Thrown together, forced to fake a relationship both their lives depend on…
To be a dragon rider is all Nykin ever wanted. Destined from birth, and forged by magic at the age of twenty-one, he earns his place in the king’s army. But it’s not the only thing he dreams of. Lusting after the king maybe be foolish, but that doesn’t stop Nykin’s pulse from racing whenever he’s near.
Ryneq always knew he’d rule Torsere one day, but never expected it to happen quite so soon. The death of his parents forced him into a role he wasn’t prepared for and a romantic attachment is low on his list of priorities. Yet still Nykin manages to catch his interested and hold it.
With his land under threat from the lowland armies, an alliance with the elves seems Ryneq’s only option to protect the kingdom. But seeing it to fruition is fraught with danger and even the best laid plans can be thwarted. With hope all but lost, Nykin embarks on a deadly mission, willing risk everything for his duty and his king.
There’s no question Jacobs delivers clever and captivating fantasy stories. I believe she’s a wolf wizard and was looking forward to diving into her world of dragons. I don’t know about you, but right about now any sort of magic calls me to…kindle, take me away! This is the first of her ‘Torsere’ trilogy and it’s clearly setting the stage while simultaneously sparking a fire between King Ryneq and his dragon rider, Nykin. I was easily caught and knew from experience the hooks would only dig deeper as the series continues. Add in a fake relationship and my mouth was watering. And just as expected, as soon as I finished the final page I was queuing up the second story. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s start at the beginning…
This unique world has magical elements but it’s not strictly supernatural. Torsere is a place full of humans, both royal and common. A limited number are born enchanted with the ability to bond with dragons. Sounds cool, right? Many moons ago the dragons took refuge in the kingdom negotiating a deal to benefit both the people and the dragons. Nykin was blessed with the ability and only recently bonded with his dragon, Fimor. Nykin is young, brave, and eager to prove his loyalty. As the story unfolds we are introduced to more mystical creatures, such as elves and witches. Of course, there are good and bad. A fragile peace has kept things quiet but when Ryneq is kidnapped a burst of turbulence takes everyone under. War ignites and an action-packed rescue mission kept me on the edge of my seat. Good stuff my friends!
Even with a hefty plot, the guys soar to the top. I fell victim to the king’s charm and was rooting for our dragon rider from the first moment of his mission. Save a life and steal a heart…what more can you ask for? Well, how about faithful friends, a delightful sibling, and sharp-witted dragons…oh, and I can’t forget steamy sexual tension and daring battles! I enjoyed the unexpected moments as much as the anticipated ones. I loved the banter and the danger. I loved the passion and the excitement. Romance wasn’t the heartbeat of this tale but it was a steady pulse. I have no doubt it’s only going to get hotter and grip even tighter with the next book. Can’t wait to find out!
This introduction is an entertaining keystone…sure to whet your appetite. Dragon bonds are intimate…yet limited. And the king may be captured…but so is his heart.
If you need an escape this magical ride is guaranteed to take you away!