This is the first book in the Gatekeeper’s series about dragonshifters who guard the four gates into Jarithia. Brayden St. John is a water dragonshifter and can invoke water. We meet him on the way to a fire where he starts hearing a voice in his head telling him to hurry. When he gets inside a sorceress is protecting some children with a shield from the fire. But dragons and sorcerers don’t get along after a long and bloody war that forced their races to distant parts of Jarithia. Brayden knows what she is, but she doesn’t learn until later that Brayden is a dragon.
Callie Gautreaux saves the children but then vanishes. She is a simple flower shop owner who never harnessed her sorceress powers. Saving the children exhausted her. Not everyone from Jarithia is allowed to pass into the human world. They need special permission, which Callie has. Her parents are dead, but she has a half brother who is half human as well.
Someone has called in a Chaos dragon to help with an evil plan that involves Callie’s death. But can Brayden put aside his hatred for magic to find true love with Callie. And if he does, will she love him back or cause him to lose himself to the dragon forever? You have to read to find out.
The gates are protected by four dragons with different elemental powers. What I found strange is that you never see the gates in the story. I don’t know if they are just called gates, or if there really are gates they are protecting.
The story is short, the bad guy evident, but his plans took a little explaining to understand. There is a protection in place that if a dragon makes love to a sorcerer and the sorcerer does not love them back, they lose themselves at the point of orgasm. So you can imagine the tension when it is time for these two to get together (but Callie doesn’t know this at the time). There is some other parts about Callie not harnessing her powers, which got a little silly.
I like the story, but felt the short format didn’t do the story justice. The author is building a different set of races and lands. To totally understand it all, you need more information than just putting the facts out there. I would rather the story reveal them in a longer format that I could have immersed myself into.
I look forward to the next story, hoping that it is longer and that we get to see more characters and how the world revolves.
*ebook provided by author