Author: Bec McMaster
Title: "Heart of fire"
Book 1 in series Legends of the storm
Originally found in the anthology "Myths and magic"
Main characters: Rurik and Freyja
I got an ARC of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review :) ok, it's official people... if there was any doubt before, there are none left... Bec McMaster is definitely an auto-buy author for me... :) because here we have, beginning for yet another series from her... so much different then her other ones, and once again I am absolutely in love... enchanted by the characters and the world she created... *sighs happily* so let me tell you some more about this newest one, and convince you to give it a try, so we can sigh happily together... and then wait impatiently for the sequel ;)
This is a fantasy-ish story set in the late 1800s... we have Freyja, a young woman who is doing her best, taking care of her sick father, living mostly solitary life, because she is... well... different... and it might be too dangerous if many people discovered just how much different she truly is... she lives near a small village near a volcano where one of the dreki lives... and dreki is... how to best describe him... he's *not* a dragon... trust me, they get offended by that comparison, because there are a lot of differences, but think in that direction ;) one night, when the dreki steals her last ram, and Freyja is faced with a very bleak future, it's the last straw... she marches into his lair to demand the return of her animal... you can imagine how well that encounter went... ;) dreki is definitely intrigued by her... her tenacity and courage... but most of all, the mystery of who or what exactly she is... ;) to be honest that's pretty much everything I want to tell you about the plot itself... it's definitely one of those stories, where the less you know the better your reading experience... and I want you to be able to gasp in surprise like I did during the book :) so how about I will jump straight into telling you about all the things I adored in this story ;)
As always, I loved the wrting style... *sighs dreamily* honestly you guys... I don't know how she does it... Bec has a few series out, and they are all soooo different from one another... and yet I fall in love with those worlds and characters every time... she enchants me with her words and I always finish a story wanting more... :) but back to this particular book :) I adored how strong and fearless Freyja was... how brave, even though her circumstances were far from perfect... and don't even get me started on Rurik... oh, how I loved that dreki... *sighs dreamily* :) mind you, none of them were perfect, but they were flawed in such a way that made them much closer to my heart... :) I was very glad, that it was a more slow burn kind of a romance :) because between us... that's my favourite kind :) there were quite a few very interesting secondary characters, that only made me that much more curious about the sequels... because even though the situation between our main couple is resolved, there is a few things... still not entirely explained ;) I am definitely looking forward to getting to know more about this world and those characters... because those few teasers and glimpses into all the possibilities Bec shared with us in this story... damn... ;) it's gonna be good ;) especially since at the end we get a confirmation who will be the main couple in that second story and... *sighs heavily* it's gonna be a loooooooong wait... cause I need this one ASAP :) if you haven't already, then definitely check out this author in general, because you are seriously missing out without her wonderful books in your lives :) I highly recommend this story as well... as with her other ones, it's phenomenally entertaining and will force you to read chapter after chapter, because you simply need to know what's gonna happen next... best proof? I inhaled it in one day... yeah... ;) #TrueStory :) definitely check out this gem :)