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review 2018-09-21 03:44
Review: The Blackstone Chronicles, Part 3: Ashes to Ashes: The Dragon's Flame
Ashes to Ashes: The Dragon's Flame - John Saul



The dark figure has chosen the Ward family as their next victim.  Martha Ward is a religious fanatic.  She drove her husband away and then her only daughter, and when her sister died in a car accident, she took in her niece Rebecca and tried to teach her the path of righteousness.  Everyone in town refers to her as "Poor Rebecca" as they all believe the accident has left her mentally deficient, but really, it just removed her filter.  


Years later, dumped, fired and pregnant, Rebecca's cousin, Andrea, has no choice but to return to the home she fled from the day she turned 18.  Rebecca is thrilled and decides to buy a welcome home gift for her cousin.  The dark figure makes sure that the gift Rebecca finds in a dragon-head lighter with ruby eyes.  Andrea is only home for a few days before everything goes horribly wrong.


Needless to say, the dragon lighter is a bad, bad idea.  Looks like tragedy is only getting started in this town.

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review 2018-09-13 04:56
The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo - Kerrigan Byrne

You know, I half expected this to be the revelation that there was yet another MaKenzie bastard. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure he isn't - even when he remembers who he is (he's had amnesia for a L.O.N.G. time), there's no mention of who his father was to assure us otherwise.


Anyway... much like "Dorian", he'd met what would be the love of his life some 20-odd years prior and now he's back to claim her...any way he can.


Things don't really add up - he knows how her brother was to her, made absolutely sure her menagerie was taken care of, yet thinks he can ignore her tears or fear or whatever to claim her? Eh? Mixed signals there. In any case, he eventually gets his head straightened up...shortly after the latest run-in with "Dorian"...when all his memories are handed to him on a platter...and we find out the real reason Morley has been jonesing to hang "Dorian"


To tell you the truth, there were moments I got this and Jennifer Ashley's Mackenzie series mixed up. But only during this book. The others have not given me that bit of confusion. Maybe it was the whole brothers thing. Or being hit in the face so much with all the half siblings.


The heroine was...a heroine? The object of his obsession. She had a limp from her arsehole brother breaking her leg and her father not getting a Dr to set it "because what would people think?" She was, in a way, completely forgettable. And that's actually odd. The other heroines have made impressions. Mostly all she seemed to do was argue with him about who he was. I think maybe even the author had difficulty writing her since her sister-in-law actually got page time listening in on (and spying on) the H's first mate doing a ho. She rescued animals but there were no animals to rescue on a ship. Her brother was dead - killed by the H right before he kidnapped her.


And we spend close to a quarter of the book in the past, setting the stage. Almost all of the books have had some portion of backstory literally back in the day, but this was ridiculous.

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review 2018-09-06 01:54
Deserves the Hype
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik

I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did.


Beyond the absolutely endearing dragon (and a book-lover dragon at that, how can you pack more win?) and the lovely friendship with Laurence, the setting goes into many issues I would not have expected it to, but that would be the logical result of dragons existing, being intelligent, and drafted into the military.


It made me laugh, and think, and I mowed through most of it in one sitting. Full stars.



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text 2018-09-05 21:25
Reading progress update: I've read 240 out of 353 pages.
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik

This talk of whores and marriage! I can't stop laughing! Then it's tempered with the awww bit. And then


“I am merely curious, now, if that is all there is in Dover,” Temeraire said. “For Roland is too young for whores, is she not?”


Aaand back to the giggle fest


Edit: Now they talk about children and the long lives of dragons, and the difficulties of relationships for aviators, and it all adds up to the natural conclusion and I'm gasping for breath from pure mirth.


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text 2018-09-05 05:02
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 353 pages.
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik

“Oh, yes, that would be splendid too; we could read that next,” Temeraire said. “It is very nice how many books there are, indeed; and on so many subjects.”


I can't get over this. A book-lover dragon. A book-wyrm. So cute. *squee*


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