Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I'm sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?
Okay, to be brief this book features Celyn, a somewhat garrulous hero who is sworn to protect his Dragon Queen. When a would be assassin turns up, the Queen is somewhat bemused so charges Celyn with "putting" the girl somewhere safe until she decides what to do with her. Elina is the reluctant assassin, who realises her mission was doomed from the start, but what she hadn't expected was mercy and well frankly, she's none too pleased about that! Elina is a proud rider of the Steppes where justice is swift and she's more than ready to embrace death but to be thrown into a dungeon and forgotten about? Now that's not about to go down well with this proud warrior woman.
Annwyl the bloody, may be human but she's mated to the fearsome dragon prince, Fearghus, and when she discovers Elina's capture, charges her with arranging a possible alliance between their people. Elina cannot be trusted to go alone and it's Celyn who is the told to go with her. From the start it's obvious Elina has no respect for the incredibly chatty and inquisitive dragon, but their journey is full of surprises and the greatest revelation of all? How two, so very different people, can ever find harmony?
Okay, I thought Light My Fire had a slightly slower pace compared to others in the series and although I liked the central characters, I wasn't exactly blown away by Celyn; but what did work for me was the portrayal of Elina. She's of the opinion men are to be looked after and not trusted when left to their own devices. In the matriarchal society she belongs to, women who prove themselves take husbands (yes multiple) but the men only get the joy of their one woman. Watching her interact with a dragon, that by nature is an arrogant beast, was hilarious. Celyn just doesn't know what's hit him and has absolutely no idea how to handle a woman like Elina, but he is so curious. I even liked the dialogue and thought the author did an excellent job of letting Elina communicate in her own inimitable way. Clipped, brisk but always straight to the point; poor Celyn never stood a chance
So although this is a romance there's so much more going on in this book. It's an arc that has slowly built up and fans of the series will be overjoyed to see favourite characters from previous books step up and take a bow. I'm not going to reveal what happens, but trust me as everything falls into place it will make wonderful sense. Yes, these books are filled with crazy characters that are always fighting with each other and at times even I wanted to bang their heads together! However, in this installment there's political intrigue brewing as betrayals abound and war looms it's ugly head. It was great to catch up with old friends and even better to start getting to know the younger generation. Pick up this book and get taken for a magical ride, you won't regret it!