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  1. Tycoon (Manhattan, #1) by Katy Evans
  2. A Fall Away Novel
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Although I'm not an expert in history, I have read a lot of books concerning this period, and always look forward to reading more. My pleasure soon turned to dismay as I started reading. Through the first few chapters I had a Will paste my review of the whole series or as much of it as I was able to read from Amazon here. Through the first few chapters I had a growing but unspecific feeling of unease - something about the prose didn't ring true.

It was nothing I could put my finger on; aspects of the writing didn't feel authentic. Eventually I stumbled across details that I knew were wrong. For instance, in this period the term "Your Majesty" to address the King or Queen had not yet been introduced. This didn't come about until the time of the Tudors. Plantagenet monarchs were content to be addressed as "Your Grace".

Next, Edward IV was several times described as wearing a collar of interlinked S's.

Tycoon (Manhattan, #1) by Katy Evans

Yorkist collars tended to consist of roses and suns - the interlinked S collars were favoured by the Lancastrian nobility. Then in book 2 of the series we were asked to believe there was a Jewish money-lender in Whitby. As this story is set slap bang in the middle of the three hundred and fifty year period during which all Jews were banned from England, I find this hard to believe. Book 3 which I've read, living as I do outside the US would have us believe a crescent moon sailed the sky for an entire night.

I ask "On which planet?! The only moon that is seen all night is a full moon. These known inaccuracies ruined the book for me. I found myself questioning every detail I read. Or was it just a flight of fancy or wishful thinking on behalf of the author? In the end I was unable to finish the 3rd book in the series because I found myself irritated to the point that I no longer cared about the fates of the characters.

I'm only grateful that I got the books out of the library rather than spending hard earned cash on them. I'm left wondering how such glaring errors could make their way into a published book Quite honestly, I don't care. As far as I'm concerned, historical fiction has the freedom to play with facts. Which is what the author provided. I make no excuses. I have no shame. But it's not just her newfound royal heritage that shatters Anne's conception of the world. What are the responsibilities of one who is unwillingly dragged into the clash of the court? Is there ever such a thing as true innocence in love or politics?

Quite simply, there's a thread of gritty, bodice-ripping trashiness in this novel.

A Fall Away Novel

It's obvious the author was having a good time with the melodramatic antics of her characters, but it's equally obvious that many readers were misled by the demure soft-focus cover. Don't be one of those people. It's a sexualized historical melodrama that centers on a fictional character -- so that bothers you, skip it. I can't lie; the book isn't without flaws. That said, the biggest annoyance is Anne's uber-eye-rolling Mary Sue status. Her saving grace is that she really is a NICE person; even when you're sighing at the incredible, implausible, utterly sticky-sweet nature of her personality, you can't wish the poor girl ill.

Just imagine THAT cornering you alone in the hallway. Overall, this was a fun read. I can see myself visiting it again someday. There are two more books, but this one offers enough closure to be satisfying on its own. View all 9 comments. Dec 27, Karla rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book took me by surprise.

I didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did. The back cover description screams "Mary Sue" and the heroine was indeed quite Mary Sueish.

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She can sense if she will have a bond with someone, people see halos of light around her, and she charms males left and right into lust or genuine caring. By all rights she should have been thoroughly obnoxious, and while she did irritate here and there, the story was told in an ingratiating way so that the occasional eyeroll did This book took me by surprise. By all rights she should have been thoroughly obnoxious, and while she did irritate here and there, the story was told in an ingratiating way so that the occasional eyeroll didn't signify. Anne has lived in the backwoods all her life and comes to London to work in the house of a rich merchant and falls in love - and feels a preternatural bond - with King Edward IV when she sees him walking to Mass.

Her skills with herbs and potions during Queen Elizabeth's rough labor - and Edward's growing lust for the young maiden - gets her a position in the royal court as handmaid to the Queen. While she tries to navigate the intrigue and the Queen's volatile temperament, she falls ever deeper in love with her King. But Anne isn't all that she appears, and there's a big secret about her origins that threatens to force her and Edward apart forever. A Mary Sueish character, a made-up romance for a well-known horndog monarch, and plenty of trashy, melodramatic moments with huge helpings of sex.

Could have been a real mixed bag, but the author wrote in a way that I really liked, despite a tendency to head-hop in scenes. It's not high-falutin' historical fiction, but historical romance that is definitely not wallpaper and has a piquant flavor of delectable trash.

Perfect for when the mood strikes. I'll definitely be continuing with this trilogy. View all 27 comments. Nov 04, Barb rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Anne, a young peasant girl, comes to London where she is able to Anne is amazingly skilled with herbs and is able to apply her skills where no one else can. She assists in the healing of her employer and then goes on to offer her aid to the queen. There are so many logic defying turns in this story that by the e This is a Romance Novel with a thin backdrop of a very diluted 15th century England where Edward the IV is king.

There are so many logic defying turns in this story that by the end I really couldn't wait for it to be done. It was as if the entire story was contrived for the sole purpose of bringing us to the conclusion of this book. There was a lot of sex, I don't mind sex in my fiction as long as it's believable and tastefully done. But this sex wasn't believable for these characters. I don't fault the writer for including the rape scene and the abuse at the hands of the masochistic pervert.

I thought that part of the story actually gave the book some drama and tension but it was resolved very quickly and somewhat simply and then that story line was finished. The relationships between the characters do not ring true, the events that unfold do not ring true. The characters reactions to events are contrived. Deborah who has known Anne's heritage all along suddenly wants to bow to her now that her parentage has been revealed to the reader?

It doesn't make any sense. And the woman who was present for Anne's birth forgot about her? Again I didn't find it believable and there's more I didn't find believable but I can't say exactly what without revealing too much of what happens. There is a mystical theme that felt forced and underdeveloped, it just wasn't well done. The characters are flat and suffer from 'flip-flop' where they contemplate a situation, make a decision to do one thing and then actually do the complete opposite which usually involves sex.

I never felt that Anne did anything because she actually wanted to, it felt like she did it because Posie Graeme-Evans made her do it. The story itself falls flat from beginning to end. There are just too many things that don't make any sense. I will say that some of the details were done well, the lice and the smells and sounds of London. If you don't mind logic and common sense lacking in the books you read you might just like this story. If you really just like a lot of sex in your fiction pick this one up.

If you are a critical reader I would suggest you keep looking for your next favorite book, you might want to try Sharon Kay Penman's 'Sunne In Splendour' which is so well done. View all 7 comments. Sep 29, Kelly rated it liked it Recommends it for: I am enjoying this, though it is a little melodramatic at times.

I'd give it 3. I think my problem with most historical fiction is that most books will never be as good as Dorothy Dunnett's. View all 3 comments. Nov 19, Deborah Pickstone rated it did not like it Shelves: This novel is a lesson to all HF authors on what not to do. Not only does the author disregard both historical progression and historical minutiae and insert a fantasy of her own but her plotting is on a level of unfeasibility and wild imagining that makes Bernard Cornwell look positively restrained and cautious!

It opens with a young girl in end stage labour being pursued with murderous intent by soldiers. It is not immediately clear why this is so - why they wish to seize the putative child - This novel is a lesson to all HF authors on what not to do.

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It is not immediately clear why this is so - why they wish to seize the putative child - and when we do find out it is an even more ludicrous notion. I imagine this author believes that Princess Diana was murdered by MI5 or whoever , that Elvis lives and breathes and that Dan Brown writes factual books. She may also have given birth by proxy. I have to say, she has a very vivid imagination!

Anyway, she had stretched my willing suspension of disbelief faculty to snapping point within the first chapter. And that was without any historical criticism though the book is littered with errors like leaves in an autumn wood. I confess to skim reading in horror due to being a nosy enough to want to know whose child it was and b because it was like watching a car crash. I won't be reading any more of the series - or anything else by this author, who is Australian and much talked about here as a good writer. I was so horribly disappointed in this book.

Its more fiction than history, and uses the historical figures as a pale background to a Mary Sue character. Anne is just too perfect, I didn't get the chemistry between her and Edward, and everything from the point where Anne view spoiler [discovers her ancestry hide spoiler ] made me want to give up on the book. There was a good way to create this character: The book ends abruptly and cliff hangs into the second book.

Unfortunately, after pages, I simply did not care about Anne enough to slog through another book. Two stars for okay writing. One compliment I'd give to Graeme-Evans was her description of the atmosphere of London. The smell, the trash and the bugs don't often make it into historical fictions and I was glad to see it included in The Innocent.

Jul 18, Pauline Montagna rated it did not like it. Already put off by the sloppy writing, fantastical characterisation and implausible plotting, I had to put the book aside when I got to the pornographic sex. Born under strange circumstances, Anne is brought up in Arcadian innocence in an enchanted forest, learning about the healing power of herbs. When she reaches her teenage years, she is taken from this isolated and idyllic life directly into the heart of the city of London and put into the household of a powerful merchant with links to the court.

Is it any wonder I felt no need to continue? I had to ask myself how could this amateurish effort have been published and go on to spawn a whole series. I guess the old saw is still valid: And who is the author that she should so well understand this fact? Does that answer my question? Aug 04, Amanda rated it really liked it. Where do I start with this book? Well, recently I've had a problem with not finding a book that can hold my interest.

I think I went through about four or five books before I found this little gem. It not only held my interest, but I was so hooked that I read it in two days. I wouldn't say the book is amazing, but it definitely caught my attention. The Innocent follows the life of the mysterious Anne. She Where do I start with this book? She was born in the forests of England in the s in the midst of a bloody civil war.

Fifteen years later she enters the house of Sir Matthew to work as a servant for his wife, Lady Margaret. It isn't long, however, until Anne is pulled into the politics and escapades of the household and is forced down the path to adulthood. After Anne uses her knowledge of herbs to help Lady Margaret, word spreads to King Edward IV, and she is brought to his household to help the queen through the labors of childbirth. It isn't long, of course, until the king takes special notice of Anne and sets out to take her innocence. Even though this book does take a little while to pick up steam, when it does -it's pretty steamy.

I was a little surprised by the inclusion of so many sexual comments and scenes because it didn't really seem like what I signed up for after reading the back -but at least most of them seemed to serve a purpose if slightly overdone. The story particularly picked up in the final third of the book when the focus shifted from romance to political intrigue.

I've always been a bigger fan of that than romance, so I was on the edge of my seat when it finally happened. The real star of this novel, however, was the pure, effortless skill woven into Graeme-Evans' prose. It was very easy to read, had short, manageable chapters and details so vivid I could see everything. I was particularly amazed by the writing in this book. Even though the plot and characters weren't amazing, Graeme-Evans is able to convey crystal-clear scenes with astonishing details this woman definitely did her research!

However, there are a few small issues that keep this novel from being great. First, some of the characters become a little inconsistent in personality throughout the novel and tend to be a little flat -of course, this isn't too noticeable, but would definitely help strengthen the novel. It also seems like it takes a long time to get to the plot that was originally advertised with the book, so I felt a little bit like I had to wade through too much before I got to what I was expecting.

Overall, The Innocent is an enjoyable, though improbable, historical romance novel that is something of a cross between Ken Follett Pillars of the Earth and Philippa Gregory's Tudor Court novels set in the 15th century. It'll appeal to history lovers and readers who appreciate good world building and intricate detail. An enjoyable and fun read that'll keep you going and leave you wanting more. Apr 20, Steph Su rated it really liked it. The author gorgeously places us into the heads of all the characters, however minor, so that we are able to get a sense of their thoughts and feelings, their conflicts and uncertainties.

However, I was most bothered by some of the characters and their relationships with one another. The protagonist, Anne, was just too perfect, the perfectly helpless damsel in distress whose occasional bursts of confidence and assuredness seemed fake in light of her more consistent ability to not have a spine. Similarly, I found the romance between Anne and King Edward unrealistic. I got no inkling of the chemistry between them, just an unfathomable draw of—what, hormones?

Apr 07, Elia Princess of Starfall rated it it was ok Shelves: The Innocent is the story of the red-headed and all-round perfect peasant girl with a mysterious past Anne de Bohun and her rather ludicrous escapades through the politically tangled era of the Wars of the Roses. This is a rather peculiar book, a sort of hybrid chimera; equal parts historical fiction and trashy, melodramatic and rather depraved sexual intrigue and romance. In fact, I would go so far to say that this book is absolut The Innocent is the story of the red-headed and all-round perfect peasant girl with a mysterious past Anne de Bohun and her rather ludicrous escapades through the politically tangled era of the Wars of the Roses.

This isn't a terrible book. The writing is competent and brimming with energy. Fast-paced and sharply plotted, The Innocent is a quick and easy read; nothing is over complicated.


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I actually read this novel in less then four days. I was genuinely gripped by the narrative and intrigue to a certain point until the story gradually petered out. So in terms of writing and pacing, I can confidently say that these were the novel's strongest characteristics.

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However, in terms of plot, characterisation, generally plausibility, historical accuracy and the romantic aspects, this text falls horribly short. These various failings contributed to the low score of 2. The plot to say the least is melodramatic, anachronistic and often borders on the ridiculous. The Innocent focuses on the tumultuous life of the young Anne de Bohun as she moves from the secluded forest of her childhood to the troubled and back-stabbing royal court of King Edward IV and his Queen, Elizabeth Woodville.

At times, I was required to suspend belief in various incidences. Naturally, in a time when even noble women were rarely educated, we are expected to accept that Anne has been so highly educated for one so low-born. I don't need to go into detail about the seeing into the future stupidity. Its a lazy way of showing what historical events will happen. In the prologue, a two women, one of whom is nine months pregnant and in labour, mount a startled war house and ride off into the night.

War horses, of this era, were as big as draft horses, nearly 16 hands high. They had to be! These were the mounts that carried Knights into battle. They were often stallions and notoriously difficult to handle. The author expects us to believe that these two women successfully rode a war horse with no difficulty. Anne is revealed to be the bastard daughter of Henry VI and a noblewoman named Alyce de Bohun, born after her mother is attacked the servants of the childless Margaret of Anjou, Henry's fearsome wife. Anne is raised in secret and only learns of her heritage when it somehow places her in grave danger.

I have several problems with this plot point. Henry VI was a timid, principled and kindly man with a strong religious bent; better suited as a monk than a king. He was a faithful husband to Margaret of Anjou and a loving father to their only child, Edward of Lancaster. The mere idea of him cheating of his wife is hard to accept. He loathed lewd talk and once fled in shock upon seeing a trope of half naked female dancers brought to entertain him.

This idea of his fathering a bastard is melodramatic in the extreme and played solely for shock value. There is no way that Anne could have succeeded to the English throne or even posed a possible alternative as monarch. Accusations of bastardy were hurled both at Margaret of Anjou's son and Edward IV in order to claim that they had absolutely no legitimate right to the throne and to contest their status as rightful heir. So much of Anne's supposed importance is not possible in any aspect.

To tell otherwise is historically dishonest. The characterisation of this novel was fraught with little ambiguity and complexity. Anne and Edward IV are prime examples of this. Anne for all intents and purposes is a classic Mary-Sue; a feisty, sweet mannered and angelic red-headed young girl who is lusted after by all men and who gains the animosity of several female characters.

A Mary-Sue is perfection incarnate. She can do no wrong, can perform tasks expertly and with no difficulty or practise and gains universal admiration. Anne conforms so devoutly to the Mary-Sue characteristic that I'm rather dismayed that a published author wrote such a heroine. Edward IV is another issue. The promiscuous, power-saavy, highly intelligent and charismatic king is the novels strongest character but even he suffers from weak characterisation.

It was frankly aggravating to witness this play-boy of a king fall hopelessly and inexplicitly in love with Anne. I mean what did he see in Anne? They meet only a few times yet proclaimed true love and had such tearful farewells that I nearly rolled my eyes out of my head. The romance seemed so out of place and utterly unbelievable.

I couldn't buy it for a second. Other characters such as the horrible sexual sadist Piers and the poor wretched Aveline are fleshed out greatly and are far more believable sadly, despite their unpleasantness and eventual ends. The last point I'll discuss is the abundance of sex, weird BDSM practices and people watching other people doing 'it'. This, for me, was the oddest and most uncomfortable part of the book. The sex was mildly graphic and in the case of Piers and Aveline, is highly abusive and masochistic.

It occurs in nearly every chapter with Piers raping Aveline regularly and sexual degrading Anne, Edward watching his friend Hastings doing it with a laundress and Anne and Edward consummating their relationship in Westminster Abbey of all places. The over reliance on sex added to the novel's detriment. I don't object to it morally, I just found the emphasis on it a bit bothersome at times.

Historically, the novel sticks to the known facts for the majority of the time. The politics is very lightly done and at times barely noticeable. The wars of the roses and the dynastic conflicts that twisted contemporary events and caused betrayals, escapes, brutal battle, land and sea invasions are glossed over to the reader's frustration.

This novel focuses on the romantic and sexual intrigue of Anne and rarely descends into political discussion. Historical romantics would probably be happier with the Innocent. I feel this would have turned into a stronger novel if the focus had been on politics instead of romance.

Well-written, with a Mary-Sue character, light historical detail, rather graphic sex scenes, a discernable lack of politics and an over reliance on ridiculous plot elements, the Innocent isn't for everyone. This is all my personal opinion. Nov 10, Ana T. The Innocent has been in my TBR pile for quite some time.

It is set during the period of the War of The Roses and I've read quite a few books with the same setting so, while I am often curious about that period, I also fear that my expectations will be too high and I tend to postpone picking them up unless they are recommended by friends. The story starts in with a birth, the baby lives but the mother dies in labour.

We find out that she was being protected by Royal Guards till they were ambushed in a forest. Fast forward fifteen years and Anne, a young girl, is brought by her foster mother to the city to work as a servant in merchant's house. Her knowledge of herbs saves the merchant's wife who was dying and eventually her healing gift brings her to the attention of the court's doctor and she plays a role in helping Edward IV's Queen giving birth to their first daughter.

At court Anne attracts the King's eye and in time she discovers she is not just little Anne but actually a bastard daughter of the previous King, Henry VI, and a young gentlewoman. While she struggles not to give in to the attraction between her and the King she also has to deal with the fact that she is now an eventual threat to his throne and that she has gained a few enemies along the way. I have to say that I found this an entertaining and fast read, it's not heavy in historical detail and the story focuses much more in Anne's everyday life and feelings so I would think of this more as historical romance than historical fiction, especially the second half of the story.

However I did have some problems with Anne. She seemed too perfect. A fifteen year old girl who can heal better than doctors, evade unwanted advances, became friends with those she serves and still maintain a wide eyed innocence seemed a bit unreal. Then, she finds her way to court still maintaining the same innocence, gaining other's admiration and managing to attract the King just with a glance and a touch or two. And the King, who is known for his numerous meaningless affairs, manages to fall in love with her deeply. I don't know about you but to me it seemed too much of a good thing happening to one person.

One other thing that bothered me was the change in her after she discovers she is a royal bastard. It's almost as that gave her instant maturity. She starts thinking that she has a role in the politics of the time and that she has to think of her future according to her new bloodlines.

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It's not that I think she might not have had a role but she is only an illegitimate daughter. I'm not sure if she would be such a big threat to Edward's crown. Still, as I said, it makes for an entertaining read, if you think you won't be bothered by these aspects this may well be the book for you.

This is the first book in a trilogy and I am undecided whether I should track down the other two or not The doctor brings Anne to court to help the queen giving birth to their first child. Oh boy, where am I gonna start? My first problem is with Anne. She is just too perfect. Every man falls for her, even the king who is known for his many fleeting affairs just falls in love with after few glances.

Her father is none other than Henry VI. This whole thing was little too much on the melodramatic side for my liking. Some of the scenes change in an almost disorienting way. However, it seemed more like a rough draft than a finished product. It's just childish and cliche. Also, the final battle is weak. Aldan just stands there and get stabbed in the chest, and somehow Sera is mortally wounded. There are demons stalking Sera, but not Aldan. Jul 12, Millie rated it did not like it.

I like this series a lot but this reads either like a barely edited draft or like it was written by someone else. I'm struggling to finish this and am pushing myself only because I'm invested in these characters. I'd rather wait longer for a well written and edited story than some mediocre yawn fest that was rushed out the door. I couldn't finish it and this shockingly became a DNF. Some of the worst writing I've read in months. I'm completely baffled; I loved this series until now.

As always I write this review about the whole, rather than the singular. I love the way Ella has written the whole series, with three different protagonists, Sera, Alex and Naomi. A series around each woman, that, as with all good writers becomes so real in your own mind that you experience every emotion with each character as it is written, that, by the time you finish reading you feel emotionally drained. But also eager to read the next book, I didn't read them in the corr Dragonborn story arc!

But also eager to read the next book, I didn't read them in the correct order at first but after the 3rd Sera book I realised and price to read them in order, definitely the better way to do it. I'm off to read Shadow World now, I can't wait! Apr 05, Laura rated it really liked it. Ella Summers wins Gold once again I did not think Ms. Summers could top the last book. She force feeds me crow on a stick everytime A little too much sex but the story would not really be complete without the romance.

Not everyone is into that. I like strong characters and tough battles. You don't win every fight nor can you convert everyone to your side. This is part of why I love Ms. Summers' books, and different series. Ella Summers is a master of storytelling! I love every single book I have read that Ella Summers has written and this series is no exception.


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Her magic filled worlds are full of monsters and mayhem, evil villains and sting heroes and heroines, and of course, strong love and devotion. Reading these books is addicting and each story pulls me further in. Thanks so much to the author for putting the books on Kindle Unlimited so they are free to read! The best This was the best part to Sera's side of the story. Alden really put Sera and Kai through the wringer. He is a very good villain. Reminds me of the Chancellor in Star Wars. All benevolent and wise, but actually rotten at the core. I loved how everyone got together and how all secrets were revealed.

A few steamy scenes made it a perfect mix of romance and adventure. Read in the suggested order This was a great series, the characters and storyline kept you on the edge of your seat. I will suggest the author's stories to anyone who enjoys magic and a different slant to the Dragon Born mage type.

So good These are some great reads. So much excitement and adventure and love. All of these are truly well written and hold your attention from start to finish. Oct 12, Angela rated it it was amazing. Ella does it again! Winning a battle with Love!! Sera finally finds out what her "superpower" is, the one thing Alden needs to win his battle to take over the World and allow Supernaturals to rule humans as slaves to worship him as a god. It's a wonderfully written book.

And it was fun to see all the characters come together again to fight evil at its source. I hope this isn't the end of Sera and Kai's story. I think I will always want more, because it really is a magical bond they have. Mar 09, Linda rated it it was amazing. This is a great series! Jul 28, Kris rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed these books. I think the story is rather interesting, the protagonists are snarky, their banter is funny and easy.

But there are just some things that really annoy me: Spoiler Alert I tried to stay vague but anyhow As are their male counterparts. I really like their spunk, but why create three protagonists if they are exactly the same? To create tension and suspense? And I realize they are supposed to each have their own problems to deal with, but sometimes it just seems ridiculous that they would split up and each deal with their own stuff instead of combine their forces.

Alex and Sera supposedly are desperate for answers about their magic. Yet neither do they jump at the book Alex is given by her bf nor nail down Makani with questions. I mean there is Nai, finding them the perfect teacher but do they try to get him to teach them all he knows? Also, Naomis gran is an expert and on their side, but does she tell them OR her gran? Yet Alex get's better all the time and learns new tricks. So what would be the point in rating a mage's abilities once?

They even talk about magic being like a muscle that has to be trained. The council-members are painted so bad, ignorant, uninformed and dumb that one wonders how they could be in charge so long. Well I don't even remember all the things that were frustrating about the books. I could read through my frustrated notes again and probably go on for quite some time. But I will just say that it speaks for the story and world development in general or against me? It's an easy and fun read Sep 13, Angela ReadingCave rated it liked it.

The Dragon Born Serafina series comes to a close. Alden is still gathering followers, for what means we have no clue. He is still mentally attacking Sera as well. We finally find that he wants to end humanity and of course take over the world. Well buster not with Sera and Kai in the way. A lot of this book focuses on their relationship. How letting go of insecurities will allow them to more forward.

I had a hard time buying that after three book, Kai Drachenburg would be as insecure as he is mad The Dragon Born Serafina series comes to a close. I had a hard time buying that after three book, Kai Drachenburg would be as insecure as he is made out to be. I mean, he is Kai Drachenburg, the dragon mage that everyone fears. Still the fierce mercenary with a smart mouth. Still the protector of the innocent, regardless of how little she is paid. The Council- what a load of idiots- from their reaction to Alden, the issues in Europe to their utter hatred of Dragon Born mages.

They never once redeem themselves. How did these people get their position? It must have been hereditary, with their inner breeding causing stupidity into their bloodlines. I was in complete dismay with their reaction to Sera being a Dragon Born mage. Logan and Alex are in this one a fair bit. Naomi, not so much although our favorite hybrid does pull through in the end. These books are always a fast light read.

That each of these woman have their own series that intertwines with each other is pretty neat. Which kinda makes me smile. This can be found on Ella Summer's website under Dragon born Its towards the bottom of the webpage , for my sake I'm going to include this intro from now on with Ella's books for this series Although maybe this would be worth the books being linked on Goodreads I'm also just for the sake of too long a review hiding it under spoiler tags.

Publication Order The Dragon Born series can be r view spoiler [So I'm trying to read these books in a somewhat order. Publication Order The Dragon Born series can be read together or independently. Each series features a different protagonist Sera, Alex, Naomi and has its own story arc. There is also a larger story arc that connects all of the Dragon Born series together.

If you enjoy seeing how the story lines work together, I recommend the following reading order: Rival Magic delivers a powerful story with an amazing conclusion! I of course had to read the final story in Serafina's line of this series. As usual Ella Summers delivered a compelling and authentic story to both the characters and the readers. Of course, the biggest shock was when Kai was captured. But in the end it was Sera who had to defeat the bad guy Alden. I particular Rival Magic delivers a powerful story with an amazing conclusion! I particularly like that the women in this series are strong, capable and kick ass!

These are not weak willed women that depend on anyone to save them, they do a fine job of that both themselves and together. I can't wait for the next book in these three interwoven series. If you can, please do read them in the authors suggested reading order, but they can be read as individual series as well. May 24, Diana Page rated it it was amazing.

This is the last book in the Sera finally series, but I hope not the last we see of her. She is just adjusting to her life with Kai, and him knowingredients all her secrets when the Grim Reaper shows himself with a master plan to takeover the supernatural world, and as usual it's Sera who feels she must save the very people who would kill her if they knew where her magic abilities come from.