Review of The Traitor (Fire’s Edge #5) by Abigail Owen

“I swear you took a solid decade off my life, love.”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense, Shifters (Dragons)

Length: 380 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Decades ago, rogue dragon shifter Rune Abaddon took a stand against the decaying, corrupt systems governing their people. He now uses his bad-ass reputation to protect the innocent as it all comes crashing down. But he’s pushed the limits one too many times. His hideout is destroyed, his few allies are scattered and hiding, and the Alliance has placed a dead-or-alive bounty on his head, making him the most wanted dragon in the western hemisphere.

And then the most enticing woman he’s ever met barges into his mountain, demanding an audience.

Hadyn Reece’s future was ripped away long ago. The man fated to be her mate was murdered alongside her parents before Hadyn was old enough to be turned, leaving her to be raised and trained by her dead mate’s parents in the dragon shifter world. Now, the Alliance has come for the only family she has left. It’s a good thing she was raised by dragons, because the only one who can help her save them is a traitor she’d be smart to fear.

Especially when his dragon decides she’s theirs.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author via NetGalley.*

For anyone following the Fire’s Edge series I can say we have all probably been waiting for this one. Rune’s story has been sewn into every single book. He’s been the bad guy, the good guy, the enemy, the friend, and most known as the traitor. He may have gone about things the wrong way, but that didn’t make his reasons any less noble or right. He wanted to save the mates. If that meant he had to stir up a little drama well then by all means that was his style. But so was trying to stay under the radar and protect those who needed it.

Hadyn found out she was a dragon mate years before she should have, but only to lose her mate. That same night she also lost her parents, leaving his parents to raise her. Being human and raised by dragons who were on the run she learned a lot of things most would take a lifetime to. When her those parents were kidnapped she followed protocol her dad had set up, which led her to Rune.

Her strong and determined personality challenged his, and yet at the same time challenged his of protection, and his dragon’s sense of ‘mate’. He wanted something that belonged to a dead dragon, one she still faintly carried the sign of.

Hadyn knew she’d never have another mate, however, everything in her was drawn to Dune. She wanted him and even if she’d never fully be his mate, she still wanted to live out as much of her human time as she could by his side. All while saving her dragon parents.

The Traitor has heartache, family, ambushes, non-stop go-go-go, and two main characters with enough sass to drive each other crazy. In amazing ways, of course.

I absolutely was not disappointed, and cannot wait to see how every book in this series leads a little closer to a better Alliance.

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.

Happy Reading Y’all!​

Excerpt:

Rune studied the woman across from him. He stayed in the shadows deliberately, keeping his distance.

The grainy image distorted by ice and rock and weathering hadn’t done her justice. Even now, awareness tightened in his belly as he took in a gamine face made more piquant by the short cut of her dark hair. Like a human-sized pixie had magically poofed into his domain. He practically expected to see a trail of glitter in her wake. Large peridot-colored eyes gazed back at him, light green and shockingly vibrant against lightly tanned and freckled skin, putting him in mind of new leaves in the spring.

Hadyn… The name suited her. It meant little fire, and she had to be a firecracker to come chasing him up here alone.

Her reaction to him was anything but normal. Most humans couldn’t stare down a dragon shifter, that little built-in voice of instinct screaming at them of danger. Predator. She didn’t break eye contact at all.

This could be a trap.

Others had tried to lure him out with a dragon mate before. Using human women to appeal to his supposed sense of honor or protectiveness. He still had a scar from the first time that happened, and it took a hell of a lot to scar a dragon, given how quickly his kind healed.

Only this one came to you alone, risking her life on the mountain.

She wasn’t off to a great start. The lie about her supposed dragon shifter parents. The suspect timing, showing up here at the same time he had.

This mountain had been abandoned months ago.

He’d risked returning by himself to shut it all down and destroy any remaining evidence of his dealings. Hopefully, the important stuff that he’d taken care to hide hadn’t been discovered.

Only by coincidence was he here now, so how had she known he would be?

He’d already scented her on the mountain, but now inhaled long and slow, catching no hint of smoke or other telltale signs of supernatural creatures, still having trouble placing what she was exactly. Not a dragon shifter, as she’d said. Human.

Only humans weren’t supposed to know about dragon shifters, let alone seek them out.

His dragon gave a hum of approval. He liked her moxie. Anyone who dared scale a mountain like this one on her own in early winter, let alone come deliberately searching for a rogue dragon shifter, had to have tons of it.

That, or he was right, and she was the bait for a trap one of the many people after him had laid, hoping he’d come back like he had.

She crossed her arms. “Why don’t you believe me?”

The question was more curious than offended, with not a scrap of worry in her tone. Interesting.

“Because the Alaz team couldn’t have done that.” The biggest hole in her story had stood out like a neon sign saying, You’d be a fool to believe this bullshit.

Rune was not a fool.

 

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