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Reviewed by Lucianne Carino Bernal for Readers' Favorite
Lori Dillon's Fire of the Dragon has a unique flavor that distinguishes it from the masses of time-traveling romances available on the market today. Plucky and flawed heroine -- check. Gorgeous, chivalrous male in need -- check. Diabolical foe -- check. Engaging sidekicks -- check. A near insurmountable quest -- check. Enormous fire-breathing dragons -- big check. The author manages to infuse the traditional elements of a good yarn with her special twist to give readers a rollicking good time. Magic and fate throw modern-day Jill back 800 years in time to meet Baelin, a curse-stricken knight who needs the aid of a virgin courageous enough to face the titular dragon.
The story is fast-paced and engaging, with the heroine spending just a few pages in her time before being catapulted back into a world populated by dragons. Nearly everything happens for a reason and pieces of the puzzle fit into place before the story wraps up in a very warm and satisfying manner.
In the face of all she's been through in such a short period of time, my one main quibble is Jill is unusually level-headed. Any normal person would have at least fainted or have had a temporary breakdown. It seems she took everything in stride too easily, although the presence of Baelin at her side would have had a very reassuring effect. Other than that, it would have been nice to learn the identity of the mysterious person who led her to Baelin.