by Deborah Cooke

February 2009
ISBN: 978-0-451-22616-7
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Mass Market Paperback

Eileen Grosvenor is a professor of comparative mythology. She often researches the cultural climate and pieces of the truth that are behind many of the world's myths and legends. Her current project takes her to England to see the history behind a myth of two sisters and a dragon lover. Eileen begins to have vivid dreams that make her confront her fear of water and a dragon lover of her own. But dragons are creatures of fairy tales. Aren't they?

Eileen does not know when she starts her research that shape-shifting dragons have been around forever and there is a battle raging between the two sides of these warriors. The Pyr have always been the protectors of humans and all earth's gifts. The Slayers want to destroy both humans and Pyr and be in control.

Erik Sorensson is the leader of the Pyr and is focused on defeating the Slayers at all costs. He has suffered great personal loss in the past from the Slayers. He meets Eileen and discovers she has an ancient treasure that could be one of the keys to the outcome of the final dragon battle. What he is not prepared for is the firestorm Eileen generates. Can love truly conquer all?

Kiss of Fate is the third in the Dragonfire series. Although I have not read the first two yet, Ms. Cooke's skillful writing pulled me into this action packed tale from the very first page. The theme of fire is woven throughout this multi-layered novel on many levels. Fire is a tool to destroy and purify and represents the passion that bursts into flames between the hero and heroine. Eileen is an educated woman, but is not afraid to get in touch with her inner sensuous nature. Erik has been around for many years, but still deals with past mistakes and hurts, as do many of us. The dragons of Kiss of Fate are not whimsical, but look at the nature of good, evil and power versus duty.

I plan to go back and read the first two books in this captivating series and look forward to a fourth one in November, that does not have a title yet. Ms. Cook's bio in the back of the current novel says she has always been fascinated by dragons. I have just become intrigued by them in the last three years and, thanks to some very talented writers, they have featured in many of my now favorite books.

Reviewed in January 2009 by Roberta.

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