Review, Excerpt: Dragon Rising (The Hidden 0.6) by Jaime Rush
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Dragon Rising by Jaime Rush
Series: The Hidden #0.6
Published by: Forever Yours on October 1, 2013
Source: ARC From Publisher
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About the Book:
They are the Hidden.
Not quite human. Far from normal.
And never, ever safe . . .
After her father falls victim to a serial kidnapper, cunning Dragon shifter Lyra Slade is determined to rescue him. When she discovers a clue to his disappearance that leads her to a sexy but aloof stranger, she knows she shouldn't trust him to help her, but she's run out of options.
Archer Grant, a descendant of fallen angels, is reluctant to aid the beautiful dragon because her evidence implicates his own brother . . . But when his brother also goes missing, Archer must work with Lyra to uncover the truth. But even as a supernatural desire grows between angel and dragon, they are hunted by an evil force. Faced with the deadliest of dark magick, can even love save them?
Dragon Rising by Jaime Rush is a short story that takes place in the world Rush’s series The Hidden. There were some things that were done really well with this story, and there were some things that were… odd.
The story follows Lyra, a Dragon whose father has gone missing, and Archer, a Caido whose brother has gone missing as well, and the last place they know for sure he was was with Lyra’s father. Dragon’s seem more to be humans who shapeshift into dragons, and Caidos are fallen angels. Caidos tend to keep to themselves, cold and unfeeling, isolated in their apartments. While searching for their lost relatives, Lyra and Archer must deal with the building chemistry between the two of them.
Lyra and Archer were both really well written characters that I enjoyed following. Lyra is a strong-willed woman who will stop at nothing to find her father. She also is trying to figure out what happened to her father’s friend Tara, who went missing a few months ago.
Archer begins the story being cold and unwilling to work with Lyra, but he does want to find out what has happened to his brother, Jeremy. As the story progresses, he warms up to Lyra and the chemistry between them grows as they work together to find out what has happened to their loved ones.
Something that I thought was done really well in the story was the way that Lyra and Archer were written and the way that they interacted with each other. The chemistry between the two of them was really well developed and it felt genuine. The story was well written, and it was an enjoyable read in general.
The thing that I thought was really odd was the fact that the series that the story takes place in, The Hidden, hasn’t even started yet. I’ve heard of novellas and short stories that take place in the same world as a book series, but I’ve only ever seen the book series come first, and then shorter stories that take place in the same world. That being said, there were some things that were confusing to me because I feel like they weren’t fully explained. Because it’s a short story, there’s only so much time for explaining, so it’s understandable, but I just felt like there needed to be more of a background on the Dragons, Caidos and the other races in the story.
For me, Dragon Rising gets 3 out of 5 controllers. Good story, great characters, but there needed to be more world building to keep me from being a little lost throughout the whole thing.