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Urban Fantasy Audiobook Review: Forged by Flames by Susan Illene

Forged by Flames b Susan Illene (Dragon's Breath #3)

audiocopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Amazon
Ever since dragons invaded Earth, Bailey Monzac and other survivors have had to adjust to a new world order. But a new threat is emerging that could destroy everything they've been struggling to rebuild—for both man and beast. There's an artifact out there that can control dragons, and many would seek to possess it for dark purposes.

It's going to be up to Bailey, her dragon shape-shifter ally Aidan, and their friends to embark on a long and arduous quest to recover the relic before it falls into the wrong hands. Relationships within the group will be tested in incredible ways that could mean the difference between success and failure. For they must work together—forging the tightest bonds—if they wish to survive this journey.

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Damn, this book has left me restless.

Forged by Flames is a classic quest which was a nice transition book after the previous story arc ended.
Bailey, Aidan, Conrad, Miles, Danae, and Aidan's uncle and sister are traveling together to different parts of the US to reassemble a magical orb which can control dragon shifters, dragon slayers, and magic users. They have to go through a few trials, and in the process learn important things about their history and mutual origins.

You see, this part was really fascinating to me, and I wanted to know more.

I also loved Aidan's change of heart about his relationship with Bailey and their mutual character growth. Really nicely done!

Conrad was a sweetheart continuously providing comic relief but we also found out an intriguing backstory to Aidan's sister and Miles & Danae.

At the same time, the plot in parts lost focus, and I didn't feel like some storylines were wrapped up successfully. The witch or Aidan's brother, for example.

Saying all that, it was a pleasant, smooth read, and I'm looking forward to this series expanding its world-building in the future. Recommended.

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Чёрт, эта книга оставила меня неудовлетворённой!

Скованные Пламенем - это классический квест и хорошая переходная книга, расширяющая горизонты серии.

Эйдан, его дядя и сестра, Бэйли, Конрад, Дэна и Майлз путешествуют вместе в разные части США, чтобы собрать магическую сферу, которая может контролировать драконов-оборотней, охотников за драконами и ведьм.

Им приходится пройти через несколько испытаний и в процессе узнать о том, что объединяет их  происхождение, несмотря на такую антипатию друг к другу.

Вы знаете, это была самая волнительная часть сюжета, о которой мне хотелось узнать побольше. Однако, мне также понравился перелом в отношениях между Бэйли и Эйданом, и их обоюдное развитие характеров.

Конрад продолжил разбавлять серьёзность повествования своими шуточками и позитивом, но мы также узнали интересные детали прошлого Фиби, Майлза и Дэны.

В то же время, сюжет временами терял фокус, и некоторые из его линий просто сошли на нет ( я говорю о ведьме или, например, брате Эйдана). Однако, в общем, книга слушалась легко, и я с интересом буду ждать расширения мира серии в новом направлении. Рекомендую.
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