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Review: Song of Flames – M.D. Grimm

Song of Flames - M.D. Grimm - Sisters of Song

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

She tried to steal treasure from the dragons’ hoard… and stole their hearts instead.

To save her sister from a lascivious lord, Venya must steal a piece of treasure from a legendary dragon’s hoard. Dragons haven’t been seen in several generations, so imagine her surprise when she wakes not one, but two dragons from their hibernation. While the battle-honed Onyx is intent on having her for lunch, the graceful Gold appears more curious than angered by the theft.

Abyss and Ray have very different ideas about what to do with the thief when they catch her. Abyss wants to punish her while Ray is intrigued by her audacity. After Ray turns his mate’s anger to desire, the dragons set out on a rescue mission, intent on capturing the brazen thief and learning more about her. And to see if her Song matches theirs.

Neglected and discarded by her parents, Venya has never bonded with anyone except her sister. Now she has two mighty dragons wanting to woo her and take her as their mate. While she finds delight in their company, she must reassess her own self-worth before she can trust them enough to love them.

But the dragons have exposed themselves to the outside world, and many covet not only their hoard but Ray’s golden scales. And when Venya’s closely held secret is revealed, she becomes a prize worth killing for.

Warnings: abusive parents, childhood trauma.

The Review

Vanya grew up unloved, called ugly and useless, and after hearing it her entire life, she began to believe it. When her sister Alaiya was born beautiful and the apple of her parents’ eye, she felt an instant hatred, until her sister gave her the love she never had, and became very important to her.

Then the unthinkable happened. Her parents sold her sister to Lord Salazem, a brute who would either marry her or add her to his concubines. Vanya made an agreement with Salazem – she would climb the steep mountain to find the dragons’ hoard and bring him back something special, and then her sister would be released. It was no problem for her, because she had become a master thief. Climbing the steep mountain was scary, but she had no idea what would happen if she did come upon the dragons.

The one gift that Vanya has is her song, a gift of enchantment that she uses to put the two dragons to sleep, giving her time to escape.

Her desperation to free her sister clouds her thinking, or she would have realized that any deal she made with Salazem would not be honored. Instead of freeing her sister, he imprisons her. He wants more – the dragons’ location – which she refuses to give to him. She feels bad enough that she intruded on them and stole from them, is she was not willing to endanger them. In addition, her theft brought the dragons – once believed to be extinct – to everyone’s attention.

Ray is a gold dragon. His mate Abyss is an onyx dragon. Ray doesn’t want to take revenge on Vanya, but Abyss wants to make a meal out of her. When they attack the mansion where the sisters are being held, it gives Vanya the opportunity to get her sister and run, but not before she takes back what she stole. When the dragons catch up to them, Vanya apologizes and returns it to them. Ray realizes he had feelings for her, while Abyss struts around, moaning and groaning, refusing to admit he feels the same way.

When Ray and Abyss become friendly with Vanya, she is convinced that her enchantment is still in force. She can’t believe that they would care about her without it.

Ray and Abyss both bend over backwards to make Vanya and her sister feel at home. Alaiya welcomes their attention, and tries to convince Vanya that they really do care about her. For the first time in her life, Vanya is being shown love and affection and she tries to imagine what it would be like, being in a relationship with them. Then reality sinks in. They are dragons, she is human, and there is no chance of a relationship.

Song of Flames is a great book, filled with danger, romance, love, betrayal, surprises and revenge. The next book is Alaiya’s story. I think I already know who her other half will be. I can’t wait.

The Reviewer

I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York.

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