Blood Dragon Rising: Dragon Shadows Book 1


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When her desire for vengeance turns Lisette into the very thing she's feared her whole life, will the death of her enemies be worth it?

Lisette is a good, respectable noblewoman. She's prepared to give everything--even her future--for king and country by accepting her arranged marriage. And yet each year on her birthday she faces an enemy no one else will even dare to mention:

A blood dragon.

When Lisette is betrayed and sold off to pirates, her world comes crashing down around her. Balancing between multiple worlds and identities, Lisette must decide who she is going to be even as that changes around her.

Is she meant to become a monster, like the one who has been haunting her dreams? Or will she find her way back home to the luxury of nobility? Maybe even the life of a pirate awaits her at the end of the road.

Then again, she may not have to choose.

In G.S. Carline's first volume of the Dragon Shadows series, come prepared for the unexpected. This is a book where true love doesn't always equal a smooth fall into passion, where identities and convictions truly grow in remarkable ways, and where the big questions about life, death, love, and mercy combine in agonizingly conflicted ways.

Lisette's struggle to reconcile her desire for justice with what is, in actuality, vengeance (and the differentiation between the two) makes Blood Dragon Rising a tale rich in powerful morals.

Though the main character is younger (in her early twenties) and the writing style gives off some YA vibes, parental guidance may be ideal for the younger end of YA (12 year-olds). There are dark, but much-needed themes in this piece, which the story addresses head-on without backing down.

Carline has woven magic into this tale of high-seas adventure and court intrigue, and it's left me wanting to read more about life as pirates, nobles, and even dragons within this world. Lovers of Pirates of the Caribbean who want a bit of Game of Thrones thrown in will love this book.

**Trigger Warnings: Human trafficking, prostitution, death of a minor child discussed, murder, death of a loved one, sexual assault attempted*

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About the author

G.S. Carline did not plan on writing fantasies, but one morning she thought she would write a single story, perhaps a novella, about a young woman who has Important Life Goals and instead becomes the terror of the seas…and then the dragons came. The whole thing ended up as a trilogy and here we are. view profile

Published on October 07, 2022

100000 words

Contains graphic explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Fantasy

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