Book Review – Dragon Fire, Angel Light by Shara Godwinson


Publisher: NineStar Press
Pages: 154
Characters: William/Evyn
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Blurb:
William is a dragon shifter who, despite having lived for over two thousand years, has never found a true love. When he meets Evyn, a quirky musician/journalist who wants to be a real photographer, he immediately finds him irresistible.

But Evyn’s a little supernatural too, and an evil brotherhood and a band of soul reavers are after him to destroy his pure soul.

Can William protect his love from evil?

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Review

I am a huge fantasy fan, and love anything to do with dragons, whether it be in the romance genre or otherwise.

I thought the world building was well done, especially the details about dragon life, and the different types of dragons. I also thought the author did a good job in showing how William is not human, and struggling to behave as one. His reactions and cluelessness made that part of the story feel realistic. The reason given for why vampires avoid having their photos taken was very original and made perfect sense.

Unfortunately I don’t think I’m the right reader for this book as I had difficulty connecting to the characters and their story. I thought they didn’t react, but more just went through the motions of what was happening to them. There was a point in the story where a dragon who has survived for thousands of years reacted, or rather didn’t react, to an immediate threat, and I was left wondering how he had survived that long. Also, given what William’s ex does to him, I couldn’t get my head around his—and those he calls family—almost dismissal of those actions like they were a mild lover’s spat. There were several times, too, when William should have just explained what was going on to Evyn, and I wanted to shake both of them because of their lack of communication.

The angel’s connection to Evyn was interesting, but again, I felt let down when the angel turned up. Too many huh? moments. Sorry.

I’ve thought long and hard about the rating I wanted to give this story. I hovered around 3 for a bit, but then decided I had to give it a 2, something I prefer to avoid as the books I have marked 3 did not have as many issues as I thought this one did. I don’t see the point in writing a review if it’s not an honest one, and as this is a review copy, I feel as though I need to leave a review as that’s the whole point of it, right?

If you enjoy books about dragons and world building, and want to read something a bit different, you might enjoy this book. 2 stars out of 5.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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