[Review] Soul of Smoke

Friday, July 17, 2015

Title: Soul of Smoke

Series: Dragonsworn #1

Author: Caitlyn McFarland

Genre: Fantasy

Published: July 27, 2015

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

On a hike deep in the Rocky Mountains, Kai Monahan watches as a dozen dragons—actual freaking dragons—battle beneath a fat white moon. When one crashes nearly dead at her feet and transforms into a man, Kai does the only thing a decent person could: she grabs the nearest sword and saves his life.

As the dragon/man, Rhys, recovers from the attack, a chance brush of skin against skin binds him inextricably to Kai. Becoming heartsworn to a human—especially such a compelling one—is the last thing Rhys wants. But with an ancient enemy gathering to pit dragons against humanity and his strength nearly depleted, Kai has just become the one thing Rhys needs. A complete bond will give him the strength to fight; a denied bond means certain death.

Kai is terrified at the thought of allowing any dragon into her mind…or her heart. Accepting the heartswearing and staying with the dragons means sacrificing everything, and Kai must decide if her freedom is worth risking Rhys's life—a life more crucial to the fate of humanity than she could possibly know.
Soul of Smoke is an amazing story with everything I love; dragons, love, amazing characters, amazing plot. When I first started to read, I got about 7% in and immediately fell in love with the beginning. Everything moved smoothly, not too slow, not too fast, and everything worked well. The fact that the main character, Kai, questions everything in the beginning and panics, trying to get away from the inevitable truth of the existence of dragons is extremely since I've been reading so many books with the MC way too okay with being around unknown and scary beings.

The author does a wonderful job creating beautiful visuals of the dragons and scenery. The descriptions were nearly perfect, making it easy to visualize and/or feel the things we were meant to. When introduced to Cadoc, I immediately fell in love (I have a thing for guys like him most definitely). I want him for myself. He's mine, bitches!!! 

For the story in a whole, it was amazing. I got to 52% the day I started (yesterday), and almost didn't get any sleep because of it. Once I noticed it was 2:30AM, I realized this book was absolute gold. I haven't read a book that kept me up that late in a while! Damn book hangovers are a bitch though. I really want to strangle the author for leaving it off where she did. Seriously, hulk smash. Why? None of this should be happening. I need the next book. Now. Before I freak out. In fact, I threw my kindle into the grass today out of frustration towards the ending. I mean why? Why do authors like to torture their kind readers!?!? WHY?

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