Blood of the Dragon

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Conquered and enslaved, the dragons of Layr live in fear. Their allies are banished, declared outlaws and forced out of human society. With the birth of a rare dragon, a young keeper in the dragon hatchery finds herself as the hatchling's protector. Enlisting the help of her best friend, a fire-throwing Gypsy, and an invisible being, she confronts a tyranny that has reigned for three centuries. More

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About Samantha Warren

Samantha Warren is an author-publisher who spends her days immersed in dragons, spaceships, and vampires.

In the name of research, she enlisted the help of her pet dragon Anethesis and together they built a Noah’s Ark-like space ship. Three trips through a hole in the time-space continuum allowed the pair to explore the universe decades into the past and eons into the future. They discovered how life would be without Earth and were forced to run from alien law enforcement when their ship was deemed unspaceworthy. In the long run, the constant demands of space travel and repairs cut into Samantha’s sock fetish fund, so she was forced to sell her ark for half-price to a slimy creature that made Jabba the Hutt look like Brad Pitt.

After her years of traveling, she returned to her roots. When she isn’t writing or reading, she is milking cows or trying to feed them Pop-Tarts and FiberOne bars (they like neither). She also spends a lot of time in her weed patch (aka: garden), collecting zombie gnomes, or watching any show featuring Gordon Ramsay. Anethesis remains by her side, sleeping away the day and hunting evil cat-eating coyotes by night.

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Review by: K. Wodke on Oct. 3, 2011 :
This is an excellent well-written fantasy novel. It builds suspense gradually, pulling the reader in. The world is believable and the characters well developed. I enjoyed this story and look forward to more work from this talented author.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Quin With a Purpose on Sep. 15, 2011 :
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First and foremost. I enjoyed this book! the traditions of a storyteller are quite evident in Samantha Warren.
I feel there was room for growth but overall, this was certainly a sophomore debut of which she can be proud.
I loved the descriptors as well as patches of short side stories that brought us the backdrop of character growth as well as decline in levels through the length of the story.
I enjoyed the book's quiet beginning, which so nicely set up the book for a whirlwind of adventure and team building. It was fun watching family and society web building through the trials and challenges. It showed ties of familiarity and trust. I read with delight the ebb and flow of action and sociology of crime, punishment, love, hate, hard work, reward, again trusting, betrayal, communication and bereavement. I smiled at the gypsy camp descriptions, and the bondings noted.

I love a good storyteller that makes me feel I might someday step into this world. As for Samantha Warren, well she felt like it was certainly possible to touch a dragon. It is certainly a talented writer, who can make you feel the tension of battle and prickle of betrayal. Which of course means, Samantha, is a storyteller of whom I will be following.

I loved the plot entanglements, but felt the ending was just patching up a hole in the wall. While I don't disagree with the ending, I was put off by its being its own chapter, it seemed more clandestine that it had to be.
All in all I give this book a good solid - "couldn't easily put this down" & "Had to turn the page" book.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

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