Review: The Dragon Who Loved Me by G. A. Aiken

September 6, 2011 Review 4

 

The Dragon Who Loved Me (Dragon Kin, #5) Title: The Dragon Who Loved Me
Author: G. A. Aiken
Series: The Dragon Kin #5
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Julia

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; September 6, 2011
  • ISBN-10: 1420108891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420108897

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Sexual Content:

Several sex scenes.


Rating:

Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Description

I was raised for battle. And as the first daughter of a warrior family, I’ve earned my reputation the hard way. Yet now I fight alongside uncivilized male Northland dragons who think a female is only good for breeding and waiting back home in the cave. But it’s the foolish and foolhardy who would try to stop me, Rhona the Fearless, from doing what I do best—destroying the enemies of my kind.

So the smartest thing wily barbarian Vigholf the Abhorrent can do for me is stay out of my way as we risk all on a deadly mission in enemy territory. I don’t care if he’s fascinated by me, even though he is as attractive as he is resourceful. He’s having far too much fun putting me in difficult situations and testing my sense of duty to the limit. And I’m going to enjoy challenging his insufferable confidence, outwitting his schemes, and making him surrender in the wildest ways. . .

“Sexy and outrageous humor. ” —Romantic Times

Review

As bawdy, crass, and hilarious as anything I could have hoped for, THE DRAGON WHO LOVED ME is a chest thumping, mead-hall rocking, enemy slaying brawl of a good book. I had a hard time catching up with the politics and world, but that was my own fault for starting with book number five of the Dragon Kin series. Once Rhona and Vigholf were off alone on their mission, however, I was able to just relax and enjoy the wit, the slap-stick, and the romance.

The number of different battles and factions involved in this book reminded me of nothing so much as the movie The Return of the King. Battle looming, enemies on all sides, and various bands of heroes who come together for the final battle. This would be a uber-violent, female-dominated version of the movie, however, with enough mayhem, insanity, and profanity to do Kresley Cole’s Valkyries proud. Rhona’s place amidst it all, the surrogate mother and dutiful soldier, didn’t make too much sense to me initially, and I shared her annoyance with the overbearing Vigholf. Luckily, Vigholf’s behavior slowly evolves from clueless and obnoxious to an endearing brand of pigheaded chivalry. After taking care of so many, and doing her best to meet others expectations, it was so sweet  for Rhona to come into her own with Vigholf’s enthusiastic support. I melted every time Vigholf stood up for her, and his hapless antics (including a Tangled-esque fist-fight with a horse) were the highlight of the book.

While this series features a specific couple for each book, it’s apparent that Aiken not only maintains a complex interconnecting plot, she also provides continuing contact with the heroes and heroines of past books. I know I would have appreciated more of THE DRAGON WHO LOVED ME if I had started at the beginning of the Dragon Kin series, and I’m looking forward to going back and correcting my mistake.

Previous Books in Series
Also Reviewed By:
  1. Dragon Actually
  2. About A Dragon
  3. What A Dragon Should Know
  4. Last Dragon Standing

4 Responses to “Review: The Dragon Who Loved Me by G. A. Aiken”

  1. Anonymous

    I suspect every series author has to balance the need to make each book approachable to new readers without repeating the same worldbuilding/politics/character descriptions and boring long-time readers to death. This is just one of many reasons why I'm glad I'm a reader, not writer!

    Mickie T

  2. Julia

    @Mickie – After having read the first few books this week, I think THE DRAGON WHO LOVED ME contains an atypical amount of POV shifts and warfare for the series, too. This gives established readers a chance to see hijinx with all the beloved past characters, but as a newbie, I was lost.

  3. Lexi

    My fave of the series is the first one, Dragon Actually. If you start from the beginning you will get much more involved in all the characters and it won't feel overwhelming because characters are added gradually.

    Well written review! I love your first sentence =)