Series: Heartstrikers #1
Published by self-published Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
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As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn't fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.
Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ--a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit--Julius has one month to prove that he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test.
He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons...
Nice Dragons Finish Last is a an entertaining, well-paced urban fantasy featuring a dragon exiled in human form for being nice, rather than draconically rapacious and ruthless. Julius (the dragon) is a cinnamon roll*, and his friendship (with just a hint of romance) with mage-on-the-run Marci is delightful. Add in feuding dragon clans; siblings ambitious, helpful, or obstructive; a human Mafia-style leader hell-bent on capturing Marci; and the machinations of two dragon seers. Set the whole thing in a post-magical-apocalypse Detroit with a variety of magical creatures, stir in well-drawn characters, a dollop of humor and a heap of danger, and you’ve got an urban-fantasy winner.
I can’t wait to start book 2.
*Cinnamon roll: a character that is very kind and sweet but faces more hardship and suffering than they truly deserve. (Urban Dictionary)
Note: This series is professionally self-published by Aaron/Bach LLC. By “professionally self-published,” I mean that the content, editing, formatting and design are indistinguishable from a traditionally-published book.
Read for COYER Winter 2018
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- COYER Winter 2018-2019
- The Backlist Reader Challenge 2018