Title: The Dragon Knight:The Crimson War
Author: B.A. Stretke
Publisher: self published
Release Date: May 29 2017
Page Count: 100
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Elan Ravenscroft is a Dragon Knight and his father’s heir apparent. He is a battle-tested warrior and ready to defend his family and the Crimson Coven in his father’s name. He expected battle and danger when he accepted his father’s assignment to the Crimson Coven, but he did not expect to find himself face to face with his fated mate in the midst of war. He doesn’t know if he can handle both. He doesn’t know if their bond can survive an all-out paranormal war, but if he doesn’t want to lose the love of his life he has to learn to trust fate’s timing and accept the things that he cannot change.
Sorin Cuza is quiet. He is not the type of man who wears what he’s feeling on his sleeve. Sorin is a born and bred warrior determined to protect his adopted home. Crimson took him in and never made him feel like anything but family. When he meets Elan Ravenscroft, his will is tested, and his heart is nearly broken. Can Sorin and Elan piece their bond back together or will it be destroyed by the conflict raging around them? Will their love survive? Will Crimson?
War has come to Crimson’s doorstep. The actions of the Vampire Council have pushed the paranormal world to the brink of disaster, and only The Crimson Coven and its allies now stand in Fane Minea’s path. No one will escape this unscathed
This book is part of the series, but can be read as standalone.
I got hooked by the blurb. The book delivered what was promised, but the execution was somewhat lacking. Overall, the writing was solid, but lacking depth.
I can’t say the problem was in the plot because I have read some excellent books with fairly predictable plots. There is a reason why clichés are clichés – they are popular.
As an example, we have fated mated pair, Sorin and Elan, but one of them is being a dumbass and decides to ignore mating bond. I was actually happy with the book at this point, which made resolution even bigger letdown. Elan gets back to his senses, Sorin forgives him and they have sex. Okay, that’s desired outcome, but where is the groveling, where is angst, where is the grand gesture at the last moment? Everything felt rushed. All the elements for great story were there, but there was no emotional follow up.
The POV switches on the other hand, were seamless. Since that’s not always the case, I was really impressed.
The book does not leave strong impression, but it is quick and easy read.