April 28, 2015

Liked It: Hunted Warrior by Lindsey Piper + Series 101

Series: Dragon Kings 3
Format: ARC
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Sci-Fi | Fantasy | Romance
When the head of the Five Clans of the Dragon Kings wants something, he gets it. Raised among the most privileged of his dying race, Malnefoley conceals a devastating tragedy from his youth. Now, many call him the Usurper because of his unconventional rise to power. His influence is waning while the Dragon Kings must solve the puzzle of their slow extinction. So when a particularly important captive escapes his compound in the Greek mountains, Malnefoley leaves nothing to chance. She is his prisoner to retrieve.

The woman is known as the Pet, a former associate of a sadistic doctor from the Asters, a human crime cartel. Her loyalties cannot be trusted, even when she claims to hold the secret to conception—an invaluable secret for a race unable to procreate. Neither can her unique gift from the Great Dragon be believed. She’s a soothsayer, able to see glimpses of the future. Her quest is to find and save a Cage warrior on the verge of her first match—a young woman whose destiny is bound to a timeless prophecy.

Malnefoley has no respect for the ancient superstitions that brought about his childhood trauma. His only goal is to return the Pet to his compound and use her knowledge for the betterment of their people. Yet her restless energy and raw sensuality are as intriguing as her predictions about the rise of the Great Dragon. He dares not trust the crafty fugitive’s loyalties, but as their treacherous chase turns passionate, can he even trust himself?

Hi Lindsey! Congrats on the release of HUNTED WARRIOR! I'm a fan of Dragon Kings, but let's take this back a little bit for those who are new to the series. What is or are these Dragon Kings (myth, powers, the clans, etc.)?

Hi! Thanks for having me here! 

The Dragon Kings are an ancient race of gifted creatures. Though they were long ago worshipped as gods and are the origins of many human myths, they’ve long fallen into disrepair. They’ve gone nearly sterile and babies are increasingly rare among them. Many voluntarily fight for shady human cartels and gangs for scientific help with fertility. 

I find the world you created really gritty, it's like like Mad Max, Spartacus, and The Godfather had a baby. Can you expound on the world building aspect of this series?

I love Mad Max, so that’s a huge compliment to me! I took everything as dark as I could, over and over again. In Caged Warrior, Nynn and Leto come to a crux that involved a human guard and Nynn on her knees in front of him. Let’s just say I was convinced that I had gone too far—but my editor trusted the moment! I was really into Spartacus and Game of Thrones when I started designing the Dragon King’s world, so I wanted to make sure I went as deep and dark as I could manage. 

I see that GoT inspo with all the clans in conflict. Is there a series arc? What is the main conflict here?

The series arc is absolutely the Dragon King’s will to survive. There’s something wrong with their race and a prophecy that needs to be fulfilled and fixed before they have a chance of making it. 

And who can resist a prophecy when it comes to fantasy?? Let's move on to HUNTED WARRIOR, what are we getting ourselves into here? 

Malnefoley is the leader of the Dragon Kings, but the ceremony surrounding his appointment was incomplete and tainted in a way. He’s fighting an uphill battle in trying to get his people to follow him. He’s relentless though, as he tries to figure out how to save his Dragon Kings. He’s driven.

The last thing he needs is the Pet, a broken and strange Dragon King who has lived as an evil human doctor’s slave for years. Now that she’s free, she’s trying to figure out who she is and why she’s haunted by visions of the future that make no sense. 

How are Pet and Mal different from the previous ones? 

Pet is unlike anyone I’ve written before. She’s a little bit off, more than a little quirky, and has lived apart from the world all her life. Mal is a leader in the classic alpha kind of way. He can wear a suit, but he’ll kill anyone who hurts one of his own. 

Blood Warrior was truly fantastic! Is HUNTED WARRIOR sort of a continuation of book 2?

Absolutely! The five clans need their story. 

I see book 3.5, Fire Warrior, already on Goodreads, is there a book 4? 

Oops, actually Fire Warrior is supposed to be taken down. It was an idea I had when I was halfway through HUNTED WARRIOR, before I knew I could actually make it to the finale that I wanted. There’s a lot of characters that I got to draw together for the conclusion, and a lot to make happen. I managed it though, and it turned out amazingly, if I do say so myself. So exciting. 

Ha! You have to add Amazon to that list, Fire Warrior is already up for pre-order with a tentative release date of 12.1.2020!

I’m not sure if the Dragon Kings are going to continue. If I don’t get that chance, I’m happy with how I’ve wrapped things up in HUNTED WARRIOR. If I get to go on, I have more avenues to explore, but I’m happy to know the five clans will be safe otherwise. 

In Twitter fashion, why is HUNTED WARRIOR a must read?

One proud leader wields his power to unlock dark mysteries in the third book in this fierce, sensual new paranormal romance series.

Is this the end? While reading HUNTED WARRIOR by Lindsey Piper, I was kinda hoping for another one. But by book's end and after our interview, I did get a sense of closure even if I'm not quite ready to say bye-bye. Nevertheless, I am satisfied with this installment as a whole, the prophecy was fulfilled, the clans are reunited under one banner, and the Dragon Kings' future is bright and they're most likely to survive multiple millenia. 

I just didn't quite connect with Pet and Mal, despite being introduced to them in the previous books. The tension in the beginning was palpable and intriguing. Pet used to be the pet of the bad guy so naturally, Mal is suspicious of her loyalties. What the Dragon Kings don't know is Pet was tortured and used like the rest of the Kings in captivity. The only difference is Pet is an oracle of sorts, which the evil Dr. Aster thought useful somehow, so Pet's mistreatment was of the limited variety but still psychologically scarring nonetheless.

The progression of their romantic relationship was quick so there's an insta-love feel to it. Normally I don't mind it in fantasy novels, it's expected because these people have a sixth sense when it comes to identifying their mates. I just failed to be in the moment with these two. One minute they're second guessing each other, next they're ripping each other's clothes off like the world is ending in 5 minutes. I wish there was more verbal sparring that would serve as foreplay, or a series of close calls to heighten the situation before the horizontal action. 

The gravy boat was served in the last third of HUNTED WARRIOR. So many delicious revelations tying all the books together with lots of appearances by previous MC's and secondary characters . The climax was well written, it was a constant hard thump-thump of events that led to the realization of Pet's prophecy, and an actual sighting of The Dragon. This is a big deal for series followers, the title of the series is DRAGON Kings after all, it's only natural to expect reptilian sightings. And though LPiper's version is different from the norm, at least her dragon finally made an appearance. It's majestic and worth the hype, I just wish the story doesn't end here. Now that the Dragon Kings' deliverance is here, I'd like to see how their proverbial HEA (as a people) plays out. 

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Since 2008, two-time RITA-nominated and multiple RT Reviewers’ Choice-winning author Carrie Lofty has over thirty books to her name—or four names, to be precise. Currently with Pocket, her historical romances have been described as “nuanced and superbly realized” (The Chicago Tribune), while her “Dragon Kings” paranormal series, written as Lindsey Piper, is “sexy, brutal and somehow innocent” (All About Romance).

During her junior year abroad, she lured an unsuspecting Englishman to the Midwest, where she’s kept him a happy ex-pat for seventeen years. With two pre-teen daughters and a master’s degree specializing in Old West outlaws, she’s a movie buff, a former ballroom and bellydancer, a connoisseur of music, and a woman in desperate need of a maid service.

Carrie’s 2015 titles include Hunted Warrior, the stunning conclusion to the Dragon Kings Trilogy. In addition, her co-written Katie Porter series “Command Force Alpha” began with Own, and continued with Snap and Bind.

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  1. Am I glad to finally see you on my feed! Whew.

    Anyway, it's always hard saying goodbye to a series. But I'm glad you're satisfied, nevertheless. :)

  2. Thanks for the giveaway Braine :) You hooked me at Dragons lol

  3. This sounds like a good book and a series I need to add to my reading list - thanks for the spotlight, review and giveaway

  4. Oh it's always so nice to have a Dragon story like that! They're always so much fun! Ok you just need to have that to have me intrigued I confess lol. Thanks for the review and the little interview!

  5. I remember those other covers, I always thought I should try these :)

  6. Interesting, although bummer about the insta-love feel. I don't get it when there's no build-up at all, it just isn't that interesting to me! The rest of the factors sound good, though!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  7. You know, that's a good thing when a series ends and you're wanting it to continue. I tend to get bored with a series over time. It's rare that I ever see them through. This sounds like a fun series though. I will have to add them to my list.

  8. Interesting... I kind of like the sound of the series and even though you didn't fully connect with the characters in this one I think I'm actually more curious about them. I guess it was the interview, it piqued my interest even more. ;)

  9. I like the sound of Pet. I always love quirky characters. I am sorry thought that you didn't quite connect with the characters. Thanks for the interview and the informative review

  10. Pretty interesting, especially in your description, Braine :) It certainly sounds different, which is always a plus. Too bad about that instal-love-ish business. The interview was fantastic! Great post :)

  11. I know you really enjoyed this series and I'm sorry the final installment didn't draw you in like its predecessors. I'm glad you are satisfied with the series as a whole though, will check this out! Great interview and awesome review Braine!

  12. I'll be starting these stories soon so I was glad to read the interview. Fun Q&A! I have a better idea of what I'm getting into.

  13. I love Mad Max! I don't think I've ever read anything with that feel, interesting! I know this one doesn't sound like it was real winner for you, but I like the sound of the series in general.
    Thank for the interview and the introduction.

  14. I love a gritty world and story. This sounds amazing. Woop woop for Mad Max.

  15. Args. I still have one and two on my to read pile. I love my naps but I'm seriously going to have to stop taking them so I can make a quicker dent in the read pile. lol

  16. I like your comparison to Mad Max, GoT, and The Godfather. And I'm actually pretty eager to see the dragon! ;) Great interview, Braine. I giggled when LPiper said she took everything as dark as she could, over and over and over. You know I'm not afraid of the dark. ;) I just checked and I have Caged Warrior - because of your review - so I'm going to have to figure out how to squeeze this into my schedule.

  17. I started this series but didn't finish it. Can't remember by but did I love the dragon concept and the dark angel she took...glad that as a whole the series was satisfying.


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