The aftermath of the last battle has left Nickel weak in bed and grounded for the next decade. Despite being in trouble, Nickel wants to return to the battle as soon as he can, but thoughts of Platinum, the dragon helping to nurse him back to health, keep distracting him.
Platinum can't believe how much his life has changed. He went from being a lonely fugitive on the run to part of a family in only hours. The last few days have been his happiest, especially now that he's met Nickel. He knows it's only temporary, though. The enemy that kept him captive for most of his life isn't finished with him yet, and even Platinum and Nickel's combined powers might not be enough to save them.
It’s cozy, heartwarming and humorous when it comes to the dragon family’s antics, but instead of a strong action plot this one settled into a milder coming of age romance and character growth piece that had its own brand of dragon delight.
Do you have a certain series that you anticipate each new release and not because it’s a knock ’em dead powerhouse, but because it’s comfortable and you love hanging out in that world just for a time? That’s exactly how Supernatural Consultant series is for me. I feel it welcoming me back with open arms each time a new novella comes out so I can hang out with Dane, Mercury, and the dragon kits on a new family adventure.
Dragon Soldier is book five in a series that must be read in order.
This story picks up and continues on with the second half of the story arc begun in Dragon Detective with Nickel and Platinum now in the forefront with Dane and Mercury and the other kits and their friends and co-workers now taking the backseat.
I enjoy how the author advanced the stories forward over the years so that now the older kits are the new generation of adults and getting involved in the supernatural crime solving with Dane and Mercury.
They still have their immature moments, but Nickel and Platinum’s story of coming of age and figuring out how to adapt to adult responsibility, injuries, duty, and first love was engaging and fun.
The story’s narration was shared by both dragons. Nickel is the tough soldier workaholic who is recovering from wounds and makes an impatient patient while Platinum is free from the labs and lived his whole life in captivity so now is figuring out how it all works and how to be part of a loud, boisterous family.
The action part of the plot was there, but was more of the side story in the background. The culmination of the character side of the plot with an example of Nickel and Platinum’s first big case together was the focus. It was a tad bland, but I enjoyed the promise of what is to come hinted in this that made it feel transitional.
I would have liked to have had more of my favorite Lumie dragon, but the antics of ‘Ron, Chrome, and the rest was still a source of fun and delight. Love this family of dragons, their home life, and when they work together to solve paranormal crime.
So, if you want a bit of cozy, heartwarming, and humor to your M/M Urban Fantasy, these are great. They are light stuff all around and I can’t wait to curl up with the next one or maybe I’ll snag an older one from the series and re-read when I need a perk me up.
My thanks to Less Than Three Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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