 9, 2016

Book #Review ~ The TalonFyre Chronicles: A Second Chance (TalonFyre, #1)

About the Book:

TalonFyre - A mercenary dragon who has spent his entire life killing, betrayed king and country by working for the demon dragon 'Furher' Rayburn, and numbed his heart. When awakened from a dormant state by a (seemingly) 22-year old light dragon named Flare, he quicky turns him away - until he finds a letter which details the reason he never met his mother. After a near-morbid scenario and learning of Flare's secret, TalonFyre introduced to the light dragon's tomboyish daughter, Hikari, who falls for the mercenary within a day. However TalonFyre is wary of any female due to an 'incident' in his past. Can a mercenary who has spent so long with his heart closed to the prospect of becoming mates with a female even begin to think of a peaceful life with one? Moreso, will he be able to escape the ghosts of his past even if he decides to? If not on his own, but with the help of an unusually powerful (human?) male and his extraterrestrial wife, it may be possible for TalonFyre to move on. However, will this odd man's help truly convince him to give up on his mercenary and accept Hikari's love?

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My Review:

TalonFyre is a merc dragon employed by Rayburn, a demon dragon. His life of murder, betrayal, and loneliness has hardened him into an uncaring being. When he discovers why he never met his mother, TalonFyre attempts to take his own life - only to be swayed by the specter of both his parents. His connection to Flare leads him to meet Flare's daughter, Hikari and now he must chose between being a merc and loving her.

I really enjoy dragons and the fantasy genre. I had high hopes for TalonFyre.   Story-wise, I wasn't disappointed.  The adventures of TalonFyre, Flash, Hikari, and the rest of the characters were written great and were exciting.  Everyone was described well and because of the human traits given them, it was easy to forget that they were actually dragons....most of the time.

I had a really hard time with the dialogue in TalonFyre, however. The writing was very juvenile, yet the language was quite adult. Some of the scenes were choppy, distracting from the story that the authors were trying to convey to the reading audience. I absolutely disliked TalonFyre at the beginning of the story. His arrogance was overwhelming and I just couldn't get beyond that.  As he moved into the relationship with Hikari and away from mercenary work he became a bit more tolerable.

Please remember that this review is full of my opinions and what I took away from the book.  Just because it was so-so to me doesn't mean you won't like it.  If you enjoy dragons and fantasy then this book might be right up your alley.

Review copy courtesy of the author at no cost in exchange for my honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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