Release Date: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Author via Book Monster Promotions
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As a young man, sarcastic, violent Tallis Pendray believed the Dragon Kings’ survival depended on a prophecy delivered in dreams by a woman named “the Sun.” His role has been to complete inexplicable, even reprehensible tasks. First, by murdering a priest, he united his fragmented clan in their hatred of him. Dubbed “the Heretic,” Tallis fled his family’s Highland estate. Now disillusioned, he seeks revenge on the woman he holds responsible for two decades of exile.
Telepath Kavya Indranan is a charismatic, seductive cult leader born to a prominent family. However, she grew up terrorized by the ominous threat of her powerful, insane twin brother. On the run and hiding among the poor, she witnessed the destruction wrought by her clan’s centuries-old civil war. Maturity nurtures Kavya’s determination to end the cycle of bloodshed. Those who follow her call for peace have nicknamed her “the Sun.”
Bent on revenge, and without knowledge of Kavya’s noble intentions, Tallis kidnaps her on the eve of her groundbreaking announcement. The two watch in horror as her twin brutally smashes the tentative truce…and hunts the sister whose death would make him invincible.
Kavya is the Sun–revered, untouched, and bound by a lonely destiny that promises a deadly showdown against the last of her family. Tallis is the Heretic–despised and exiled because of actions that seem random, heartless, and contrary to the safety of the clans he protects. She’s not a goddess, and he’s not a natural born killer. A desperate trek from the Himalayan foothills to the Scottish Highlands reveals two secluded souls hidden by bloody reputations. Will their trust be strong enough to avert an all-out war that could destroy them, and their kind, forever?
Lindsey Piper's Dragon Kings is a very unique and definitely imaginative fantasy series with god-like beings for characters forced to live in the shadows for reasons still unknown. These Dragon Kings were once so great they inspired a lot of pantheons, countless songs, poems and legends in their honor and for some reason their people have whittled down due to clan wars and infertility. Some are forced to fight in the cages, others were captured for human experiments and the rest are trying to live undetected among humans. There's still much to know about these Dragon Kings, LPiper has yet to give us a full history of these people and while that part of the story is yet to be told, we'll have to settle for short bursts of backstory as shared by her colorful characters.
BLOOD WARRIOR is a little different from its predecessor Caged Warrior. Instead of gladiators battling for freedom and other favors in the cages, we see the sectarian side of these Dragon Kings. Book two has that fanatical and ritualistic feel, adding a feel of desperation, chasing the idea of peace and unity that appears to be nothing but wishful thinking for now.
For 20 years, Tallis Pendray has been having fevered dreams about The Sun asking him to behead a priest so the Chasm can be fixed restoring the Dragon Kings to their former glory. On the other side of the globe, Kavya Indranan is on the brink of uniting her clan after years and years of animosity and senseless war. But just when the manufactured miracle was about to happen, Kavya's twin brother, Pashkah, disrupted the ceremonies causing the deaths of the Indranan's clan leaders. See Pakshkah has been hot on Kavya's heels so he can absorb her powers and rule his clan. Luckily Tallis was there to help neutralize the situation a bit and although he's confused (like me) because his mission was to kill Kavya but as the plot unfolds, Tallis realize that Kavya isn't the target and the Goddess he's been obsessing with is nothing but a manipulative bitch. Sure enough Kavya prevailed but not without damage. And as to the fate of the Indranan and the role they will play in uniting the Dragon Kings, that is yet to be seen.
BLOOD PIPER has more heart in its story compared to Caged Warrior's brawn. The tension between Tallis and Kavya has been palpable from the start and though they're both Dragon Kings, the fact that they belong to different clans made things extra spicy and interesting. Not only that, the sibling rivalry (an understatement) between Kavya and Pashka and the repercussions of their tiff gave this novel a bloody edge. The battle between Tallis' family and Pashka's black guards was very dramatic and the latter's final confrontation with Kavya was bittersweet.
I have a weird love affair with this series mainly because I'm itching for LPiper to reveal her secrets. I want instant gratification in that I want to know what, who and where did her Kings come from and why they're called Dragon Kings when they're not shifters and there are no dragons in sight. I realize that I'm probably taking things too literally but this lack of knowledge is really putting me on the edge. There's still so much to learn about these Dragon Kings and with every book we quickly discover that LPiper's world is beyond complicated with sub-plots running as deep and elaborate as the main plot. And although things firm up slowly with each book, I feel like LPiper builds her world as she goes along and we're left with a braintease trying to ascertain the origins of these Dragon Kings. Nevertheless, I recommend this series with its vivid world-building, cryptic myth and one-of-a-kind plot, I'm sure LPiper's series will remain in your thoughts long after you're done with the novels.
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Silent Warrior is the prequel novella.