I've had to stop reading the last 6 books I downloaded on Kindle Unlimited due to content (sex, swearing, etc...). Some of those took me by surprise because I was half-way through the book, without any content issues, and then BAHM, a tirade of bad language and erotica out of the blue. Luckily, this was NOT the case with Nice Dragons Finish Last.
I tentatively downloaded this story and was worried I would get more of the same, but she never crossed that line. There are a few "mild" swear words and innuendo, but they are all mild, pertinent to the character and story, and nothing is graphic, which I really liked.
GRADE: 4.5 stars
CONTENT RATING: (PG-13) A few mentions of drugs, alcohol, mild sexual innuendo and a few mild swear words. There is violence and people are killed, kidnaped, and there is suspense with monsters and tense situations. There is lots of magic-meets-tech and a budding romance story.
What captivated me with this story is the unique setting. It's a semi-post-apocalyptic world, in that magical elements are awake after a comet (or meteor, I can't remember which) passed, and this is a few years down the road and our modern society has accepted the magic around them. Think Angel and Buffy, but the whole world knows about the magic and monsters all around them. There are universities and schools for mages, science/magic tech firms, monsters, old gods, and of course, dragons. Rachel Aaron does a great job of weaving these all together in the background, especially the fun concepts of future tech and magic. This makes for an interesting setting with interesting situations, but I like that it's the background and setting, not the main concept pulling the story forward.
The main story revolves around characters, in particular, the youngest dragon of the Hearstriker clan. Unlike all of the other dragons in the world, he's not a greedy, manipulative and ruthless monster. He's actually a nice guy in his early twenties. Dragons are able to shape-shift into human form and, as a punishment by his mother for his unwillingness to act like a real dragon, she traps him in human form and leaves him in the only city where dragons are outlawed, hunted, and killed. Here he receives a deadly and nearly impossible task, being pulled into the manipulative plotting of dragons that he's tried to avoid his whole life.
A budding romance forms with a young female mage as they work together to complete the task, solve mysteries and discover new plots.
I believe this was self-published and the editing is good, but there are a handful of misspelled words and incorrect sentences (i.e. two of the same words back-to-back- "the the"). It wasn't enough to deter from the story, but you do notice the errors.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series and I found out she has a ton of other books and series that are highly rated on Amazon. I guess that means I found another clean and entertaining author to read. YAY!
As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn't fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience. Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ--a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit--Julius has one month to prove he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test. He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons...
You can learn more about author Rachel Aaron and her books at http://rachelaaron.net