Mentored in Fire: Demon Days, Vampire Nights World, Book 10 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
After a life of hiding and laying low so as not to end up trapped in the Underwold, that's exactly where Reagan finds herself.
It could be worse, though. She could've had a hostile father as her jailor instead of a man eager to teach her magic. She might've been trapped with someone other than the steadfast Druid.
She could've gone her whole life without riding a dragon!
When push comes to shove, maybe the Underworld isn't so bad.
Or maybe Lucifer is doing what he does best - deceiving her to get what he wants.
Reagan must walk a razor thin edge to keep her independence.
She must battle wills with the lord of the Underworld.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 16 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||July 30, 2021|
|Publisher||Hazy Dawn Press, Inc|
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While there wasn't too much going on after the heart attack that was the last book, it certainly stands up on its own as Reagan develops more of a relationship with Lucifer, torn between wanting to leave him to have her freedom and being drawn to him and genuinely liking him and the quirkiness that is his kingdom. While Reagan is in the castle with Cahal and testing her magic, Darius, Penny and Emery are on Team Rescue, on a mission to save Reagan or risk losing her forever - there are several, longer chapters focussing on their story along the way. Darius' long-laid plans, networks and cunning laid out through the Edges in the Underworld may finally come to fruition as they attempt the unachievable: access to the Inner Kingdom. But of course, nothing can ever be that easy and as Penny unintentionally wreaks havoc, throwing a spanner into carefully laid plans, the trio are left running for their lives and desperate to save their friend/beloved. The sects from the Dark Kingdom crop up ranging from violence to pleasure and it was a great ride (excuse the pun) from beginning to end.
As per usual, the characters in this series were fantastic. Reagan was business as usual, being the perfect mix of strong female, kicking life goals (literally) while also showing a good amount of character development and some vulnerability, especially as she came to terms with losing her mother and actually liking her father. Penny's character showed massive growth and added so much to this book. I'm talking proper swear words and finding a backbone and her lady bone..er lol. I felt she went from being a bit scatty and naïve to coming more into her own as a powerhouse. Emery was as yummy as always, taking more of a backseat to Penny who moved to centre stage, but still great as per usual. And Darius? A firm all-time favourite of mine, he can do nothing wrong and while I would have liked more of him, particularly dialogue-wise, I ate up every page he was on, loving his continued devotion to Reagan. We finally get a teeny bit more of vulnerability from him and the lengths they went to to reunite was perfect.
The secondary characters were, as always, wonderful. Just as Lucifer was a standout in the brief cameos readers were given in previous books in this series, Mentored in Fire was no different. He was manipulative, funny, diabolical, charismatic, enigmatic and just an all-round big cup of deliciousness. The reader gets to meet various demons of the Dark Kingdom, particularly those close to Lucifer, which added some great dimension to the story. Having the dragons show their own personality was a brilliant touch that made them stand out from some other paranormal books and they will be a fantastic addition to the next book as well, I'm sure. One of the best characters, however, was Cahal. We get to see even more of him in Book 10 and he's just fabulous, both as a support to Reagan and as the kick-butt killer. Pleeease let him have his own book.
While the book did have a different feel to it due to the focus of the story being on Reagan's development of her magic and her relationship with her dad, it still managed to shine in all the areas this author does so well and what makes this series one of my all-time favourites. It was laugh out loud funny in parts without being over the top and as per usual, the dry sarcasm, witty banter and both light-hearted and serious dialogue were balanced perfectly. Reagan demanding to be called 'Her heinous' was a particular stand out. I flipping love Reagan - she's what I want to be when I grow up. There was action, particularly towards the end where my heart was in my throat, only for the author to try to tear it out. The book had some really lovely, heartfelt moments that you don't always get in this series but were highly appreciated here, as several characters had moments of reflection. As Reagan's loyalties started to twist as she realised how much she actually does belong in and love the Underworld, the author had me guessing right up to the end (hook, line and sinker, may I add). I should have remembered that with K. F. Breene, things aren't always what you expect before she kicks you in the guts and takes off running in a different direction. Much like Penny would lol.
My only slightly negative thing to say so it doesn't seem like I'm gushing too much adoration at the author is the same thing I've said for some of the other books - there was a fairly large chunk of the story told from Penny's point of view. While I loved it and appreciated that the other characters' story was being told and it let me hang with Darius for a bit...I'm just greedy for Reagan. I want allllll the Reagan, alllllll the time. While necessary, sometimes I felt like I was pushing through the Penny chapters just to get to Reagan...which I probably was. This is only a minor thing, though, and if Penny's point of view wasn't in there, I'd probably be writing that here instead lololol. Reader problems - le sigh.
One of the things I always mention with this author's books is how the women support other women. This really shone here as Penny and Reagan's friendship flourished even though they were apart. The connection between all of the main and secondary characters was a beautiful thing to read. This author has a gift for taking similar themes that are woven throughout her books and making them radiate and become part of the story rather than having them seem tired, overdone and no longer funny. The worst thing about these books is having to wait for the next one. The fact that the next book is the final installment for Reagan is already giving me anxiety lol. This was another outstanding read in one of my favourite series. Now how many times will I get to reread it before the last book is out? Probably a few :)
It's even worse when your dad is the guy in charge, and he's been waiting for you - that is, your power - for an eternity. Let the games begin!
It's a race against the clock for Reagan, learn your magic, level it up, manipulate Lucifer and don't lose your soul in the process.
Lucifer may not win any father of the year awards, but Reagan learns he may not be a total jerk. It makes his manipulation a double edged sword. It makes the plan difficult to stick with.
And it's not just rough on Reagan. Penny has lost her cool, and Emery and Darius have their hands full with an unplugged Penny. Some of the funniest moments are with Penny when she sheds some of those blankets with which her mother had her cocooned.
Reagan has always pushed the touchy - feely emotions aside. Hell may have thawed her. It's the most emotional of the DDVN books, for all the right reasons.
There's one last round up ahead for the DDVN gang, and it's looks to be a blast. Literally. KF Breene has set it up to be one hell of an ending. Buckle up, buttercup, Reagan is meeting destiny on her terms.
Reasons I enjoyed this book:
Action-packed, Easy-to-read, Entertaining, Funny, Great world building, Original, Page-turner, Unpredictable, Witty, Wonderful characters!
On the one hand, Reagan has the opportunity of her inner child’s life - meet the father she was told to stay away from at all costs. And, while she’s at it, figure out how to use her power from the person she inherited them from and break out of here. No sweat. Luckily, accompanying her on this excursion and being her conscience when she gets too uppity is our friend, Cahal.
Never fear though. This is not just a ‘Reagan meets her dad and learns how to use her power’ book. Deep in the heart of the Realm, Emery & Penny are rushing for Darius to mount “The Great Rescue”. They figure, correctly, that if anyone has a rescue plan, it’s him. Cue the mayhem.
As the build up to the series finale, this book does not disappoint. I really enjoyed the father-daughter dynamics that the author brought to this book and how she managed to humanize such a large character like Lucifer. Those scenes at the very end…wow. But beyond that, the diabolical machinations of Darius and Reagan both. Pure genius. *slow clap* This is why I come back book after book. I’m eagerly awaiting the last book.
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Darius has been planning a way to rescue her for months, just in case the situation ever arose. Which of course is the case. He, Penny, and Emery attempt to sneak into the Underworld undetected to give themselves the best chance of getting to Reagan quickly…but things don’t often go to plan when Penny is involved so everything’s goes to hell (pun intended) as soon as they set foot through the opening.
Will they get to Reagan in time, or will Lucifer have manipulated her into believing she wants to stay and rule as his daughter?
So many humorous moments as usual, especially given the heavy theme of the plot! I especially love Penny’s version of swearing. It’s so random and hilariously unique! I mean “donkey balls dipped in milk”…how does she come up with these phrases?
Reagan just keeps proving how powerful she is and yet she apparently still has more to learn. Darius is just so focused on getting back to Reagan, the love of his undead life and honestly it’s just the most swoon-worthy spectacle.
I desperately want there to be a book for Cahal, and a book for Roger! They need to get their HEAs too one day.
Also, is it wrong that I actually really like Lucifer?
Mentored in Fire (Demon Days & Vampire Nights World Book #10)
This book continues just days after Reagan was 'rescued' from the elves dungeon. Penny & Emery have gone off to find help to save her. Cahal has stayed with her to save her soul.😲 Her training starts almost immediately, will it save her or trap her further?🌼😔 Her rescue party is near breaking point. Things have not gone to plan for them, at all. The illusions are mind bending & so unsettling.😢 Their fear for Reagan is ever present & deeply visceral.💔
Penny becomes someone we've never met before, throughout this book, it's kinda amazing but also freaky!😎 Emery is her absolute rock.💘 Their travelling companion turns out to be a genius in strategy & has loads of connections in the Underworld!👀
This is so well written. The action & pace comes thick & fast with emotions flying all over the place!😍🌸😢 We are not left on a hook or cliffhanger but I'm still desperate to read the final book. I'm also dreading saying goodbye to this world!😭 This is an incredible read.😍🌟
Debbie, 1970, UK
So, if you're looking for a fun, exciting evocative series with a ridiculous amount of action and a fair does of fantasy, it's worth investing the time to read the first 10 of these.
As they are essentially 4 trilogies (or will be) it never feels like it's dragging on.
Da iawn Ms Breene.
I went into this book with every intention of hating daddy dearest, but found myself wondering if he might actually end up being not so bad... why do you do these things to us K.F.Breene.
I loved how we were led in one direction and then whipped to the right and boom everything we thought was true wasn't and now I have whiplash and am questioning everything.
Oh and can I just say... dragons!!!!
As I have come to expect from K.F.Breene she paints a picture in my mind and I fall into it, feeling like I'm right alongside Reagan as she traverses through the minefield of her relationship with daddy dearest, learns more about her power and becomes who she was always meant to be.
The final battle is going to be epic but who is going to be on which side, I thought I knew but now I'm not so sure... love it 😀