Friday, March 7, 2014

Fifth of Blood by Kris Austen Radcliffe

Title:  Fifth of Blood
Series:  Fate~Fire~Shifter~Dragon #3
Author:  Kris Austen Radcliffe
Published:  February 27th 2014 by Six Talon Sign Fantasy & Futuristic
Length:  349pgs
Format:  ARC ecopy
Genre:  NA urban fantasy/romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Rysa’s out of control abilities are eating her alive. No one—not Ladon and Dragon, nor their sisters—dare stand within thirty feet of the lethal power her body exudes. But when Ladon’s ruptured past consumes his mind, only Rysa holds the cure he needs.

But she’s out of his reach. And she’s wasting away.

To make a bad situation worse, an old Fate family caught Rysa’s scent. Now she must find the answers to their problems—and recover her talisman—before a Roman Emperor finds his prey.
With the help of the newly-healed, newly-invincible Derek, Rysa plays a game of cat and mouse with the worst Fates and Burners on the planet. And maybe—just maybe—they will all come out alive.

The Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon Series:
New Adult Urban Fantasy Romance

The Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon series takes Rysa and Ladon—and Ladon’s companion beast, Dragon—through a landscape punctuated by unfamiliar creatures:

Fates with the ability to see past, present, and future.
Ghouls called Burners who devour with fire and acid.
Shifters who shape much more than their bodies.
And two dragons who speak with color and pattern.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

What a brilliant addition to this series. Radcliffe mixes fast action with intricate detail to create a story that you won’t soon forget. It follows directly from the previous novel in the series and ramps up the action to a much higher level. The story is vivid and larger than life, drawing you in. I could barely put his novel down! As a master storyteller Radcliffe merges myth with reality, history with the present, romance with action into a story that one cannot help but love.

Character growth in this novel is astounding. Although we’ve met most of the characters in previous novels, many change in leaps and bounds throughout this one. That said, there is a cause for every change. Nobody ever has an unexplained personality change. Character development, although tied directly to the plot, is phenomenal and you really get to know them throughout this novel. It was really nice to see a cast of characters that didn’t remain stagnant. The new characters introduced are also quite well developed and help to round out the cast as well as further the story.

This novel was emotionally intense and a wild ride. It brought tears to my eyes but also left me laughing. It is definitely a must read instalment to a must read series.


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