5Bat! Review: Dragon On Top (Dragon Kin #0.4), by G.A. Aiken

October 29, 2015 Review 1

5Bat! Review: Dragon On Top (Dragon Kin #0.4), by G.A. AikenDragon on Top by G. A. Aiken
Series: Dragon Kin #0.4
Published by Kensington on October 27th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Romance
Format: eBook
Pages: 176
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Several explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
5 Stars

Try a little dragon tenderness.

I am Ghleanna the Decimator. I am a warrior. A soldier. I know no fear. No pain. No mercy. I do, however, know acute embarrassment! How could I not after getting dumped by a bastard dragon in front of my own troops? So I tuck tail and return to my cave, drowning my sorrows in ale—as is my family’s way. But instead of leaving me to my misery, I’ve been summoned to the Dragon Queen’s court.   As if my life wasn’t pathetic enough, Her Majesty now has me escorting the highborn Bram the Merciful through dangerous territories—not exactly the best use of my military training. And just so he can negotiate with enemy dragons instead of battling them? Honestly, what has my world come to? Then again… Bram is quite easy on the eyes. And the perfect distraction for what ails me. Perhaps I’m looking at all this the wrong way. Maybe there is a place for a little “mercy” in my life…Previously published in Supernatural.

DRAGON ON TOP was the perfect blend of fun and sexy, with tons of new mythology and interesting insights into the series; I adored it!

The main Dragon Kin storyline takes place a few hundred years (at least) after the events of DRAGON ON TOP, which is great since the story has gotten a bit heavy in the last books and it's fabulous to read about the Southlands without the baggage (although I am looking forward to the next book in the series, FEEL THE BURN). Bram the Merciful and Ghleanna the Decimator have always been an odd pair, and you don't often get to see them interact in the main storyline, so it's lovely to see them falling for each other in this novella.

We get lots of action as Bram attempts to forge alliances and truces, and Ghleanna grudge-fully protects him... but it turns out that he doesn't need as much protection as she thought he would. The interaction between the book-smart peacemaker and the battle-hungry army captain are fun and witty, and things get quite sexy as they slowly realise the attraction is mutual.

As with all of Aiken's books, you can expect bloody battles, meddling family members and traitorous political machinations. You can also expect lots of laughs.

I really loved the introduction to the "Fins", the underwater dragons who developed gills and live in massive underwater caves. They have never been properly introduced in the previous stories, and they are super fun and interesting.

Overall, this novella is a fabulous addition to the Dragon Kin lore, really fleshing out some of the older, side characters that you have read about in the other books. It is easily approachable by new readers as well, while having plenty of quirks, battles and nods for those who have enjoyed the Dragon Kin series from the start.

Series Titles:
  1. Dragon Actually
  2. About a Dragon
  3. What a Dragon Should Know
  4. Last Dragon Standing
  5. The Dragon Who Loved Me – 3/5
  6. How To Drive A Dragon Crazy - 4/5
  7. Light My Fire
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One Response to “5Bat! Review: Dragon On Top (Dragon Kin #0.4), by G.A. Aiken”

  1. Mina

    Seems like I missed out on this series – I should remedy that, the dragons sound like great fun… Thanks for the review!