“Oh, my god,” Katrin whispered, leaning against the door after it closed. Her face drained of color.
“That’s one of the Dragon Lords,” she hissed. “I wasn’t sure until they called him by his name. Oh, gods.”
“What does that mean?” Bobby had heard abut the seven standing Dragon Lords but didn’t know who they were, or what they did. Obviously, they were dragons. Other than that, she guessed they were fierce warriors. She had heard they held the wild territories away from the kingdom, fending off invaders from the darkest parts of the realm. Her granddad hadn’t elaborated on who or what they were, so everything she knew was hearsay and guesswork.
Katrin locked eyes with Bobby. It means he has better things to do than play chaperon to us.” She pushed away from the door and went to the large window overlooking an expansive courtyard below. Bobby hopped on the bed, perplexed by Katrin’s odd behavior.
Bobby smiled. “I think he’s pretty hot.” –Kyleen Valleaux
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Revolt (Dragons of the Thaumaturgic Realm Book 1) by Kyleen Valleaux is a fantasy story that plays out between two worlds. The world we know, geotic, and the world where magic exists, thaumaturgic. Maug, the hot dragon Bobby refers to in the excerpt, wants to live in the geotic realm but his duties as a Dragon Lord force him to return to the thaumaturgic realm. He’s determined to find balance between the two and include his new love in his chaotic life but when the Fairy King and Queen of the thaumaturgic realm decide they want something different he’s hard pressed to protect her and himself from their schemes.
Kyleen Valleaux writes because it’s cheaper than therapy. She works as a telecom mercenary and takes the stress out on fictional characters. Never one to back down from a writing challenge, she will go without food or sleep to get the stories written. Her family and friends have adjusted to her complete withdrawal from the human race each year during the month of November. She resides in Michigan with three big German Shepherd Dogs, and a millennial. (Taken from her Amazon Profile.)
She’s also the author of Manor Town: Chronicles of the Garlon T’Zen which I loved also.
What I Loved
The romance in this story is inspiring. I want a man to love me and dote on me the way Maug loves Bobby. I don’t want the trouble she has though so I’ll settle for good old fashioned human love.
Maug is a shifter character, shifting from human to dragon form as he needs. His philosophy towards life however is fully draconic and I love it. I felt like Kyleen did a good job of working a variety of shifting characters into the story without it being overkill or gratuitous. And she includes a variety of them, all individual in their own ways.
I love the various subplots that Kyleen runs through the story and how well she weaves them together. I also love that some of them aren’t wrapped up neatly for the ending. I am very much looking forward to book 2. (Soon, if you’re reading this Kyleen Valleaux!)
What I Didn’t Love
So of course there are elements to any book that we don’t love. The first one may be my own hang up and faulty memory. The first chapter or two introduces a lot of players in the story, and quickly. I found myself having to go back and reread it several times to keep track and sort them out in my head. As I said, this may be me.
The second thing I didn’t like was how one of the conflicts was dealt with. The Fairy Queen has a beef with Bobby. In my humble opinion I don’t feel like that beef is explained clearly enough to me the reader. But maybe that will come up in book 2? I enjoyed the book enough that it’s worth overlooking.
Overall, Revolt is a great book with a great love story and a killer cliff hanger ending that will leave you screaming Kyleen Valleaux’s name. I know I did. And then I yelled at her on GoodReads too. She’s probably chuckling and planning her next cliffhanger.
Where To Find It
Revolt (Dragons of the Thaumaturgic Realm Book 1) can be found at your favorite book store. On Barne’s and Noble and Amazon it’s $12.99 for the print edition, and $2.99 for the e-book. I was lucky because I got to meet Kyleen at AwesomeCon and purchase a signed paperback!
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