The Black Dragon by Allyson James

1 Feb

blackdragon.jpgFavorite Lines: “Whatever words came out of his mouth, he had no idea; Malcolm the black dragon, always intellectual and precise, couldn’t string two words together. Intellect was gone and emotion took over, emotion that made him want to stay inside her forever.” (p. 96)

In Dragon Heat we met Lisa and Caleb, the silver and gold dragons. We also met the black dragon, Malcolm, and the witch he turned into his minion, Saba Watanabe. In The Black Dragon, all of the characters are back, along with a few new additions, such as Axle. (I’ll let you read the book to discover what he is.)

Saba is in danger. A white dragon has propositioned her and tried to force her to work magic for him. She was able to resist, though, and used the dragon tears left to her by Malcolm to summon the black dragon to aid her. Malcolm arrived, removed the white dragon and returned to Dragonspace.

Malcolm is troubled by the white dragon’s interest in Saba. He enlists the very pregnant Lisa for help to return to the human world from Dragonspace. Once back, he finds himself drawn to Saba. He can’t stop thinking about her and wants her in the most primal of ways. He also needs her help. He has been bespelled, and his dragon powers are being drained from him.

The white dragon wants a strong witch, but when he is unable to get Saba, he takes a lesser one to do his bidding. He is surrounded by a darkness that threatens both Dragonspace and the human world. If the dragons and their friends don’t stop the darkness, they may be its next meal.

Okay. I’m not usually a big fan of books that dredge up characters from other books within the series. I’ve noticed a tendency for the first book’s characters to overwhelm or steal the book from the main characters of the second book. That does not happen here.

Lisa and Caleb are an integral part of The Black Dragon, but they are not the focus of the story. They never take the story line away from Saba and Malcolm. This book is Saba and Malcolm’s relationship and then it’s an urban fantasy/adventure. I enjoyed it.

I liked how strong Malcolm was. I loved how he calculated math constantly and his honesty. He never diverted from who Ms. James created him to be. I especially liked it when he began to realize he had an emotional committment to Saba.

Saba knows the deal though. Malcolm never told her that he’d stay with her. He never gave false hope, so she tries to stop herself from falling deeper in love with him. She is strong and has an inner core of steel that Malcolm tells her exists, but she doubts. She finally discovers and wraps herself in the love that has always surrounded her and finds her inner strength.

By the end of the book, the couple has cemented their ‘rightness’ for each other to me. I want them together. I see their future (what I think it should be) and I love it.

You can purchase this book by clicking on the picture at the top of the post. If you’d like to visit Allyson James’ blog click here.

(In all honesty, I don’t really like the cover of the book. I don’t picture the model’s face when I visualize Malcolm. It seems too soft and sissified. What do you think? Good or bad cover? What do or don’t you like about it?)


4 Responses to “The Black Dragon by Allyson James”

  1. Tia February 1, 2008 at 8:52 pm #

    I agree. I don’t like that cover much at all. His face looks freaky, somehow.

  2. Kimberly Swan February 2, 2008 at 1:33 am #

    Another great series! I’m looking forward to Fire Dragon. 🙂

  3. scooper February 2, 2008 at 2:01 pm #

    Tia- Yep. If it weren’t for his face I’d be alright.
    Kimberly- I think it’ll be a good book. I’m really wanting a story about Axle.

  4. Kimberly Swan February 2, 2008 at 11:24 pm #

    Ooo…I was just checking out her “What’s Next?” page and she has a release in March 2009 called Mortal Temptations that sounds yummy too. *grin*

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