Monday, November 7, 2011

Review: Dragon Warrior (Dragon Wars #1) by Shea MacLeod

Synopsis (Goodreads):
A man without a past.
A woman without a future.
A world destroyed by monsters.
All that’s left is hope.

In Rain Mauri’s post-apocalyptic world there are no shades of gray when it comes to survival. Until she meets a Dragon Warrior and discovers nothing is as simple as it seems.

Together, Rain and the Dragon Warrior must uncover the truth behind the nightmare their world has become. Their quest will put them in the crosshairs of a ruthless enemy, but with her determination and his skill, they might just save their race from destruction. If they can save each other first.
My Thoughts: You guys know I like muscley men, right?  Did you see this cover?  I'd like to stare at this cover for a while without any interruptions.  Seriously.  I need everybody to observe a moment of silence so that I can ogle to my heart's content.

-pause for station identification and large quantities of drool-

*sigh*  Okay.  I'm done for now.  Quite frankly I would have been happy with the cover alone.  Imagine my excitement with the words "post-apocalyptic" and "dragon" appeared in the synopsis.  I jumped on the chance to read this book.  JUMPED.  I'm not admitting this but there might have been some squealing.  It wasn't pretty.

Guys, this book was fun.  The characters were interesting, the world jumped off the pages and the way that the military has evolved (or devolved, as the case might be) in this twisted future is strangely compelling.  One of the biggest draws for me in post-apocalyptic books is seeing how the world has changed and how the survivors have adapted.  I really, really enjoyed the way this society was divided between the civilians and the Marines.  Since only 25 years have passed since the world fell apart, there are people still alive who remember what it was like before.  Those instances where they're telling the younger survivors that the Marines used to protect the people and the snorts of disbelief they get in response to these stories drew such a picture in my mind.  Frankly I thought it worked beautifully and I loved it.

Great characters, outstanding story telling and a broken, dusty world kept me glued to the screen from beginning to end.  While we were given a few answers, there's a lot of setup for things to come.  Things which I'm very excited to read about.  I just hope we get the same cover model on book 2.  *swoon*

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Dragon Warrior was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I am SO thrilled you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to read and review. (And holy crikey heck, you are fast.)

  2. Amanda: Thank you. The drool bucket is appreciated.

    sheamacleod: I'm going to be honest- the cover bumped it to the top of my TBR list. Shallow, thy name is Kelly. Thank you for the fabulous book, btw. And the hunky man candy.

  3. Hubba, hubba. I LOVE the cover and absolutely love anything Shea MacLeod writes as well. She's a natural story teller.

  4. Kelly - Shallow is good. I like shallow. ;-)

  5. PJ: Right? Yummy cover! And the story is excellent as well!

    shea: Lol! We'll get along well, then.