Highland Dragon Warrior
Dawn of the Highland Dragon #3
by Isabel Cooper
Publisher ~ Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genres ~ Dragons, Paranormal Shifter, Fantasy
When Scotland fell to English rule
The Highland dragons took a vow:
Freedom at any price.
The war for Scottish independence rages on, but it's only a matter of time before England is victorious. Exhausted and battle-weary, Highland dragon Erik MacAlasdair will face unknown seas to seek the Templar stronghold and claim a power so great it could free his beloved homeland forever.
If only that kind of power didn't come with such a terrible price.
Daughter of a mortal woman and an ancient dragon, Toinette has never forgotten the proud Scot who once stole her young heart—she'll gladly fight at his side. But when dark forces leave them stranded on a cursed island, it will take everything they have to defy their fate...and trust the passion that burns within the heart of every dragon.
The Prologue does a fine job of setting up this story and getting the reader familiar with Erik and his need to get away from the war should bloodlust finally come upon him. It also opens up the story for the readers, so they become very curious as to what is going to happen.
The authors description of the war and the happenings around Erik certainly create a reality for the reader that draws them into the story. Though battle weary he is mind is sharp and while there is a roughness around him you will get a glimpse of a kinder more caring man that existed before the war. This draws the reader into championing him and wanting him to succeed in his mission.
Toinette surprised me. There were times I felt she should be more hardened but then I had to remind myself that she is a dragon. She didn't have to worry about much with that card up her sleeve. Her reserve calm demeanor was fitting with how she formed her life after all the trials and tribulations she went through. It showed a strength most people desire in themselves.
For me the best part of the story was towards the end when Toinette and Erik went off on their own to find the answers. Up until then it dragged a little for me but here it became intriguing.
I do give it 4 STARS for its entertainment value.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
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