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    Love and hate squashed together to form pain.

    I enjoyed and hated this at the same time. It was interesting to see the story told through Blake's eyes, but very frustrating too. So much trouble could have been avoided if he would only have trusted someone. I would recommend this story for fantasy readers who love a lot of emotional conflict and drama.
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    just brilliant

    I loved the Dragonian series and I devoured book 1, “Moonbeam”, in the spin off series Beam. And when I found out that there would be a whole book from Blake’s POV i was so excited. Finally we where given the opportunity to learn more about the Rubicon, his feelings towards Elena and, of course, the darkness he has inside. So I couldn’t wait to start reading the book, my expectation high. And it was just as brilliant as I thought it would be. Mind, this not a YA story, there is a lot of cussing, mention of sex and Blake. Let’s just say....he is not a nice person or dragon. I wanted to slap him, throttle him, scream at him. But I also wanted to hug him, hold him, tell him to hold on. He is so dark and twisted and just not a likable person, at all. I think it is a good thing that this version, the Blake version, of the story about Pageia is published now, after we have got to know him as a loving, caring partner of Elena. And if you are reluctant to read this book because you think it’s the same old story of Elena & Blake, just seen with Blake’s eyes - be assured it’s not. Read it and you’ll see it is so much more and so special. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and Fire Quill Publishing!
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    Dark But Engaging!

    He’s the Rubicon. He’s destined to either be one of light or succumb to the darkness. He needs a rider if he is to make it but the royal family was murdered. The King and Queen were murdered before they could produce an heir. Now, Blake battles every day with the darkness that grows within him. He’s fighting, but for how much longer can he hold out? This is his story. Darkbeam Part 1: The Rubicon’s Story is a spinoff of Adrienne Wood’s Dragonian series. While I have not read the original Dragonian series, I found this book fascinating and overall easy to follow along with what was going on. The main character, Blake, is engaging throughout the entire story. He’s a strong and compelling character. The author does a fantastic job showing the reader how much Blake struggles with the darkness that is ever creeping in on him. He tries so many things to try and keep it at bay. He’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. He does what he feels he needs to do in order to stay sane. He crosses the line multiple times, but it keeps the reader engaged. There isn’t much that I don’t like about this book. There are moments of where the author leaves things vague and doesn’t explain. While this bothers me it doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of the overall storyline. I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. I truly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next part of Blake’s story. If you’ve not read the original Dragonian series, I’d say that you don’t need to worry about missing something overall. I do intend to go and read the original series that ties into this spin-off. If you enjoy dark fantasy novels then I highly recommend you read this book. You won’t be disappointed. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    3.6 Magical Dragons

    NO Spoilers! I am really glad I did not read any reviews before delving into this - There are a lot of little twists and character details that make a significant impact on the flow of the storyline. If you are a newby to the series this is important. Why am I telling you that? Well, I just found out that this is Blake's POV from an already published series - The Dragonian - which I haven't read yet. First thing I have to say is I was impressed with the depth of the characters and the details of the universe within this first book. This is a bit of a complex read with regards to the characters and their forms (Dragon, human Chromatic.. you get the gist) The characters are vivid, well detailed. An assortment of personalities and traits that interconnected well supporting the main and secondary characters within the plotline. The storyline kept me engaged and entertained, there were a few scenes that are slower but with all the "OH NO" moments it was nice to have a breather here and there. I was left with a few questions and no answers. I am curious now to read the original series. I read a comp copy
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    Dark and Intense

    I enjoyed this dark and twisted story, more than I actually thought I would. It was gripping and intense. It was original and kept me entertained. I love the cover too! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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