Sunday, June 21, 2009

Breath of Fire-Tammy Kane

Breath of Fire
Tammy Kane
Love Spell, Jul 2009, $6.99
ISBN: 9780505528162

As a Mattaen Initiate, Karl is trained to be a great warrior. When he reached the village filled with superstitious peasants, he scorns the irrational villagers proclaiming they are murderers; while their leaders defend their actions by claiming a dragon demanded and expected a virginal sacrifices or else. He was not volunteering when they tied him to the rock as their virginal sacrifice. Unchained he could not defeat a dragon if they existed, but chained, he fears if true he is dead.

Elera Daughter of Shane kills the dragon and charges as her price, the virgin sacrifice for a night to do what she wants with him. Her virgin prize Karl wants to say no, but she entices him to crave her. When she steals a kiss, he can no longer adhere to his vow of chastity as the Mattaen Initiate Brotherhood requires. She takes him and he wants her to take him again as he desires more, but by doing so he feels guilt for betraying his Brothers who raised him.

The key to this romantic fantasy is the world of Kane seems real especially the paranormal. The story line is fast-paced form the onset when a mocking Karl becomes the sacrifice and never slows until the final spin though in between there are world building, romance and plenty of action. Tammy Kane breathes new fire into the dragon mythos with a strong opening act.

Harriet Klausner

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