Date read: March 17, 2017
1. Balanced on the Blade's Edge
3. Blood Charged
4. Patterns in the Dark
5. The Blade's Memory
5.5. Under the Ice Blades
7. Soul Blade
7.5. Shattered Past - Paperback | Kindle
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An elite forces officer with a dreadful reputation.Thoughts on Shattered Past: Apparently, I like grumpy, growly heroes with well-developed abs. WHO KNEW? (Me. I knew this. It really isn't a surprise.) (But it is surprisingly how much I enjoyed Vann's journey from grumpmeister extraordinaire to a guy who could actually joke and smile.) (The fact this journey was via some awkward flirting and scowling over Lilah's infamous cousin made it all the better.)
A bookish paleontologist with a love for mysteries.
An ancient stronghold full of secrets that will take both of them to unearth.
Professor Lilah Zirkander (yes, she’s related to the famous pilot, and no, she can’t get him to autograph your undergarments) is looking forward to a summer in the paleontology lab, researching and cataloging new fossils. But that summer takes an unexpected turn when the king sends her into the Ice Blades to a secret mine where ancient dragon bones have been discovered. Rumor has it that they’re cursed and dangerous, but Lilah is more concerned about dealing with the outpost commander, a fierce officer with the temperament of a crabby badger.
As punishment for irking the king, Colonel Vann Therrik is overseeing the hardened criminals working in the remote Magroth Crystal Mines. He would like a chance to redeem himself—and escape the loathsome duty station—but nothing is going his way. Cursed fossils have delayed production, miners are trying to escape, and now a scientist has shown up, making demands on his time. Worse, she’s the cousin of his nemesis General Zirkander. As if one Zirkander in his world wasn’t bad enough.
Investigating the fossils leads Lilah and Vann into the depths of Magroth Mountain where centuries-old secrets lurk, and a long-forgotten threat stalks the passages. To have any chance at survival, they’ll have to work together and perhaps learn that neither is what the other expected.
(I think I'd like more scowling Vann stories. He made me grin.)
Anyway. That prison up in the Ice Blades sure does see a lot of action for such an out of the way place. Dragons and escape attempts and unexploded ordinance and all. And for the poor soldiers sent to man it...well, I can see why Vann was so crabby. On the other hand, I also think he had a bit of a predisposition toward crabbiness, so maybe his location only had a teeny, tiny impact on his overall grumpiness.
Team up a scowling Colonel with a smart woman prone to telling jokes with a paleontological bent, toss them in a mountain in danger of coming down on them, and things are BOUND to happen. *thumbs up*