Happy Book Birthday to Grace Draven, DRAGON UNLEASHED is out today.
A dragon shapeshifter and a healer with power over the earth fight a corrupt empire in this thrilling and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.
Magic is outlawed in the Krael Empire and punishable by death. Born with the gift of earth magic, the free trader Halani keeps her dangerous secret closely guarded. When her uncle buys a mysterious artifact, a piece of bone belonging to a long-dead draga, Halani knows it’s far more than what it seems.
Dragas haven’t been seen for more than a century, and most believe them extinct. They’re wrong. Dragas still walk among the denizens of the Empire, disguised as humans. Malachus is a draga living on borrowed time. The magic that has protected him will soon turn on him–unless he finds a key part of his heritage. He has tracked it to a group of free traders, among them a grave-robbing earth witch who fascinates him as much as she frustrates him with her many secrets.
Unbeknownst to both, the Empire’s twisted empress searches for a draga of her own, to capture and kill as a trophy. As Malachus the hunter becomes the hunted, Halani must risk herself and all she loves to save him from the Empire’s machinations and his own lethal birthright.
I have the first book in the series, PHOENIX UNBOUND, which I loved. I have this book too, which Grace graciously sent over before it was published and which I have not read, because I am the worst friend ever. EVER. We’ve been so busy and I can’t concentrate on anything at the end of the day. I’ve been reading Korean and Chinese webcomics. The OMG, she is a spy who pretends to be a man who pretends to be a butler is just about the limit of my brain power right now.
But my shortcomings should not reason for you to miss out on this book. As always, your mileage will vary, so read an excerpt first.