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Good for devoted fans, but some problems
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2016
For quite some time, perhaps the last 4 stories, I have become increasingly disenchanted with this series. The first books had lovely, fleshed out relationships among both the dragons and the ladies, suitable for the length of the stories. As the series went on, I feel like Ms. Mills left too much out in initial explanation and the stories felt more and more rushed. Ever since the redemption of Andrew, the books have been floundering for a cohesive, unifying story arc. They flow from book a to book b, book b to book c, but there's very little connection between books a and c.
This story follows that pattern. While I appreciate Kellen and Olive, the sudden inclusion of sun gods and (in previous books and referenced here) demon realms, and the introduction of yet another new villain (who was truly terrible), this story felt rushed and like she didn't take her time to polish the plot and storytelling. Additionally, she relied excessively on the “little dove" phrase - by chapter 4 I was rolling my eyes, it was so predictable a descriptor.
I think there's a decent story here, but the further into the series you go, the more obvious the weaknesses become. This is the last installment I intend to buy, which is a shame, because Julia Mills' Dragon Guard got me interested in paranormal romance to begin with. I'm sad to let it go.