Review: Soul of Smoke (Dragonsworn #1) by Caitlyn McFarland

July 27, 2015 Review 0

Review: Soul of Smoke  (Dragonsworn #1) by Caitlyn McFarland

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 life.

As the dragon/man, Rhys, recovers from the attack, a chance brush of skin agai
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 life.

As the dragon/man, 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 death.

Kai is terrified at the thought of allowing any dragon into her mind…or 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 more crucial to the fate of humanity than she could possibly know.

Title: Soul of Smoke
Author: Caitlyn McFarland
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Shadow of Flame, Truth of Embers
Series: Dragonsworn #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Shadow of Flame, Truth of Embers
Published by Carina Press
Source: Publisher
Published: July 27th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 266 pages
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: two-half-flames

Soul of Smoke is book one of Caitlyn McFarland’s new Dragonsworn series.  It is a paranormal read with a romantic angle to boot!  I was reveling in this book!  It starts off with major action and the plot held my attention the entire way through. The author does a spectacular job in creating this world where dragon shifters live amongst humans.  There is a centuries old war waging in the dragon world and humans could be the next casualty.

Kai Monahan is hiking in the mountains with her girlfriends when they happen upon a hurt girl.  Two leave to get help and Kai stays back to watch over her.  The girl awakes and begs Kai to help her to get back to the top of the mountain to save her brother who is in danger. Once at the mountain top, she sees the unbelievable taking place. Dragons battling each other-actual freaking dragons!  When one gets taken down hurt-Rhys, Kai grabs an on the ground sword, jumps in to help, and saves his life.  Later, a brief touch of skin, Rhys is heartsworn to Kai.  Kai has no clue what exactly it means but she knows she’s inexplicitly drawn to him.

Kai is a strong girl but I didn’t like her being so mousy at times.  She seems so selfish and totally self-centered. I get that she is overwhelmed and frightened, but I kind of got sick of the poor me attitude that she was hanging onto till the end of book one. She literally has the world’s fate in her hands and her resistance to understand the ramifications of her situation just got old quick.  I understand she may miss her family, but from what we learn about it, she wasn’t close with them anyway. Plus they would cease to exist in doing nothing, so why not try to help the cause??

Rhys, on the other hand, I loved him!  He is understanding of Kai to a fault. He’s passionate, honest, and very endearing. He doesn’t want to force anything on Kai-even for the good of mankind, but her vacillating is having major consequences. He’s forced to endure actual physical pain while he lets Kai think about her decision.  At a few times, I actually yelled at him to takes the reigns and make her waffling end! They both were developing feelings and I think Kai was just a bit dense. She was resisting Rhys and everything about the situation the entire time.  She never once stepped into his shoes to understand how he was feeling.

Overall I really dove into this book and the authors depiction of the dragon battles were awesome!  I really liked all the secondary characters and they made the book enjoyable-outside of my dislike for the heroine, Kai. Ms. McFarland made each one interesting in their own right. For me they were the glue that made me continue to read and discover their fates.  I felt I knew them and had a vested interest in them.  The back stories we learn were intriguing without being too wordy or too descriptive. So if you love paranormal books, dragons, and alternate realities, then you need to read this captivating book.  I know I am not done wanting to know more about these characters and am excited to read the next two books in the series!

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