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A lot gets covered in 'Storm Forged', much of it revolving around Val and her dragon mate, Zav. This was a fun book, great dialogue and plenty of action involving dragons, gnomes, faeries and of course a few humans. All in all, a most satisfying book. Would be a shame if this is the last book, but the author did wrap up most of the major plot points, but there are still a ton that could be covered in future books, so one can hope. Highly recommend the entire 'Death Before Dragons' series, one of the best.
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!
I am a huge fan of Lindsay Buroker's stories, period. Started with The Emperor 's Edge and never looked back. This series is a refreshing turn to the 'real world ' but not so removed from the fantasy aspect of her other books. Really like her space series too! Really need some more Fallen Empire too. Anyway, back to this series, like I mentioned, a lot of plot threads are seen up in this book, but so many more are waiting for attention. Fast-paced, didn't want to put it down! Amber needs to get her own sword, Willard needs to let loose, and Dr. Walker needs to be further explored...maybe by Willard? (or has she? is there a 'flashback' story there? lol). In any case Zav and Val are cute together and more on their relationship...and future hot tubbing should be explored! If you liked her other series you'll enjoy these books, if you're New to her books, go back and check them out. There's still a few I need to look into myself!
Sometimes you read a book and everything about it just clicks for you. Then you read the next book and you worry that it's not going to be as good as the prior book, but then you're thrilled because it's just as awesome as the first. This doesn't happen very often, but when it does it's an amazing thing. This entire series is like that for me. I love this series and I truly hope Ms. Buroker continues to write this series long into the future. If I could give this more than five stars I would!
I love how Val is written and I love her sarcastic humor. The banter between her and Sindari makes me laugh out loud. I love her relationship with Zav and how she vexes his enemies. Zav is a powerful dragon, but Val is able to hold her own against their enemies. This story wraps up a few ongoing threads in the series, but it is clear that there's plenty of potential for future stories. The author has indicated that she's going to take a pause to work on other series, and I completely understand that, but I hope she's gets back to Val and Zav sooner rather than later. This is truly one of my favorite series!
Wow-oh-Wow! This was a good place to end the first trilogy ( or is book #6 the end of the second? ) So with Val's life things have temporarily come very neat conclusion... But there still remain a few critical lose ends to be attended to.... Like
Willard and the Wion's first political trip to the Dragon Homeworld to establish the Human Embassy, Zav's first family gathering after the Dragon Wedding to the 1/2 Elf & Warrior Princess.... What about ( and ) where will Nin's family live when the gnome dynasty arrives? Did I mention the 1st ever Bed & Breakfast on an Elven Preserve hosted by Val's Mom? Or what happens when her dad ( with baggage ) shows up and finds out?
And have you given any thought to the Teenage Drama Queen's life when she gets her own.... Sword? or any thought to the tale of when Val's therapist really figures out that Val isn't making any of her story up?
There is still a lot of good clay left over l from this project Lindsay - If you aren't done with Val, I'll be the first to preorder your next Death by Dragons work.... Thank You!
This entire series has been a wild ride, filled with elves and shape-shifting dragons and a half-elf, half-human assassin doing her best to protect Seattle with her magical tiger by her side. The author writes with her signature humor that had me laughing out loud.
Zav and Val finally get the beginning of the happy ending that has been building through this series. The fight is tough, the stakes higher, in this book. The fate of all the realms rests on Val's shoulders.
While this is currently the last book, I would definitely keep reading anything more this author decides to write about these characters. There are still lingering questions that I would love to see answered!
This may be the last book in this series, and if it is then it has been a fun ride. But wait it can't be the last book, we still are waiting a wedding. Besides we need to explore Willard and Walker, what is going on there? Nin's grandfather shows up on Val's doorstep after missing for 20 years. He has escaped and comes to look for her to tell her that dragons are holding many of Zav's relatives in stasis. Shaygor the nasty dragon is back and Zav's mother has approved a mate for him - not Val. Needless to say Val and Zav aren't going to take this lying down - well maybe a different type of lying down. They do what do best - vex their enemies. Enjoyable series. Can't give too much away. So go read it
I adore Lindsey's lighthearted action-adventure-romance-comedy style. This series just got better and better as it went along. Although this finale tied up most of the major threads in the plots, she has developed such engaging side characters that I wish it would continue so that I could keep spending time in this world and and with these people. She has left enough budding relationships, characters with sufficiently vague pasts for all manner of troubles to crop up, and unknown worlds and species that I really hope she returns to this world (and all the worlds that can be reached from this here...) There is so much more to explore, and so much more goblin hijinks to laugh about.