Welcome to YA Friday! Today I am reviewing Fanning the Flames (Going Down in Flames, #4) by Chris Cannon. To enter the giveaway sponsored by Entangled Teen, fill out the Rafflecopter form below. If you don't see it click, 'read more'.
Bryn and Valmont are the first dragon and knight pair in decades and when it is discovered that their blood can open secret rooms within the castle library, rooms that hold magic relics left over from centuries past, the dragon council decides to force the issue by bonding together other knights and dragons so that more rooms can be found.
But all is not well in Bryn's world. There are dragon rebels that want to take down the council. Shifters that believe that dragons should be able to mix colors and breeds. Bryn and her knight find themselves looking for magic relics to stop their attacks.
One of these attacks forces the issue of marriage up front and center, and Bryn must decided to stay true to her knight or succumb to the pressures of the council.
First off, I did not read the first three books in the series so I am looking at this from a newbie perspective. The author did a great job of weaving in previous issues, so I never felt at a loss. I totally loved it even though I didn't read what had come before.
This book has it all: love, hidden rooms with magical weapons, puzzles to solve, people to hate and secrets kept deep. The hidden rooms drew me in first. I couldn't wait for them to find each new room and discover what ancient secrets it held. Each uncovered room introduced something new for the different colored dragon breeds, so you know there are even more rooms to discover!
The love life involved is a whirlwind and torture ride. Readers follow along joyfully with Bryn and Valmont. The two are so in love- what could go wrong? Yeah, boom! I just have to say that at the end of the book I actually wanted to scream at Bryn and knock her upside the head.You'll have to read it to see how she sets her future up.
There is a Hitleresque theme running through the book, purity of the species. As you read, Bryn will see things from both sides of the fence, and her decisions will influence the dragon world around her. Here comes the hate. Yep, older Westgate, Jaxon's dad, is evil. His character is well written and he turned my stomach. Thus the set up into the next book, which I can't wait to read, is cast.
I highly recommend this book. I found one of my favorite quotes from the book in the above meme. 5 stars! If I could, I'd go back and read it from book 1 though, just to get an even bigger picture of things.
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