What Has Gone Before
(If you’ve been following along, feel free to skip this section! If this series is new to you, here’s a quick recap of the characters and events that have happened 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.
In Fire in His Blood, 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.
With his help, she hatches a plan to rescue her sister AMY and her friend SASHA from Fort Dallas and its corrupt militia.
In Fire in His Kiss, 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 who is neither drakoni nor human, but feared by both.
In Fire in His Embrace, Sasha’s friend EMMA rescues a drakoni male captured by Azar, a crazed warrior named ZOHR. To free him, she must mate with him to establish a psychic bond. They break free, 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.
In Fire in His Fury, Amy has a plan of her own. Tired of being stuck in self-imposed exile, she tosses her panties into the wild in the hopes someone will find her. Her scent pulls in RAST, a drakoni who once served as a conscripted soldier to the hated Salorians. Their journeys lead 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. 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.
In Fire in His Spirit, Gwen knows her fort has been targeted by a big golden male. Her friend ANDREA is convinced that the dragon, VAAN, has shown up to mate her. When they go out to confront him, though, he makes it clear that he only has eyes for Gwen. She leaves with him, sacrificing her needs for her fort yet again, only to find a love she never expected. Vaan is called by the Salorian to Fort Dallas, where he and Gwen learn that there may be a bigger threat to everyone…
Meanwhile, LIAM remains in Fort Shreveport, hiding out and pretending to be human…