Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dragon Wings (The Amethyst Dragon #1) by D. C. Grace

Fiction is about to have a new breed of characters never before featured! The Amethyst Dragon series will introduce you to a whole new brand of creatures, called Dragon Fae. Making their home in Avalon, Dragon Fae are half dragon and half fairy. They are rare creatures, and are the chosen protectors of the fairy realm, as well as humans in the mortal realm. Dragon Fae can take on the form of a dragon, but when in fairy form they do not have wings.

In Book One, Dragon Wings, we meet Dade Blue-Therror, the Amethyst Dragon. He is dubbed this not just for his amethyst eyes, but because he was born of a Blue clan Spring Fairy and a Red clan Summer Dragon. Dade is also Queen Mab's grandson, and heir to the throne of the Seelie Court. When he comes to the earthly realm with his family for his first assignment as Gaia's sentinel, he isn't prepared for what awaits him.

Shelby Mercy, high school junior and popular member of Shelbyville, Kentucky's "in crowd" has everything she ever wanted in life, including the affections of Marshall Townes, Shelby High's beloved football star. But she doesn't have the kind of adventure she reads about in her romance novels. When she literally runs into Dade at his mother's new shop on the Square, she can't get him out of her mind. But Dade isn't interested in getting involved with human girls. He avoids her at all cost, but something about her is hard to resist. The harder he fights it, the farther he falls.

Dragon Wings is a story of everlasting love, passion, fire and fury. Fairy tale meets modern romance in this exciting, thought-provoking story. As battle lines are drawn, darkness and light fight for control. And only one warrior was born to walk both light and dark - the Amethyst Dragon. But who can Dade really trust? The fairies who cannot lie, yet tell creative truths, or the mortals he has always been so suspicious of? Will he save the girl he loves and protect the two realms from the threat posed by the evil Winter Dragon?

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Shelley's Review
I am truly a hard and fast fan of the Fae. Many statues and books of fiction, myth and legend adorn my home. Multiple gardens have been planted in their honor; to temp and draw them in. They are elusive and mischievous. And forever near and dear my heart. Dragon Wings is a tale spun of not only my beloved Tuatha de Danaan and Tir Nog Nag, but of Shakespearean verses, the Ferryman, King Arthur and Morgan La Fay and Avalon. On the whole my favorite fantasies and legends rolled into one. It is beyond magickal. It is Avalon. A virtual journey through time, space and other worlds thought by most as unimaginable and outrageous.
Grace is a most fitting pen name, as the author is a graceful sorceress in her word-spell weaving. I am certain she is of Fae descent herself. She simply must be. She knows the world so well and yet she makes it all her own. D.C. captures the essence of these fairy tales and throws in her own twisted and surprising turns to create a fantasy so consuming and entrancing you find yourself unable and unwilling to leave it...even for small moments. It's beautiful in it's descriptives, elegant in verse and the romance...ah, utterly breathtaking and heartbreaking. So heartbreaking.
As in any fairy tale, there are trials and tribulations, love and loss, joy and sorrow. And what would a fairy tale be without magick and battles fought to protect and preserve the greater good, but also battles within; over family, love and friendship.
As always is in this case, the characters are challenged by their desires, what is wrong and right and what fate has planned for them. But nothing is set in stone. Loyalties can be broken, heroes can fall and secrets, lies and deceit are hidden around every corner. And where magick is abundant, one can never be too certain that all is as it seems.
Before this review turns in to a story of it's own, I'll attempt to wrap it up by saying, I was completely lost in this world.  It is legend meets legend in the making at it's best.
Shelby is a sweet, good natured girl. And that never really changes, no matter what is thrown at her...and it's quite a lot. Not only in the faery realm but also in her very cliquey high school-teenage angsty-small town life. Despite what she endures, she grows and shines inside and out. Not to say that she is perfect. She most certainly is not. She's a teenage girl for heaven's sake. Young, naive and unworldly.
Dade is out of this world...literally. Gorgeous, chivalrous and self assured. A force to behold and reckoned with. I loved him instantly. His being a Dragon Fae is only icing on the cake. Yum, yum!
Of course the plot revolves around these two, but this is another story where the families are very much part of the tale. I love this. It makes for a much more realistic feel. And Shelby and Dade's families are both warm, wonderful and loving. Nothing to be taken for granted. Histories play a big part of anyones character. Whether they are aware of it or not. It plays a huge role here. Though much is believed to be myth.
Many of the side characters have rather big roles as well. And all touched me in their own way. The Fae especially. But I loved Marshall. He's truly a good guy. A rarity for a high school jock. And I hope we continue to see more of him as the series progresses.
So much for wrapping it up, huh? What can I say, I loved being part of this world. I never want to leave it.
Of course D.C. leaves us hanging by a thread with her inevitable cliffhanger. She reels us in, begs us to fall in love and proceeds to rip out our hearts, but throws us just enough hope to root for our hero and heroine. And to dream. Always dream. To be continued...

Kathryn's Review
Do you have a mythical being or creature that mesmerizes you?  Captures your interest and consumes your mind?  Well, I do, and it happens to be dragons.  So, when I saw the cover of Dragon Wings, needless to say I was drawn in and intrigued to what this book was going to offer.  First, hats off to the cover.  Breath-taking is only one way in which to describe the beauty seen before you.  But, there is so much more to this book than just the amazing cover. The pages inside, draw you in from the very beginning, weaving their words in to your soul and tying them up with the strings around your heart, so that when the end comes, you know that Dragon Wings will forever be a part of your being.  I fell in love with this book, this world that D.C. has created for us, and I truly ache writing this because I have made it to the end and know I have to leave this world for a short while, waiting for the next installment.
So, why do I love Dragon Wings so much, you ask?  Well, as I noted before, I am captivated by dragons.  They are such majestic beings that words can't even truly describe their beauty yet all the while holding such a reverie of strength and will.  And as I entered this world created by D. C., I find none other than my hero Dade, a Dragon Fae, center stage shining for all to see.  A beautiful amethyst dragon taking his journey through life to find his destiny.  And what is his destiny?  Does it happen to be a young lady named Shelby?  Shelby, who is a teenager that has so much growth to go through, yet through adversity shines, and through all the struggles she creeps in to you heart and you find yourself rooting for her success.  But is it all peachy in this world?  Of course not!  And this leads me to how I am feeling right now as I write this.  My heart is aching...I am physically hurting from the struggles that took place in Dragon Wings.  The cliffhanger at the end is killing me because I am reeling from where it left us...What is going to happen next???  I am dying right now to know....
But, don't let me fool you in to thinking that this book is only about these two fabulous people...oh no, there are some fascinating characters in Dragon Wings.  I am extraordinarily impressed with the development of these people and how crucial they are to the lives of our main characters.  Getting to know the Blue family such as Tryamon, Raedmond, and of course Dade's mom, Vendigo added so much to building of who our hero is.  And then Shelby's family and friends, such as The Mercy's, Molly, and of course the guy that you think you may not like, but in turn find yourself loving is, Marshall, allow us insight in to the life of our heroine.  These characters create dynamics interactions within Dragon Wings that when all of their lives are put together....EXPLOSIVE!! 
Now alas, Dragon Wings is a wonderful tale mixed with ancient folklore, faery legends, and of course my Dragon Fae.  D.C. has written this story with such eloquence that once you enter this world; you will never want to leave.  I have fallen in love with this book and I know that it will always be a part of me through the ages.  With pulse-racing action, romance, faeries, twisted plots, suspense, and of course my mesmerizing mythical creatures, dragons; Dragon Wings is a book that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you go and read NOW!!

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