Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
The aftermath of the last battle has left Nickel weak in bed and grounded for the next decade. Despite being in trouble, Nickel wants to return to the battle as soon as he can, but thoughts of Platinum, the dragon helping to nurse him back to health, keep distracting him.
Platinum can’t believe how much his life has changed. He went from being a lonely fugitive on the run to part of a family in only hours. The last few days have been his happiest, especially now that he’s met Nickel. He knows it’s only temporary, though. The enemy that kept him captive for most of his life isn’t finished with him yet, and even Platinum and Nickel’s combined powers might not be enough to save them.
Dragon Soldier was a different sort of story in this series, focusing on the relationship between Nickel and Platinum, and Nickel’s recovery from his last battle which left him comatose and healing. Now awake, Nickel is having a hard time with his slow recovery and being kept away from the investigation into the man responsible for the dragon kidnapping and experimentation. Nickel has always been a favorite of mine, so having a Nickel centric book is a plus.
The romance between Platinum and Nickel is slowly heating up. Think teenagers discovering love and romance for the first time. Gentle, sweet and endearing and ever so slow that you shouldn’t expect things past a cuddles and a kiss.
I loved all that part of this story. Even the battles and Platinum’s working through the damage left over from his time as an experimental subject. All those was typically wonderful Mell Eight.
The only places where I feel this story came up short was in the villain aspect and the conclusion. I felt shortchanged somehow. With everything that went before, I wanted rants and ravings of a lunatic or explosions or something. I don’t know. It just seemed sort of quiet. All the rest was lovely. The author does seem to be wrapping this series up. Not sure yet. But I adored the dragons and this family, so I hope not. I’ll be waiting to see if there’s more to come.
Cover art by Aisha Akeju includes an element of the story but really doesn’t work as a design.
Kindle Edition, 30,000 words
Published March 7th 2017 by Less Than Three Press, LLC