A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her he is bound by duty.
Myst loves her life in the human world, but Bastian has captured her heart in an instant of electric connection. But Bastian and his warriors are in the middle of a deadly battle with the Razorback dragon shifters, intent on killing every Nightfury clan member—and the humans they protect—the fate of their world and ours hangs in the balance.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to the series!
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2021
First, I love dragon shifters and second, I love true mate stories. This first book doesn't dive too much into the true mate part. They are unaware of such a thing since the knowledge has been buried for years. They are drawn to woman with energy and that energy feeds the dragons.
I'm not quite sure how that all works but based off this first couple, the heroine had extremely high energy that made the hero feel full for the first time. I admit that I listened to the audiobook version and while I loved the audiobook. I'm not sure if I missed some information about the energy feeding or if we just get a small dose of knowledge in this first book.
I found this first book to be really good and I like the concept of the energy feeding being how they match to their mates. I do believe you will need to read this series in order. This did end as if more to come from all characters even though the next book will be focused on a new couple. Either way, I'm in.
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved These Dragons
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2013
This is a new series and a new to me author. It was recommended to me online. And like with all recommendations, some are great and some, not so much. This one was great. I was happily surprised.
The Nightfurys are dragon shifters. An all male race that feeds off the energy of human females. Each human draws pure power from the "Meridian" Something the Dragonkind needed to survive. They also need to breed with human females. The males are only able to sire a child twice a year, when the Meridian realigns. Unfortunately, their females die during childbirth. With their numbers dwindling, their leader, Bastian, needs to set an example. Be the first to choose a female, and sire a son. Just the thought of what he has to do sickens him. To end an innocent life to ensure the survival of his race.
Myst Munroe is a registered nurse. She needs to check on one last patient before heading home. She fears for this young woman, Caroline. She knows she's involved with a very scary and possibly abusive man. Caroline has missed her last few doctors appointments and something strange has shown up in her last blood test. So Myst heads out to check on her patient. Only to find her bleeding out and almost dead when she arrives. Myst makes the decision to save the baby.
That's when Bastian and his men show up. Hoping to save the child. A child they know was sired by one of the Dragonkind. Not one of Bastian's men, but one of their enemy, the Razorback clan. The rogue dragons who hate humans and have been at war with the Nightfurys for decades.
Bastian and Myst have an instant connection. She possessed the most powerful energy he had ever seen. And he new there and then, she was his. He would do everything in his power to protect her. And it saddened him knowing she would die giving him a son.
I read plenty of reviews for this book before I finally bought it. And the majority of them didn't like the book because they thought it was too much like the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I too, have read BDB. And yes there are similarities. But this book is not a copy of BDB. The author has created a very believable world for her dragons to live in. It is very well written. The world building and character development draw the reader in. And while you might see something similar, you are so wrapped up in this world, with these characters, you don't really notice the similarities. I really liked the book, and I'm off to buy the second one.
Sage Wolfsong/Thrice Read Books
4.0 out of 5 stars A hot shape-shifter romance
Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2018
Dragons, damsels and divisive clan wars, oh my! Coreene Callahan kicked this series off with a bang in Fury of Fire, Book 1 in the Dragonfury series.
This is one of those binge-buying Kindle books I picked up (embarrassingly, almost 3 years ago!), and dove into for a bit of a break from ARCs. I was most assuredly NOT disappointed.
In this shape-shifter-slash-urban-fantasy-romance, Bastian knows he needs to find a human female to impregnate. He's not keen on the idea; it rubs his moral compass the wrong way, as the birth will inevitably result in his partner's death.
Myst stumbles into the middle of a wild, action packed battle between Bastian's clan and their bitter rivals, and in the end, she's literally swept off to Bastian's stronghold in the mountains above Seattle because she refuses to relinquish the baby she delivered just before the battle.
The plot is engaging, the characters well developed and the world-building is mostly believable. This book should be on your to-be-read list if you are a fan of shape-shifter romance.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fury of Fire, A Review
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2012
Coreene Callahan tells a wonderful story of Dragonkind. Of good vs evil of nature vs science of lust for power and lust for life. Fury of Fire, sets up this world with a powerful punch. An impact that calls to the believer in me.
Bastian, leader of the Nightfuries is six and a half feet of scrumptious delight. Determined to help his kind, to see that they multiple he convinces himself that he needs to breed at the next meridian. Only trouble is, no human female survives the birth and no Dragon female has ever been born. So, if he does impregnate a woman with powerful energy he dooms her to die, if he doesn't he dooms his clan/tribe/team.. Knowing it must be done he accepts his destiny and moves forward.
Myst Monrue, doesn't know anything about Dragons, the Meridian, Energy. All she knows is there is a pregnant woman out there who has refused medical help and needs her. When Myst arrives she finds her patient bleeding out and the only hope for the baby is to perform emergency C-section. And hope the EMT's get there in time to save the baby. Only, when the EMT's get there they aren't quite what they seem. Bastian and his crew were there to save them..
And so the battle begins.. The Nightfuries were there to save the baby, to protect the woman and to escape the Razorbacks without notice. Only trouble is the Razorbacks were there and suddenly they were all under attack. Myst believes Bastian is one of the good guys, well until she sees him shift into a dragon. Then well, she's not so sure..
Ms Callahan does a wonderful job of world building in Fury.. While Myst and Bastian are strong lead characters and hold our attention throughout the story, we are introduced to the good, the bad and the ambivalent. We find out how the leader of the Razorbacks is using science to try and solve Dragonkind's problems. Only he needs a few women with exceptional energy to use as guinea pigs, lab rats and oh yeah breeding stock. His theories and concepts are brilliant but his end goal, to save Dragonkind by destroying mankind kinda sucks.
Bastion and Ivar are at cross purposes, both want to save Dragonkind but Bastian wants to cohabitate peacefully with the humans while Ivar things of them something like cockroaches.. too many and useless.. and all the other less than complimentary terms. There is a governing council but one gets the impression that they are waiting to see who wins the war before they take sides. Evil probably sits happily in their midst.. we are just waiting to see as they are mentioned but we don't meet them.
Both Bastion and Ivar have wonderful supporting casts. While most of the Razorbacks are dumb muscle the top tier are delightfully wicked. The perfect foil for the Nightfuries. The Nightfuries on the other hand, well they are dark and deadly, sexy as all get out and their combined powers would knock anyone for a loop. The testosterone running around that particular lair would make just about any girl fall into a swoon. Of course if she has a brain in her head she is gonna question what the heck..
There are even some decent humans, while Mac and Angela are somewhat unique and superior in their attitudes they are good cops and too often we see law enforcement reduced to idiothood in order to make the lead characters seem all that is good and decent. Ms Callahan doesn't treat the law like this, her police are intelligent and I am sure will soon become integral parts of the story.
Yes, this story is pure fantasy.. sadly there are no dragons running around *sigh* so there will be those who won't like this book or won't get it.. but me.. yeah I am in full swoon!!