Most of you know who have been reading my reviews for the past four years that I am a huge fan of the unusual—paranormal, fantasy, and scifi—well, this is one of the reasons I am a fan of author Susannah Scott. She conjures the most incredible dragons. DRAGONS WILL FALL, book one in the Kingdom Come series—releasing September 14, 2015—shows just how amazing she can write dragons. I am so happy she asked me to read and review for her. Huzzah Susannah!
***eARC provided by author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review
Blurb for DRAGONS WILL FALL:
From Award of Excellence finalist and Angie Award winner, Susannah Scott, comes a new, ancient world series full of exiled magicians, imperiled dragon-shifters, and steamy romance.
An outcast magician with lousy control…
Kas is a half-light with the “gift” of invisibility and healing, but her sometimes deadly magic makes her distrusted by her own people. In an effort to prove her worth and save her people from execution, she infiltrates an enemy castle on a spy mission, but is kidnapped by a powerful intruder. When her only friend is taken hostage as well, Kas has no choice but to embrace her volatile magic and turn to her captor for help.
A dragon-shifter king with an island in revolt...
Cullen is the most powerful dragon of his generation, but strength and cunning won’t stop the mysterious scourge killing his kinsmen. After he steals Kas away to heal them, he’s incensed to find her magic is uncontrollable. Despite her unpredictable powers and non-existent fighting skills, he soon becomes convinced she holds the key to saving the dying dragon race. He’s willing to do anything to gain her cooperation. Even if it means breaking all taboos and seducing the crafty little magician.
With a kingdom of enemies after them both, Kas and Cullen must learn to trust each other before their kingdoms are rendered extinct.
**Due to “open-door” sexual content and dastardly-dude-comeuppance, this book is recommended for mature readers.
Kasima McClellan is a half-light who watched her family killed for not surrendering her to a murderous king who wished to wipe out all things magical. Her gift is one of invisibility, once she uses well as a spy in the human world. In an attempt to discover the identity of the spy infiltrating the Half-Light camp, she accidentally kills the king and is taken prisoner by a strange man who seems to be able to see her while she is invisible. She soon discovers, he’s much more than he seems and it was his sense of sight that gave her away to gorgeous and dangerous, Cullen Armati but instead, it was his sense of smell because he’s a dragon.
Cullen wants desperately to find someone to cure his dying dragons. Having already lost too many to this strange sickness, his last hope is a Half-Light healer and without knowing it, he’s caught in the human king’s chambers. She does her best to distract him, trick him, and escape him but when he learns the truth of who she is, he’s quick to transform into his black dragon and steal her away to the island of dragons—Islador. It’s there that Kas learns much about the world in which she’d been living and about those she called friends, and enemies. She also discovers new friends, and love.
DRAGONS WILL FALL by Susannah Scott is an amazing adventure and exploration into a fantasy world filled with half human/magicians, half dragon/magicians, rogue dragons, dangerous and manipulative magicians, and humans who are afraid of all of them while trying to survive and figure out who to trust and not to trust. Kas is unable to trust anyone except her closest friends, and she soon discovers that’s not always possible either. She’s not even sure about trusting herself. Her self-confidence is such that it inhibits her abilities and it isn’t until the dragons build upon that confidence that she discovers her true talents. While on Islador, Kas faces unwarranted hatred, attempts on her life, and danger at every turn but she also learns to trust, in herself, in Cullen, and in new friends. Life might not be easy for a Half-Light but with good friends and love as her support, anything is possible, even falling in love with a dragon.
I highly recommend DRAGONS WILL FALL, book one in the Kingdom Come series by Susannah Scott to anyone who loves a fabulous and different world, action and danger, and if you love dragons, you will thrill in the way Susannah takes us into the dragons' world. I can’t wait for Muriel and Hank’s story…yes, she gives a preview at the end of DRAGONS WILL FALL. Trouble is brewing in WATERS WILL RAGE. XO
Armati dragged her to the library door, kicked the guard aside, and pulled her into the hallway. No other guards seemed to be coming. If she let him drag her from the castle, she would be lost. Her best chance at escape was now, when he dealt with the humans. Kas turned herself to invisible and wrenched away, but his grip didn't waver.
At the top of the stairs, he paused and spoke directly into her ear. “Behave.”
She fought in earnest, kicking and hitting at him all the way down, but only managed to bang her heels on the risers. Armati pulled her past the hearth room to the kitchen. Behind them, a bell rang a single repeated clang, signaling that the castle was under attack.
“Leave, now,” he said as they entered the kitchen. The servants looked at him slack-jawed and fled out the door.
Kas released her hold on her cells, and the hum of transformation zipped along her nerves, allowing her body to become wholly visible. “Let me go,” she said. “Or I'll start screaming and bring the guards.”
His eyes swept from her toes to her face. “You'll scream?” An amused muscle twitched near his mouth. “I'm terrified.” He opened the cellar door and gave her a push downward.
She braced her arms wide on the open door, resisting by holding the doorframe.
Armati brought his face to her ear, and the scrape of his beard abraded the side of her chin. “Get in. Now.” The words puffed along her neck, sending chills down her back.
She rammed her right leg to his groin, but he caught her knee in a tight grip before she made contact. He smiled the slow, taunting smile from the library, and slowly lifted her leg past her waist. She jumped on her left foot to keep her balance.
Armati crowded her so she had to back step down the cellar stairs. He closed the door behind them and followed. Damp earth and stored onions filled her nostrils. Muted light from the kitchen permeated the wooden floorboards above their heads.
“They'll find you.” She composed her voice. “You'll never get away.”
He stalked toward her, and she forced herself not to cower. His eyes dropped to her brown tunic, pants, and boots. “Who are you?”
“I’m no one.”
“Not true,” he said with a sardonic twist of his lips. “You've got a wicked right knee.” He walked closer and she retreated until her back hit the cellar wall. “And magic, so you're either a full Magician or a Half-Light.”
“I am no one,” she repeated.
Without warning, he reached forward and pulled open her shirt.
“Hey!” Buttons scattered to the dirt.
Armati turned her so her chemise pressed to the musty wall. He yanked her woolen shirt off her shoulders and his hands lifted her under shirt from her back. His cursory inspection told her that he wasn't after seduction.
“What are you doing?”
He released her and she flipped around and tugged her clothes together. “You've no markings, and the Magicians aren't prone to leave the mountain. You're a Half-Light.” He gazed at her thoughtfully. “You know where the healer is.”
Kas shook her head. “No, I don't.”
“I can hear your heart beat and smell your emotions.” Armati leaned forward and inhaled deeply. “You're lying.”
She pressed her lips closed and crossed her arms over her ruined shirt. “I wouldn't piss on you if you were on fire.”
Overhead, boots stomped across the wood floor, sending dirt showering down. Armati stepped closer, crowding her against the wall. The heat of his body leached through the narrow space between them. “Is invisibility all you can do?”
She knew how to be quiet.
Armati held his hands up in mock surrender and stepped back a foot. “I need to talk to your leader.”
“What makes you think I'm not our leader?”
He dragged his gaze from her feet to her face, lingering briefly on her chest. A blush heated her cheeks and she pulled her arms tighter around her torso. “You can't lead people without good boots. Never know when you're going to need to stick one up an ass.”
About the Author:
Mrs. Scott is an Award of Excellence finalist and Angie Award winner for her dragon-filled romance stories. She lives with her family in Southern Missouri and loves connecting with readers through social media.
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Kingdom Come Series Info:
Book 1: DRAGONS WILL FALL, (Kas and Cullen) September 2015
Book 2: WATERS WILL RAGE, (Muriel and Hank), early 2016
Book 3: KINGDOM COME, (Felix and Lettie), late 2016
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