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Kellan's Dragons: Dragon Wars Book I
January 1, 2011
Kellan Teague, an orphan, is whisked away from the boarding school for psions by Dr. Olivia Hutchins to take part in a military organization called The Program. She awakes to find that she has been Linked, psychically bonded to a dragon named Jericho. Jericho doesn't seem very happy to be Linked and does everything he can to push Kellan away. One of the few people to show her kindness is a guard known to her only as Drake. Kellan soon finds out that both Jericho and Drake have secrets, secrets that hold the key to her past.
I don’t know that I would call Kellan’s Dragons a romance. At least not at this point. But it is the first book in the “Dragon Wars” series, and all of the elements for a potential romance are there, so it will be interesting to see how the series develops.
Kellan is a girl with some pretty intense psionic abilities. And, just in case you are like me and have no idea what psionics are, the term refers to using the mind to create paranormal phenomena (thanks Wikipedia!). Kellan has had this ability her entire life (think Roald Dahl’s Matilda on steroids). She is roped into government service so that she can psionically link to a dragon. The dragons are being used in a war against opposing governments, and it has been discovered that a bond between psion and dragon makes them better fighters.
Kellan happens to be the strongest psion seen by the government in about 200 years. Naturally, they choose to pair her with a pretty intense dragon, but Jericho, another dragon, has other plans. Jericho is one of the oldest in the Compound, and though he isn’t terribly keen on the idea, he links with Kellan. Kellan, because of her intense mental abilities, can tell that Jericho is keeping something from her. While you do find out by the end of the book what that something is, it really wouldn’t do for me to tell you, now would it?
Bottom line: this book is quite clearly the first in the series. It spends a lot of time creating a backstory that will inevitably come into play down the line. Like the pilot episode of most television shows, things were a little slow to get started, but towards the end, I was hooked. I don’t know if I can really explain why without spoiling you for the plot twist and the setup of the romance, but suffice it to say that I didn’t see it coming, even after reading the book blurb. It was well done, and I’m really hoping that I’ll get the chance to review the other books in the series when they become available.