Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Keeper of the Flame


Author:  Bianca D’Arc
Publisher:   Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL:  www.samhainpublishing.com
ISBN/BIN:   978-1-61921-367-8
Genre:  {M/F}, Shape-shifters, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Lera arrives at an inn where Hugh has been caring for a baby gryphon and ends up on the run with both, as she flees for her life from assassins known as Eyes.  Hugh is in Helios to determine if they are truly friendly to Draconia, but finds his mate in Lera instead, not knowing she is not only the Queen but also the Keeper of the Flame.

The latest in the Dragon Knights series, Keeper of the Flame, brings Prince Hugh into the middle of a rebellion by Lera’s cousin for rule of Helios. The Keeper of the Flame, the person that wields the fire of the Goddess using it to dispense justice, is not necessarily the ruler of Helios, though in this case, Lera is both.  In addition, the gryphons are undergoing an evolution among their species which brings additional problems.   This was an interesting twist by the author as more is learned about the relationship between dragons, humans and the gryphons.

As this series progresses, readers learn about the various countries surrounding Draconia and what the relationship is between them. As we met the various characters, we met mates for the royal black dragon shifters or knights and some show up more than others within the books and this one is no exception. 

In addition to the intrigue and suspense, there are quite a few lighthearted moments, especially between Hugh, Lera and the baby gryphon, Miss.  I loved the way both reacted to Miss, going out of their way to make her feel loved and accepted.  I also laughed at the very realistic look at parents trying to get together and having to be careful when the kids are around as Lera and Hugh had some major chemistry together.

I am looking forward to the next book as there is not yet a resolution about the enemies of Draconia.  This series does need to be read in order as the characters and intrigue are very much intertwined.

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