Friday, October 23, 2015

Review: Dragon on Top by G.A. Aiken

Dragon on Top 
by G.A. Aiken
Series:  Dragon Kin #0.4
Pub. Date:  Oct. 27, 2015
Publisher:  Zebra / Kensington
Pages:  176
Format:  eARC
Source:  NetGalley


My Rating:  
Sultry Scale:


Try a little dragon tenderness.

I am Glheanna the Decimator. I am a warrior. A soldier. I know no fear. No pain. No mercy. I do, however, know acute embarrassment! How could I not after getting dumped by a bastard dragon in front of my own troops? So I tuck tail and return to my cave, drowning my sorrows in ale—as is my family’s way. But instead of leaving me to my misery, I’ve been summoned to the Dragon Queen’s court.

As if my life wasn’t pathetic enough, Her Majesty now has me escorting the highborn Bram the Merciful through dangerous territories—not exactly the best use of my military training. And just so he can negotiate with enemy dragons instead of battling them? Honestly, what has my world come to? Then again…Bram is quite easy on the eyes. And the perfect distraction for what ails me. Perhaps I’m looking at all this the wrong way. Maybe there is a place for a little “mercy” in my life… 


I enjoyed this little novella prequel in the Dragon Kin series. At first, I could not remember who Ghleanna was. It became clear as I was reading of course, but it has been so long since I have read the earlier books that I still can't remember her role in them. Then, as I continued to read, I felt like I had read this one before. So I think I read it in an anthology ...the whole underwater caves setting was very very familiar.

Anywho, this is the story of Ghleanna, Captain of the Dragon Queen's Guard and Bram the Merciful, peace negotiator. I absolutely loved loved loved Bram, which is weird, because he is not an alpha male and I usually do not go for the betas. But his bookish tendencies and shyness was endearing to me, and I dug his intelligence.

I didn't care for Ghleanna for the first half of the book, she rubbed me the wrong way for some reason. She is definitely a kickass heroine - she is battle-scarred and aggressive. I think what I didn't like was that she doesn't know Bram exists, like, at all. I also didn't like how she treated her father, Ailean the Wicked. But once the story got going, she grew on me and I ended up liking her by the end. I particularly enjoyed the way she interacted with the sea soldiers, and that she opened her mind to see that her father was not defined by his lecherous past.

These headstrong dragons are always a good time. They tend to butt heads first and ask questions later. In fact, their answer for almost everything is a headbutt. The siblings are always fighting and rolling around, and everything is happening with good humor. This is probably the most unique dragon series that I have read, and I hope we keeping getting more books for the foreseeable future.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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