Review: Dragon Bites by Allyson James

Posted May 1, 2018 by Jen in Rating B, reviews, urban fantasy Tags: , , ,

Dragon Bites
Author:
Allyson James
Reviewer:
Jen
Rating: B

What I’m Talking About:

Starting within a few to several weeks after the conclusion of the previous title, Dragon Bites opens with Janet and Maya heading to Vegas for a girls weekend. Gabrielle crashes the party and insists she come along, and soon the threesome find trouble. They uncover a supernatural fight club, where Mick is an unlikely participant. Powers blazing, Janet and Gabrielle fight to save Mick and unknowingly awaken an ancient power.

Dragon Bites is the next adventure for Mick and Janet; however the book really belongs to Gabrielle, who comes into her own over the course of the story. Adding to the changes in Dragon Bites, Ms. James alters her writing style to include several first-person-POVs from not just Janet, but Gabrielle, Mick, and Colby. At first I didn’t care for it, but after a while I grew accustomed to the “mind swapping” and enjoyed learning what the other characters (besides Janet) were thinking. 

As I mentioned, Janet and Mick take almost a backseat to Gabrielle in Dragon Bites. While they remain major players, the story focuses on Gabrielle’s journey to break out from Janet and Grandmother’s shadows and restrictions, as she learns more about her own powers. The author is able to provide a deeper insight into Gabrielle through her first person POV. We get inside her head and learn her doubts, fears, joys, and desires. Along the way, new characters are introduced, giving Gabrielle the opportunity to prove to Janet, Grandmother, and herself, that she’s not just the crazy girl with the evil goddess mother. 

My only issue with the story, if you can call it that, is the length of time in between books. While the author is good about working on this self-published series when she can, and keeping fans up to speed, in the past five years there has only been two books. It’s tough to keep invested in the characters when so much time passes, and I feel like I have to relearn them each time. I’m starting to forget what drew me to the series and why I love it so. Maybe I need a re-read.

In the end, I enjoyed my time spent back in the Stormwalker world, and will continue to follow along on their adventures for now.

My Rating:  B, Liked It

About the Book:

Maya and I are just trying to have a girls’ weekend in Vegas. Kick back, take in some shows … Then Gabrielle decides to tag along. 

Now there’s a dragon slayer after Mick, gladiatorial games from hell, and a Vegas hotel full of trapped demons. When 

Gabrielle and I charge in to assist, we don’t realize we’re awakening an ancient and terrible evil … 

This evil is now after Gabrielle and her all-powerful magic, and it’s going to take me, Mick, Colby, and the rest of the dragons to keep my little sister safe. 

Release Date: March 20, 2018
Publisher:
self-published
Series:
Stormwalker #6
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
Format(s):
paperback (288 pages), e-book
Book Source: Purchased with my own funds

Purchase Info:
Amazon

Reviews in the Series:
Stormwalker by Allyson James (Stormwalker #1)
Firewalker by Allyson James (Stormwalker #2)
Shadow Walker by Allyson James (Stormwalker #3)
Nightwalker by Allyson James (Stormwalker #4)
Dreamwalker by Allyson James (Stormwalker #5)