Book Review: FLAME, by Donna Grant

RATED 4 stars by Iris Chacon

I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, and I am voluntarily posting my honest opinion in this review.  #Flame #NetGalley

Flame is the next Dark Kings book in New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant’s Dark Kings series. Released June 20, 2020.

The author describes the story this way (paraphrased):

Living among the Dragon Kings, Cain has spent lifetimes learning to distrust both mortals and Fae. He is a warrior born—and every instinct demands that he fight to keep his own kind safe.

But now an urgent warning has Cain torn for the first time between trusting a beautiful Dark Fae and resisting his primal attraction to her. [Illustration by DeviantArt]

Noreen is horrified by what her fae kind and the malevolent Others are planning for the Dragon Kings. She has always known she would risk her life for her principles, but she never imagined she would risk her heart – until she meets Cain.

Flame has several very romantic story lines involving unusual people (and creatures) finding, and fighting for, the love of their life. The many-layered novel also contains:

stories of lost love to break a reader’s heart;

action and battles between supernatural beings;

parallel worlds (well drawn by the author), sometimes reminiscent of the Never-Never world of Harry Dresden in the Jim Bucher novel series;

and a desperate life-and-death struggle to save humankind and planet earth, even though the heroes are neither humans nor earthlings themselves.

I give this book five stars for being a well-written sci-fi/fantasy romance with likable characters, despicable villains, and suspenseful action…minus one star for large sections of background information from the first 16 novels…for a net score of four stars.

I recommend Flame (and the Dark Kings series) to fans of sci-fi/fantasy romance, but I suggest beginning with book 1.

The first book in the Dark Kings series was 2014’s Darkest Flame.

In Darkest Flame, the Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But one of the most powerful warriors of his kind will be put to the ultimate test. Is he strong enough to resist his greatest temptations? Or will he be forced to surrender—body and soul?

Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly mission. Sent to the Scottish Highlands to spy on the mysterious Dreagan Industries, she discovers too late that she’s been set up—as human bait. She is an irresistible lure for a man who has not seen or touched a woman for centuries. [—quoting author Donna Grant]

GOODREADS has these glowing words to say about the author, Donna Grant:

Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, multiple-award-winning author of over a hundred novels. Her most popular series is the breathtaking Dark King (aka Dragon King) series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

In addition to her novels, Donna has written short stories, novellas, and novelettes for digital-first and print release. You can find her at

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