Dragan (Stone Warriors, #4)
Dragan Fiachna, heir to the curse of royal blood, a horror hiding behind a beautiful face . . . you shall remain locked in stone until a maiden, untested and pure, shall find grace in your beast and safety in your nightmare.Dragan Fiachna, born to a life of loneliness, cast into stone by a sorcerer’s curse and imprisoned forever in darkness. He is freed at last, only to discover his enemy still lives and is plotting the death of millions in his quest to rule this new world.Maeve Collins, brilliant, courageous, and compassionate enough to believe a stone statue can have a soul. Shocked when her beautiful winged man breaks free, horrified at the torment he’s endured, she dedicates herself to reuniting him with the warriors he calls family.But she never planned on falling in love.Racing across half the country in search of the only man who can stop their foe from fulfilling his merciless scheme, Dragan and Maeve discover they’ve unwittingly stolen the one artifact that can defeat their enemy. And he wants it back. Pursued by assassins, they fight their way to Dragan’s brothers, only to discover the war for this world has already begun….

Dragan (Stone Warriors, #4) Details

TitleDragan (Stone Warriors, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 24th, 2020
PublisherImaJinn Books
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Erotic Romance, Dragons

Dragan (Stone Warriors, #4) Review

  • Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    Dragan is book 4 in the Stone Warriors series and I loved it from beginning to end. I have enjoyed all the books in this series but I have to say this one was my favorite. Dragan and Mae were fantastic together. Their chemistry was awesome and they made a great team. Mae is the best h of this series. She's smart, loving, strong but innocent which was an endearing combination. The reunion with his fellow warriors and Nico/Nick had me in tears. There's action with the overall arc still in play Dragan is book 4 in the Stone Warriors series and I loved it from beginning to end. I have enjoyed all the books in this series but I have to say this one was my favorite. Dragan and Mae were fantastic together. Their chemistry was awesome and they made a great team. Mae is the best h of this series. She's smart, loving, strong but innocent which was an endearing combination. The reunion with his fellow warriors and Nico/Nick had me in tears. There's action with the overall arc still in play with the final show down coming soon. Now for that ending OMG!!!! Finally it's Nick's turn and I can't express how excited I am. I have been dying for his story since we found out that Cyn's former lover isn't human. That ending left me with so many questions, who is this mystery woman Nick longs for, why does he say she appears guilty when he finds her and finally why did Lili keep information from him. I really hope the wait isn't long.***ARC Provided by NetGalley***
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  • Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
    January 1, 1970
    An evil curse locked four warriors in stone. Statues for centuries, only a pure woman who could see beyond the physical could free them. One such woman was Maeve Collins. She approached Dragan's statue with compassion and spoke to it as if it were a real person. How was she to know that he was real, wings and all? Once freed, Dragan needs to connect with his brotherhood - the great sorcerer, Nicodemus, and the others who were now free from their stone prisons. However, the wicked sorcerer who An evil curse locked four warriors in stone. Statues for centuries, only a pure woman who could see beyond the physical could free them. One such woman was Maeve Collins. She approached Dragan's statue with compassion and spoke to it as if it were a real person. How was she to know that he was real, wings and all? Once freed, Dragan needs to connect with his brotherhood - the great sorcerer, Nicodemus, and the others who were now free from their stone prisons. However, the wicked sorcerer who cursed them in the first place won't make their reunion so easy. He's desperate to take over the world, by any means necessary, and Nico and his warriors are the only beings standing in his way. Luckily, Dragan and his friends never shy away from a fight. With a hot and sexy romance developing and an encroaching battle on the horizon, Dragan is a read not to be missed! Some of the things I liked were:⚔️ Dragan of course. Who can resist an incredibly chiseled wall of muscle with a glorious face and a personality to match? He was strong and kind and passionate and fearsome and courageous and... I could definitely go on, but you should really read the book to find out why he was so easy to love.⚔️ the magical elements. I love the idea of curses and legends and the like. I'm eager to read Nico's story because I'm sure even more magic will be found in it.⚔️ Dragan's back story. My heart broke for the hero that no one cared for. He risked his life, day after day, to keep people safe because 'that was his job', but there was no appreciation. No kindness. No sincerity. Then he finds fellow warriors, creates a family, only to be cursed for millenia and end up in another world. His luck sucked! I believe the author did an amazing job of developing this character. He had a vulnerability to him that I really appreciated, despite his overwhelming strength, making him a hero in every sense of the word.If you are a lover of the unrealistic and yet fantastic, you won't want to pass on this story. It's got magic out the ying yang, an inevitable love story, interesting characters, and a segue into what comes next. That epilogue really got my attention!!Find the full (unedited) review HERE
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  • Marta Cox
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely know when I pick up a book by this author that it’s going to be a wild ride, rife with action and of course full to the brim with romance. Finally we get the last of the cursed Warriors and Dragan is a character wholly unique in that he’s brave yes , fearless without a doubt but desperate for someone to finally, actually want him monstrous wings and all ! Step forward Maeve who has deliberately cut herself off from family and loved ones in order to work for an employer who well I absolutely know when I pick up a book by this author that it’s going to be a wild ride, rife with action and of course full to the brim with romance. Finally we get the last of the cursed Warriors and Dragan is a character wholly unique in that he’s brave yes , fearless without a doubt but desperate for someone to finally, actually want him monstrous wings and all ! Step forward Maeve who has deliberately cut herself off from family and loved ones in order to work for an employer who well frankly she really doesn’t like that much. Unfortunately for Maeve she’s been working for a vicious Sorcerer with no compassion and a very evil plan to finally get rid of his enemies once and for all. Dragan is under a truly nasty curse with rather particular needs to break it and Maeve is just the woman to fulfill those parameters but how will she react when what looks like a Gargoyle turns out to be a man trapped in stone ?If like me you’v enjoyed this authors Vampires in America series than this crossover is a delight to read. It had previously been revealed that Sotiris had secreted Dragan away but that hadn’t stopped Nico and the other three Warriors looking for him. Now I mentioned that there’s a connection here with the V.I.P. books because these stories take place in the same world but even more exciting is the fact that Nico is an ex of Cyn the woman who owns and yes I do mean owns the heart of the biggest and baddest Vampire of them all, the wholly gorgeous Raphael ! I’d actually have enjoyed a little more Vampire action in this book but still cannot fault this amazing story that was oh so satisfying and now all I want is to discover who the mysterious woman that will bring Nico to his knees is. You will love Dragan because he’s a male that truly deserves a happy ending and Maeve turned out to be a very courageous woman unafraid of self sacrifice. This gets a big recommendation from me for the imaginative world building but most of all the diverse characters who had me cheering them on.This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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  • Mei
    January 1, 1970
    A nice PRN romance without useless angst and without stupidity on either side! I enjoyed both Dragan and Mae's behaviour! Mae was a withdrawn girl who wasn't stupid and who did intelligent reasonings, while Dragan was inteligent enough not to be an overbearing alpha idiot. He listen to her reasonings and didn't suffocate her, but was protective just enough!She recognized his physical superiority, but also appreciated his intelligence.So, thank to both of them being that way the story progressed A nice PRN romance without useless angst and without stupidity on either side! I enjoyed both Dragan and Mae's behaviour! Mae was a withdrawn girl who wasn't stupid and who did intelligent reasonings, while Dragan was inteligent enough not to be an overbearing alpha idiot. He listen to her reasonings and didn't suffocate her, but was protective just enough!She recognized his physical superiority, but also appreciated his intelligence.So, thank to both of them being that way the story progressed in a linear way and dangerous situations were resolved in a logical way. Thank God! :)A nice addition to the series, even if some things were not explained and are left hanging, but I suppose the author was saving some things for the next book! The last pages of the book point to Nick's story! And there's a misterious woman... *wink*
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  •  Rosebud
    January 1, 1970
    And then there was one.Sorcerer Nicodemus Katsaros experienced his greatest sorrow when his four warrior brothers were cursed by his enemy Sorcerer Sotiris. Cursed to be imprisoned in stone, always awake and able to see and hear everything in their presence, but unable to do more. Only a minute loophole gives them the illusion their curse could be broken, under the right conditions. Centuries have come and gone with no hope until recently. Three have been able to break their curse. Damian, And then there was one.Sorcerer Nicodemus Katsaros experienced his greatest sorrow when his four warrior brothers were cursed by his enemy Sorcerer Sotiris. Cursed to be imprisoned in stone, always awake and able to see and hear everything in their presence, but unable to do more. Only a minute loophole gives them the illusion their curse could be broken, under the right conditions. Centuries have come and gone with no hope until recently. Three have been able to break their curse. Damian, magician. Kato, god of war. Gabriel, vampire. Only one remains: Dragan, blessed by the Goddess, winged dragonish warrior. This is his story.* * * * This is the 4th installment in the "Stone Warriors" series that, on the surface, could be read as a standalone for the content, but, this series builds off previous installments so I'd highly suggest and recommend that any new reader needs to start from the beginning. Dragan Fiachna & Maeve Collins. It's the well used trope of a hero who has experiences deep dark isolation and segregation, both as a human and rock statue, until one person has the strength, ability, and just plain luck to change status quo. To break the curse "Dragan Fiashna, heir to the curse of royal blood, a horror hiding behind a beautiful face . . . you shall remain locked in stone until a maden, untested and pure, shall find grace in your beast and saety in your nightmare." Who better than a gamer and computer hack as we all know gamers battle horrific characters on a daily basis and are most often virgins, or so I'm told. lolOn the whole I appreciated the overall story though it just didn't hit all the bells and whistles for me. Not sure why. I mean the lead up to Dragan & Maeve becoming a couple was cute and their goal to reunite Dragan with Nick, aka Nicholas Katsaros, was fun. I even got the giggles over Dragan experiencing modern technology, foods, and creature comforts for the first time. Got a little petrified if Mae's computer hacking skills are semi accurate with the end thought that I need to beef up my own internet safety & privacy. Could have done without scenes that didn't really add anything to the overall story, example father and teenage son, while inhaled cameo scenes with Raphael & Cyn. There was just something that haad me wanting more. Even I can't define what that something could have been. I love this author and have her on my auto buy list, but I'm not a biggie fan of this series though a fan, yes. As a big time shapeshifter dragon lover fan, I did feel a slight letdown that this installment wasn't a great as I had hoped but Mae's character did make up for a portion of that feeling. Dragons be mean, fierce, and dangerous when provoked. Though parts of this story did apply that premise and other scenes did feature the other side of such a personality - the gooey loving side - I just felt, on the whole, the author nailed the overall dragon concept. To add. There is a mild teaser for the next installment which will FINALLY feature the main guy of the series itself. Nicodemus Katsaro. Fingers crossed that Raphael will FINALLY get a little karma satisfaction in the process. Those two really need to get over themselves, but then again, maybe not as I've enjoyed snacking on my popcorn watching those two clash. Again and again and again.
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  • Keri
    January 1, 1970
    It’s been awhile since I dived into this world, but it didn’t take me long to catch up. New readers...go read Raphael and that series, then make the way to the Stone warriors series, you can thank me later. Now...series lovers get ready all we’ve come to expect from this author is here and more plot development but not as much I hoped but we get glimpses to Nicks future hopefully and I’m stoked! I so desperately want him to get a HEA, while I love his banter with Cyn I’m beyond ready to see his It’s been awhile since I dived into this world, but it didn’t take me long to catch up. New readers...go read Raphael and that series, then make the way to the Stone warriors series, you can thank me later. Now...series lovers get ready all we’ve come to expect from this author is here and more plot development but not as much I hoped but we get glimpses to Nicks future hopefully and I’m stoked! I so desperately want him to get a HEA, while I love his banter with Cyn I’m beyond ready to see his story, there’s so much there to be uncovered.Let me focus, this follows Maeve and Dragan, who while not my favorite couple they weren’t dreadful. You like both characters and certainly root for their victories and love. The characters work well together and while we get a brief mention of my fav duo you won’t see much of our Lord Raphael or Cyn(cue the sad music). I really enjoyed this and despite a full schedule made time for a few late night chapters. Series lovers, it’s a must read!! This was a complimentary ecopy provided by the author/publisher in exchange for a honest review via Netgalley.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received for review4.5 starsDragan is the last warrior trapped in stone. Maeve and her kind, pure heart sets him free. Then they are on the run from the evil sorcerer. Maeve puts her computer smarts and eavesdropping skills to the test to find Nico and the other warriors. After a long drive filled with danger, they find Dragan's warrior brothers. Epic battle ensues, and the bad guy gets away yet again (that's the reason for the missing half star). It's a little okay cause it needs to be ARC received for review4.5 starsDragan is the last warrior trapped in stone. Maeve and her kind, pure heart sets him free. Then they are on the run from the evil sorcerer. Maeve puts her computer smarts and eavesdropping skills to the test to find Nico and the other warriors. After a long drive filled with danger, they find Dragan's warrior brothers. Epic battle ensues, and the bad guy gets away yet again (that's the reason for the missing half star). It's a little okay cause it needs to be Nico's story where Sotiris gets everything that's coming to him. It was great seeing all the previous peeps again, plus a great epilogue with a little sneak into the next book.
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  • ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
    January 1, 1970
    5 Warrior Stars!! Dragan Fiachna is the last of Nick’s missing warriors who is trapped by Sotiris at his lake house with a sweet, shy, introvert named Maeve. Mae works for Sotiris, as his antiquities caregiver. Mae has always been drawn to the beautiful winged statue, so she spends much of her solitude time talking and reading to him. She doesn’t understand why Sotiris rants and raves at the winged statue when he occasionally visits, after Sotiris’ latest visit Mae offers comfort to Dragan 5 Warrior Stars!! Dragan Fiachna is the last of Nick’s missing warriors who is trapped by Sotiris at his lake house with a sweet, shy, introvert named Maeve. Mae works for Sotiris, as his antiquities caregiver. Mae has always been drawn to the beautiful winged statue, so she spends much of her solitude time talking and reading to him. She doesn’t understand why Sotiris rants and raves at the winged statue when he occasionally visits, after Sotiris’ latest visit Mae offers comfort to Dragan even though she acknowledges she’s talking to a stone statue. Her devotion, compassion, and care for the statue finally breaks Dragan’s curse and he’s finally free. Now he needs to find Nico/Nick and his Warrior brothers Damian, Kato, and Gabriel. Dragan: Dragan is a fierce warrior, he’s loyal and definitely deadly with his deadly winged weaponry yet he has a underlining sadness. He wasn’t treated well as a young boy, he was lonely and knew nothing about love, a gentle touch, or companionship until he answered Nico’s call to join him and the others. He finally understood companionship and loyalty. Nico and his Warrior brothers gave him something he never knew and for that they have his undying love and loyalty for eternity.Maeve: She’s sassy, highly intelligent and very resourceful. Yet she’s also very shy, innocent, and sort of a introvert. When Dragan was freed she was never afraid of him, she knew to her sole that he would protect her, even after he shows her how deadly he can be she stuck to her convictions. Because of Dragan’s horrid past he thinks of himself as a monster, which makes him wary for Mae to see him in his winged warrior form but Mae shows him nothing but loyalty and compassion, she makes him believe he can be loved and more....he deserves to be loved! Dragan and Mae are soon on the run from Sotiris and hunting for Nico/Nick, thanks to Mae’s mad IT skills and resourcefulness they are getting closer to Nico/Nick but not without a few bumps in their journey, all the while growing closer.It was great catching up with Damian/Casey, Kato/Grace, and Gabriel/Hana. I really want to know (Nick’s assistant) Lili’s story....very intriguing!!! She is clearly a supernatural but what!? Nick is VERY protective of her, and there’s clearly something disturbing in her past, I need to know! Now that all of Nick’s warriors are free and together again we’re getting closer to the final confrontation between Nick and Sotiris. Lastly, in DBR’s signature teaser ending Nick seeks out someone from his past, she’s a mystery, a mystery woman Lili clearly wasn’t too keen on.....we’ll just have to wait and see. A very interesting development indeed! As usual DBR gives her readers a compelling, fast paced, sexy, and exciting storyline with fantastically intriguing beautiful characters. I can’t wait for more!!!!!
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  • Roza
    January 1, 1970
    HI. How is this book published? Cause I can't find it anywhere.
  • ♥ WishfulMiss ♥
    January 1, 1970
    OhEmGeeeeee!Where has this series been hiding?!?!?! I just finished reading Dragan and I am hooked! I fell in love with sweet, kind hearted Maeve right from the start. She’s a nerdy heroine with a sweet disposition, who’s smart and funny. What’s not to like? And Dragan wormed his way into my heart pretty easily with his protectiveness and old school honor. The more we get of him, the more I want to follow Maeve’s lead and hug him and promise to be BFFs forever!Lol, in all seriousness, these OhEmGeeeeee!Where has this series been hiding?!?!?! I just finished reading Dragan and I am hooked! I fell in love with sweet, kind hearted Maeve right from the start. She’s a nerdy heroine with a sweet disposition, who’s smart and funny. What’s not to like? And Dragan wormed his way into my heart pretty easily with his protectiveness and old school honor. The more we get of him, the more I want to follow Maeve’s lead and hug him and promise to be BFFs forever!Lol, in all seriousness, these characters and this story were so, so good. This was an action packed, insta-love paranormal romance that ticked off all my likes and didn’t slow down once. With powerful warriors, sorcerers, magic, ends of the world danger and epic romance, I was rooting for not only the MCs but also their buddies from the word go. I’m definitely going to have to read the rest of the books because the other guys and their bad a$$ ladies definitely piqued my interest. Not having read the other books, I thought Nico and his assistance, Lily would have been a good match, but that ending threw me for a loop. Not sure how I feel about that but fingers crossed Lily gets her own story soon. I really liked her :)I want to say this can be read as a standalone but with intersecting characters and an ongoing plot, I think reading the others, in order, would help build the story up better. Still, I highly enjoyed this one and this is book #4 in the series. I did’t feel lost or bombarded with details, the story flowed really good and you got just enough info to keep you in the loop. I would definitely recommend if you love paranormal reads, this one was HAWT!*** ARC provided for an honest review ***I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and all thoughts and opinions are my own. SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler)[Ages : Maeve is 26 years old, Dragan, really old. Think thousands of years :)Cheating : Not between the MCs but Maeve’s on boyfriend, in college, cheats on her and leaves some emotion scars and insecurities behind. OM/OW drama : None.Separation : None. (They are on the run for most of the story but even before then, Maeve sought out Dragan, in statue form for the three years she worked for Sotiris.)Push/Pull : Mild drama from both sides. She thinks he only likes her because she broke him free of the curse that had him imprisoned in stone and he thinks she’s too pure and perfect for him. They both realize that they each love the other and it’s very sweet. Not drawn out or OTT dramatic. Main Pursuer of relationship : It’s definitely mutual. Possible Triggers : descriptive violence, gore and death. HEA/HFN : Ends on a HFN (but definitely committed), no epilogue. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Rosemary
    January 1, 1970
    Not my favorite Stone Warrior book and can not really say why, but anything written by DB gets full stars.
  • Dali
    January 1, 1970
    D.B. Reynolds returns to her exciting and magical Stone Warriors series with Dragan, a man destined to be alone not only because of his life commitment to battle, but because of the stone curse his enemy cast upon him and his brothers in arms.Maeve Collins is a smart and kind computer geek with an affinity for antiques, hired by Dragan’s enemy to catalogue his collection of artifacts. None captivated her the most than the magnificent winged stone warrior who she talked to sitting by his taloned D.B. Reynolds returns to her exciting and magical Stone Warriors series with Dragan, a man destined to be alone not only because of his life commitment to battle, but because of the stone curse his enemy cast upon him and his brothers in arms.Maeve Collins is a smart and kind computer geek with an affinity for antiques, hired by Dragan’s enemy to catalogue his collection of artifacts. None captivated her the most than the magnificent winged stone warrior who she talked to sitting by his taloned wing as if he could hear and respond. The amazement when he broke free was soon replaced with a fierce determination to help him find his warrior family. She expected to be chased, but not fall in love. Can Dragan and Maeve find Nick Katsaros and his brothers before Sotiris catches up to them? And will they be able to defeat him?Reynolds delivers an exciting and sizzling romance between Dragan and Maeve. The suspense as they race across the country is tangible while the romance scorches the pages. Dragan is a compelling hero whose protectiveness is on par with his devotion and attention to “his Maeve.” It was so very easy to fall in love with him despite being depicted as a monster. And even though there was some self-doubt on Mae’s part, she was his perfect match.The plot was hooking and I loved catching up with the rest of the couples from previous books and getting a cameo from a beloved couple from Reynolds’ Vampires in America. Reynolds is a master of the paranormal genre and delivers a compulsively readable story. I can’t wait to read the next installment. Dragan is book #4 of the Stone Warriors series by author D.B. Reynolds. It’s told from various points of view with an introduction into the next book. Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2OE7EAn* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. *Stalk me on FaceBook * Instagram * More reviews
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  • Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Dragan Fiachna is the last of Nick’s missing warriors and he is trapped in on of Sotiris many houses. Maeve, an employee of Sotiris, has always been drawn to the beautiful winged statue in the statue hall. While Sotiris rants and raves at it, she offers it comfort and peace, even though she knows its justs stone. Her care for the statue finally breaks the curse and Dragan is finally free. Maeve uses her hacking ability to help Dragan to find Nick.Dragan and Maeve are probably my favorite couple Dragan Fiachna is the last of Nick’s missing warriors and he is trapped in on of Sotiris many houses. Maeve, an employee of Sotiris, has always been drawn to the beautiful winged statue in the statue hall. While Sotiris rants and raves at it, she offers it comfort and peace, even though she knows its justs stone. Her care for the statue finally breaks the curse and Dragan is finally free. Maeve uses her hacking ability to help Dragan to find Nick.Dragan and Maeve are probably my favorite couple of this series. I really loved their interactions and care for each other. You could feel the emotions from the beginning and it was perfect. Maeve was smart, sassy, and resourceful. I quite enjoyed her and how she dealt with everything. She was never afraid of Dragan and knew he would protect her, even after he shows how deadly he can be. Dragan was supportive, caring, and protective. He has had a terrible past and thinks he is a monster, but Maeve shows him he can still be loved.Now that all of the warriors are freed we are getting closer to the final confrontation with Sotiris. I thought we were going to get in this book but nope. I am glad though because I want to see more of this series. I really want to see Nick get a HEA because he deserves it. Also I really want to know Lili’s story now. She is clearly a supernatural but what kind? Clearly she has a troubled past and Nick is very protective of her. I really need to know! *ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.*This review was originally posted at Red-Haired Ash Reads.
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  • Sheila Kaye
    January 1, 1970
    Dragan is the fourth book in the Stone Warriors series. I've loved every book in this series and this one didn't disappoint. I particularly enjoy how the author crafts the heroines' personalities. They are not shrinking violets rather equal partners to the soldiers they rescue. The muscles they may lack are replaced with intellect and courage. The story is action-packed and the chemistry is hot! This book can easily be read alone but I recommend the entire series. I can't wait for the next one!
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  • Dani
    January 1, 1970
    4.25/5 starsLoved this latest installment! I am really looking forward to the next!
  • Tracie R
    January 1, 1970
    The fourth book in the Stone Warriors, Dragan is an engaging read. Well-paced and delivered with powerful compelling characters the was another great story from D.B Reynolds.
  • Sonja
    January 1, 1970
    I was really looking forward to this one, because DRAGON. Sadly, Dragan is not a dragon. Talk about a let down. So in the beginning, this was really good. I loved both main characters and thought their relationship was believable. But eventually, my entertainment started to wane. I mean, how much can one really enjoy reading about a couple people driving across the country? And that's what an overwhelming amount of this book was. We barely had any excitement or action until around the last 10% I was really looking forward to this one, because DRAGON. Sadly, Dragan is not a dragon. Talk about a let down. So in the beginning, this was really good. I loved both main characters and thought their relationship was believable. But eventually, my entertainment started to wane. I mean, how much can one really enjoy reading about a couple people driving across the country? And that's what an overwhelming amount of this book was. We barely had any excitement or action until around the last 10% of the book and even that was disappointing. Maeve was a pretty relatable character in a lot of ways. I really liked how she was finally a female in this series that didn't treat Nico like shit. That has made me so mad each time. She ended up working for Sotiris, basically cataloguing his relics and magic pieces without realizing exactly what they are. She stays in this big house alone and usually that doesn't bother her, but lately she can't help but think her life should be more. She finds solace in talking to a statue that is male perfection with wings. She doesn't know why, by Sotiris is constantly screaming at the statue and she feels compelled to try and cheer it up. Because, why not.I really liked Dragan. He has a sad backstory but definitely an interesting one. And his never ending loyalty to Nico was a beautiful thing because I love loyal men. In his statue he has been Sotiris's possession for a couple hundred years I think it was. Oddly enough, some of the ways Sotiris tried to make him suffer actually helped him stay sane and learn a little of the current world.I honestly am not completely sure how Maeve broke Dragan's curse. With the other three it was obvious, but I'm not positive here. I think it was because she was thinking about him and how he is not the monster that Sotiris is. Maybe? Anyway, when Maeve hears a loud crashing noise she goes to investigate what it was and comes face to face with her statue come to life. She doesn't want to believe it but everything points to him telling her the truth. And it's not long before the two of them are rushing out of the house before Sotiris gets back while taking along some souvenirs. One of which with be most important in Nico's war against him.So like I said, a great majority of this book is these two heading to Florida because Maeve had overheard an angry rant from Sotiris about that state. Chances are pretty high that he hates that state because Nico lives there and that means they should be relatively safe there. It just so happens that Maeve is some hacking wizard (this author is really fond of hackers isn't she?) and while they're on the road she uses her skills to locate the address of somebody that could be Nico.On the way, they are attacked by some vampires and by some people sent by Sotiris. Don't worry, they always make it out just fine so we can hit the road some more. FINALLY we make it Nico's. I was so happy when Dragan was reunited with his brothers and with Nico. And I especially loved getting more Damien. Now here is where one might think that things are going to really pick up. But they don't. Not really anyway. See, Sotiris has been working on a little project that he was going to use Dragan to power, but with him lost he had to find another power source. So he goes for the vampires. Usually, I LOVE series that tie together, but it really bothers me here. I don't know, I just think these two should stay separate. Using his test of this new creation as a trap for Nico, Sotiris goes after what Maeve stole from him when she was fleeing his house. And boy does he work hard to get at it. But in the end it's not even Nico that confronts him and he flees AGAIN. It's getting tiresome how each book ends with him running away. I am very curious about the person Nico goes to at the end. But at the same time it also doesn't make sense how he wasn't able to find them before and now it was so easy. I'm assuming that Nico's book is next and I love him too much not to be excited.One pet peeve of mine, which happened quite a bit here, is when the main couple is in a super big hurry to get somewhere or to find something, or they're being chased by bad guys and don't know when they'll show up....yet they have all the time in the world to have sex. I can understand going for a quickie, but not spending hours in bed. Like, seriously? Sure, it'll be like anime where the bad guy just stands there and waits for you to be ready to fight.Copy provided by publisher via Netgalley.
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  • Mary Kirkland
    January 1, 1970
    Maeve had taken a job cataloging artifacts and treasures for a very unpleasant man, Mr. Sotiris. But she loved her job and there was a beautiful statue that she talked to all the time, the statue that Dragan had been cursed to live inside for all of eternity until someone could break the curse and release him. Mr. Sotiris was more than he seemed to be and very dangerous but she just thought he was strange for raging at the statue all the time. Maeve would sit and talk to the statue of Dragon all Maeve had taken a job cataloging artifacts and treasures for a very unpleasant man, Mr. Sotiris. But she loved her job and there was a beautiful statue that she talked to all the time, the statue that Dragan had been cursed to live inside for all of eternity until someone could break the curse and release him. Mr. Sotiris was more than he seemed to be and very dangerous but she just thought he was strange for raging at the statue all the time. Maeve would sit and talk to the statue of Dragon all the time and Dragon loved the company even though she had no idea he was actually there. When the stone statue cracked and broke and Maeve broke the curse, Dragon was set free. At first Maeve didn't believe he was actually inside the statue but she came to quickly believe Dragan was telling the truth. Knowing the Mr. Sotiris would probably know somehow that the statue had broken, Maeve and Dragon took a few artifacts and left before he could come home. She was really good with computers and had excellent ways to block anyone from tracking her phone or laptop so they were safe on the road for a while. The first thing Dragan wanted to do was find Nicodemus or see if he was still alive. Maeve found him online and they set out to go to where he lived, which would take a couple of days by car. On their way to meet up with his old sorcerer friend they find themselves in danger from vampires but Dragan is more than enough of a warrior to take them on and defeat them. But it's obvious that if her old boss finds out where they are, they'll be in real hot water. The danger is real and one mess up will have that danger at their door. Maeve and Dragan get a lot closer and their romance was nice, but it didn't move me. I wanted sparks, fireworks or just something more but I just didn't feel it with them. Dragan is a nice guy and Maeve is a smart, nice woman but they didn't seem like they fit together to me. This is the 4th books in this series but it's the first book that I've read. I didn't feel lost or feel like I was missing anything and I read this just fine but I might go back and read the other books just to catch up. Dragon's friends are awesome, I really liked them and their mates. The secondary characters are great so I'm looking forward to getting to know them a little better. Sotiris is an evil man hell bent on causing them to suffer but I have a feeling that he's not gonna get his wish as the series goes on. I liked this book but didn't love it, but I think I will read the other books in this series. Disclosure: I was given an ARC or this book via NetGalley but all opinions and thoughts are my own.
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  • Karen Roma
    January 1, 1970
    Finally, we have DRAGAN! Maeve Collins is an academic with a nerd’s heart, who has taken a position in seclusion to catalogue a vile and rude man’s vast collection of rare artefacts and precious treasures for the past three years. Little does this mousy, solitary woman know that she is employed by a callous and vengeful sorcerer who will stop at nothing to destroy those who are good and just. But Maeve has a companion in the beautiful and imposing statue that her employer berates at every Finally, we have DRAGAN! Maeve Collins is an academic with a nerd’s heart, who has taken a position in seclusion to catalogue a vile and rude man’s vast collection of rare artefacts and precious treasures for the past three years. Little does this mousy, solitary woman know that she is employed by a callous and vengeful sorcerer who will stop at nothing to destroy those who are good and just. But Maeve has a companion in the beautiful and imposing statue that her employer berates at every opportunity, and his magnificent wings draw her near even when she knows its forbidden. Dragan Fiachna is a magnificent specimen of the human form, unfortunately that form has been encased in stone for a thousand years while his cognitive mind has remained alert and aware of all he is missing as the years pass by. But the sweet and compassionate young woman who sits by his feet after he endures ridicule and abuse by his jailor, keeps his hopes alive that freedom will again be his, and his brothers are waiting for his ultimate return. This is the fourth story in D.B Reynolds spin off from her acclaimed Vampires in America series that has continued to thrill and captivate her reading audience since 2009. And as with any story written by this exceptionally talented author, we always know that the content will be fast-paced, high octane and brutal, but it will also be underwritten with courage and compassion. Dragan is everything we as readers would expect from a thousand-year-old warrior; fierce, steadfast and gloriously handsome, he is also believable in his role as an ancient being who’s transitioning to life in the modern world. His language is realistic but evolves nicely to the more modern idioms of today as the story progresses. And while Maeve may start out as a fragile soul, she has inner strength that compliments Dragan as they travel across the country, evading capture, and on a journey to find Nico (and hopefully his lost brothers) then defeat the nefarious Sotiris.This story started out a little slower than the previous ones, but there was nothing missing in the intrigue, suspense, world building and overall storyline and plot that makes this book just as thrilling as those that came before. The Stone Warriors are a diverse and captivating group that have continued to provide hours of reading entertainment, along with laughs, and tragedy, and I can't wait to the final book!The pressure's on Ms Reynolds; what do you have in store for Nico?
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  • J.D. Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Dragan Faichna is the last of the four warriors to escape his stone prison thanks to adorable computer geek, Maeve Collins.An unassuming introvert and antiques expert, Maeve is hired to basically house-sit for a powerful man named Sotiris. Little does Maeve know that Sotiris is actually an evil sorcerer and his collection of priceless antiques are actually very powerful magical artifacts. But none are as important at the handsome winged statue of a man with a sword.But Sotiris' estate is in the Dragan Faichna is the last of the four warriors to escape his stone prison thanks to adorable computer geek, Maeve Collins.An unassuming introvert and antiques expert, Maeve is hired to basically house-sit for a powerful man named Sotiris. Little does Maeve know that Sotiris is actually an evil sorcerer and his collection of priceless antiques are actually very powerful magical artifacts. But none are as important at the handsome winged statue of a man with a sword.But Sotiris' estate is in the middle of nowhere and after three years with no one else but the strange statue to keep her company, Maeve begins to feel like her job is a little too isolated, even for her. She wants to quit, but can't deny how attached she's become to the statue and how sad she would be if she couldn't see it again.It is Maeve's recognition of her feelings for this inanimate object that breaks the spell and frees Dragan. But as the stone crumbles, alarms blare, alerting Sotiris and the authorities. Maeve knows they have limited time before the cops come knocking.Her feelings and curiosity lead her to make a rash decision; she can't let Dragan get arrested. At least not without some answers. Who is he? Why does he look so much like the broken statue?Once Dragan explains the truth about Sotiris and the curse, the two are off on a road trip adventure to find Dragan's three brothers so they can be united to stop Sotiris once and for all.Assuming Sotiris doesn't kill them first.I wish I had started this series with book one, but only because DRAGAN was tons of fun. High octane car chaises, gun fights, computer hacking, evil sorcerers, magic, and hot adult scenes coiled in this super fun romance novel that mixes fantasy and contemporary together in a beautiful fusion. My favorite part though was Maeve. It's been a while since I've really connected with a heroine, but her character hit the target for me. She's a gamer, and loner, and a bit of a dork, but she's also very intelligent and can think on her feet. She was someone I'd love to get to know in real life.Reynolds was a new-to-me author but I'll definitely be looking for more of her books now.********Reviewed on behalf of ILOVEVAMPIRENOVELS.COMFollow ILVN on YouTube for more book reviews & giveaways.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Dragan is the last of the stone warriors to be released from his centuries of imprisonment. The curse holding him was very specific; one that the evil sorcerer, Sotiris, thought near unbreakable because it was dependent on a virgin “untested and pure.” When his employee, Maeve Collins, releases Dragan from his prison at last, she is astonished to find the statue she had felt such an affinity for is a real man. Dragan’s prior life was one of war and rejection from his family and village because Dragan is the last of the stone warriors to be released from his centuries of imprisonment. The curse holding him was very specific; one that the evil sorcerer, Sotiris, thought near unbreakable because it was dependent on a virgin “untested and pure.” When his employee, Maeve Collins, releases Dragan from his prison at last, she is astonished to find the statue she had felt such an affinity for is a real man. Dragan’s prior life was one of war and rejection from his family and village because of a goddess imbuing him with certain powers including fearsome wings.Maeve has worked for Sotiris for three years curating and researching some of his magical items though she did not understand their true value other than as antiquities. Once Dragan is free and explains to Maeve who and, more importantly, what her repugnant boss is, she helps him flee with one of Sotiris' most prized possessions. Dragan knows his three brothers in arms were also cursed; he is desperately hoping to find them free as well. He also wants to find from his time period, Nicodemus, now known as Nick, whom the warriors served while fighting their hated enemy. Maeve thinks she has located Dragan’s former liege so she and Dragan travel on a long trip south while being pursued hired killers.As Maeve and Dragan journey from New York to Florida, their relationship develops including to a level she never expected. Maeve has a lot of talents of her own which she uses to help in the fight against their enemy. Once all the warriors are together, it is clear the war will escalate. Dragan desires this modern young woman deeply. He feels Maeve is meant for him if he can convince her they belong together. No woman had ever treated Dragan as if he mattered before; other than being with Nick, he was mostly used and abused in the ancient times. Although all the stone warriors are now free in the world, this is not the end of the story. More is to come featuring their leader, Nick, and someone important whom he has been seeking. Fans of these books will be pleased there is more to come especially since Nick has recovered his warriors and bridges both of Ms. Reynolds’ series.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Dragan, reading these back cover I assumed he was a beast in manners and looks, but far from it, he saw himself as a beast, his parents gave him away to be a protector, a warrior. The people who looked after him as a child, did just that, there was duty only, no love. And even as a man, he knew only duty, women would want only his body, a s nothing else..... Maeve is a total computer geek, online haves and programming is her way of life, the solitary life suits her. And the house she lives in, Dragan, reading these back cover I assumed he was a beast in manners and looks, but far from it, he saw himself as a beast, his parents gave him away to be a protector, a warrior. The people who looked after him as a child, did just that, there was duty only, no love. And even as a man, he knew only duty, women would want only his body, a s nothing else..... Maeve is a total computer geek, online haves and programming is her way of life, the solitary life suits her. And the house she lives in, well that’s big enough to get lost in. Her favourite room, well that’s the one with her big stone warrior in it, a huge wingspan she sits under when she talks to him..... As always the curse is broken by a woman, and a specific curse at that...... “Dragan Fiachna, heir to the curse of royal blood, a horror hiding behind a beautiful face…. you shall remain locked in stone until a maiden, untested and pure, shall find grace in your beast and safety in your nightmare.”She spoke to him about anything and everything, until one day the stone cracks, and Dragan is free.... She’s a little wary at first, not believing he’s the statue in the room she often sat. We have all the stone warriors freed now, and like the previous books, Maeve and Dragan make their way to Nick (or Nico) Dragan is unaware if his warrior brothers are alive, but hopes they are. We have battles along the way, we have a few mysteries that may result in a few more books😉 and we have the evilSorcerer alive and wanting revenge. You see not only did Maeve free the warrior (he had him locked in that room, making sure Nicodemus would never find him) but she stole a valuable tool that could defeat the sorcerer. And he definitely wants that back. I have to admit, I was expecting a beauty and the beast story, (that will teach me for taking the back cover too literal!) a huge statue with wings (thinking gargoyle) The descriptions of the battles were awesome, I think the author might have watched or played a few online games to get a few pointers 😉And now we have a sneak preview of the next story (which I’m hoping we get) Nicodemus and the mysterious Antonia 😲🦋
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity.This is is first line of the description of this series of books. The author knows how to capture your attention. If you haven't read these books, you should as each one gets better. I think "this is my favorite, another comes out and i think the same things". During the times when there were Gods on Earth, there was an evil man who imprisoned these warriors in stone statues. It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity.This is is first line of the description of this series of books. The author knows how to capture your attention. If you haven't read these books, you should as each one gets better. I think "this is my favorite, another comes out and i think the same things". During the times when there were Gods on Earth, there was an evil man who imprisoned these warriors in stone statues. When a woman finds them and believes they have a soul, they are loosed.  Maeve believed in Dragon and he was freed. A deep love developed between them as they try to stay alive. That's when things get tense. There's a war going on and until this enemy is defeated by all the warriors, the world is not safe. Nick or Nico is an old flame of Cyn's, Raphael's mate. He is one of these warriors left free so he will be tortured knowing his brothers are not free. Sotiris, the villain must be defeated. There is something the warriors have that he wants. Will the warriors survive the battle? Will they defeat the evil Sotiris? this book is amazing. I love everything about it. I do want to see Nick get his happily ever after. I received this book from Net Galley and Belle Books.for a honest review.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.This book had me hooked from the start. With a fast paced plot and characters you can't help but route for, plus the slow burn between Dragan and Maeve, what wasn't to like? The problem came for me about half way through the book, after they've made it to their friends. Most of it was probably because this is the first book I have read in this series, and in this world.... but the other part of my I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.This book had me hooked from the start. With a fast paced plot and characters you can't help but route for, plus the slow burn between Dragan and Maeve, what wasn't to like? The problem came for me about half way through the book, after they've made it to their friends. Most of it was probably because this is the first book I have read in this series, and in this world.... but the other part of my lack of enthusiasm was the fact that it all seemed so easy. Especially their relationship.Maybe I'm a sucker for punishment, but I like my characters to work for their relationship and feelings towards each other a little more. All in all though, they're adorable together.I give this a 3.5 star, rounding down to 3, because while I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it at first, it didn't make me long to drop everything and read either. I definitely want to try reading them from the beginning and maybe putting everything into perspective will help my rating, but for now...
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  • Megan Hubble-Roney
    January 1, 1970
    Ok let me just say I started the series with this book. I wasn't aware there were books before Dragan. So I went in blind as to any back stories or what the heck is really going on and I managed to DEVOUR Dragan and Mae and their story. I didn't at anytime feel as if no was missing anything nor do I think I'd have enjoyed it more if I had read the previous books.Dragan and Mae gave a fantastic read full of suspense and angst until...well you'll just have to read it because I won't spoil it. DB. Ok let me just say I started the series with this book. I wasn't aware there were books before Dragan. So I went in blind as to any back stories or what the heck is really going on and I managed to DEVOUR Dragan and Mae and their story. I didn't at anytime feel as if no was missing anything nor do I think I'd have enjoyed it more if I had read the previous books.Dragan and Mae gave a fantastic read full of suspense and angst until...well you'll just have to read it because I won't spoil it. DB. Reynolds is a wonder at digging deep and creating a world and characters are that engaging and entertaining. The men are adorable and perfect and totally have some alpha going on but their woman are perfect made for them and keep them toeing those lines!I will most definitely go and pick up the previous books so that I can read them before we get Nico's book, and I am really excited about that one.
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  • Charlotte Pawson
    January 1, 1970
    Maeve regards herself as a geek. She is a computer genius who likes her own company and has been working in Sorcerer Sotiris’s house where she spends her days talking to a stone statue of a Warrior like no other. Dragan has been cursed into stone for thousands of years till Maeve breaks the curse. Maeve has always known she is super smart, but not desirable, until Dragan. Reunited with Nico’s other warriors they find Sotiris Is using Vampire power to create an unbeatable force. There is plenty Maeve regards herself as a geek. She is a computer genius who likes her own company and has been working in Sorcerer Sotiris’s house where she spends her days talking to a stone statue of a Warrior like no other. Dragan has been cursed into stone for thousands of years till Maeve breaks the curse. Maeve has always known she is super smart, but not desirable, until Dragan. Reunited with Nico’s other warriors they find Sotiris Is using Vampire power to create an unbeatable force. There is plenty of magic at work in the exciting climax where Dragan must use all his experience in battle to keep Maeve safe.This can be read as a stand along story but is part of The Stone Warriors series and the other books would be well worth a look.I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Susan Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Dragan finds his girl.Dragan after being tormented by a sadistic sorcerer, arch enemy of Nick . Dragan finds his girl, or rather she finds him, slightly eccentric Mae, talks to strange stone statues, inquisitive minded, and this I love, sings herself to sleep. Thinks nothing is weird about a big tough drop dead gorgeous guy, waving a sword about with bat wings and a golden tan to die for. Maes sadistic sorcerer ex boss has miffed Mad off and she uses her exceptional powers (read the book to find Dragan finds his girl.Dragan after being tormented by a sadistic sorcerer, arch enemy of Nick . Dragan finds his girl, or rather she finds him, slightly eccentric Mae, talks to strange stone statues, inquisitive minded, and this I love, sings herself to sleep. Thinks nothing is weird about a big tough drop dead gorgeous guy, waving a sword about with bat wings and a golden tan to die for. Maes sadistic sorcerer ex boss has miffed Mad off and she uses her exceptional powers (read the book to find out) to roll over said sadistic sorcerer. Why because he has tormented said drop dead gorgeous guy, whom she finds perfectly normal and falls in love......need to redefine "perfectly normal". .... Loved the book, good read, nice outcome. Can't wait for Nick's book on how he gets on finding the girl of his dreams.
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  • Vicki Shaff
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent writerI love D.B. Reynolds' books. This is the fourth book in the series of sorcerers and magic. The evil Sotiris cast a spell that encased Nicodemus' four warriors into stone statues and then scattered them all over the world. Nick has spent a millennium looking for them. One by one the warriors have found their mates who broke the spell and brought them back to life. Dragan is the last of them. He's actually ended up in Sotiris' basement. Mauve works for Sotiris not realizing what he Excellent writerI love D.B. Reynolds' books. This is the fourth book in the series of sorcerers and magic. The evil Sotiris cast a spell that encased Nicodemus' four warriors into stone statues and then scattered them all over the world. Nick has spent a millennium looking for them. One by one the warriors have found their mates who broke the spell and brought them back to life. Dragan is the last of them. He's actually ended up in Sotiris' basement. Mauve works for Sotiris not realizing what he is. She spends a lot of time alone and has taken to talking to the statue and eventually she breaks his spell. They end up on the run trying to find Nick and the other warriors. Fantastic story.
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  • Rebecca Goss
    January 1, 1970
    Maeve, a well-educated woman with multiple degrees, works in antiquities for a difficult man. She finds herself drawn to and engaging with a statue that she is able to release from his bindings. The warriors are a group that have been held captive by her boss, an evil sorcerer. The story is interesting especially because all of the females in the book are intelligent and capable. They are valued for their skills and intellect. I enjoyed this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy Maeve, a well-educated woman with multiple degrees, works in antiquities for a difficult man. She finds herself drawn to and engaging with a statue that she is able to release from his bindings. The warriors are a group that have been held captive by her boss, an evil sorcerer. The story is interesting especially because all of the females in the book are intelligent and capable. They are valued for their skills and intellect. I enjoyed this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    Dragan, the 4th and last Stone Warrior, has been sitting in Sotiris’s massive art collection for decades. But now his liberator has shown up as a young female antiquities major named Maeve. With the gang finally all together, they are able to face Sotiris and defeat him.Footnote: 1) The guy on the cover looks like he has breasts. Is he a man or a woman? I like strong men but that’s overboard.Fave scenes: Dragan thinking about the realities of Maeve’s battle experience, Dragan & Maeve leaving Dragan, the 4th and last Stone Warrior, has been sitting in Sotiris’s massive art collection for decades. But now his liberator has shown up as a young female antiquities major named Maeve. With the gang finally all together, they are able to face Sotiris and defeat him.Footnote: 1) The guy on the cover looks like he has breasts. Is he a man or a woman? I like strong men but that’s overboard.Fave scenes: Dragan thinking about the realities of Maeve’s battle experience, Dragan & Maeve leaving the Manhattan building and Maeve’s trash.
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