I, Aidan the Divine, am . . . well, divine. My name was given to me by the Dragon Queen herself! I’m a delight! Cheerful. Charming. And a mighty warrior who is extremely handsome, with a very large and well-hidden hoard of gold. I am also royal-born, despite the fact that most in my family are horrendous beings who don’t deserve to live. And yet, Branwen the Awful—a low-born, no less—either tells me to shut up or, worse, ignores me completely.
SHE SAYS . . .
I’ll admit, I ignore Aidan the Divine because it annoys him. A lot. But we have so much to do right now, I can’t worry about why he keeps staring at me, or why he always sits so close, or why he keeps looking at me like he’s thinking about kissing me. We have our nations to save and no time for such bloody foolishness . . . no matter how good Aidan looks or how long his spiked tail is. Because if we’re going to win this war before it destroys everything we love, we’ll have to face our enemies together, side by side and without distractions. But if we make it out alive, who knows what the future will hold . . .
What I liked: The characters, the characters and the characters. I love them all and whether they are starring in the book or are in the background, Ms Aiken knows her characters and fits them into Bring the Heat in an extraordinary way.
Even though Bring the Heat is Branwen the Awful and Aiden the Devine's book, it felt more like they were the tools to move the story forward and I mean that in a good way. I didn’t feel bogged down with the romance building. It was more of good friends realizing they loved each other. It almost seemed to puzzle them but Ms Aiken made it work brilliantly. Each of the characters from previous books made an appearance in one way or the other. All working together to finally defeat the Zealots and their god, Chramnesind. The final battle was interesting and not at all what I expected.
Seriously, you cannot even attempt to read Bring the Heat without first reading the rest of the series. It took 9 books to get to this point in the series and at first, I thought this might be the final book but Ms Aiken left me with hope of more to come. I mean, none of the children have gotten their love stories yet but they are the future stars of the series.
The humor, the interactions between all the characters, the down to earth (in some cases) and the over the top (in some cases) of the characters make the Dragon Kin series one of my all-time favorites. I know I’m going to get a great plot with fascinating, hilarious characters and enough of a mystery to more than keep me entertained.
What I didn’t like: I felt as if the solution/ending of the story concluded very conveniently. But thinking about it now, I knew the good guys would win, I just didn’t know exactly how Ms Aiken was going to tie up the whole arc. The worse part to reading this series was the wait between books but Ms Aiken, who if you didn’t know also writes under Shelly Laurenston, had enough other books to keep me more than engrossed.
While I really don’t know if, when, or how Ms Aiken will continue the series, I do hope she goes back and revisits some of the characters. Their interactions are the most entertaining I’ve ever read. Thinking back to when I stumbled upon the Dragon Kin series, I had no idea Ms Aiken was going to make me fall in love with fictional characters, but as I’ve always loved dragons, she just drew me completely in and never let me go!
I consider myself extremely lucky to have received an ARC from NetGalley and this review is as fair and honest as I can make it without spoilers.