Dragon Fall by Katie MacAlister“You want to believe that there’s one relationship in life that’s beyond betrayal. A relationship that’s beyond that kind of hurt. And there isn’t.” – Caleb Carr

It was just supposed to be a bit of fun. Living in northern Sweden doesn’t exactly offer a plethora of entertainment options, so the idea of the GothFaire coming to town is exciting. And yes, exciting it was – especially when the guy Aoife meets at the faire starts talking about some funky things – like dragons and demons and all sorts of other weirdness. And then, even weirder things started to happen . . . and suddenly, Aoife finds herself locked up in “The Arvidsjaur Center for the Bewildered: Translation, the looney bin. Locked up by the sister she believed loved her, “for her own good”, Aoife spent two years suffering through what amounted to torture – including electroshock therapy. Now out of the nuthatch, Aoife is back in her home on the northern Swedish coast, isolated and alone, learning to live without the constant noise of seventy other inmates.

The thing is, Dr. Kara Barlind has decided that, in order for Aoife to gain total closure, she should visit the Gothfaire again. Oy. But, determined to be strong and in charge of her life, she visits the GothFaire again. Nothing there – but returning home? Well, let’s just say things get really exciting – and really, really bizarre. Like, “out of this world, OMG what I saw was real” sort of bizarre. Oh no, oh no, this can not be happening bizarre. Action, suspense, adventure, and a terrible betrayal keep Aoife and her new friends on the razor’s edge – and someone is liable to get cut.

Let’s face it. When I was offered this book for review, I expected something, well, less. A romantic urban fantasy with maybe a couple of twists. Instead, I got much, much more. Aoife is an unusual character. She has been through Abaddon (well, Hell, but Abaddon is the real name, so there ya go) over the last couple of years. Greatly loved by her Irish mother and Senegalese father, she has lost her parents to a Senegalese terrorist, her sister to the cruelty of locking her up, and her brother is far away and out of touch after her being locked up. And now, her life blows up one again. Demons and dragons and things that go bump in the night are all around, and Aoife appears to be their target.

There is a huge amount of fun in this story, which I completely enjoyed. Aoife has a sharp sense of humour, deep compassion, and equally deep strength. And a number of unusual made-up swear words that caused snorts and giggles. She is a bit obsessive, which got a little old a little quickly, but other than that, the book was a surprisingly strong new entry into Urban Fantasy – one that guarantees that I will be checking out other books by Katie MacAlister.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own. If you like Urban Fantasy, dragons, and an interesting story, you should try this out.

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This title will be released on July 28, 2015.

The second book in the Dragon Fall Series, Dragon Storm, will be published November 24, 2015.

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