Raptor by Lindsay Buroker

Dragon Blood, book 6
Category: science fiction and fantasyspeculative fictionepic fantasysteampunk
Publisher: self-published
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Format: advance review ebook (eARC)
My Rating: 4 stars

Description

Responsible for her friend’s death, Lieutenant Caslin Ahn wants nothing more than to be left alone. She no longer deserves the company of comrades or the fulfillment she felt as a Wolf Squadron fighter pilot. But a summons from the king leaves her with no choice but to rejoin her teammates. An ancient evil has been unleashed, bringing death and destruction to the nation, and they are the only ones with a chance of stopping it.

Dragon Blood 6 brings back Cas, Tolemek, Ridge, Sardelle, Kaika, and Tylie, as well as her dragon, for a new epic fantasy adventure.

Review

Lindsay Buroker never disappoints. Raptor seamlessly takes you on the next exciting adventure in the Dragon Blood series.

Buroker’s world building is fantastic in that she makes a true fantasy environment feel familiar and right. Her characters are fully developed and she manages to take the common, irritating, quirky family traits that exist in all families, in one form or another, and makes them humorous rather than irritating. There is not a single "normal" person in her stories and there is definitely not a single "normal" family. Thank goodness; how boring that would be!

Buroker gives us:

  • An assassin.
  • A dragon releasing King.
  • A beautiful, kind-hearted sorceress with a savior complex.
  • A snarky, talking, meddling, sorceress imbued sword.
  • A crazy, hot, wooden dragon rubbing (for luck), well-intentioned rogue fighter pilot whose luck seems to hold; the dragon rubbing must work.
  • An innocent, childlike, dragon-loving sorceress in training.
  • A silver dragon, who can turn into a human, has questionable judgement, and is attached to the sorceress in training.
  • A dreadlocks wearing, mad scientist, ex-pirate who is hated by most, feared by everyone smart, and yet lovable at the same time .
  • A tiny but mighty assassin trained sharpshooter carrying a load of guilt and a deadly sword she doesn't want.
  • A young, gangly, self-deprecating pilot given the call sign Pimples...yikes...not exactly confidence inspiring.
  • A spot on demolitions chick.
  • A couple of wicked, lying, criminal gold dragons accidentally set loose who kill and plunder.
  • A gold dragon who thinks himself god and everyone else his worshippers; at least he helps when needed.
  • A supporting array of pilots, military brass, hardened criminals, and all those family misfits.

A cast unlike any other....so much fun and rather endearing.

Raptor is full of dragons, magic, cave-ins, crazy exploits, and non-stop humor and action. It is also filled with some real physical and emotional pain, fears, and misplaced guilt which make the characters real. All said, you really should read Raptor just to find out what happens to the sofa. Yep, the fate of a sofa is quite hilarious and pops up throughout the story.

I can't leave you without an important word of warning...be wary of swords.

Please. I can fry the butt hair off a flea, if I so choose.

As a reviewer for Lindsay Buroker, I was given a pre-release copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion.

Resources

  1. character list for the Dragon Blood series
  2. books and book series list in chronological order

The Dragon Blood series in chronological order