Monday, February 18, 2013

Book Review: 1303 - THE DRAGONSLAYER by Christine Rains

Title: 1303 – The Dragonslayer
Series: The 13th Floor, #3
Author: Christine Rains
Format: Ebook Novella
Source: Author
Genre: Paranormal Romance


On the rooftop of neighboring building, dragonslayer Xanthus Ehrensvard fires at his target, Governor Whittaker. How he missed the shot, he doesn't know, but fleeing the scene, he picks up an unwanted passenger. Gorgeous reporter Lois King saw Xan's face, and she believes it's the story to make her career. Except he can't let her walk away knowing what he looks like. Xan has to show her the Governor is a bigger threat to the world than he is.

Xan knows dragons never went extinct. They evolved with human society, taking on mortal forms, and slithered their way into positions of great influence and power, just like the Governor. But it's no easy chore proving to someone that dragons still exist, and even more so, they're disguised as famous people. Xan must convince Lois or find another way to silence her. An option, as he gets to know her, he likes less and less.

After all, dragonslayers are no longer celebrated heroes but outlaws. Just as the dragons wish it. But this outlaw must make a plan to slay the dragon or risk its retribution.

Review: 1303 – The Dragonslayer by Christine Rains puts a modern spin on dragons and dragonslayers.

Once again, Rains has created a unique paranormal romance within her 13th Floor series. In The Dragonslayer, readers see more of the 13th Floor’s tricks and meet some new tenants of the floor. I love how the stories are interrelated to each other, so you can see how events match up. What is very special and ingenious about this novella is the worldbuilding of dragons and dragonslayers. Dragons have morphed into powerful people, and the dragonslayer is no longer honored as a hero, but they must move in shadows to destroy these dragons.

With a fast-paced plot and smoking hot yet sweet relationship budding between the neat and often shirtless dragonslayer Xan and spunky, take-no-for-an-answer reporter Lois, this novella keeps the reader reading. Rains excels in dialogue. Lois is Xan’s perfect foil, and their back-and-forth dialogue kept me giggling and grinning. The governor, who just happens to be a dragon, is a wonderful villain. He’s powerful, crafty, and he just wants to take over America. So far, he’s the most dangerous villain in the 13th Floor series, and he kept me guessing. I didn’t know what would happen next.

I would recommend Christine Rains’ 1303 – The Dragonslayer to readers who enjoy original fast-paced paranormal romance. 

Five Bookworms = I loved it!

Other Books in the Series:
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