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About a Dragon (Dragon Kin Book 2) (udgave 2008)

af G.A. Aiken (Forfatter)

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For Nolwenn witch Talaith, a bad day begins with being dragged from bed by an angry mob intent on her crispy end and culminates in rescue by-wait for it-a silver-maned dragon. Existence as a hated outcast is nothing new for a woman with such powerful secrets. The dragon, though? A tad unusual. This one has a human form to die for, and knows it. According to dragon law, Talaith is now his property, for pleasure... or otherwise. But if Lord Arrogance thinks she's the kind of damsel to acquiesce without a word, he's in for a surprise... Is the woman never silent? Briec the Mighty knew the moment he laid eyes on Talaith that she would be his, but he'd counted on tongue-lashings of an altogether different sort. It's embarrassing, really, that it isn't this outspoken female's magicks that have the realm's greatest dragon in her thrall. No, Briec has been spellbound by something altogether different, and if he doesn't tread carefully, what he doesn't know about human women could well be the undoing of his entire race.… (mere)
Medlem:jimandcheryl
Titel:About a Dragon (Dragon Kin Book 2)
Forfattere:G.A. Aiken (Forfatter)
Info:Zebra Books (2008), Edition: Reprint, 385 pages
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About a Dragon af G.A. Aiken

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1st read: January 2021
2nd read: December 2023

This is still a really fun book, even if it was a tiny bit slow in the beginning, and it took a while for Talaith to grow on me.

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Original review:
Super great book!

This book is laugh-out-loud funny, at least for me. The whole cast of characters in this series is amazing and I'm excited to read each of their books. I really like the way that the siblings and other characters interact with each other. The hero and heroine of this book have chemistry and the banter (between them, as well as with everyone else) is a lot of fun. ( )
  zeronetwo | May 14, 2024 |
cute! ( )
  aeryn0 | Jul 23, 2023 |
The second book in the Dragon Kin series follows dragon shifter, Briec (Fearghus' from Dragon Actually's younger brother) and witch, Talaith. This is set three years following Dragon Actually and has appearances by Annwyl and Fearghus as well as the rest of the dragon clan.

Briec the Mighty is a fierce dragon who rarely goes out of his way to interact with humans. But with his notoriously cranky brother Fearghus always looking so happy since taking his human mate, he starts to wonder if taking his own human would help him achieve such happiness. And then he meets Talaith.

Talaith's day begins with a good old fashioned witch burning and ends with a rescue by a dragon. A dragon who thinks she should be super thankful for saving her life, so thankful that she'll go along with her subsequent kidnapping to his den where she will live until he's "done with her." With such a charming offer, how could she possibly resist?

There are a lot of similarities between the first book and this one - some I liked, others I didn't. The snarky banter was fantastic. I loved the return of the dragon clan and Annwyl. The further expansion of the world building to include gods and goddesses was an interesting angle. I enjoyed the introduction of Izzy (Talaith's daughter) and her attempts to drive Eibhear mad. And of course the return of Gwenvael was a win. This was a lot steamier than the first book too.

I liked Talaith a lot to begin with but found that as the story progressed she became too similar to Annwyl. Slowly growing more bloodthirsty and mean and while I liked that in Annwyl - I would've liked to see the story go somewhere different. Something with the magic elements perhaps. Instead it turned down the familiar path with Talaith being revealed as a secret assassin. And I just didn't rate it as much.

Overall this was a good read. It was funny, fast paced and had a steamy romance and interesting characters. 4 stars.

Family Tree: Ailean and Shalin are the parents of fifteen children including including Hew, Adain, Cai, Rhys, Baudwin (named after Shalin's father), Ghleanna (#0.4: Dragon on Top), Maelona, Caerwyn, Addolgar (#0.2: A Tale of Two Dragons) and Bercelak (Chains and Flames found at the back of #1: Dragon Actually).

Bercelak falls in love with Rhiannon - a white dragon who is the daughter of Addiena. Rhiannon and Bercelek have Fearghus (#1: Dragon Actually), Morfyd, Keita (#4: Last Dragon Standing), Eibhear (#6: How to Drive a Dragon Crazy), Briec (#2: About a Dragon) and Gwenvael (#3: What a Dragon Should Know). ( )
  funstm | Jan 18, 2023 |
About a Dragon is the second full-length novel in G. A. Aiken’s Dragon Kin series according to the author’s recommended reading order. In this one, we have Fearghus’s younger brother, Briec the Mighty, paired with Talaith, a Nolwenn witch. Briec meets Talaith while visiting a human village and knows he wants her, but she repels his advances. Then the next day, he discovers the entire town, including her own husband, trying to hang her for witchcraft. He decides to rescue her, thinking that she’ll be grateful enough to want to bed him. He intends to take her to his den, but along the way, some unusually bad weather sets in. Briec makes a detour to his brother’s den instead, where they spend several days getting to know one another. But just as Briec thinks he’s finally won over the prickly witch, she disappears on him, leaving him with an unfamiliar hollow feeling in his chest. Little does he know that Talaith has been trained as an assassin and serves—albeit unwillingly—the powerful goddess, Arzhela, who she believes is holding her only daughter, Izzy, hostage until Talaith kills someone for her. That person proves to be someone Briec calls family, but she ends up making friends with her mark instead of ending their life. As a result, she and Briec are eventually reunited at Garbhan Isle, a kingdom protected by dragons. The reunion is going well until Hamish, a faithful servant of Arzhela and a mortal enemy of Fearghus’s mate, Annwyl, attacks the castle. During the battle Izzy is kidnapped, and faced with losing the daughter she’s only just found, Talaith will stop at nothing to get her back, even if it means losing her life and her future with Briec.

Briec is an arrogant dragon who is rather full of himself and doesn’t think that any female would ever reject him. Yet that’s exactly what Talaith does at their first meeting, which leaves him both perplexed and intrigued. Briec has never really understood what his brothers see in human women, but Talaith leaves him beginning to understand why they like human females so much. Not to be deterred, he returns to the village to continue his pursuit, only to find her in the process of being hanged. He steps in to rescue her and then carries her off to his den. By dragon law, her life now belongs to him, but she doesn’t really see it that way. At first, Briec thinks he’ll just have his fun with Talaith, and when he tires of her, he’ll move on. But the more time he spends with her, the more he thinks he’ll be keeping her for quite some time to come, as life with her would certainly never be boring. Then Talaith disappears, leaving him feeling like his chest is caving in, something he’s never felt before in his long life. When Briec is reunited with her at Garbhan Isle and discovers the truth of why she left, he’s more than happy to forgive her to have her back in his life. But when Arzhela comes to exact her revenge, he may be faced with losing Talaith all over again. Briec is arrogant with a capital “A” and doesn’t really know the right things to say or do with a female. Occasionally he figures it out on his own, but more often than not, his brothers are whispering suggestions in his ear. He actually enjoys arguing with Talaith, which just gets them both hot and bothered. He’s also a clueless alpha male when it comes to emotions. When he actually starts feeling things for Talaith, he turns a bit whiny, which was rather funny. Overall, he was pretty amusing and he didn’t really push any major buttons for me. However, I didn’t fall for him in quite the same way as I did for his brother Fearghus.

Talaith is a Nolwenn witch who comes from a desert kingdom far from Garbhan Isle and the surrounding countries. Years ago, she displeased her mother by falling in love with and bearing the child of a young soldier who was later killed in battle. As a result, her child was taken from her and placed with Lord Hamish. Talaith was taken to his kingdom as well and married off to a commoner there. In order to get her daughter back, she was tasked with becoming a deadly assassin and the time has come for her to be called upon to perform the task which Arzhela, the goddess the Nolwenn witches serve, has demanded. Unfortunately her mission has been thrown off track by nearly being hanged and then rescued and carried off by an infuriating dragon. Although very attracted to his human form, Talaith has no intention of making things easy on him. However, after being cooped up in his brother’s den for days on end, she can’t help succumbing to his charms. A part of her would love to just stay with Briec forever, but when Arzhela finds her and demands payment, threatening Talaith’s daughter if she doesn’t comply, she has no other choice but to leave him. Talaith decides on a risky course of action that she hopes will protect her daughter while allowing her to not take a life, which earns her the support of Annwyl who takes Talaith and her daughter back to her kingdom where she’s reunited with Briec. But Arzhela isn’t finished with her, and this time, Talaith may have to give her life in order to save her child. Talaith is a pretty prickly female, which I’m coming to recognize seems to be par for the course in this series. She’s obviously a strong woman to be a trained assassin who can take out grown men while barely breaking a sweat, although she’s not nearly as bloodthirsty as Annwyl.;-) I suppose Briec needed someone like this to keep his huge ego in check, though, and she does have a softer side that I could relate to.

In About a Dragon, there are also a number of significant supporting characters, some of whom have their own books in the series. We get to see a fair bit of Fearghus and Annwyl (Dragon Actually) and there are some very important developments in their lives. Briec’s younger brother, Gwenvael, becomes the hero of the next full-length book, What a Dragon Should Know. The epilogue in which he meets his future mate makes it seem like they’ll have an interesting story. Briec’s younger sister, Keita, appears a few times, and she’ll become the heroine of the fourth book, Last Dragon Standing. Briec’s baby brother, Eibhear, features prominently, and right now, he’s quite possibly my favorite of the brothers. The author very much teases a pairing between him and Talaith’s daughter, Izzy, so I was happy to learn that they do indeed get their own story in the sixth book, How to Drive a Dragon Crazy. Then last, but certainly not least, Briec’s older sister, Morfyd, continues to be Annwyl’s battle mage, and I was thrilled to see that her relationship with Annwyl’s second-in-command, Brastias, continues to take steps forward in this book. At this point, I’m guessing that their story is going to be told as a secondary romance throughout the series rather than them getting a book of their own.

Overall, I enjoyed About a Dragon. This entire series has a more lighthearted feel to it for paranormal romance with lots of humor sprinkled throughout. I waffled on how to rate it, though. I almost gave it 4.5 stars because I did like it quite a bit, but when I started comparing the story and the characters to the previous stories I’d read in the series, I felt like it was ever-so-slightly less good. Me not falling quite as hard for Briec as I did for Fearghus and their father, Bercelak, in their stories played a part in my decision, too. I also felt like the moment when Talaith defeats her enemy was a little too quick and anticlimactic when I was expecting a little harder battle. One other issue I had is that I was slightly off-put by Briec claiming Talaith without her full consent, although I acknowledge that he didn’t entirely have control of himself at the time given that the gods were messing with them. Then much like with the first two stories of the series, there were a number of editing issues such as incorrect words, incorrect verb conjugations, etc., as well as a serious overabundance of eye rolling. Otherwise, though, I found About a Dragon to be a fun, entertaining story, and that epilogue with Gwenvael has left me looking forward to continuing with the series soon. ( )
  mom2lnb | Jul 24, 2022 |
Uneven in parts, highly amusing in others. It's a wonder the couples in this book can stand to be around each other half the time. Still, not a bad read. Just not interested in going back and reading the first book. ( )
  fuzzipueo | Apr 24, 2022 |
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For Nolwenn witch Talaith, a bad day begins with being dragged from bed by an angry mob intent on her crispy end and culminates in rescue by-wait for it-a silver-maned dragon. Existence as a hated outcast is nothing new for a woman with such powerful secrets. The dragon, though? A tad unusual. This one has a human form to die for, and knows it. According to dragon law, Talaith is now his property, for pleasure... or otherwise. But if Lord Arrogance thinks she's the kind of damsel to acquiesce without a word, he's in for a surprise... Is the woman never silent? Briec the Mighty knew the moment he laid eyes on Talaith that she would be his, but he'd counted on tongue-lashings of an altogether different sort. It's embarrassing, really, that it isn't this outspoken female's magicks that have the realm's greatest dragon in her thrall. No, Briec has been spellbound by something altogether different, and if he doesn't tread carefully, what he doesn't know about human women could well be the undoing of his entire race.

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