Title: On Wings of Passion (On Wings Saga #0.5)
Author: M. D. Grimm
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 12, 2019
Genre(s): Fantasy, Dragons, Angels, Demons, Paranormal
Page Count: 153 Pages
Reviewed by: ColinJ
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Every story has a beginning….Dragons. Angels fear them and demons follow them. Formidable beasts of incredible power, they fight each other to the death for dominance. But dwindling dragon numbers cause alarm among the angelic ranks. Surely when the dragons have finished killing each other, the victors will search elsewhere for conquest… maybe even the Upper Realm.
Roland, an angelic artist of significant talent, doesn’t know what to believe. Part of him longs to see a dragon in person, and his peaceful life of contentment is wearing thin. He wants passion, desire, adventure, and love. He gets more than he bargained for when he and his sister are ambushed and captured by demons, and they bring him to a creature who surpasses Roland’s wildest imaginings.
But the mighty dragon Asagoroth is not all that he seems. Something sparks between him and Roland. Something neither anticipated. Something that will shake the cosmos to its core.
Written in 3rd person, this book starts at the end and then jumps back to describe how we got there. The story is entertaining with an interesting mix of angels, demons and dragons. Characterisation is good with some variation in attitude and personality, which allows the author to insert a few little twists to expectation. There are a number of secondary characters that are important to the plot, but they are not particularly well fleshed out. Told from the perspective of the central character, cultural and ethnic details are revealed as the story progresses. Whilst the character experiences a lot throughout the book, the writing style is such that it lacks tension or passion and as such it is difficult to experience any empathy for him or those he comes in contact with. This makes the book somewhat bland despite it being an interesting concept.
World building is handled quite well. Each of the locations is described in some detail, but there is no sense of how each of the areas and levels fit together into a larger picture. Scale could have been described better; there is certainly effort made to express individual differences but these tend to blur at times. Social strata and associated attitudes are explained here in some detail. They are less relevant to this story as they will be to the one that follows. Such attitudes are largely fixed and rigid, which makes the likelihood of this particular set of circumstances quite unlikely.
The relationship between the two key characters is driven by the lead role, who is drawn to the other. Feelings are reciprocated and passion blossoms for them. Sex is described in some detail but feels muted. It is always difficult, if the reader has no affinity for the characters then they can have the hottest sex and it is sadly just a collection of words.
Tension is introduced in a number of locations within the book and this helps to drive the story forward. Whilst death and injury are described, the reader knows that the lead character will survive and what the outcome is, so such tension will always be peripheral.
As the story draws to a close the question is how does the character end off in the position noted at the start. Actually, there is no real surprise and at that point, the reader understands the outcome. An epilogue is provided that links this story with the next book.