War makes strange bedfellows.
I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.
Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…
This series never fails to make me chuckle. Seriously, it ain’t no highbrow literary fiction, but its pure escapism, and we all need a little bit of that in our lives.
Kachka ignored him, because he was male and this was an important discussion about battle plans. A discussion only women could truly understand.
It’s completely and utterly irreverent, the violence is almost cartoonish in nature, and the author continues to take the piss out of gender stereotypes, which is a delight to behold. I feel like the female characters are a lot more fleshed out than their male counterparts, who seem to be almost cardboard cutouts of each other, while the women are pretty varied – from fierce badass fighters to sly, vain princesses and dramatic witches and everything in between. In this instalment though, the heroine Kachka feels quite similar to her sister, who was the MC from the previous book, so that things felt a little tired in places.
“Do you think you frighten me?” the girl demanded. “Have you met my mother?”
“I quote your mother.”
What I also enjoy about this series is that we are given perspectives from characters we’ve met in previous books, as the background plot set in motion a few books back moves on. However, it’s going a little slow for my liking – it felt like a lot of the book was just filler, and I’d prefer more substance.
Nevertheless, it was a fun read – characters insult each other non-stop, there’s still some well-timed hilarity, and some over-the-top action to round it all off.
ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Quotes taken from uncorrected proof and may differ from final publication.