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Soul of Smoke Dragonsworn Book 1 On a hike deep in the Rocky Mountains Kai Monahan watches as a dozen dragons actual freaking dragons battle beneath a fat white moon When one crashes nearly dead at her feet and transforms into a man Kai does the only thing a decent person could she grabs the nearest sword and saves his lifeAs the dragonman Rhys recovers from the attack a chance brush of skin against skin binds him inextricably to Kai Becoming heartsworn to a human especially such a compelling one is the last thing Rhys wants But with an ancient enemy gathering to pit dragons against humanity and his strength nearly depleted Kai has just become the one thing Rhys needs A complete bond will give him the strength to fight; a denied bond means certain deathKai is terrified at the thought of allowing any dragon into her mindor her heart Accepting the heartswearing and staying with the dragons means sacrificing everything and Kai must decide if her freedom is worth risking Rhys's life a life crucial to the fate of humanity than she could possibly know Book One of the Dragonsworn trilogy91000 words I am so SO glad that I got the opportunity to read Soul of Smoke This book kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end McFarland increases the tension both in action and romance steadily throughout the novelThe cast of characters is incredibly dynamic The dialogue and banter between Rhys and his dragon cohorts is fun and highly entertaining You'll absolutely want to become part of their veeI really enjoyed Kai as a main character I loved that she uestioned and fought against her situation throughout the story which was a very authentic response to the type of situation she found herself in I also loved that she had a bit of feistiness to her and was definitely not afraid to stand up for herselfRhys is an incredibly swoony love interest Despite his culture his feelings and the way he was raised he commits to his decision to always respect Kai's wishes even when it causes him intense physical suffering He's also a loyal friend and definitely the type of guy you want to have on your side in a fightThe romance in this book is just so well done It seems like it's going to be an insta love story but it is not It is so much beautifully complex than that The heat between Kai and Rhys is off the charts and McFarland does a phenomenal job of constantly upping the romantic tension between them throughout the novelI also enjoyed that this was a story about dragons but still set in the real world Being a Rocky Mountain girl myself the setting certainly came alive for me and I really enjoyed that McFarland included scenic elements that were obviously very familiar and important to herI am always a huge fan of epic fantasies that actually make me feel something with character deaths There was a specific character death in this book that utterly wrecked me and I was SO thrilled that I was that connected with this story that it had that kind of impact on meAlso ten points to McFarland's Hogwarts House of choice for an excellent Harry Potter reference and ten for a Mr Darcy reference I am so excited to read the next book in this series Shadow of Flame The full series is out now so I highly recommend this to all you fantasy lovers out there who hate waiting for the next book in a series to come outand who also love some dragons and rom Soul of Smoke is book one in the Dragonsworn series by Caitlyn McFarland This book was generously provided to me for an honest review by NetGalley Carina Press and Caitlyn McFarland Kai Monahan is a normal twenty year old woman going to school living with her roommates whom she loves and working as a rock climbing instructor part time That is until the day she saw dragons She had convinced two of her roommates to go hiking when they came across a severely injured woman along the trail They are miles from getting help so Kai stayed with her when the other two went back for help But the woman insists that she has to go and warn her brother So against everything that Kai feels she should do she helps her This decision will change her life When they eventually find her brother and the rest of their group they are attacked By men no but by dragons And the brother he changed into a dragon as well Until he was injured and fell at her feet and changed back into a man So what does Kai do? Does she run? No she helps the man She saves his life “The wind blows where it will We can only adjust our wings” Rhys is a dragon shifter He his sister and their group thought they would be safe from those that are after them There hadn’t been an attack in a long time But they’ve been found and his sister is injured During the battle he is also severely injured and he is sure this is the end until the human girl rescues him She saved his life They can’t just leave her here she’ll be killed So they take her back to their cave She’ll just have to stay with them until it is safe to take her home That was the plan until Rhys accidently barely touched her skin It was just a simple brush but that’s all that was needed for him to become heartsworn to her “He wanted to know her in every sense of the word Not just physically but mentally emotionally It was as if he’d been living in a dark room and when someone finally turned on the light he’d discovered half of him was missing The stories lie This isn’t love Thisit was need Pure incandescent need” When a dragon touches the skin of the one he is fated to become mated with a magical bonding happens But it is one sided until they kiss Then the bonding will be complete But Rhys is determined to let Kai make the decision to complete the bonding He will not kiss her against her will He wants her to decide on her own if she wants to become heartsworn to him Even though every hour every minute and every second the heartswearing is not completed Rhys is in pain Kai does NOT want this She just wants to go home back to her life To be heartsworn to this mandragon that she doesn’t even know would mean giving up everything But what would happen to Kai if she said no? He is keeping secrets from her And why is it so important that she accepts? “She didn’t love him now Not even close But she knew as sure as the stone beneath her feet that someday this man could mean to her than anything in the world” This book was just amazing So far I would classify it as YA If I had to voice one complaint it is that in the beginning I had a little trouble with all the names and the names of places I kept getting them confused since they were all unusual But after about the first fifty pages or so it all started falling into place The action was non stop I loved ALL of the characters The other dragons in Rhys’s group were all so easy to love Kai and her friend Juli were amazing The romantic in me wanted Kai to hurry up and kiss Rhys but I understand that she had to make the decision in her own time Her acceptance of the dragons existence was pretty amazing This book kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the ending And oh my gosh the ending It is most definitely not what I expected Is there a cliff hangeryes But thankfully it is only about two months until the next book Shadow of Flame is released on September 14 I believe this is Caitlyn’s first book so congratulations You definitely have me hooked I received this ARC via Netgalley in return for an honest reviewI'll try to be nice Rating 15 starsseriously what the heck was that? Did I read the right book? looks at all the 5 star reviews then looks back at the bookshakes head I'll just talk about the plot One day Kai and her friend Juliet go hiking there they find a wounded girl Juliet runs back to their site to get help while Kai stays behind to make sure the girl is safe While there the girl hysterically asks for help because her brother is in danger Kai rushes to help and find a mystical band of people who can turn into dragons When a scarlet scaled dragon is downed and about to be killedKai rushes with a sword and saves himWho knew that saving a dragon could land her in such a pile of trouble For all intents and purposes this plot line sounds amazing When i saw it i had a serious case of the honey glow in my cheeks I happily delved into it but imagine swimming in a pool of jelly all the sudden you're stuck and you can't move and pretty soon you feel like you're drowning Welcome to my feeling of this book The Main protagonist Kai was so down right horrible that every time i saw it was her POV coming up i would go on a rant or just dump my tablet and walk away from itTHIS WHOLE FREAKING STORY REVOLVES AROUND 1 FREAKING KISSThe whole freaking time you're shouting JUST KISS Okay if you knew that all humanity depended on you and if you kiss a dude he'll have the power to save it would you be like ohno if i kiss him i'll never see anyone againI'll never see my brothers and parents LADY IF YOU DON'T KISS HIM THEY'LL DIE ARE YOU THICK? face palm I can'thonestly I just can't It was so ridiculous WARNING INSTA LOVE LOVE TRIANGLE MAIN GIRL KISSES RANDOM GUY FOR NO REASON The beginning was decent and then everything fell into the valley of awful Oh Oh Of course the best friend will also be the 'special' someone too Figures cliche anyone?I can't even say the writing was awesome It was okay but the story the way it went just made the characters especially Kai look stupid I'm sorry if that's harsh This is going into the read if you hate yourself shelf This really didn't cut it for me Maybe it'll appeal to you? that's thatStay awesome The Book Herald Tweet me thebookherald What the actual fuck? This is my feeling still two days after I've finished the book I liked the premise the writing and all the characters BUT Kai the female lead Oh my God the female lead makes me want to rip my hair out and beat her with a metal baseball bat I do love Rhys and think he's fabulous Let's start with why I'm giving this novel a solid four stars shall we? For the most part I enjoyed the writing style Rhys is a delightful male lead and I like him He's clever passionate honest and considerate He doesn't want to force Kai into anything and so takes the pain that comes with his decision It is hard to not love him I swearKai is the most bratty inconsiderate and selfish character I think I've ever read It is always poor me or the me me me crap She honestly made me want to go inside the book and beat her to within an inch of her life There's greater things than the poor me shit and yet that's all she's concerned with She doesn't care about the fate of the world about trying to understand what she is to Rhys or the feeling that is between them and she fights everyone at every turn when they are trying to help her Regardless of my utter distaste for Kai I liked all the other characters the story line and the writing which saved it I give Soul of Smoke 4 soul smoking stars

  • Kindle Edition
  • 266 pages
  • Soul of Smoke Dragonsworn Book 1
  • Caitlyn McFarland
  • English
  • 12 January 2016

About the Author: Caitlyn McFarland

Originally from the Midwest Caitlyn McFarland currently lives in Utah with her husband and three young daughters She has a Bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Brigham Young University When she’s not writing about dragons or running around after her daughters she can be found hunched over a sewing machine making elaborate princess costumes Caitlyn is represented by Marlene Stringer of String


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