DRAGON FALL is the first novel in Katie MacAlister's Dragon Falls series.
Characters from the author's Aisling Grey series make an appearance, too.
Although I've not read the Aisling Grey books, and being new to Katie
MacAlister's world of magic and dragons, I was able to relate to the heroine. At
the opening of DRAGON FALL, Aoife Dakar is minding her own business and
killing time at a GothFaire in Sweden. She too knows nothing of the world of
magic and dragons. However, after witnessing a very magical and very deadly
spectacle, and gaining an unwanted piece of jewelry, she winds up in a nuthouse
when she tries to tell people what she saw.
Aoife is a very likable and sympathetic heroine. Having her reality altered and not
being believed while being thought insane is enough to break some people. She
proves to be a very resilient character and a true survivor. Her experience upon
being released from the asylum is a little like ALICE IN WONDERLAND. From one
moment to the next she meets one peculiar character after another and finds
herself in the most bizarre situations. I like Aoife's ability to adapt to her
situation, even when it gets very much outside her comfort zone. Jim, the talking
demon dog, adds a lot of humor to balance out all the intensity and danger.
Katie MacAlister's witty dialogue and farcical situations contribute greatly to my
enjoyment of DRAGON FALL.
It's a romantic and somewhat gothic setting when Aoife first meets black dragon
and grumpy hottie Kostya, washed up on a beach near her home. Despite his
insistence that she is not his mate, he won't let her wash her hands of him. He is
never cruel to Aoife, but his experience with his ex makes him extremely
reluctant to acknowledge any deep and permanent romantic connection. His
gruff attitude never really bugged me as I was reading because I, like Aoife, am a
little amused by his denial and see it for what it is -- a fear of being hurt. I love
Aoife's way of reacting to Kostya's grumpiness. She lets him know what her
boundaries are and if something bothers her. The steaminess and the
entertaining banter between Aoife and Kostya make theirs a quirky yet
DRAGON FALL is full of unpredictable twists and turns that will have you
laughing, sighing, and thoroughly captivated. Katie MacAlister beautifully
balances the tension and danger with the humor and romance. I hope to learn
more about the different types of dragons in future books. I look forward to the
next installment in this exciting Dragon Falls series, as well as hunting down
previous books in the Aisling Grey series.
For Aoife Dakar, seeing is believing-and she's seen some
extraordinary things. It's too bad no one else believes that
she witnessed a supernatural murder at an outdoor fair.
Returning to the scene for proof, Aoife encounters a
wise-cracking demon dog-and a gloriously naked man who can
shift into a dragon and kiss like a god. Now thrust into a
fantastical world that's both exhilarating and terrifying,
Aoife is about to learn just how hot a dragon's fire burns.
WHEN YOU DATE A DRAGON
Kostya has no time for a human woman with endless questions,
no matter how gorgeous or tempting she is. He must break the
curse that has splintered the dragon clans before more of
his kind die. But his powerful attraction to Aoife runs much
deeper than the physical-and there may be more to her than
even his sharp dragon eyes can see. To survive the coming
battle for the fate of his race, he needs a mate of true
heart and soul . . .