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I would love to read more stories in this world!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 18, 2020
I admit it: I felt compelled to write this review so that this book won’t be the last in Lindsay Buroker's riveting and entertaining Urban Fantasy series Death Before Dragons.
This is the 6th installment in the series and I jumped on it as soon as it was released after reading the first five books in the space of less than a week.
In a way if follows the setup of the previous books where the heroine, Val is tasked with a dangerous mission to save the earth. Earth in general (and Val in particular) continue to be plagued by unfriendly dragons, the only exception to this is Val’s sort of boy friend Zav, who is like an enforcer of the dragon council. The dragon homeworld is beset by an internal power struggle among the ruling families, and the conflict has spilled over to other worlds, among them earth. This may be Val’s most dangerous mission yet, but not entirely unexpectedly she succeeds, thanks to the help of friends and her own ingenuity.
The book wraps up the overarching thread of the dragon conflict, Val finally gets her living situation sorted and she even starts to do some home improvement. She also gets to spend more time with her daughter and her relationship with her ex-husband and mother are also on the mend. And last, but not least, she also gets to finally bang her dragon, after we as readers have been teased with deferred gratification over the previous 5 books.
So in a way many of the lose threads have been wrapped up, but Val has also grown as a person. She started out as this solitary government assassin that was estranged from her family and had practically no personal relationships to speak of, but in the course of her adventures, she not only was reconciled with her family and even found new family members, she also deepened existing bonds with her boss, and her magical arms manufacturer and friend Nin, and even fostered new friendships with various creatures from the magical world and assumed the role of foster parent / guardian to an orphaned troll.
I feel there are many stories left to tell, like the origin story of Val’s magical blade and what it can do, how mated life is with her dragon (now that they are finally officially hitched), the stories of her elven father and half-sister, whether her boss, Colonel Willard is going to give the prehistoric shifter who has a thing for her, a chance, whether the dark elves return to cause more trouble and whether Nin can save enough money to buy a house and bring her family over.
I, for one, would love to read more stories in this world!