Series: DRAGONS Series (AISLING GREY, SILVER DRAGONS, LIGHT DRAGONS)
Plot Type: Soul-Mate Romance (SMR)
Ratings: Violence—3-4; Sensuality—4; Humor—4-5
This is the first of the DRAGON series, and it involves a branch of the Otherworld of the DARK ONES series, this time focusing on the world of Aisling Grey, a demon lord, and her Beloved, Drake, who is the wyvern (aka leader) of the green dragons. Effrijim (aka Jim), the demon dog, provides comic relief. Click HERE to read MacAlister's FAQ page for AISLING GREY, GUARDIAN.)
Playing with Fire (2008); Up in Smoke (2008); Me and My Shadow (2009)
MacAlister’s DRAGON tales continue with May Northcott, a doppelgänger; her Beloved, Gabriel Tauhou, wyvern of the silver dragons; and her sister Cyrene, a naiad who is May’s otherworldly twin. Magoth, a sleazy, lesser-demon lord who controls May’s life, provides comic relief. Jim, the demon dog, continues to join in the merriment. Although the protagonists must battle a variety of supernatural villains, the stories are really all about the romantic relationships.
The light dragons are a newly developed dragon weyr led by Baltic and his mate, Ysolde de Bouchier, who spend much of their time at odds with the dragons of the other weirs.
Baltic was once the wyvern of the now-extinct Black Dragons, but he has built up a (somewhat-deserved) reputation for being a crazed murderer and has been cast out of the weyr. Good old demon Jim is still around for over-the-top (sometimes annoying) humor.
LIGHT DRAGONS, BOOK 2: The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons
Baltic also has a tragic past: Like Ysolde, he was murdered and resurrected after hundreds of years. In Baltic's case, Thala, his third in command, brought him back. Thala is half mage and half dragon, and she has her own ominous agenda, which we only have hints of in this book. Baltic is ecstatic to have Ysolde back and spends much of his time ordering her to allow him to protect her—at the cost of her independence (if she lets him).
Ysolde keeps trying to figure out exactly what the First Dragon wants her to do, and she has a series of visions that would be helpful if only she could decipher their meaning. When she asks Baltic to help her understand the visions, he brushes her off, saying that what the First Dragon wants her to do is unimportant. The bulk of the plot focuses on the lustful love scenes between Ysolde and Baltic, and I have to award this book an extra point in sensuality just for the scene that centers on warm caramel sauce and a pastry brush. Baltic, like his fellow dragons, is impossibly alpha—totally obsessed with sex, jealous of any attention Ysolde pays to another male, quick to lose his ferocious temper, and stubborn as all get out. Ysolde, like the mates of the other dragons, knows just how to manipulate Baltic to get her way—usually by taking him to bed.
LIGHT DRAGONS, BOOK 3: Sparks Fly