Part vampire, part were-wolf Beth is
sent from the City of the Damned with a representative of a
rival city to the Highlands to test the area for radiation
leftover from past nuclear devastation. When the mutant
scientist travels too far off course while working, she
discovers a winged alien male from past dreams.
This delicious intro to the world of
the Dragul is just what I needed to knock me out of the
rainy day April doldrums. Beth and Aurel are smart, feisty
and strong enough to face all the challenges they meet on
the battlefield of love, along with impending danger/doom.
After reading “Dragul Dawn”, I was relieved knowing there
was more to come because I couldn’t wait to dive into the
rest of the trilogy.
“Dragul in Daylight”
When Danna the Dragon Dancer is
captured by violent, ambitious Dome dwellers, she is rescued
by Michael, a mutant cop from the City. The attraction
between them is instant and electric. Michael struggles to
focus on his good will mission with the Dragul while
searching for answers. Without them, both he and Danna will
lose their chance at happiness.
In “Dragul in Daylight” the central
plot of Dragul existence and survival is the main focus,
packing a big wallop when it swerves the direction of the
narrative. Michael and Danna are at the center of the
maelstrom, and I was pleased at how well the author uses the
vehicle of the story’s subplot to carry the main angst
ridden issues along. Of course, things are hot, heavy and
downright inventively carnal. Sexual tension rules,
engages, and wins! Suffice to say I couldn’t wait to plunge
right into the next segment.
“Dragul in Darkness”
Although born a mutant in the City
of the Damned, Eve has established a life and career in the
Dome. The price is that she is not trusted by either
side. Still, she is part of the Dome delegation chosen to
speak on the behalf of the Dome at the conference called by
the Dragul King, Vasil, now that his people have been ‘outed’.
As a leader and visionary, Eve’s goals are beyond the petty
squabbles and power plays. She expects the Dragul King to
be little more than a puppet or figurehead. What she finds
is that the powerful, darkly entrancing ruler is a force to
be reckoned with.
Eve’s and Vasil’s story is the
highlight of Dragul Rising, the perfect ending
to the trilogy. It doesn’t disappoint except for leaving
you hungrier than when you started. The anticipation is
strongest in “Dragul in Darkness” because the author teases
with Vasil‘s and Eve’s presence from earlier appearances.
The plot twist ending only adds fuel to the fire. This
dynamic pair takes the story to a new level that had me
wondering why I hadn’t grabbed this series sooner.
Dragul Rising is a
passionate triad of stories bursting with sexual tension,
political angst and intrigue, and engaging characters that
will keep and ignite your interest. This collection is
fabulous and original in concept by using the alien Dragul
(who might not be so alien after all), and where they fit as
the balance and future of Post Apocalyptic earth and
humanity is shifted and changed by their existence. I’m
interested in not just continuing the series but in
backtracking to the beginning by reading the City of the
Damned collection; all the better to delve into the
history of Beth’s, Michael’s and Eve’s parents. I was able
to read the Dragul portion without the earlier pieces; the
fact that I’m captivated proves just how effectively and
well Marie Treanor has created this world. The best word to
sum it all up in its entirety is fabulous. Now go grab a
copy and start reading. Now.