"Fine romantic fantasy"
In the land of Camarrhan, a realm where magic is taken for
granted, Empath Cael is mortally wounded by an arrow in
his shoulder that was shot by his country's enemy. Cael's
Wayfinder (a person who controls the gates between the
various worlds) takes him to an Australian hospital on
Earth where Jenna Wade takes care of him. A loner, she
surprises herself by being attracted to him. When Verra
opens the Way and takes them to Jenna's home to her
surprise she heals him and the way she does it makes them
believe Jenna belongs in Camarrhan.
Jenna learns that her grandmother was chased by an evil
man and escaped onto Earth. She is taken to the Guild
where she hones her Healing powers. Cael wants nothing to
do with her because when he was unconscious, she had sex
with him, forming an empathic bond between them. He feels
like he was given no chance in taking a mate and while
they do try to work out their differences because the bond
is unbreakable they have to find and capture who is trying
to decimate the magic from Camarrhan by killing those that
are strong in magic.
SLEEPING DRAGONS is a fine work of romantic fantasy. Cat
Collins has created a world almost identical to Earth
except for the fact that technology is banned believing it
destroys the planet. Magic works better than technology
when properly used and the heroine after learning how to
wield her magic has to agree. She is a strong yet
vulnerable woman who realizes first that she loves Cael
and her new world but readers will want to hit the hero
over the head for being so unforgiving to a woman who
didn't know what her impulsive act would cause to happen.
Cat Collins' debut novel will win the author many fans who
hope there will be more books set in the word of Camarrhan.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted October 18, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 22, 2007
Jenna Wade had always thought of herself as a cool, aloof and self-contained woman, and definitely not the type to fall easily for any man. When an injured stranger is admitted to the ICU where Jenna works, a series of events are set in motion that find her transported from her isolated existence into a completely different reality— Camarrhan, a parallel world of magic.
Cael, the man she saved from certain death, is one of the land's gifted, possessing Empath's powers. Finding Cael magnetically attractive, Jenna succumbs to her repressed sexuality. Crossing her own social taboos and violating Cael's deeply ingrained cultural conditioning, she takes advantage of him while he lies semi-conscious in her bed. The result is an irreversible Empathic bonding.
Having "stolen" his bond, Jenna finds herself permanently entangled in Cael's life and the problems facing Camarrhan leaders from renegade Alth.
Cael feels angry and betrayed, avoiding Jenna at all costs, trying to ignore the inexorable pull of the Dragon's bond. Together with Cael's Wayfinder, Verra, and his bondbrother, Telsen, the couple find themselves in a battle to save the magics of Camarrhan. And unless Cael can conquer his resistance to Jenna, her future—and the future of Camarrhan— may be grim indeed.