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Sara's Review: Stalked by Flames (Dragon's Breath #1) by Susan Illene

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Publisher: Tantor Audio

Released: September 24, 2015

Narrator: Marguerite Gavin

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic

Length: 10 hours and 1 minute

Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook

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Bailey Monzac has just graduated college and is leaving town for her parents’ ranch in Texas when a massive earthquake unleashes the unthinkable on the world: fire-breathing dragons. Chaos erupts as people flee for their lives, and Bailey survives only because she is somehow immune to the dragons’ flames. In the midst of the mayhem, Bailey is helped by a shape-shifting dragon named Aidan, who recognizes Bailey is a dragon slayer and will be an essential ally in the power struggle between—and within—the dragon clans. Natural disasters intensify and dragons lay waste to the world as civilization all but collapses amid the loss of electricity and running water. Roving gangs prowl the debris-filled streets, and Bailey and her friends manage to find refuge in the university library. As her relationship with Aidan deepens during private training sessions, Bailey must learn to harness her newfound skills or see everything she knows and loves destroyed. Stalked by Flames is a gritty urban fantasy about a woman’s journey into a dark new reality she never could have imagined.

Two Boundless Stars

I really wanted to love this; yet it never really got going for me. There is a bunch a word building and it’s obvious that this is going to be a multi-book story, but the first book just never seemed to have a real solid foundation, other than building the world and overall plot for the bigger story. I never fell into the intensity of the situation, or felt how I should feel in an apocalyptic situation. It was lackluster at best. I kept thinking it would get better with Bailey learning how to fight, but I just never connected with her. I did enjoy Gavin’s narration and thought she did a wonderful job but this isn’t a series I will continue.

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