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FIRE IN HIS SPIRIT (Fireblood Dragons Book 5) by Ruby Dixon (1)

What Has Gone Before

The year is 2023, seven years after the destruction of the known world. Back in 2016, a Rift opened in the heavens and dragons poured forth, as terrible and violent as the beasts of legend. Like ants, they swarmed over the human cities, destroying everything in their wake. Buildings crumbled, countries fell, and within a matter of months, humankind was broken. Guns had no effect on the unearthly creatures from another dimension. Planes and missiles were too slow. Riots broke out as men were forced to fight not only for their survival against the dragons, but against each other.

The people who survived those first brutal days took to hiding. Eventually, small groups of survivors banded together and formed forts where they could live safely and securely. In the After, concrete is the building material of choice, and people freely give up their rights in exchange for protection for their families. The forts themselves are isolated and corrupt, run by a power-hungry militia. The guns they carry might not be useful against dragons, but they’re more than enough to keep the people of the fort in line. Those who cannot obey a fort’s rules are cast out, to live as nomads. They are considered scum by fort-dwellers and view themselves as dead men walking. Without shelter or a permanent place to call home, they might as well be.

For seven years, humanity continues on, living in the cracks and hiding in the shadows.

Then, things begin to slowly change. CLAUDIA, a thief from Fort Dallas, is left in the wild, abandoned streets of the Scavenge Lands as bait to tame a dragon. No one expects her to live…or for it to work. Her dragon KAEL is fierce and possessive, his mind broken by the constant madness that eats at the drakoni. Despite this, he is an intelligent being and can be as kind and loving as he is brutal. After a time, Claudia stops seeing him as the enemy and starts seeing him as a partner. With Kael’s help, she hatches a plan to rescue her sister AMY and her friend SASHA from Fort Dallas and its corrupt militia. (Book 1 - Fire in His Blood)

During the chaos of the rescue mission, Sasha is snatched away by DAKH, a crazed male dragon who seeks a mate to fix his mind. Though it takes time for the fearful Sasha to trust Dakh, she eventually realizes that the dragon would do anything for her and that he can love just as fiercely as any male human. When Sasha is captured by local bandits, she learns that not only are the nomads working with an old enemy of hers, but the bandits are led by a mysterious stranger named AZAR.

Azar claims to be drakoni, but not like the others. He’s not crazed, he can’t (or won’t) shift to dragon form, and he has a plan to return to his homeworld. He needs someone to go back through the rift that was created between worlds, but since no one knows if it can be done, he needs a volunteer. If he can’t get one, he’ll force someone through. He holds Sasha hostage in the hopes that she can persuade Dakh to go through the Rift, even if it costs him his life. To make matters even more dangerous, Azar’s captured ZOHR, another dragon, but he remains too crazed to be useful. Sasha refuses to pull Dakh into Azar’s dangerous games. With the help of Emma, she breaks free from captivity and escapes into Dakh’s waiting arms. (Book 2 - Fire in His Kiss)

Meanwhile, Emma remains behind with Azar’s people to try to free Zohr. To do so, she must mate with him to establish a psychic bond. Zohr frees himself after a confrontation with Azar, but at the cost of his wings. While he heals, he and Emma work on a plan to destroy Azar and his men. When the mated pair approach Claudia and Kael for help, Claudia’s unmated sister Amy is enlisted to be scent-bait. (Book 3 - Fire in His Embrace)

Amy has a plan of her own, though. She tosses her panties down in the city so a dragon can find her and fall in love with her. She wants to be free of the quasi-exile she lives in back in Claudia’s tower. A dragon does find her panties—RAST. The big gold male comes to claim her, taking her away to be his mate. Rast has more memories of his time and remembers being a conscripted soldier to the Salorians. Worried that Amy and other drakoni will hate him, he struggles with how to reconcile who he is now—Amy’s mate—with who he was back then. They receive a message on a carrier pigeon, leading them to Fort Shreveport. This fort is small and run by GWEN, who tries to sell them out to local nomads in the hopes of protecting her kidnapped sister, DANIELA. Gwen is surprised and pleased when Amy and Rast volunteer to help the struggling Fort Shreveport and eventually take on a leadership position, putting the nomads in their place. (Book 4 - Fire in His Fury)

Things are escalating all over the land, however. Emma and Zohr have traveled to distant Fort Orleans because Fort Dallas is surrounded by a bevy of dragons, and they worry that all of the forts are affected thus. They do not know Azar has taken residence there, just that things are strange. Rumors fly of Fort Tulsa and the terrible crimes against people that happen there. Fort Shreveport has its hands full with its own dragon problems, as a drakoni male named VAAN will not leave the city’s surroundings. He is convinced his mate waits within. And another drakoni male—this one in human form and with no telepathy—has shown up in Fort Shreveport, but no one knows who the mysterious LIAM is…

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