Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Shield of the Dragon
SERIES: Dance With the Devil #6
AUTHOR: Megan Derr
PUBLISHER: Less Than Three Press
LENGTH: 178 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 14, 2016
In the aftermath of destroying two powerful syndicates and joining league with the last person he expected, all Ken wants is a chance to catch his breath, and maybe regain the attention of the man who said he wanted Ken as more than just a Steward but now seems to have lost interest. But every other day brings a new crop of people wanting to kill them, and it’s only a matter of time before they succeed. All Amr wants is time—time to move his clan and settle them into their new home, time with the dragon he never thought he’d own, and most of all he wants time for his Steward, to see the man rest and recover and stop getting himself almost killed every week. He wouldn’t mind a chance to rekindle their fragile relationship either. Diamond wants a life that feels worth living. The one he left behind wasn’t all that great, but it beat waking up to the nasty results of a curse that should have killed him and working as a hitman for the Cambry Syndicate. Then he goes to fetch someone for his boss, and gets dragged even deeper into the strange paranormal world he’s still learning to call home…
Every time I think this series can’t get any better, Ms. Derr proves me wrong. 😀 Continuing from the previous book, Sword of the King, Amr and Ken are just trying to keep things moving along with the relocation of Clan Mordred and solidifying their hold on what was once Rust Syndicate territory. Continuous attacks testing them for weakness and a lingering hostility from Amr’s council has taken its toll on Ken, however, and without any time alone with Amr he feels the tenuous relationship they began a month ago slipping through his fingers. Things are worse than they feared, however, when an unexpected trap lands Ken in deeper trouble than even he can easily escape from. With more than just his lover’s life on the line, Amr will need all the help he can get a maybe a little luck, too.
Ah, this was so good! While the dragons and their owners have shown up in several books in the series, it’s the previous book and this latest installment that have really let them shine. While I liked Ken in the last book, I found myself absolutely loving him here; he is such a fighter and even when things are stacked against him, he finds a way to push on through. That spirit is only eclipsed by the vulnerable side of himself that he pretty much hides at all costs and that I was so very glad to see breaking through the tough guy exterior periodically throughout the story. Amr, while not as focal to this book as Ken was, still managed to fill the story with his presence and the interactions between the two men were fantastic though I do wish I’d gotten more of them. :p
The story itself was extremely enjoyable and I just loved how the author continued to bring in characters from the previous books in the series either through a mention or cameo appearance. There were characters showing up in this book that I honestly never thought I’d see again and it was just amazing how well they worked within the plot itself. The new characters were also really well done and with Diamond especially, I absolutely adored how the fairytale of Snow White was brought together with a bad bit of magic to make such a unique individual.
I love this series so much and this book in no way disappointed! While reading the previous books will give you a good grasp of the universe and how the previous stories are interconnected, the only one you really need to read before this one is Sword of the King though I would recommend checking out Midnight, as well. Honestly you should just read the entire series because they’re all amazingly good and I re-read them all several times a year. If you’re a fan of Megan Derr, fantasy, paranormal or dragons, you should totally check this book out!