Book Reviews

Dragon's Lair (Dragon Prophecies 3) by Shannon West and Susan E. Scott at Painted Hearts Publishing

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Shifters / Wizards & Witches / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-July-2018

Book Blurb

“A trio of Dragons, noble and Gold, a Wizard, a Wyvern and three heroes bold…”

So goes the prophecy given by Merlin in the fifth century about the seven heroes who would save the world from the rising of the Dragon Spawn. Luca, the Wyvern in question, has his Dragons and his magician, but he only has one hero so far. What he needs to fulfill his destiny is two good men, both noble and heroic. Instead he has a bad-tempered, lazy, washed-up former Wizard, and Chase, a liar, and the son of a thief.

Pendragon takes it upon himself to reform Gideon, but when Alexei learns of his new lover Chase’s betrayal, he is stunned and hurt. He was desperately in love with Chase and thought he’d found his new mate. He locks Chase away in his Dragon’s lair while he tries to decide what to do with him. With the Dragon Spawn and the Shadow men gathering nearby for the prophesied final battle, time is running short. Chase’s secret agenda has betrayed Alexei’s trust and at the eleventh hour, Gideon is kidnapped by the Spawn in an effort to turn him against Pen and make sure the Seven isn’t complete.

With violence and betrayal swirling around them, Luca and his Dragons face their enemies in the battle that will either save humankind or destroy it utterly. They soon discover that the best luck is the kind they make for themselves.

Book Review

In the third and (I think) final book of this series about dragonshifters, half dragons called Spawn, wyverns known as dragonets, and wizards trying to save the world, things come to a head. One problem is that the team of dragons, a wizard, and one hero are still trying to figure out who the two other heroes are who are needed to fulfill the prophecy received by Luca. The other problem is that the villains are becoming more audacious by the day. Among all of this mess Luca and Dmitri are still solid, as are Lance and Sebastien, but Alexei has trouble with Chase, a man he has loved forever but who is less than reliable, and Pendragon’s attempts to “reform” Gideon are not exactly going well. This third story is also told from various points of view and while it added different perspectives, I missed the focus of the first book.

Alexei, Dmitri and Sebastien’s cousin, has to face the truth about a man he has adored (and secretly loved) since they first met in school. While they are finally given a chance to be together, not everything is as it seems and betrayal ends up almost pulling them apart. Alexei doesn’t even suspect anything is wrong for the longest time, and when the truth hits, he reverts to basic dragon behavior. It makes sense and is interesting to watch, but it’s less than helpful.

Chase is in a tough situation, being blackmailed by one of the villains. I can see why he initially reacts the way he does, but once he finds out the truth, he should have really found a better way to deal with the issue than betraying Alexei – especially since he has developed feelings for him by the time push comes to shove.

There is a lot of action in this final volume and everyone has to do their part to avoid a catastrophe. Some of the characters are doing better than others, and some of the couple dynamics may not be for everyone. The idea behind this series is interesting, and the snarky sense of humor made it mostly fun to read.

If you like dragonshifters and wizards, if quests and prophecies are your thing, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read with lots of action, then you will probably like this novella. I’d definitely recommend to read these books in order because they do build on each other.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 184 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-May-2018
Price $4.99 ebook
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