"Fantastic island fantasy"
Dragons are mankind's oldest enemies and it is lucky for
the human race that few of these powerful beings remain
alive. They live much of the time in human form but they
have no love for humanity who they look upon as fodder.
Peter DelaSangres, his wife Chloe and their two children
live on their own private island Caya DelaSangre where
they are able to behave as dragons do.
The waters around the island and the Gulf are now heavily
patrolled by the Coast Guard because over two dozen people
have recently disappeared from fifteen boats. They think a
serial killer is stalking the seas. Peter is kidnapped by
the female Pelk Lorrel a dragon who lives in the sea.
Lorrel poisoned Peter and he has to take an antidote every
three days thus trapping him in the home of the Pelks.
Lorrel and the other female Pelks are able to seduce Peter
through their singing and force him to mate with Lorrel,
giving her a child. When the fighting arm of the Pelks get
ready to attack Chloe out of fear that she will kill them,
Peter escapes but without finding the antidote he has less
than a week to live.
The Pelks are reminiscent of sirens, which lured sailors
to their doom; as a race they are more amoral then the
dragons of the air, what mankind thinks of as the
traditional dragon. Both groups have magical powers and it
is the most cunning who will win the upcoming war. The
romance of Peter and Chloe, although not human in nature,
is still beautiful to behold. Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton
and Tanya Huff will love this fantastic island fantasy.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted November 29, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007